u z z v – Misunderstanding EP

May 8, 2016 in Singles

u z z v Minunderstanding EP Innocent MusicMoving properly into the Sunday night deep zone now, we have this minimal five-tracker from Innocent Music.

Misunderstanding itself, in its Original form, is a chunky but unhurried cut sitting right on the tech-house/minimal cusp and sporting a spoken, downpitched “I hope you will understand” psychobabble vocal. The Markel Remix busies up the percussion a little and adds layers of atmospherics, but it’s the stripped n’ dubby Jesus Soblechero rub that’s floating my boat the most. You also get two mixes of Falling Down to play with. The original’s a twitchy-glitchy affair, quite pacey for the style and with hefty bass, while Enzo Leep’s Tanzania Mix opts again for slightly more intricate percussion.

Out: This week

About: Find Innocent Music on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Andres Santana – Broken Words EP

January 18, 2015 in Singles

Andres Santana Broken Words EP Russian DollzDeep, dark n’ crunchy techno vibes in the area tonight, starting with this three-tracker from Russian Dollz.

Broken Words itself opens with simple, crisp beats and an apocalyptic spoken male vocal (“The planet of fire below us… is it a new world or will it consume us all?”), before muted wobble bass and wolf howls combine to create an air of brooding menace. Jesus Soblechero supplies a remix that rides slightly housier drums, brings the vocal to the fore and tones down the wobble bass in favour of a cone-threatening pulse of its own, while bonus cut The Warrior, with its twitchy beats and distorted vocal snips, sits more firmly in the box marked ‘minimal’.

All good, but I think the original of Broken Words nudges it.

Out: This week

About: You can find Russian Dollz, who hail from Slovakia, on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Jesus Soblechero – Followers EP

June 16, 2012 in Singles

Jesus Soblechero Followers

And from one Jesus to another! But while Jesus Pablo is an old friend of this blog and hails from Liverpool, Jesus Soblechero is a new name to me, about whom all I can tell you is that he’s described on the hype sheet as a “Spanish funk master”. Which has to be the coolest job description I’ve read all week.

There are four tracks on the EP in total: three mixes of the title track plus bonus cut Sangha. In its Original form, Followers itself is a tuff-ish deep/tech houser based around rattling snares/hi-hats, weird chopped-up vocal snips and an equally weird (possibly reversed?) pulsing synth line. A remix from Darkrow ups the tempo, largely drops the synth and makes a little more of vocal, while the Fernando Mesa rub is similar but more energetic again, veering towards Great Stuff-esque tech-house. And then finally Sangha is another percussion-led deep/tech affair, but with a slightly more organic, soulful feel.

All told, these are stripped-down, jackin’ cuts made for moving underground 4am dancefloors. And we like that sort of thing round here, don’t we?

Out: This week

About: This comes on Soblechero’s own ThreeSoul Records, who (obviously) are also new to me. But thanks to the power of Google, here’s their MySpace, Facebook and Soundcloud.