James Silk & Jobe – Baby Baby

September 12, 2012 in Singles

James Silk & Jobe Baby Baby Form-and Function

And from one of TIWWD’s most-tipped of 2012 (Dave James) to another, James Silk, whose latest for Form-and Function doesn’t disappoint one iota.

In its Original form, Baby Baby is all chunky bass, crisp kicks and earnest male vocal… a big room peaktime vocal anthem in the making, quite possibly. It also wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Cleveland City circa 1994! But it’s actually the flipside refix from Liam Geddes that’s exciting yours truly more.

With the vocal cut down, chopped up and recycled in stab form, this is as chunky, sumptuous and beautiful a slab of, let’s not beat about the bush, UK garage music as you’ll hear this month AT LEAST. A proper locked-down underground soul bumper for the deep heads, don’t sleep!

Out: This week

About: You can find Form-and Function on Facebook and Soundcloud.

**UPDATE 13/9: Please note Jobe is co-producer of this record and NOT the vocalist as I suggested yesterday!

Little 15 – The Bronx

September 2, 2012 in Singles

Little 15 The Bronx Endemic Digital

Some more very fine deep house grooves here, this time courtesy of Endemic Digital.

Recognisable by its sampled preacherman vox and “Bronx in the house shouts”, The Bronx is quite tuff n’ techy in its Original form but still quantifiably ‘deep’ rather than ‘tech’ house I’d say, if you’re someone who likes to make such distinctions! Peter O’s remix takes us on an uber-deep late nite ride, Danny eM’s rub is a stripped n’ stompin’ pass for big speakers in big dark rooms and then finally James Silk’s Dirty Jersey Remix is… the bollocks, basically.

Endemic have been getting some deep house chart love of late… this won’t harm their cause any at all.

Out: This week

About: You can find Endemic on Facebook.

James Silk – Downside EP

June 25, 2012 in Singles

James Silk Downside EP Form-and Function

The latest here from a rising producer that I’ve sung the praises of on TIWWD more than once…

It’s a four-track affair. The title cut is a big, throbbing slab of contemporary-style deepness that does strange, twisted things with the vocal from Diana’s disco anthem Upside Down…  I don’t THINK it”s actually a sample, but it’s been so sonically messed-with it’s kinda hard to tell! Part of me wants to scream ‘sacrilege’ but a) it works, b) the track’s definitely an entity in its own right, rather than a shoddy rip-off of Ms Ross’s classic and c) not everyone is an old fart like me and 90% of clubbers that hear it won’t care, or possibly even realise!

So it’s getting the TIWWD thumbs-up after all. Elsewhere, Turning Over reworks Clarity’s 1985 boogie/R&B nugget The Way U Make Me Feel and gives it something of a late 90s disco-house-in-Ibiza twist, coming compete with a (TBH not vastly different) Eivissa Edit just to hammer the point home, while What You Waitin’ For doesn’t, as you might be expecting, take a bite from the Jungle Bros but instead is another throbby, now-sounding deep dancefloor cut, with a looping “if you want it you can have it, come get it” vocal, the overall effect being not dissimilar to being transported back to The Tunnel in ’95 with Vasquez working his big dark room magic.

Another sterling effort from Mr Silk then, once more demonstrating the young producer’s remarkable knowledge of his musical heritage.

Out: This week

About: This comes from Form-and Function, which is co-run by Endemic’s Wez Saunders but seems to exist as a more separate entity… here’s where to find ’em on Soundcloud and Facebook.

PS: Just kinda catching up with this week’s tuneage so that’s probably your lot for tonight, unless of course anything absolutely blows my socks off 🙂

Audio Units – Sample The Example

June 20, 2012 in Singles

Audio Units Sample The Example

The digital DJ debate continues, as on this latest from Al Bradley’s long-running 3am, an unnamed speaker vents his spleen at all the haters who diss fellow DJs for using Traktor, Serato etc… but gives those DJs who ARE using Traktor, Serato but AREN’T doing it properly something of a wake-up call as well. “As long as you can rock a party, that’s what it’s about,” is pretty much the case put forward.

Now, I’m not getting bogged down in that whole argument here, for many reasons… perhaps we’ll discuss it another time but right now all you need to know is, this track rocks.

