Ron Costa – Coluka EP

March 12, 2016 in Singles

Ron Costa Coluka EP Love The UndergroundQuality tech-house vibes here from France’s Monsieur Costa.

Coluka comes in three mixes. Costa’s original is a stripped but bouncy affair with a wonky, off-kilter synth line taking centre stage, backed by chuggy beats, understated bass that periodically comes whomping out of nowhere at you, and what sounds like a triangle (!?) tinkling away insistently throughout. Kike Medina’s remix is fiercer and more kinda heads-down-at-DC10, while Mikaela’s rerub is busier in the synths department and leans towards the proggy side, but the Original’s the one for me here.

Completing the EP is bonus cut Back Home, an unapologetic drums-and-bass workout for small-hours tech floors that’s also worth a spin.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by fledgling (this is LTU005) UK label Love The Underground, who are based in London and who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Chiqito – Head Doctor

March 5, 2016 in Singles

Chiqito Head Doctor Happy RecordsWas gonna stop after the review below, but this came on next and it just followed on too nicely to stop…

So after the tuff, techy, bassy delights of Max Chapman’s The Deep, there are plenty more tuff, techy, bassy delights here. In its Original form, Head Doctor brings together driving tech-house beats, a ludicrously phat n’ slinky bassline that’s accompanied by its rasping, heavily effected twin, and a single, quick burst of spoken psychobabble vox … and its an absolute beast of a tune, quite frankly. The fact that it manages to actually do something new and different with the age-old “House music all night long!” sample is merely the icing on the cake. Remixes come from Dany Deep, Mr Jefferson & Carlos Ruiz, and Francesco Dinoia: if pushed the latter just nudges it for me, but to be fair they’re all pretty much just variations on a theme.

Lucky, then, that it’s such an excellent theme to start with – because any one of these cuts will slaughter any peaktime house floor.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Spanish label Happy Records. They’ve not featured on TIWWD before, but this is their 100th release (feliz cumpleaños!) and you can find ’em on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Max Chapman & Azz! Johnston – Vortex EP

March 5, 2016 in Singles

Max Chapman Azz! Johnston Vortex EP Resonance RecordsLast one for today, and as it’s Saturday night let’s end up with some proper pumpin’, strutty house vibes courtesy of Resonance Records.

Having recently impressed greatly with his debut full-length, for this five-tracker label boss Chapman teams up with Sunderland’s Azz! Johnston, with superb results. Vortex itself opens the EP, a chunky eyes-down groover built with small hours floors in mind, its descending, sonorous bassline and muted-but-powerful kicks topped with shimmering synths and a man’s voice saying “Vortex!” over and over. All I Want Is follows, a funkier, slinkier jam with a garage-y, looping female “All I want is, all I want is your love” vocal. The Way is a more pounding affair with a soulful male vocal loop this time (“Oh baby, that’s the way that it is”), Hypnotise is a shufflin’, percussion-led workout with a treated female voice intoning the title, while finally The Deep – contrary to what you might be expecting from the title – ups the tech ante, marrying driving 4/4s to a rumbling, subby b-line, rave-y synths and G-house style “so deep” vocal.

With his album, Max Chapman showed off just what a wide range of styles he can master; here, he reminds us that he’s still plenty adept when it comes to straight-up house stompers, too.

Out: This week

About: You can find Resonance Records here, here and here.

Double Bass – Delight

March 5, 2016 in Singles

Double Bass Delight Night BeatPicking up the pace now and moving into house pastures, here we have the latest from New York label.

There’s just the one mix but it’s all you’re gonna need, with as phat n’ funky a bassline as you’ll hear all month placed firmly front and centre, underpinned by clappy beats and augmented by gloriously rich, resonant piano notes and a man’s voice asking “You know what I’m sayin’?” every now and then.

If you like your house on the funk-fuelled, jazzy side, you’ll love this. File under “simple, but devastatingly effective”.

Out: This week

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

Laurence Reed – Elastic Energy

February 28, 2016 in Singles

Laurence Reed Elastic Energy Deep Site SpaceTonight’s dose of proper bouncy-assed house music comes courtesy of Portsmouth’s Laurence Reed, who serves up an excellent lil’ three-tracker for Deep Site Space.

Elastic Energy itself is up first, a dark n’ techy cut that’s nonetheless got da funk in spades, not to mention some nice squelchy synths and, yes, energy to spare. System Reset operates in not dissimilar territory but is a notch housier, dare I say a bit proggy, while we play out with Grubby Thoughts, a deeper, dubbier jam built with weary late floors in mind.

