Misfa Stereo – Something Is Wrong

February 8, 2015 in Singles

Misfa Stereo Something Is Wrong EP La PittiThe latest here from Vincenzo De Robertis’s La Pitti Records, based in Italy.

It’s a three-track affair. Something Is Wrong is up first, a lovely unhurried, classic-style deep house groove with echo-ing, garage-y vocal micro-snips, a funky-assed bassline, rock solid beats and lounge-y keys. Helder Teixeira’s Soul Remix tones down the drums and adds a sing-song female vocal, vinyl crackle, rich, warm strings and fluttering jazz-funk geetar to create something a lil’ more laidback and mellow, while playing us out is F To Forget, a late-night dancefloor groover par excellence with a surging organ bassline, snatches of spoken vocal and insistent top-end percussion.

Five releases in and La Pitti haven’t disappointed yet… definitely a label that favours quality over quantity and definitely one the true deep house connoisseurs need to be keeping an eye on!

Out: This week

About: You can find La Pitti Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Distant Relatives JHB – Thoughts Of You

February 2, 2014 in Singles

Distant Relatives JHB Thoughts Of You Something DifferentIf you’re of the opinion that there aren’t enough pianos in current house music, you might want to check out this latest from Something Different.

Don’t be expecting plinky-plonky Ital/rave nonsense, though: the ivories to be found here are of the gently tinkling variety and they grace every track on the EP. They’re all over the Original mix of the title track for starters, sitting atop a bare-bones rhythm of shakers, clipped hi-hats and muted but heavy kicks, and joined only for the last two minutes by some warm synth chords… something of a headphones gem, this one. Helder Teixeira’s remix has slightly tougher drums, making this a more obviously floor-friendly proposition than the original, and adds a heavily-treated male spoken/rapped vocal line.

Elsewhere on the EP, Upon Saturdays News is basically six minutes of boom-tish, with those trademark pianos joining the party at around the 3:30 mark, while finally Without These Memories starts out with an atmospheric intro and fractured rhythm, before in come a solid 4/4 kick and yet more ivories action. ‘Future ambient lounge’ is what I scribbled down about this one… make of that what you will!

Out: This week

About: Find Something Different on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Helder Teixeira – Music Cafe EP

December 23, 2013 in Singles

Helder Teixeira Music Cafe EP Sofa LoungeI said something the other day about Share Records having hit a rich run of form lately… now here comes the label main man himself.

Three tracks make up the EP, with deep, jazzy grooves being the general order of the day. Fazer Feliz is an unhurried, lounge-y cut with more mournful trumpets (see below) and occasional melancholic wails from an unnamed chanteuse. Feel So Good Tonight is a little livelier and would play well on the soulful house floors, and then bringing the EP to a close is Jazz & Fashion, another slinky, lounge-y number with lots of layers of live instrumentation.

Fans of Restless Soul, Jazzanova etc would definitely be well-advised to check this one, but Fazer Feliz in particular could have broader appeal beyond just the jazz beards.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 6 Jan.

About: This comes not on Share Records but on spin-off label Sofa Lounge – find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – Gold Compilation 2

December 22, 2013 in Albums

Gold Compilation Vol 2 Share RecordsThere’ve been some great deep sounds coming on Helder Teixeira’s Share Records of late. And if you’ve not been paying attention then this label comp is the perfect opportunity to get yourself up to speed…

With 14 tracks from as many artists, I’m not gonna do the full track-by-track with this one. But suffice to say there’s a mix of names that’ll be familiar to TIWWD readers (Deephope, Antu Coimbra, Ariel M and of course Helder himself) and many that won’t, and that the vibe overall is deep house that’s current-sounding without being too Trendy Wendy Poptart, with Tero’s sparse Minimal Animal and Gari Rodriguez’s fresh-sounding, spaced-out take on Milkshake particularly deserving of your attention.

For maximum effect, play whole in a late-night herbal fug…

Out: This week

About: You can find Share Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Helder Teixeira – Crazy Love EP

November 24, 2013 in Singles

Helder Teixeira Crazyt Love EP Something DifferentLastly for tonight we have this three-tracker from the ever-reliable Mr Teixeira.

The Finest Hour is up first, an uber-stripped afterhours joint that I’d have liked more without the indie-ish male vocal, to be honest, though said vocal is used fairly sparingly. Story Of My Life is a twitchy, percussive affair topped with a haunting, almost operatic female vocal and some off-kilter little keyboard squiggles, while finally Paradise Lust is a midtempo chugger that manages (in different places) to make me think of both old US garage records and the Yellow Magic Orchestra.

That’s a good thing, by the way! The latter cut is in fact the standout for me, but all told this is an EP that will suit those who like their house a little more on the experimental/leftfield/trippy side.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Something Different Records, who as ever can be found on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Helder Teixeira – Stupid Ugly Bitch EP

November 4, 2013 in Singles

Helder Teixeira Stupid Ugly Bitch EP Ancestral DigitalOur man Helder continues an excellent run of form… but the track titles are a little dubious this time out, I have to say. Suck For $1, My First Time and Stupid Ugly Bitch? That’s not very nice, is it?

