SoundSystema – Symphony/Origenes

March 13, 2015 in Singles

SoundSystema Symphony Hype MuzikSeems like a while since Hype Muzik featured on TIWWD, but now here they are again with a rather neat lil’ two-tracker.

On the A, Symphony operates in fairly typical Hype territory, being a tech-y, proggy throbber that’s bursting with handclaps, fat analogue bass and heavily treated (possibly reversed?) vox. S’good, but it’s actually B-side Origenes that’s floating my boat more, which takes that same Hype tech/prog blueprint but gives it a liberal coating of (nu) disco dust.

Peaktime dancefloor frolics will doubtless ensue.

Out: This week

About: You can find Hype Muzik here, here and here.

Foreign Affair & Dabinett ft Bini – Make My Day/Space Trad

December 14, 2014 in Singles

Foreign Affair & Dabinett Make My Day Hype MuzikKeeping it nice and deep tonight, kicking with this very fine two-tracker from Hype Muzik.

On the A, Make My Day places a chopped-up sultry, soulful female “you make my day” vocal atop muted, midtempo beats and nicely understated warping synths to create a garage-tinged, late-night deep house gem of the finest calibre, with absolutely cavernous production and a lil’ heavyweight bass wobble now and then just to keep things current.  The B-side, meanwhile, is called Space Trad, and frankly I’m gonna like any track called Space Trad on principle. But there’s actually no need, cos the track turns out to be a chunky, techy, dubbed-out 3am houser to die for anyway.

Outstanding stuff – don’t sleep!

Out: This week

About: Find Hype Muzik here, here and here.

Karuva – The Gunslinger

September 13, 2014 in Singles

Karuva The Gunslinger Hype Muzik

More quality deep house vibes but on a slightly techier tip now courtesy of Hype Muzik.

In its Original form, The Gunslinger is a mid-paced, chuggy affair, propelled along by a pulsing synth bassline and topped by a somewhat nonsensical vocal in which some chap declares he’s the gunslinger, the humdinger, the record-breaker, the population maker and various other things. The accompanying slightly deeper Rooftop Mix near-dispenses with the synth b-line and lets tinkling pianos do their thang instead; otherwise the two mixes don’t actually sound that different, truth be told.

That’s not a grumble when they both sound good though! A rub without the vocal might’ve been useful but then I guess that’s what makes it The Gunslinger, innit?

Out: This week

About: Find Hype Muzik and the rest of the Stripped Music Club family on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own blog.

Tony S – Find Your Way/Open Your Eyes

May 21, 2014 in Singles

Tony S Find Your Way Hype MuzikPredictably high-quality house fare on this new two-tracker from the prolific Tony S.

Find Your Way on the A is, I think, as techy an offering as I’ve heard from Mr Stevenson to date: a chuggy, percussive affair made with dark, small-hours floors in mind.. Flip it over, and Open Your Eyes is more typical of his usual output, a midtempo number sporting garage-y female vocal snips and some gloriously old school-sounding piano chords.

Two contrasting cuts, then, but both easily up to the high standard we’ve come to expect from this stalwart of the UK underground.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Hype Muzik, who you can find here and here.

Nobody Else & Mr Jefferson – All Night Long/Meow Clouds

April 8, 2014 in Singles

Nobody Else & Mr Jefferson All Night Long Hype MuzikA nice simple two-tracker to kick off with tonight, coming from Spanish producer Mr Jefferson and his erstwhile production buddy Nobody Else.

On the A-side, All Night Long is a dramatic, bassy houser with dense layers of synths topped by a looping, R&B-ish (and indecipherable) male vocal. On the B, Meow Clouds has layers of crowd/ambient noise, a big rave-y bassline, sampled spoken male vox and a trippy feel overall.

File both tracks under ‘contemporary-style big room deep/tech house done well’.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Hype Muzik, who you can mostly find here, or on Facebook.

Demy Ottens – Train Chords/Deadwood

January 28, 2014 in Singles

Demy Otter Train Chords Hype MuzikTwo utterly superb slices of deep goodness now coming from Hype Muzik.

