Dario D’Attis – Brooklyn Shit EP

September 19, 2015 in Singles

Dario D'Attis Brooklyn Shit EP Hive AudioSwiss producer Dario D’Attis, known for his work on Purple Music, serves up a three-tracker for another Swiss label here – Zurich’s Hive Audio.

Brooklyn Shit itself is the standout for me, a chuggin’ houser built around solid 4/4s and an ominous walking bassline, topped with shakers and a man’s voice saying “that Brooklyn shit” periodically. Elsewhere on the EP, Rhythms Of Benin is a deep, dark, tribal-leaning groove, while Do It Right is a tuff, no-nonsense, heads-down cut that’s tailormade for afterhours floors. But as I say, it’s the title cut that wins for me here.

Out: This week

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

PS: Also from D’Attis this week, look out for the This Piano, That Chord EP on Strictly Rhythm

Animal Trainer – Maunder

June 23, 2015 in Singles

Animal Trainer Maunder Hive AudioLet’s end tonight on a more energetic note, with this two-tracker from Swiss duo Animal Trainer on their own Hive Audio imprint.

On the A-side, the original version of Maunder is a driving houser that’s got ‘Ibiza summer season’ written all over, what with its rolling beats, surging, almost 90s-nu-NRG-ish main synth riff, shimmering atmospherics, layers of crowd noise and, sitting on top of all the above, a looped, indecipherable female vocal (it sounds a bit like she’s singing “I must fill in Hong Kong” but I’d bet good money she isn’t). It’ll rock big floors for sure, but for slightly more underground thrills head for the Dario D’Attis remix on the flip, which tones down the synths, uses the vocal more sparingly and has a little more swing to the beats, as well as adding some garage-y keyboard stabs of its own.

Both mixes are good, though – it’s really just a case of picking the right one for the floor you’re playing to at the time.

Out: This week

About: You can find Hive Audio here, here and here.

James Silk – La Noche

March 14, 2015 in Singles

James Silk La Noche Hive AudioNext up we have another two-tracker, this one coming from a producer who needs no introduction to TIWWD readers!

We’ll start with the B-side, The Journey. A fairly lively deep/tech house groover with lashings of hefty bass at the bottom end, female moans at the top and piano stabs in the middle, it’s as good as we’ve come to expect from James. But La Noche itself… La Noche is something else, an absolute MONSTER of an instrumental that comes on like a Plastic Dreams for the 2010s. By which I mean a) it’s the kind of track that’ll work on all manner of house and techno dancefloors and b) it sounds a bit like Plastic Dreams. That’s an observation, not a complaint, though – La Noche is a killer.

In fact, if this track isn’t huge, I’ll eat ALL of my hats. And I’m known for my hats, so that’s saying something.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Switzerland’s Hive Audio, who you can find here, here and here.

David Jach – Attention EP

November 14, 2014 in Singles

David Jach Attention EP Hive AudioDeep, bumpin’ house n’ garage goodness galore on the blog tonight, starting with this EP from German producer David Jach.

It’s a three-track affair. Attention itself starts with two full minutes of tension-building intro, before crowd noise and space disco stabs herald the arrival of the spoken “Attention!” vocal and sampled film dialogue. Switch Chaser is a slightly more lively deep/tech houser, but the standout for yours truly here is Second Mind, an unhurried lolloper predicated around some very cool jazzy organ chords and live-sounding double bass.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Swiss label Hive Audio, who can be found here, here and here.

James Silk – Language EP

October 19, 2014 in Singles

James Silk Lanuage EP Hive AudioA three-tracker here from the ever-dependable James Silk, coming on Switzerland’s Hive Audio.

Opener Amante is a contemporary-style bassy houser, quite heads-down and chuggy with an indecipherable looped, treated male vocal. Danza operates in the more trad-style arena that we know and love this producer for, with clappy beats and a full-phat bassline topped with crystalline synths and snippets of very Kathy Brown-ish vocal. And then finally Hassen is a proggy, anthemic instrumental complete with TWO big, dramatic breakdowns.

No prizes for guessing it’s Danza that’s my fave but it’s good to see Mr Silk stretching his musical wings a bit.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 27 October

About: You can find Hive Audio here, here and here.