Helly Larson – Star Alliance EP

October 10, 2015 in Singles

Helly Larson Star Alliance EP LucidflowWe kick off in very deep waters today with some typically fine fare from Lucidflow.

Three tracks make up the EP. Spiritual Life is up first, an unhurried little deep tech throbber topped with two competing vocal snips – a chorus’d, soulful one and a rastaman one saying “liberation”. Star Alliance itself is a little more upbeat and houseified, but still with a late-night, dubbed-out kinda feel, while finally Sunset is a deeply chilled groover built for sun-down and sun-up sessions.

Quality stuff that’ll appeal to deep house and deep techno lovers alike.

Out: This week

About: Find Lucidflow here, here and here.

Helly Larson – Ganja FX EP

May 21, 2015 in Singles

Helly Larson Ganja FX EP Sofa SessionsThree very different releases for you tonight, kicking off with this superlative slice of deepness from Helly Larson and, excitingly, brand new Lucidflow sub-label Sofa Sessions.

Four tracks to choose from: the dubwise Ganja FX itself with its sampled reggae vox and layers of white noise, the more minimal-leaning Horizon, the ambient-with-beats vibes of Lexicon and the similarly styled Sphere. The title cut nudges it for me but all four tracks are every bit as good as we’ve come to expect from both producer and label, so if late-night smokin’ vibes are what you’re after, I’d suggest you check for this immediately…

Out: This week

About: It’s pretty obvious from the name, really, but Lucidflow say Sofa Sessions is “our new sub-label focused on downtempo, chill-out, ambient, relaxing jazzy lounge music and dub”. Find out more at the main Lucidflow website.

Helly Larson – Deeparture EP

February 15, 2015 in Singles

Helly Larson Deeparture LucidflowSome typically fine deep grooves from Lucidflow here, but this time treading a much housier path than the deep/dub techno vibes we know and love the label for.

Crossing is up first, a pulsing, throbbing, trad-style deep houser with a nice hefty bottom-end, dubby FX and occasional male “yeah”s by way of a vocal. Deeparture sees Larson in similar mode but has a slightly lighter touch, Silence takes us into more laidback, late-night territory, while finally Waiting is as enjoyable a blissed-out voyage into inner space as you’ll take all month.

Regular readers will know I’m a fan of Lucidflow generally, and indeed of Mr Larson’s. But even by both the label’s and the artist’s high standards, this is a bit special!

Out: This week

About: Find Lucidflow on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Helly Larson – Drift EP

September 7, 2014 in Singles

Helly Larson Drift LucidflowSeeing as it’s Sunday night, I’ll leave you on a chilled-out tip with this three-track slice of deep dub techno goodness from Lucidflow.

Circle is up first, a very deep piece with gently tinkling piano, layers of white noise and haunting FX, the overall effect being a bit Harold Budd-y. Drift itself rides slightly more uptempo beats, while closer Velocity has a slightly housier feel to the rhythm, but beyond that both maintain a very similar feel to Circle.

Drift by name, drift by nature. Spark up, sit back and relax…

Out: This week

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

Miss Luna – Not The Same Old Day

August 24, 2014 in Singles

Miss Luna Not The Same Old Day Blue DyeKeeping things strictly on the deep house tip tonight, we kick off with this EP for Germany’s Blue Dye label by Ibiza-based DJ/producer Miss Luna.

City Soul Project’s Classic Mix of Not The Same Old Day – actually credited to Miss Luna feat DeRHINO – is an unsuprisingly, er, classic-style deep houser, with pads to die for, understated 4/4s, shimmering synth sweeps and snatches of laidback, spoken male vocal. The Helly Larson Remix operates in similarly trad-style territory, but is a stripped-back, more percussive pass that brings the vocal to the fore, while the Deep Vox Mix sports some tinkling ivories not heard on the other two rubs. Rounding out the EP is The 5th Of My (Il 5 Maggio), a sultry late-night gem with spoken, male Spanish vox.

City Soul Project take the gold for me but this is good stuff all round.

Out: This week

About: You can find Blue Dye, who are based in Munich, here, here and here.

