Leftwing & Kody – Carnival EP

September 27, 2015 in Singles

Leftwing & Kody Carnival Knee Deep In SoundMoving into tougher, techier, bassier territory now as Leftwing & Kody serve up a stomp-tastic three-tracker for Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound imprint.

Carnival itself marries the kind of Latin-tinged drums that presumably gave the track its name to a huge, buzzing bassline,  a rave-y synth hook and fragments of spoken “keep on moving… keep on grooving” male vox. Control is a BPM or two pacier, all menacing bass rumble, analogue-sounding synths and seriously mangled diva vox, while finally Crazy opts for pounding 4/4s, busy top-end percussion and more cut-up diva vox.

Control stands out to these ears, but all three will do the do when the dancefloor’s already moving nicely and you want to push ’em to the next level.

Out: This week

About: You can find Knee Deep In Sound here and here.

Various – Bargrooves Apres Ski 3.0

January 23, 2014 in Albums

bargrooves apres ski 3 DefectedStrictly speaking this came out last week… but only on Sunday and anyway, I promised ’em a review and I’m a man of my word!

It’s actually been a while since I heard a new Bargrooves album. I used to get sent them all, and even wrote the liner notes for Bargrooves Azure back in 2006… but since the franchise moved from Seamless to Defected I’ve been kinda out the loop, so I was curious to see how the series has progressed. And the answer is: not a huge amount has changed, really. The Bargrooves series always represented either the more socially acceptable side of the commercial house scene or the more accessible side of the underground, depending on your point of view, and so it is here.

So: what you get for your money are 30 unmixed tracks, plus two bonus Club and Lounge mixes put together by Andy Daniell. The former features tracks and mixes from the likes of Noir, Hot Since 82 and Breach, while such names as Osunlade, Terri Walker and Jazzanova grace the latter. Personal highlights for yours truly include (in the Club corner) the Route 94 Remix of MK’s classic Always and (in the Lounge corner) J. Cub feat Sarah Story’s hauntingly beautiful Give You My Love. But one or two slightly ‘pop’ vocals aside, there’s really not a lot here not to like, with this latest Bargrooves comp successfully walking that tricky tightrope between credible and commercial as so many other installments have before it.

Out: Now

About: As stated above, the Bargrooves series is now in the hands of Defected.