The great big holiday catch-up post

August 23, 2015 in Singles

As some of you might have noticed, I’ve not been around for the past two weeks due to – gasp! – actually taking a holiday. But I’m back now, with a mountain of promos to download and a lorryload of reviews promises to fulfill. So let’s get started… here’s a bunch of very checkable singles, all of which came out this week.

DCR032 - SocialBrodanse – Miss Your Love
The brothers Smart serve up a neat two-tracker on their own Danse Club Records here. It’s the original that gets my vote, an underground deep house jam with a garage-y female “I miss your love” vocal loop, but French house veteran DJ W!ld comes with a more heads-down refix for the teeny-tiny hours that’s also plenty playable.

Deep Active Sound sleeveDeep Active Sound – Changes EP
Another fine deep house two-tracker here, this one coming from Russian producer Deep Active Sound and brought to you courtesy of the ever-reliable Different Attitudes. Bace Pace is a nice chunky lil’ groover with garage-y female vocal snips and a pulsating b-line, while Changes itself is a slinky, squelchy cut made for making booties sway on dancefloors.

Deepdoon sleeveDeepdoon – Moving Forward EP
A three-track EP here from Romania’s Limitation Music and Scottish (of course!) producer Deepdoon. The title cut is an uber-deep affair with an ambient intro, lovely warm piano notes and, when the beats do eventually arrive, a lazy, almost Balearic feel. Summer Temptation is a mellow, aptly named slice of beach house loveliness, while completing the EP is The Lotus Eaters, a late-night drifter with nods to E2/E4 and a spoken, psychobabble-ish female vocal.

CW013 PackshotFatherhood – Child Support EP
A four-track EP from Michael Mangan and Physical Therapy, collectively known as Fatherhood, on their own Clubwerks imprint. Under their joint moniker they bring us the stripped-back jackery of The Yes Man and the fierce Chicago warehouse nostalgia of Loleatta On Acid (no prizes for guessing who the sampled vocalist is), while Mangan goes it alone on Carl Craig-ish disco-tech stomper Alright Um and Physical Therapy brings us Hospital House, which has echoes of both Murk and Plastic Dreams.

Fragoso sleeveFragoso – Hot Room EP
Two tracks in four mixes make up this EP from California’s Household Digital label. Hot Room itself is a bass-rumblin’ deep/tech houser with a “look into the light, it will not hurt you” spoken vocal loop, and comes accompanied by a slightly techier The Mistaa Remix. Bring The Funk Back, meanwhile, is a bass-heavy deep/tech roller in its original form, while the Mr Drew Acid Mix is techier though not, despite the name, particularly acidic.

Gotta Get EP Album ArtLee Walker – Mind Control EP
Another four-track EP here, this one coming from Middlesbrough’s Lee Walker and brought to you by Canada’s Mile End Records. Crazy For You blends deep house and UK garage influences to great effect, and comes with a techier, drummier refix from Andy Lee. The other original cut, Gotta Get, is another garage-tinged deep houser with vocal bites from Montell Jordan’s This Is How We Do It, while a more energetic Jacky (UK) remix completes the set.

Stev Bray sleeveStev Bray – Muve Your Body
Yes, Stev not Steve and muve not move, just in case anyone was thinking I’d suddenly forgotten how to type/spell! Stanny Abram’s Marba Records are the label behind this nicely understated tech-house throbber, which comes complete with a more percussive remix from Mr Abram himself.

Wasabi sleeveWasabi & Karman Lee – Matilda EP
Seems like ages since Greek producer Wasabi featured on TIWWD but here he comes again now, bringing us a neat lil’ tech-house two-tracker on Street King in cahoots with the slightly mysterious Karman Lee. Diggin’ is a no-nonsense, heads-down kinda cut with shufflin’ beats and chopped-up female vocal snips, while Matilda itself is just as tracky but operates in slightly funkier, housier territory.

BitToBitRecords-BTB029-ZaVen-SundownExpressEPZaVen – Sundown Express EP
Another two-track affair here from Spain’s Bit To Bit Records. Sundown Boulevard is a meandering, uber-deep affair built for warm-up or post-club play that’ll have the proverbial ‘heads’ in raptures, while Trainspotting is a slightly more floor-friendly deep houser with a looping disco bassline and, yes, train noises…

2400X2400-IBIZA-HEATVarious – Avotre presents Ibiza Heat
A stylistically varied Ibiza sampler EP here from Berlin’s Avotre Records, with seven tracks from as many artists. Highlights include the sizzling acid of label boss Santé’s Acid Rain, the strutty, funk-fuelled house of Ale Castro’s Schubkraft, Montel’s party-startin’ Body Music and Mennie’s Organica, a heady fusion of breakbeat, funk and techno influences.