HouseRiders – Adelaide EP

October 31, 2013 in Singles

HouseRiders Adelaide EP King Street SoundsLast one for tonight so after all that stompery we’ll bow out on a deeper note.

Despite the EP title, what you actually get here is one mix of Adelaide, and four of Nite Grooves. The title cut is a seven-minute workout for dark 3am floors, all near-tribal percussion, endlessly evolving atmospherics and brooding, ominous drama. Nite Grooves in its original form is similarly dark and moody, while on the remix tip Helly Larson’s rub is a smoother, late-night ride, Deeplomatik get deep, down and discofied and then DJ Sydney & Lukez take us back into warmer disco pastures, complete with those pyowwWW! stabs yours truly can never get enough off.

None of my business really, of course, but if I were you I’d turn the lights down and turn this UP. A beast of an EP!

Out: This week

About: Find King Street here, here and here (Soundcloud, FB, web)

HouseRiders – NiteGrooves

October 7, 2013 in Singles

HouseRiders NiteGrooves King Street SoundsMontreal duo HouseRiders come to King Street here with a fine house slab that – very confusingly for poor tired bloggers! – shares its name with sub-label Nite Grooves.

Three quite different mixes to choose from. The Original is deep and melodic, with whispered female “make me dance” vocals sitting atop warm-like-chocolate pads, squelchy bass and understated percussion. The Helly Larson Remix is more stripped-down, bumpin’ and garage-ified, while completing a hat-trick of excellent mixes are my boy DJ Sydney and partner-in-crime Lukez, whose Tokyo Disco Remix is sparkly, driving and, well, discofied.

Not gonna pick a winner here – all three rubs will do the do for sure, and you’ll know when the time is right for each one…

Out: This week on Beatport

About: Find King Street here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web)

Deephope – Vitamins For Love EP

August 6, 2013 in Singles

Deephope Vitamins For Love EP Deep Site RecordingsNext up tonight, we move into deeper house territory with this latest from Croatia’s Deep Site Recordings.

In its original form, Vitamins For Love is a mid-paced instrumental with proggy tinges around the edges, but it’s really the remixes that are doing it best for me, as Big Al takes us on a mellower, more introspective, late-night ride and Helly Larson serves up a slow-builder of a mix that starts out all womb-like then gets more spangly and spaced-out as it goes on. Proper headphones treats, these two.

Bonus cut Sunrise In Summer then drags us back to the dancefloor, albeit again in a warm n’ fuzzy and again slightly proggy kinda way.

Out: This week

About: Find Deep Site here, here and here.

Helly Larson – Pureness

July 17, 2013 in Singles

Helly Larson Pureness Lens MediaCroatia’s Lens Media serve up some more of their trademark very deep vibes, on this occasion coming courtesy of Germany’s Helly Larson.

In its Original form, Pureness is a lilting, dreamy kinda cut with some gorgeously floaty female vocal snips and a warm, fuzzy bassline that’s seemingly hopped on the last train from Dubsville. The Forteba Remix is an Afro-tinged rework riding a bruk rhythm, while nikosf gives us a Selected Pureness Remix that’s so deep it’s bordering on ambient.

Quality late-night listening – herbal tobaccos optional.

Out: This week

About: You can find Lens Media on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Riccicomoto & Helly Larson – Supernova Sessions

July 6, 2013 in Singles

Riccicomoto Helly Larson Supernova Sessions LucidflowIt’s carnival day here in Bristol – probably a good idea to get the day’s blogging done beforehand. So deep techno at 9.30 in the morning it is…

Lucidflow regulars Riccicomoto and Helly Larson team up to produce four originals here, with label owners Klartraum adding their Dream Version of Magnetic Swift for good measure. Given the label, and with track titles like Solaris, Voyager and Doppler Effect, you know the kind of thing to expect, but suffice to say fans of Lucidflow’s usual cerebral, sinuous and often dub-tinged style of techno won’t be disappointed.

I’m one, and I’m not! Voyager in particular is a sparse, headnoddin’ delight.

Out: This week

About: You can find Lucidflow here, here and here (Souncloud, Facebook, web)