Various – From The Bottom Of The Ocean Up To The Moon

December 17, 2014 in Albums

From The Bottom Of The Ocean Submarine VibesLast one for tonight, and the last ‘catch-up’ review before, tomorrow, we’ll finally crack on with THIS week’s releases.

So, what we have here is a 12-track compilation from Submarine Vibes, a fledgling label collective based in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Whether you’ll have heard of many of the artists involved is in doubt – certainly Ill Cows and Jelly For The Babies are the only names to have cropped up on TIWWD previously – but the quality of the music isn’t. Deep and tech house vibes are the general order of the day, with a couple of excursions into straight-up techno and more downtempo pastures, and while Carlos Francisco’s Jericoara with its layered percussion, understated bass wobbles and mission control dialogue samples is a clear stand-out, the calibre generally is impressively high for such a young imprint.

Out: Last week (but only on Friday so we’re not too far behind!)

About: Apart from this compilation, Submarine Vibes have put out just nine releases to date. Get the full skinny from their Soundcloud and Facebook pages or at their own website.

Ill Cows – Friday

October 10, 2014 in Singles

Ill Cows Friday DeepToday seemed like an appropriate time to review this latest from the Deep stable!

The lead cut here’s actually called Friday Morning, and is a sparse, drifty midtempo affair that’s most notable for its distinctive use of bell/vibes sounds. The synth scribbles get a little chaotic for these ears in places, though, so I’d actually plump for the deeper, smoother Greenfish Remix… but the standout of the whole EP is 4 Days In Ireland, a fine slice of almost-instrumental techy, dubby deepness.

Course it’s no Rebecca Black but you can’t have everything! 🙂

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep, part of the Miami-based Liquid Music family, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – Deop Vol 6: Summer 2014 Edition

September 10, 2014 in Albums

Deop Vol 6 Summer 2014 Edition Deep RecordsAnother cracking V/A collection here… this one, in a spectacular instance of bad planning on my part, also coming from a Liquid Music imprint. In this case, the label simply known as Deep.

So as you’d expect, deep and tech house vibes are again what’s on offer, covering a range of styles but generally erring more towards the ‘deep’ rather than the ‘tech’ side of the equation. There are 10 tracks from nine artists, so I’m not going into each and every one, but cuts I’d humbly suggest are particularly worthy of your attention include the subdued deep acid textures of Javier De Baraja’s Unfinished Story, Rodrigo Vega’s elegantly sparse Another Chance with its pulsing analogue synth bassline, Klod Rights’ bassy, druggy The Voodoo and RedDub’s, er, dubbed-out Find Me Again (feat a Mutaburka-esque vocal from Kambiz).

But as with the Ritmik album below, there’s very little in the way of filler here… just 1 hour, 11 minutes and three seconds of quality underground house music. Niceness.

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep here and here.

Jonny Bee – Nobody Like You

July 28, 2013 in Singles

Jonny Bee Nobody Like You Lens MediaOkay, after a couple of techier releases in a row let’s have some proper deep as in deeeeeeeep vibes now, and who better to turn to when looking for those than Croatia’s Lens Media?

Milan-based producer Jonny Bee serves up the very fine original, a warm, luxuriant and musical midtempo number with the very lightest hints of soul and jazz, while a very respectable remix line-up – South Africa’s Pozzi, the UK’s City Soul Project and Hungary’s Ill Cows – provide just enough variety in the rerubs to ensure you’ll happily sit and listen to all four in a row without needing to drag your weary, sorry, clubbed-out ass off the sofa.

Deeper-than-deep, driftaway late-night vibes of the highest order. Acquire.

Out: This week

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

Ill Cows – Sweet EP

June 11, 2012 in Singles

Ill Cows Sweet EP

Who said all the good band/artist names had gone, eh? Ill Cows indeed… I’m actually not sure whether that’s the most rubbish name I’ve heard all year, or the best. But I’m erring towards the best.

Anyway it’s not who they’re by, it’s what they sound like that matters, and this two-tracker from Unrivaled sounds pretty good, truth be told. On the A, Sweet Street kicks off with some fairly harsh percussion that sounds like we’re gonna be in boys’ own tech-house territory, but then surprises by dropping down instead into a stripped, raw house groove reminiscent of vintage Serious Grooves tackle. Over on the B, meanwhile, Hello is a fairly par-for-the-course techy chugger but distinguishes itself with a quirky, French-accented spoken vocal – saying “hello”, obviously.

Which is always good for breaking the ice with that cutie on the dancefloor…

Out: This week

About: Every week I tell you how Unrivaled is part of the Endemic Digital stable. Soon I won’t have to, though, cos TIWWD is having a makeover – stay tuned for more details…