BiG AL – Profoundness

April 25, 2016 in Singles

BiG AL Profoundness Haute MusiqueSadly I seem to have run out of Sunday, so while there are still a few bits n’ bobs from this week I’d like to tell you about tomorrow, for now we’ll play out with this typically classy deep houser from our old friend Adel Ghandour AKA BiG AL, coming on his own Haute Musique imprint.

Three rubs of Profoundness to choose from. In its Original form its a chuggy, dub-tinged affair with cut-up vox, strings sweeps and a pleasingly unhurried feel overall. The Bucher Remix rocks tuffer kicks and has something of a druggier, 4am, tribal kinda vibe without getting stoopid about it, while Jero Nougues reaches into the disco goody bag and pulls out clappy beats which he then applies to a remix that takes us on a more epic, blissed-out journey.

All three are good but the Original takes the gold for me.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: You can find Haute Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Rishi K – Strange & Beautiful

January 31, 2016 in Singles

Rishi K Strange & Beautiful Sonic Soul RecordsThe witching hour approacheth, so this is the last review for tonight… and what a way to finish. If Rishi K with Tom Lown, Ariane Blank and Jero Nougues remixes doesn’t get your juices flowing, you’re clearly reading this blog by mistake!

Rishi’s original version of Strange & Beautiful, then, is a fairly mellow but still floor-friendly deep house groover, with vocoded “funky music!” vocal stabs, “come on!” interjections, synths redolent of Joey Negro at his most spacey and a warm, chugging bassline that underpins it all. Shoes, Bags & Boys boss Blank brings us a stripped-back, dubbier, twitchier rub that foregrounds some Afro-tinged percussion, Jero’s rub essentially follows the Original’s blueprint but dials back the vox, while Tom Lown takes us into proper late-night territory with added yearnsome female vocal wails and synths that flutter their way to Andromeda and back.

Classy stuff all round, but then from a line-up like that, what did you expect?

Out: This week

About: This comes on US label Sonic Soul Records, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Jero Nougues – Blind Love EP

December 1, 2015 in Singles

Jero Nougues Blind Love EP Deep ClicksMoving into deeper house waters, here we have the latest from Argentinian wunderkind Jero Nougues.

In its Original form, Blind Love is a dreamy, trad-style deep houser with muted, rolling beats, atmospheric synth washes, and an overall melancholic feel that’s heightened by the filtered male vocal. The latter’s a bit ‘synthpop’ for these ears, truth be told, but no matter because Ready Mix boss BiG AL is on hand with a brace of more floor-friendly remixes centred around a chunky walking bassline – one of which is an instrumental. You also get two mixes of Winter Breeze. Nougues’ original is a garage-tinged late night drifter par excellence, while a refix from Soul Academy leads us back onto the dancefloor while adding some female vocal fragments.

I’m going for BiG AL’s instrumental of the title track and Jero’s original of Winter Breeze, personally. You may differ. That’s okay, we can still be friends.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Spanish label Deep Clicks, who you can find herehere and here.

Jero Nougues – Unleashed

August 29, 2015 in Singles

Jero Nougues Unleashed Savoir Faire MusiquePredictably high-calibre deep house fare here from my young Argentinian friend Jero, coming on the always on-point Savoir Faire Musique.

Just two mixes of Unleashed to choose from. Jero’s original is a smooth, drifty number with Balearic/proggy tinges, while my not-quite-so young Danish buddy Tim Andresen brings a refix that starts out a fair bit pacier and struttier, but drops down deeper as it goes along.

Liking both rubs but if pushed, Tim’s has to take top honours.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 7 September.

About: Find Savoir Faire Musique on – you guessed it – Soundcloud and Facebook.

Jero Nougues – No Going Back

July 12, 2015 in Singles

Jero Nougues No Going Back DeepWitSome nice dreamy deep house vibes to kick us off tonight from Argentinian wunderkind Jero Nougues.

Four mixes of No Going Back to choose from. In its original form it’s a spangly, drifty deep houser built for warm-up or very late play. Audio Units’ remix is a little more driving in the beats department and hence a more obvious bet for floor play, Ivan Garci strips away some of the layered atmospherics on his slightly tuffer pass and finally the Venntaur Remix takes us into chunkier, prog-leaning territory and adds a hint of acid.

Garci and Audio Units will have to share top honours with this one.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Denmark’s ever-dependable DeepWit, who you can find here, here and here.

Igor Gonya – Night

June 28, 2015 in Singles

Igor Gonya Night La Pitti RecordsWe end tonight with some typically high-calibre deep house grooves from Italy’s La Pitti Records and Russian producer Igor Gonya.