For me, it’s the Full Vox Mix that works best, for sheer tongue-in-cheek value if nowt else (“If you’re a new DJ, learn your fucking history. That’s why the older DJs are gettin’ mad at y’all… y’all don’t know shit!”). But there’s no shortage of less vocal-centric remixes. James Silk’s rub is his trademark high-quality, old skool-leaning deepness and the Ruben F Ghetto Mix takes us into techier territory with firing 909s to jack-jack-jack your body, while label boss Al Bradley’s 3am Deep Dub is a spaced-out, head-mangled affair that shouldn’t really take much explaining.

Like I said, all you need to know is this rocks – in whichever mix you go for. And if a track rocks a party, that’s what it’s about!

Out: This week

About: This week, you can mostly find 3am Recordings on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Saytek – Don’t Pick Up

May 3, 2012 in Singles

Some really cool, chunky tech-house vibes here from scene stalwart Saytek, best known for his killer live house/techno sets.

The Original of Don’t Pick Up is all thumping bass kicks and sharp higher-end percussion, and as such will probably work best on techno or techno-leaning floors. For those of a housier persuasion, though, Soulight’s rub starts off tuff n’ tribal but then mellows out into a real head-trip of a mix, while the ReKreation Rmx is a subtler pass still, with most of the relentless hi-hats and tribal fills left out. But the pick for me is James Silk’s Mist Remix, which marries straight-down-the-line 4/4s with a big off-kilter b-line and some cool electric piano chords, and adds some looping female vocal snips to the male growls that are present on all four mixes.

Those are all pretty subtle distinctions, though… “cool, chunky tech-house” pretty much covers it really.

Out: This week

About: This is the latest from the Endemic Digital camp… I think it’s the first time this veteran producer has had anything out on the label but I could be wrong. If it is though, definitely something of a coup for the Essex boys!

James Silk – Sweet Turning Sherbert EP

March 4, 2012 in Singles

“It’s that man again,” as 1930s radio comic Tommy Handley used to say*. I was just saying last week how you need to be keeping an eye on Mr Silk and now here is once more, with a very varied three-tracker that shows just how versatile he can be.

Opener Sweet Spot is an abstract, ethereal and at times near-ambient offering with a female vocal, that could appeal equally to fans of deep house, deep techno and the more esoteric end of the future garage spectrum. Something of a home-listening delight, then. Orange Sherbert is a more obviously club-friendly affair, still very deep but with a fat, funk-fuelled Chicago-sounding b-line that should get booties shaking nicely.
And then finally there’s Turning Over. This starts out sounding like yet another midtempo East London tech-house workout… but then after a couple of minutes slowly starts bringing in elements of boogie. Soaring strings, squelchy synth-bass and, eventually, a heavily filtered male vocal inna D-Train/Atlantic Starr kinda vein (it’s probably a sample and I should probably recognise it, but you can’t win ’em all) all join the party, making for a cut that starts out in darkness and ends in bright sunshine.
Quality stuff from Mr Silk once more, nuff said.
Out: This week
About: This one comes on a brand new label, Form And Function… which turns out to be yet another imprint under the Endemic Digital banner.
*Although how I know this, I’m not entirely sure.

James Silk – Lost Circus EP

February 24, 2012 in Singles

And the good house grooves keep on coming, with this three-tracker from James Silk, a young producer who seems to be turning out the good house grooves on an hourly basis right now.

Like the Stanny Abrams track below, opener Friend Of Mine here is big n’ squelchy, albeit in a contemporary bassy tech-house rather than a 90s organ house kinda way; like Roman Rai’s Sometimes two reviews down, it plunders some veteran acid jazz for its vocal, albeit this time Incognito rather than Brand New Heavies. It’s rather splendid, in other words.

Elsewhere on the EP, you’ll find Hazy Dayz and Trail To Buda. The former’s a midtempo tech-house chugger with a deeply satisfying bottom end, some lilting, Steely Dan-esque geetar twiddles and a falsetto male vocal sampled – I’m guessing – from some 70s soul brother that I’ll probably kick myself when someone tells me who/what it is! The latter is a slightly more uptempo groove with a sparser feel, some analogue squelch and disco-tastic “all right” vocal snips, and a jazzy, frenetic piano breakdown midway through.
The last two perhaps lack the ‘instant anthem’ appeal of Friend Of Mine but both are still very cool, confirming Mr Silk as a producer you definitely need to be keeping an eye on right now
Out: This week
About: Despite James’s Liverpudlian origins, this actually comes all the way from southern Europe, on Macedonia’s Artefact Records. As they haven’t featured on here a million times already, here’s the full set of links: Facebook Soundcloud MySpace YouTube and their own blog.