MSR sleeveVarious – Midnight City EP
A five-track VA offering from Midnight Social Recordings here. Label boss Carlo Gambino gives us the warmup-friendly Liquid Lunch, Dee Brown comes with the trad-style deep groover Ghetto Chords, Guy Young nods towards Detroit on Indigroove, M-Melodie’s Coloured Trouble is an understated, atmospheric cut while finally Zeno Nodari’s Be Down is a moody chugger to play us out in cinematic style.

Various – Straight Underground House Vol 2

July 21, 2015 in Albums

Straight Underground House Vol 2 Straight AHEAD MusicAnother label comp here, this one coming from Sascha Sonido’s Straight AHEAD imprint over in Germany. Not overly familiar with the label TBH, so I’m not entirely sure but I think it’s new material rather than a best of, and the commercial release has 13 tracks plus a continuous mix from Rich Wakley.

Sadly the mixed version wasn’t included in the promo but the 13 individual tracks are certainly worth checking out, particularly if that more contemporary, chunky style of deep/tech house is your thang. With a mix of familiar names (As I Am, Raffa FL, Italoboyz, Cozzy D, Jey Kurmis, Jacky UK and Wakley himself) and newcomers, the emphasis is on floorburners from start to finish, so if it’s a carefully curated, genre-defying ‘journey’ you’re after this might not be the collection for you. But if you just want a load of fresh DJ ammo then come right on in, with highlights for me including Italoboyz feat Durant’s Anschluss with its frankly bizarre sampled vocal, Katal’s UK Mood with its injection of driving techno beats into an otherwise very garage-y sound palette, and Lee Jeffrey’s Don’t Break It which makes fine, imaginative use of a VERY familiar vocal.

Out: Last week (but last week was stupid busy, sorry bout dat)

About: You can find Straight AHEAD Music here, here and here.

Various – Attitudes Remixed For Miami Vol 2

April 4, 2015 in Singles

Attitudes Remixed For Miami Vol 2 Different AttitudesA pleasing variety of house styles on this second installment of Different Attitudes’ Miami 2015 offering (see here for the TIWWD verdict on Vol 1).

DJ Bene’s Deep In Me as remixed by Junk Yard Rhythm Section is up first, a deep house throbber with dubby leanings and a whispered female vocal. Next comes Human Mode’s Delusions Of Grandeur as remixed by Am Billionaire, a slightly techier, proggier cut, followed by JYRS’s own Knuckle Sandwich, which in Jacky (UK)’s hands is a tuff, bassy, bleepy affair with multiple sampled vocals, plenty of big floor drama and handclaps to die for. Ben Gomori’s Morning Wood Remix of Skeleton Army’s Morning Glory is stripped-back, fierce and acidic, and comes topped with an “I’ll be there” diva vocal, while completing the package is Fedor K’s remix of Zuckre’s Stuck In Ecuador, a druggy, drummy number with proggy synths, a spoken “time to release the pressure” vocal and a definite peaktime vibe overall.

Deep In Me and Knuckle Sandwich stand out for me.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 13 April.

About: Find Different Attitudes on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Jacky (UK) – Fair One

November 19, 2014 in Singles

Jacky (UK) Fair One Blue DyeSmoother, deeper house vibes now on this latest from Germany’s Blue Dye.

In its Original form, Fair One is a midpaced little gem that’ll appeal to those who love deep house and garage in equal measure, drawing as it does on both forms with its chopped n’ treated fem vox, lingering pads and shufflin’ beats. Pete Herbert’s remix is more straight-down-the-line beats-wise, sports a chunky nu-disco b-line and is – as you’d expect – several degrees more spangly and Balearic-sounding, while completing the set is a remix by Di Chiara Brothers that takes us into ‘blissed-out late-night anthem’ territory, with the addion of some big, now-sounding bass action.

A strong package all round, but the classic-style Original takes the gold for me.

Out: This week

About: You can find Blue Dye on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Di Chiara Brothers – Old Friend EP

July 20, 2014 in Singles

Di Chiara Brothers Old Friend EP Underground Source RecordsRaw, slammin’ house grooves are the order of the day on this two-track/three-mix EP from Tunisia’s Underground Source Records.

Move Your Body is up first, which marries old-skool New Jersey elements – nagging ruff-edged Rhodes and a plainitive female “I know I will survive” vocal – to the most no-nonsense 4/4s you’ll hear all week. More of those fierce drums on Old Friend itself, this time accompanied by a chopped n’ looped female vocal and more defiantly old skool keys, while Jacky (UK) provides a remix of the same that has less of the original’s garage-y swing and instead goes straight for the peaktime jugular.

Like I said… raw, slammin’ house grooves. What’s not to like?

Out: This week

About: Find Underground Source Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.