Night itself is a mellifluous, midpaced affair with spoken “I’ll make a bargain… you take me aboard your rocket ship, and I’ll show you the cave of gold” female vox (sampled from 50s sci-fi b-movie Cat Women Of The Moon, Google’s just informed me) and a blissed-out, late-night vibe overall. Blanket is another late-night gem in which sparse, suprisingly tuff beats sit below pads that just don’t stop and – eventually – lilting pianos and male vocal fragments. And then finally there’s Orange Milk with its treated soulful vocal snippets, delicately fluttering synths and warm, enveloping bass.

Again, not picking a fave with this EP – this is class in a glass all round.

Out: This week

About: Find La Pitti Records on Soundcloud and Facebook. And, seeing as I was just there and spotted it… here’s their first anniversary mix by Jero Nougues, which really is pretty much essential…

Soul Academy – Give It

May 31, 2015 in Singles

Soul Academy Give It Haute MusiqueLast one for tonight, and we end with some very smooth deep grooves courtesy of BiG AL’s Haute Musique imprint.

In its Original form, Give It can safely be filed under “deep and soulful” with its crisp beats, wukka-wukking funk geetar, parping sax and soulful, echoing “give it” male vocal that does battle with a second, spoken vocal (“making a record’s kinda like building a house… what it needs is a solid base… and if it’s gonna stand the test of time, you gotta dig real deep”). The ‘bass’ pun doesn’t really work written down but you can see what they did there I’m sure!

Remix-wise, Jero Nougues takes us into blissed-out, ‘Ibiza sundown/sun-up’ kinda territory, while Deephope get down n’ funky, but the cream of a fine crop to these ears is BiG AL’s own Rub-A-Dub mix, a deep-as-you-like gem that, funnily enough, has an almost UKG-ish feel in the beats department.

Out: This week

About: Find Haute Musique here, here and here.

David Devilla & Elisabeth Aivar – Telephone EP

March 26, 2015 in Singles

David Devilla & Elisabeth Aivar Telephone EP Deep ClicksSome extremely fine deep, soulful house grooves to kick us off with tonight courtesy of Spanish label Deep Clicks.

Two tracks in a total of four mixes. Inception is up first, which in its original form is a smooth, deeply chilled affair with pads that go on forever and a soulful vocal – I’m actually not 100% sure whether it’s David getting his falsetto on or Elisabeth pitched down, but it works! My man Jero Nougues then pulls off the near-impossible in taking us even deeper on his dreamy, late-night remix. As for Telephone itself, the Original operates in similar territory to Inception but with a chunkier bassline giving it a lil’ added dancefloor momentum (definitely Elisbeth providing the vox on this one, too), while the accompanying Deephope Remix has lightly Afro-tinged percussion and some lovely understated acid squelch.

Soothing deep house music for weary souls… and, indeed, weary soles.

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep Clicks here, here and here.

Jero Nougues – Blacklight

January 31, 2015 in Singles

Jero Nougues Blacklight Haute MusiqueFour mixes to choose from of this latest offering from Argentinian wunderkind Jero Nougues.

In its original form, Blacklight tops lively, rolling drums with barely-there female vocal snips, insistent shakers, trumpet and sax parps, a spoken/whispered male lead vocal (“I here the rhythm/I feel the bass/I touch the blacklight/I see your face”) and what sounds like some kind of woodblock percussion instrument (xylophone? marimba?). The overall effect is one-part lounge, one-part Latin, one-part tribal… and 100% “5am at Shelter”. Deephope’s remix is essentially very similar but eschews the tribal percussion in favour of simple warm 4/4s, the Phasen Remix has a lil’ more disco swing in its veins, while Yigit Atilla heads seriously deep on his stripped-back, late-night refix.

Just that remix line-up should have the deep heads salivating already anyway, so suffice to say this won’t disappoint, with Deephope and Yigit sharing top honours for me.

Out: This week

About: This comes to you courtesy of the ever-checkable Haute Musique, who you can find here and here.

Greenfish – Lovestruck

November 28, 2014 in Singles

Greenfish Lovestruck Haute MusiqueMore sultry, sumptuous deep house grooves here courtesy of Canada’s Haute Musique.

In its original form, Lovestruck is classic-style deep house with a distinctly Heard-esque sound palette, albeit with thoroughly contemporary-sounding, twitchy percussion. Evegeny’s Cinematic Mix doesn’t do much that different but somehow feels ‘bigger’, while Jero Nougues beefs up the kicks somewhat for a more obviously floor-friendly pass.

Not picking a fave here, all three mixes are great!

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 8 December.

About: Find Haute Musique here.