The title track just nudges it for me, but all three tracks here are strong, and all three deserve taking to a darkened, drug-fuelled small-hours dancefloor at your earliest convenience.

Out: This week

About: Find Deep Site Space on Soundcloud and Facebook.

P.A.M.O – Friday Night EP

February 27, 2016 in Singles

P.A.M.O Friday Night EP Bounce House RecordingsBack in house pastures but picking up the pace a little, here we have a two-track, five-mix EP from some more old TIWWD faves who haven’t featured on here for a while, Bounce House.

Friday Night itself takes up four of the five tracks, coming in bumpin’, organ-flecked, garage-tinged Original, tuffer but still garage-flavoured MVZZIK Remix, stripped, sparse and lightly jazz-tinged Cjel If Remix and more sultry n’ funkified DK Watts Remix flavas. Completing the package is Groove Crash, which starts with crowd noise and off-kilter jazz drums, then slowly builds into a late-night slow-groover with sampled (MLK?) vox, dreamy synth washes and an overall feel that nods towards classic Chi-town deepness.

All good, but the Original and MVZZIK rubs stand out for yours truly.

Out: This week

About: You can find Bounce House Recordings on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Ronnie Spiteri – Shake A Leg

February 27, 2016 in Singles

Ronnie Spiteri Shake A Leg EP Kenja RecordsMore contemporary-style house bizniss on this latest from Southampton’s Kenja Records.

Label boss Ronnie Spiteri is the man at the controls once more, with his Original of Shake A Leg a bassy lil’ floormover with a man’s voice intoning the title over and over, though not so much that it gets annoying. The Dub tuffens things up a notch while also dropping the vocal (obvs), while remix duties this time out are taken care of by Reset Robot, who turn in a driving, techno-leaning rub that’s still get enough funk flowing through its veins to work on house floors, too.

The Original would be my pick but all three mixes are plenty playable.

Out: Yesterday

About: You can find Kenja Records – from whom this is only the ninth release, BTW – on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Rebel VP – The Syzygy EP

February 22, 2016 in Singles

Rebel VP The Sygyzy EP Koma RecordingsThe Belfast duo of Mark Nicolas O and Dave Lievense, AKA Rebel VP, serve up a three-track, four-mix EP here which just happens to be the first vinyl release from (previously digital-only) Irish label Koma Recordings.

And a pleasingly varied affair it is, too. Melancholy is a techy, druggy 3am house groove with head-frying synth warbles, Fugazi is a struttier affair that almost nudges towards Sneak-y territory, while Maksy’s A Lil Rhodes Remix of the latter takes us into twitchier, more leftfield territory. The standout for yours truly though is Charlie. Remember that spoof Charley says ad that went viral a year or two back about Twitter (“Charley says, only tweet about things other people actually give a shit about”)? Well, guess where Rebel VP have plundered their vocal from, placing it atop as fine a tripped-out, hazy comedown groove as you’ll hear all week.

Always good to see a young label embracing good ol’ black wax as well, of course!

Out: It just says ‘February’, so either now or, y’know, soon.

About: You can find Koma Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Pandeo & Jon Costas – Alright/Can You Dig It

February 21, 2016 in Singles

Pandeo & Jon Costas Alright Old School DepartmentA two-tracker here that follows on nicely from last night’s selection of distinctly retro-leaning house bizniss… then again this one comes on Old School Department so that’s pretty much what you’d expect!

Alright is a serviceable little chugger with hip-house vox and a neat line in piercing, warping synth toplines. The real news here though is Can You Dig It, which lifts the vocal from Logic’s Strictly Rhythm classic The Warning and places it a chunky bass-rumblin’, piano-stabbin’ musical backdrop that should work on house floors of many different micro-persuasions.

Quality stuff as ever from the Swiss label!

Out: This week

About: You can find Old School Department on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Framewerk – It’s You

February 13, 2016 in Singles

Framewerk It's You Bimini RecordsSome more contemporary-sounding house bizniss to end on tonight, coming from UK duo Framewerk on the Miami-based Bimini Records label.

On the A, It’s You itself with its sonorous b-line and cut-up, R&B-ish male vox does the “not really deep house… more sort of deep-ish house with a strong (UK) garage influence as well” thing. There’s no shortage of such material around, of course, but Framewerk do it better than most here. Flip it over, and you’ll find Mind, which with its proggy overtones definitely has something of a Berlin-y feel.

Two solid cuts that’ll work well on 2016 floors without a doubt.

Out: This week

About: Bimini Records haven’t featured on TIWWD before, as far as I can tell. But as stated above, they’re based in Miami and you can find them on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.