Deep Spelle – InHouse EP

January 16, 2016 in Singles

Deep Spelle InHouse EP DeepWit RecordingsWe kick off tonight in (very) deep house territory, as Deep Spelle serves up the latest in DeepWit’s artist-focused InHouse series of EPs.

Five tracks make up the EP: three originals, plus Deep Spelle’s remixes of two tracks by other artists. Taking the originals first, Wet Road (feat Gee) starts out with deep tribal drums and heads even deeper, with a LARGE but muted dub bassline, pads that go on forever and cut-up snatches of sweet fem vox. Everyboy’s Smiling is a little livelier and more overtly floor-friendly, albeit it’d still be one for warm-up or end-of-night play, but the standout among Deep Spelle’s own cuts is The Way You Treat Me feat Jon Juster, a delicate, haunting, garage-leaning affair with mournful sax and a barely-there “I love the way you kiss me” female vocal… look up ‘gorgeous’ in an encyclopaedia and you’ll find a picture of this record!

Moving on to the remixes, the Deep Spelle Back To The 80s Remix of Sumsuch’s Chop Shop is the paciest cut on the EP – though still a laidback, late-night affair by most labels’ standards – and features that familiar “In the 70s, melodies were ruling the world. In the 80s, grooves are ruling the world” spoken vocal, while finally the Jeff Fontaine & Deep Spelle Remix of Proj3kt Dharma’s Forgotten By The Universe is a chuggy lil’ deep houser with a dreamy, drifty feel overall and a man and woman babbling about space by way of a vocal.

The Way You Treat Me takes the gold, but truth be told there’s not a duff cut in sight – this is a superb EP from one of the best deep house labels in the game, so go seek!

Out: This week

About: As ever, you can find DeepWit Recordings herehere and here.

Rishi K – Celebrate

August 9, 2013 in Singles

Rishi K Celebrate UM RecordsProlific San Francisco-based producer Rishi K tones down the prog influences a little, compared to his usual output, for this new EP on New Zealand’s UM Records.

In total, you get three mixes of Celebrate itself, plus bonus cuts Soul Touch and Man On The Moon. It’s been a long week and I’m tired so not gonna go into every mix in painstaking detail right now, but suffice to say that UM’s usual high standards apply and that particularly worthy of your attention are the cerebral shuffle though inner space that is Man On The Moon (albeit it’s a cerebral shuffle that could quite happily be carried out on the dancefloor, ideally around 5am or so), the gently-rolling Original Mix of Celebrate with its trippy keyboard trills and spoken vocal samples, and Soul Touch with its subtly-applied E2-E4-isms.

But, y’know, the Berny and Jeff Fontaine & Deep Spelle mixes of Celebrate deserve checking too!

Out: This week

About: Find UM Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Mastercris – My Pleasure

October 1, 2012 in Singles

Mastercris My Pleasure Acryl Music

Switzerland’s Acryl Music doing what they do best here, with five mixes of this deep house gem from Mastercris.

The Andy Bach Remix is the most ‘accessible’ – it’s got a little more drive than the rest and a sprinkling of disco dust to boot. Elsewhere on the EP though we’re strictly in ‘proper heads only’ territory. George Horn & Andres Agurre’s rub is warm, lazy and musical, Seraphine’s rolls along nicely and has a slightly proggy feel, Jeff Fontaine & Deep Spelle’s is sparse, dubby and garage-y and then Nadja Linda does her cavernous deep house/deep techno thing, with sterling results as ever.

It’s between the latter two rubs for me as far as favourites go but with mixes to suit a range of deeper tastes, this is something of a must-check.

Out: This week

About: You can find Acryl Music on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website.

Left-Minded – Good Days EP

August 4, 2012 in Singles

left Minded Good Days EP something different

Some more very solid deep house grooves here courtesy of Jesus Pablo and Di Riviera’s Something Different label.

The EP kicks off with Alive Again, a dreamy, organ-flecked deep houser that’d be equally suited to floor play or to home listening purposes, and that comes complete with a Jeff Fontaine Reborn Remix which takes into seriously deep, dubbed-out territory. The title track Good Days itself takes us back to the dancefloor with sampled disco vox, atmospheric synth washes and clean, crisp percussion, while finally you get two mixes of It’s A Shame. I’m not 100% in love with the vocal on this one TBH but there are some nice retro 80s/acid house sounds going on beneath it on the original, while the Raumakustic Remix will suit the hipster floors to a T.

It’s Good Days and the original of Alive Again that are sharing top honours for me, though, while Fontaine’s late-night explorations into deep headspace make this a very worthwhile package before you even GET to It’s A Shame!

Out: This week

About: Find Something Different on Soundcloud and Facebook.