Various – Hot Summer Vol 1

August 2, 2015 in Albums

Hot Summer Vol 1 La Pitti RecordsRight then… it’s 10pm on a Sunday night, which means it’s time to take a trip into the deep zone. And whose company to do so in better than Vincenzo De Robertis’ La Pitti Records, over in sunny Italia?

Again, there’s 14 tracks from 14 artists so you’ll excuse me if I don’t do the full track-by-track! In any case, you should know the La Pitti sound by now: smooth, soul- and jazz-tinged (very) deep house grooves are the label’s stock in trade, and that’s basically what you get here. With cuts from TIWWD regulars like Tony S, Phasen, James Benedict and Igor Gonya, plus a bunch of newer names, this definitely isn’t the place to come looking for romping, stomping Saturday night dancefloor thrills. But if you need to soothe your soul with the aural equivalent of a long hot bath, step right on in…

Out: This week

About: You can find La Pitti Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

James Benedict – B’s Melody EP

June 18, 2015 in Singles

James Benedict B's Melody House Trip RecordingsWe move into deeper house territory now with this two-track, four-mix EP from James Bendedict.

B’s Melody, in its original form, is a garage-leaning deep houser with skippy beats, chopped-up male vox and whooshy synth/organ sounds. Angel Rize’s NY Mix of the same rides tuffer, more straight-up 4/4s but retains the garage feel via the addition of some raw-sounding piano. The sultry and quite slow-moving W.N Street, on the other hand, is in its original form a bleepier, shape-throwing affair that looks to vintage Chicago deepness for inspiration, while Liam Dunning supplies a slightly tuffer, more upbeat remix that again gets busy with the piano sprinkles.

A strong package, with the Angel Rize rub of B’s Melody my pick of a fine crop.

Out: This week on Traxsource, on general release from 29 June

About: This comes to you via Middlesborough’s House Trip Recordings, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Sinan Kaya – Vague

June 1, 2015 in Singles

Sinan Kaya Vague Sound Vessel RecordsNo fewer than five mixes to choose from on this offering from Sound Vessel Records, a San Diego-based label who make their TIWWD debut with this.

Istanbul producer Sinan Kaya (who certainly has featured on TIWWD before) is the man at the controls, with his original mix of Vague being a soulfully-infused deep houser with falsetto male vox that, now I come to think of it, would play nicely with the Marcus Raute single below. The DisLike Remix is smoother and more late-night, James Benedict nods to classic Chi-town deepness on his rub while Jonny Bee ups the tempo a notch and beefs up the drums on a mix that’s surely aimed straight at Ibiza dancefloors.

But the pick of the crop for me is the stripped-back, dubby Processing Vessel Remix – it’s a 4am dancefloor journey and no mistake guv’nor!

Out: Last week

About: You can find Sound Vessel Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Vincenzo de Robertis – Situation EP

May 10, 2015 in Singles

Vincenzo de Robertis Situation EP Deep ClicksAfter last week’s appearance on Unrivaled Music, here our old friend Vincenzo serves up a two-track, four-mix EP for Spanish label Deep Clicks.

In its Original form, Situation itself is a near-instrumental deep groover with a chugging b-line, tinkling keys that sound like raindrops falling on a xylophone and a slightly epic, proggy vibe overall. James Benedict’s remix takes us into wonky, funked-up midtempo territory, while Lucas Perazzi makes more use of the original’s barely-there vocal samples and adds some mournful-sounding sax/trumpet (not sure which) on his rub. Completing the EP, bonus cut Attractions is an even more epic/atmospheric cut than Situation, and sports a vaguely disturbing, distorted female vocal saying “attraction” over and over again.

Perazzi’s remix is the one for yours truly here.

Out: This week

About: Find Deep Clicks on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

James Benedict – To Move Is To Groove EP

May 9, 2015 in Singles

James Benedict To Move Is To Groove EP What HappensA four-track EP here from Denmark’s ever-checkable What Happens imprint.

To Move Is To Groove itself is up first, a laidback, garage-leaning deep house groove with reversed organ sounds, cut-up female vocals, tinkling pianos and layers of ‘vinyl crackle’. Elsewhere, the quite uptempo Think Of You has overtones of Balearic prog, Blue Sky is a proper dreamy, eyes-wide-shut affair aimed at 5am dancefloors and finally No Stoppin’ has nu-disco/boogie overtones.

The title cut takes the gold for me, but Blue Sky isn’t too far behind.

Out: This week on Traxsource, from 18 May on general release.

About: Find What Happens on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Jon Sweetname – Feeling Again EP

April 30, 2015 in Singles

Jon Sweetname Feeling Again EP House Trip RecordingsHere we have the first TIWWD appearance in a wee while from Middlesbrough’s House Trip Recordings.

In its original form, Feel Again is an unhurried affair sitting right on the deep/prog cusp, and will suit those who like their house on the arty/abstract/contemplative side. However I’m much more taken by the accompanying Not Even Close Remix by Dee Brown, a more straight-ahead deep house dancefloor jam with old-school piano stabs and even older-school vocal inserts (“it’s time to jack” and that “it’s the point of highest intensity” one).

The other original cut, Feeling ON (their caps), is a fairly chunky but nonetheless atmospheric midtempo number, with what sounds like Neville Chamberlain (!) or someone talking over the top. However, for me it’s again all about the remix as James Benedict takes us on a tripped-out, late-night dubby ride into outer space…

Out: This week on Traxsource, on general release from 11 May

About: Find House Trip Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook.

James Benedict – Mellow Annie EP

December 4, 2014 in Singles

James Benedict Mellow Annie EP House Trip RecordingsDeeper house vibes now from Glaswegian producer James Benedict.

Mellow Annie itself, in its original form, is a sparse, slow-building deep houser featuring Jesse Jackson speech samples and vaguely proggy synths. Jon Sweetname’s remix makes more extensive use of the vocal, tones down the synths and beefs up the drums for more of a deep/tech vibe. Time With Me also comes in two mixes: the gorgeous old skool, late-night deepness of the original, and a more drama-laden refix from Liam Dunning for the bigger rooms, complete with soaring synth-strings and energising handclaps.

It’s the original version of Time With Me that stands out, to these ears.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 15 Dec.

About: This is brought to you by House Trip Recordings, a new-ish label (this is HTREP008) based in Cleveland – the one in North Yorkshire, UK, not the one in Ohio, USA. You can find ’em on Soundcloud and Facebook.