Hype Muzik may be the ‘techno’ arm of the Stripped Muzik empire, but these two cuts are just as likely to appeal to deep house lovers as they are to technoheads. Train Chords is built around a relentless muted kick, atop which sit heavily reverbed synth stabs, handclaps, dense atmospherics and some pleasing analogue squelch. Deadwood, on the flip, is a dreamier, more late-night affair with half-whispered male vox and pads that go on forever.

Both are best suited to warm-up play, very very late floors or home listening rather than peaktime dancefloor destruction… but both are straight out of the top drawer, believe!

Out: This week

About: You can find Hype Muzik at the Stripped blog or Facebook page.

Levantine – Causes Occasionnelles EP

November 24, 2013 in Singles

Levantine Causes Occasionnelles EP Hype MuzikSome good stuff coming out of the Stripped/Hype camp of late… here’s another one.

The title track is an unhurried, chuggy deep houser with touches of both prog and nu-disco, marked out by its use of a very familiar female vocal snippet put through the same rushy-wooshy-floaty filter as Stonebridge used to great effect on Take Me Away (sorry to be getting all technical, like). Fedra is more down n’ bumpin’, again with snatches of sweet fem vox wafting through as you drift off into inner space, while finally If I Said No does that very 2013 ‘big room deep/tech plus R&B vox’ thing, but, y’know, well.

Fedra wins it by a nose from Causes Occasionnelles for me but it’s all good, as they way.

Out: This week

About: You can find Hype Muzik at their own blog or at the Stripped Muzik Facebook page.

Paul Najera & Jr Quijada – The Mack

November 17, 2013 in Singles

Paul Najera & Jr Quijada The Mack Hype MuzikThree fine mixes to choose from of this deep house nugget from Hype Muzik.

In its Original form, The Mack is an unhurried lil’ headnodder with lingering pads, nicely understated percussion, floaty female vocal wails and a spoken male vocal talking about pimping (lovely). It’s a little beauty that’s not unreminiscent of a certain Mr D. Lee in his more laidback moments… elsewhere on the EP, Tony S treads a jazzier path with some great live double bass, while Wez Saunders goes for the dancefloor jugular with a more driving refix sporting some fat n’ gnarly rave bass.

Three quite different mixes, then, but the quality meter is set high throughout, rest assured.

Out: This week

About: This comes courtesy of Hype Muzik, part of Norman H’s Stripped family – find ’em here and here.

So many tunes, so little time 47

August 11, 2013 in Singles

Another week where 37 million people decided to all release a record at once so this isn’t gonna be as comprehensive as I’d like it to be, but anyway here are SOME of the week’s other goodies for ya…

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Angie Brown teams up with the Sleazy Deep crew to revisit her 90s Bizarre Inc anthem I’m Gonna Get You, which comes in four mixes on new label Square One Digital…  at just about the opposite end of the musical spectrum, Erhan & Kaehne give us Project One, a very deep, moody and atmospheric techno slab on Denmark’s CPH Undersound…  Izabela & Silvio Hrabar take time out from running Croatia’s Family Grooves imprint to serve up the Seven Ate Nine EP for New Era Recordings, which features four original tech-house cuts plus a remix from label boss Tony Thomas… some deeper tech-house grooves come from Jack Steinel in the form of The Islands EP for Hype Muzik… while very contemporary-sounding deep/tech bizniss is the order of the day on Julian M‘s Market Boulevard EP on French label Soleil De Nuit… or if it’s tuffer tech-house/techno you’re after then check for Lino & Manu‘s Molly’s House, coming on Spaceland RecordsSavoir Faire Musique this week give us some typically fine deep house grooves with Lionel Ross‘s Tajinaste, which comes with remixes from Hall North and Tony S… we seem to be on a bit of a ‘labels beginning with S’ tip don’t we? And here’s another one, as the legendary Strictly Rhythm give us Inside My Love, a lovely melodic deep/soulful house take on the Minnie Ripperton classsic by Magic Eye, coming (or at least promo’d) in just the one mix… Markus Homm & Leo Leal‘s three-track Space Cowboy EP for Swiss label Colludo Records is home to some deeper house vibes still… while Misty‘s Make Time on Freaky Vibes is in that ‘big room bizniss that people will try and tell you is deep house but isn’t really’ kinda vein, s’all right all the same though… while also on a more big room tip is Meloder‘s Affection EP, a seven-track affair coming on Cardiff’s Pole Position Recordings…  let’s have some sleeves now seeing as we’re halfway through the alphabet…

