Vloon M feat Shane Fontane – Fantasy & Ecstasy

January 8, 2015 in Singles

Vloon M ft Shane Fontane Fantasy & Ecstasy Funk'n DeepThree mixes to choose from on this new offering from Funk’N Deep… who I noticed this week have very kindly booted me off their mailing list AGAIN. Not really sure why but c’est la guerre I guess.

Anyway we rise above, so… the original here is a dark tech-houser, leaning more to the tech side of the equation and aiming I think for that early 90s Beltram vibe, as the title suggests! James Dax’s remix gives the track a more contemporary house sheen, but the real reason this is here is the Dhyan Droik Remix… a clap-happy dancefloor bass monster that’d play very nicely with Speaker Peeps’ Romancin’ Who, as reviewed below.

The first two are fine, but Droik’s rub is a BEAST that you ignore at your peril!

Out: This week

About: Here then for the last time I guess are the usual Soundcloud and Facebook links…

Various – Omelette Du Fromage, Vol 1

October 27, 2013 in Singles

Omelette Du Fromage Avec MoiNext up we have that most exciting of things… the very first release from a brand new label!

The label in question is called Avec Moi, and it’s headed up by Gruia Jordan AKA James Dax, who’s featured on this blog before with releases on 5 And Dime and Kriss And Kry. His own contribution to this seven-artist, seven-track sampler EP is Way Of The Ninja, a midtempo deep house groover that’s uncannily like listening to TC 1992’s Funky Guitar on downers. Elsewhere, Framewerk, Reash, Fresk Music, Jamie O’Reilly, Addo and Tunnelvision serve up a smorgasbord of deep delights leaning towards the midtempo and abstract side of things, though Tunnelvision get gloriously old-skool in the piano dept on Open Air and O’Reilly gets a bit more big, bassy and struttin’ on Crunch Time.

A promising and, despite the title, completely cheese-free taster of things to come.

Out: This week

About: You can find Avec Moi on Facebook or Mr Dax himself on Soundcloud. I should point out as well that he doesn’t run the label solo but in conjunction with someone called Malibu. Before anyone gets upset.

Anchoret – Stigma

September 1, 2013 in Singles

Anchoret Stigma Kiss And KryBack in April, I singled out Anchoret’s mix of Loz Goddard’s Headcase EP for special praise… now here he is again under his own steam with this single for Kiss And Kry Records.

There are four mixes of Stigma to choose from. The original’s an instrumental cut blending deep, tech and progressive elements, Loz Goddard’s remix is the glitchiet, most wonked-out disco-house you ever heard (seriously), M-Capio takes us into more dark n’ driving techno territory, but the standout for me I think is the James Dax & Ninjutsu Remix, which opens with warbling, Carpenter-esque analogue synths and then mixes up the tech, prog and Italo elements until you come out dazed but smiling eight minutes later.

Out: This week

About: Kiss And Kry seem to mostly live on Facebook, or you can find Anchoret himself, AKA Joe Zazini, on Soundcloud.

Tony S – Stupid Little Things

May 28, 2013 in Singles

Tony S Stupid Little Things 5 And DimeIt’s been a little under 18 months since Tony Stevenson first made an appearance on this blog… in that short time, he’s gone on to become one of my current favourite producers/remixers. And this offering for one of my current fave labels, 5 and Dime, doesn’t disappoint one bit.

Deep house with a hefty dose of soul flowing through its veins is the general story here, classic in styling without doing the oh-so-now retro samples thing. Tony’s original is a little more percussive and bumpy, James Dax’s Power Remix a little smoother and more discofied, and the same remixer’s Ninjutsu Remix a little more stripped down and dubbed out. But any one of the three should serve the more discerning floors admirably.

Out: This week

About: Find 5 And Dime here, here and here (Facebook, Soundcloud, web)

James Dax – All Those Words

February 5, 2013 in Singles

James Dax All Those Words 5 And DimeDenver’s 5 And Dime have, they tell me, stopped doing promo on their singles… but they very kindly sent this latest through anyway. Much obliged chaps!

I don’t know a great deal about James Dax but his name seems to be everywhere at the moment, and when he’s making music as now-sounding as this it’s no surprise really. All Those Words, in keeping with current trends,is an atmospheric deep/tech groove topped with a soulful male vocal… I have to say the singer (whether Dax himself or someone else, I’m not sure) sounds disturbingly like Fine Young Cannibals’ Roland Gift but that shouldn’t  necessarily be a problem!

There’s just the one mix, because the rest of the release is made up of two rubs of a track called 4000 Reasons. In its Original form, this is a pulsing, pushing kinda number that’s atmospheric and a wee bit proggy around the edges, with some Italo-esque synths also making an appearance. F-Stop’s Polar Covalent Mix then tones down the prog tinges and takes us into slightly more glitchy, experimental territory.

Out: This week

About: 5 And Dime can be found on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website.