Still, great tunes. Suck For $1 is a fairly laidback affair, with jazzy elements to the keys and bass. Stupid Ugly Bitch has a vintage New Jersey feel about it, complete with warm keys, skippy beats and female “la-la-la-las” that owe a little to the classic Kickin’ In The Beat. And then finally My First Time is a more stompy, strutty cut with a well-used array of vocal samples.

All three are good but it’s Stupid… that stands out.

Out: Today

About: This comes to you on Ancestral Digital, a new house label (this is ANC003) based in Portugal. Find ’em on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Helder Teixeira – World Of Plenty EP/Live Jazz EP

January 23, 2013 in Singles

Helder Teixeira World Of Plenty EP Endemic DigitalNot one but two releases forthcoming this week from Portuguese producer Helder Teixeira.

First up, on Endemic Digital – a label who’ve done much to build Teixeira’s profile over the past year or so – comes the World Of Plenty EP, which features five tracks in six mixes. Between them, they take in a range of styles, from the tech-house of Phunky Theory to the deeper, more melodic Original Mix of World Of Plenty itself, and from the Afro-infused That Mix thereof to the more abstract, jazz/lounge-tinged stylings of Amor Unico. As such, every track won’t appeal to every listener, but it’s an EP that shows the diversity of Teixeira’s talents for sure.

Helder Teixeira Live Jazz EP Cow Skull Records

Meanwhile, the Live Jazz EP comes on brand new label Cow Skull Records – it is in fact their very first release. As the title suggests, the emphasis here is more consistently on jazzual flavas… indeed the three tracks are called Smooth Jazz, Jazz Therapy and Other Jazz so you’d be hard-pushed NOT to have a good idea what you’re getting! But there are no hackneyed sample-pack sax solos here: ‘live’ is what it says on the tin, and ‘live’ is what it does.  The noodle-phobic may wish to avoid, but if – like Louie Vega, who’s been dropping this lately, we’re told – you appreciate more traditional musicianship and more organic sounds, you’ll dig this for sure.

Out: This week

About: You can find Endemic Digital here and Cow Skull Records here, or you can hear both EPs at Helder’s own Soundcloud page.

Helder Teixera – Non

December 30, 2012 in Singles

Helder Teixeira Non Endemic Digital

Having discovered Portuguese producer Teixeira, the Endemic camp seem determined to release a record by him at least every 45 minutes… here’s just the latest. S’good, though.

There’s just the two mixes to choose from. The original is a midtempo, rolling tech-house groove, with snatches of spoken French vocal but the emphasis primarily on the drums. It’s the 4am Mix from Teixeira himself that I’m feeling much more, though – a far smoother, afterhours house joint with organs to kill for.
Nuff said, really… otherwise I’ll be forced to do some sort of ‘big, throbbing organ’ joke. But yeah, this is very cool indeed.
Out: This week
About: Here’s a link you may have seen before, and here’s Helder’s own Soundcloud page which you may not.

Helder Teixeira – Romantic Moves EP

October 14, 2012 in Singles

Helder Teixeira Romantic Moves EP Endemic Digital

Romantic moves, eh? Well I don’t know about romance, but there’s certainly no shortage of love for Portuguese newcomer Helder Teixeira in the Endemic Digital camp… having released the Eco EP on Sounds Of Juan last month, next week he’s got another single out on Unrivaled Music while this week, here he comes on the mothership label.

Deep, techy house is the man’s stock in trade, and the four tracks in five mixes here show that he’s rather good at it. Unhurried chugger Fuck That stands out for me but if you’re a fan of the Endemic sound there’s nothing here that will disappoint, trust!

Out: This week

About: You can find Endemic (and Unrivaled and Sounds of Juan) on Facebook.

Helder Teixeira – Eco EP

September 24, 2012 in Singles

Helder Teixieira Eco EP Sounds Of Juan

Last one for tonight… this comes from Sounds Of Juan and sits somewhere between tech-house, deep techno and minimal.

There are three tracks. Dream Box is all stuttery rhythms, underwater noises and random synth stabs n’ squiggles, with floaty vocal samples thrown in over the top every now and again. Eco Box itself is a militantly stripped-down, percussive techno cut with a very odd sampled vocal (some young girl addressing a green conference or something, by the sounds of it… which I guess would explain the title). But the standout here for me is Mysterious House, which moves closer to deep house territory with its muted jazz horns, tiny snatches of spoken vocal and nagging high-end percussion.

Mysterious House is definitely the one for me personally but the EP as a whole is a solid bet if you like your tech-house on the slightly more twitchy, experimental side.

Out: This week

About: You can find Sounds Of Juan via the Endemic Digital Facebook page.