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…Irish label Mood 24 Records give us some very pleasing deep, chuggy techno in the form of Bacteria by label boss Patrick WeblinRenato Ratier‘s Folk Us is a midtempo, guitar-flecked deep/tech houser sporting what appears to (but may not) be a slowed-down Terence Trent D’Arby sample by way of a vocal, and coming complete with a Luke Solomon remix on Brazil’s D-Edge Records… back in the UK, Beats Me Music boss Rob Clarke digs around on his hard drive to pull out the four bleepy, techy cuts that make up the Unreleased EPUnrivaled Music give us Favela Vida from label regulars Rose Tinted, dancefloor deepness in four mixes of which Feft‘s is particularly worth checking… sister imprint Sounds Of Juan meanwhile are in a boomin’, bouncy acid house/techno mood this week with the Internal Voices EP from Scientific Funk… back on a deep house tip Smok‘s rather fine three-track Serenity EP would probably have got a full review had Phat Elephant not sent it across at the very last minute… and speaking of rather fine deep house, DO check out Souldate‘s Dreaming EP on Depaart, particularly the title track… Sushi Darling from The Cucarachas is a rollin’, tuff-but-funky (tech) houser coming complete with a Honey Dijon remix on Kinetika Records… Kerri Chandler’s Madtech give us the three-track Heaven EP, wherein Walter Ego  serves up some forward-thinking grooves that sit in some hard-to-define place somewhere between tech-house and future garage… and there are more very contemporary, genre-mashing house sounds courtesy of Southern Fried, with the Get Deeper EP from YoungTEE… and finally we come to those pesky “various artists”. Jack Steinel, JP Chronic and Mobius Strum are among those dishing out the chunky, good-time tech-house grooves for Chronovision‘s two-part Ibiza Sampler 2013…  much tuffer tech-house and techno vibes can be found on 1605 Music Therapy‘s Platform Vol 12 EP, with Vlada Asanin‘s Gangsta Shit and Max Bett & Tesla‘s speed garage-y Bassline Heaven the standouts for yours truly… and we play out still on a tuff, rollin’ tech-house tip with the Street’s Stuff Vol 5 EP from the ever-checkable Deeperfect, featuring cuts from Mihalis Safras, Balthazar & Jack Rock and more.

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Like I said, that’s just some of this week’s highlights cos if there’d been time I’d also have told you about new releases from Afrobeat, Alias Rhythm, Andrade, Andy Slate, Arjun Vagale, Darko De Jan, Frankyeffe, Grunbox, Jay Riordan, Joelle Atkins, Lissat & Voltax, Mark Holmes & Mindform, Mikee, Pan Demic, PIEK, Rhythm Plate, Ronan Scullion, Roy RosenfelD, Senny Rollings, Serfafimoff, Spettro & Trent Johnson, Spiros Kaloumenos, Sun7, The Deepshakerz, Thomas La Salle and Vincento AKA Synth Project. If there’d been time. But there wasn’t. Sorry.

Corei – Madre Selva

June 27, 2013 in Singles

Corei Madre Selva Hype MuzikThree quite different mixes to choose from of this tech/prog cut from Argentinian producer Corei.

In its Original form, Madre Selva starts out sounding like AN Other tech-house chugger, but after a minute or so a big throbbing bass riff and some atmospheric dub techno-type sounds help build it into something more interesting. The REMi Remix, which brings the sweet female vocal snips to the fore, will suit those who like it a little proggier, but the standout for yours truly is the Oki Noki Remix, where a vintage-style acid b-line bubbles away below and space disco stabs fly in and out up above.

Wanton jacking of bodies will doubtless ensue.

Out: This week

About: Hype Muzik is of course part of the Stripped Muzik empire. ‘Madre Selva’, as far as I can make out, appears to be some kind of honeysuckle plant. Go figure.