John Randle – Walk With Me EP

May 14, 2016 in Singles

John Randle Walk With Me EP Carton-Pâte RecordsA three-track, four-mix EP of tech/bass house goodness here from France’s ever-checkable Carton-Pâte Records.

Walk With Me itself is up first, which is aptly named as it centres around a LARGE, twangy walking bassline which it marries to whooshy reversed synths, otherwordly Theremin-like sounds and female vocal cut-ups. Unorthodox, which follows, is a pacier affair with cleaner, crisper 4/4s, martial arts movie dialogue and another big bass riff placed front and centre. Completing the EP are two mixes of You’ve Got It, which sees plenty more big-bass action. The original’s a stripped-back affair with something of a Detroit house (yes, Detroit house) feel, nostalgic rave-y synth stabs (think Mentasm or Dominator) that are applied quite sparingly and a looping “Good for you, I’m no good for you” vocal, while the Ben Mono Remix takes us into slightly deeper territory.

All good but if pushed the title track nudges it, with the original of You’ve Got It not far behind.

Out: This week

About: Find Carton-Pâte on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

John Randle – Silk EP

November 7, 2015 in Singles

John Randle Silk EP Gents & Dandy'sAnd speaking of Belgium, Gents & Dandy’s – formerly of San Diego – appear to have moved there, if their Soundcloud page is to be believed. But what hasn’t changed is the sheer quality of the trad-style house/garage grooves they’re putting out.

Four tracks make up the Silk EP. The title track is all crisp, skippy beats, synth/organ sweeps, raw bass and cut-up fem vox. Lift Me could have beamed straight in from Newark (possibly via Rome, cos the Italians used to love this kinda tackle) circa 1991, Something About You is a tuffer, more driving affair with yet more killer NJ organs and a looping “something about you baby” female vocal, and finally Stand Up [VIP Mix] ends the EP on a proper bouncy, peaktime note, albeit we’re still in very traditional mode here too.

A record that’ll make the real garageheads very happy indeed.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Gents & Dandy’s here, here and here. Or in Antwerp, apparently.

**UPDATE 12/11: It turns out I’m an idiot. Bram at G&D got in touch to explain that the label’s always been based in Antwerp… it’s just that the address on mail-outs was that of their SF-based PR peeps. So now you know.

Various – The Dandy Selected Remixes Vol 2

April 27, 2015 in Singles

The Dandy Selected Remixes Vol 2 Gents And Dandy'sIn which some of Gents & Dandy’s finest moments to date get the remix treatment. But you probably guessed that.

John Randle’s take on Jerzeyy Boyz’ Garden State is up first, which as the name suggests is classic-style garage pure and simple… and classic-style garage of the highest order, I might add, what with its impassioned, raw-sounding female vocal, skippy beats and nagging, parping organs. Randle’s own The Real Thing then gets reworked by DomSamba, the result being a smooth-but-not-too-smooth ride that’ll please deep house and garage lovers alike. Completing the EP is the Lockwood Remix of Yagiz Bayrak’s Hard To Explain, a more contemplative, late-night deep house gem with warm, muted kicks, lingering piano notes and female vocal fragments.

Excellent work as ever from the Cali crew, and definitely one to check!

Out: This week on general release

About: You can find Gents & Dandy’s on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

The big catch-up post

April 16, 2015 in Singles

Right, due to being away at the weekend and various other stuff I seem to have got stupidly behind, with half a dozen releases from last week that I promised reviews on still not seen to. So, in the interests of trying to get up to speed, I’m just gonna rattle through them all quickly here… with apologies to all concerned that these aren’t getting the more in-depth coverage they deserve.

Hollis Parker Looking Back EP So Sure MusicHollis Parker – Looking Back EP
A three-tracker here from So Sure Music and the UK producer who was responsible for their  “very classy debut” back in September. Infinity is a saxy, summery affair with sparingly applied spoken/rap vox, Parker’s Lament is another saxomophone-sporting cut with a lazy, beachy vibe about it while The Moment is slightly chunkier but operates in similar territory to the other two, with some gorgeous chorus’d scat vox to boot. If you like your deep house on the lounge-y, jazzy side, then you need to check for this EP at once… more info here.

Optimus & Sergio Pardo Beatrocker Old School DepartmentOptimuss & Sergio Pardo – Beatrocker
This one’s nice and quick cos there’s only the one mix. Coming on Kenny Ground’s Old School Department label, Beatrocker is a tech-tinged deep houser with a  fat, funky bassline, retro pianos, barely there vocal fragments and some cool disco stabs for good measure. There’s no great reinvention of the wheel going on, admittedly, but the Swiss have always been good at trad-style house music – see, for instance, the entire Purple Music catalogue – and this does nothing to diminish that reputation. More info here.

Jourdan Bourdes Ready & Able EP Endemic DigitalJourdan Bourdes – Ready & Able EP
A fine four-track EP here from Endemic Digital. Chicken Legs is a bass-y tech-house jam with a slightly wonky, Classic/Freaks kinda feel, Koh Phangan Jacks rocks a big warping b-line, vintage-style pianos and equally retro-tastic “jack your body” vox – not the Hurley one, though – and Nelson’s Legend is big n’ bouncy but with ethereal vox (a girl talking about her dreams) that save it from being just ANOther tech-house workout. Completing the package is Bourdes’ remix of Garret Leporto’s The Wayseer Manifesto, which pairs driving beats and mid-90s M1 organs with a spoken psychobabble vocal. More info here.

Murvin Sound Keep On Movin' EP Criminal HypeMurvin Sound – Keep On Movin’ EP
Welsh label Criminal Hype are the masterminds behind this three-track offering from French producer Murvin Sound. The title track is a lively dancefloor cut with a familiar “I’ve got to keep on, you’ve got to keep on” female vocal that loops throughout and a speed garage bassline. My Pump operates in similar territory, but is a little less brash and sports a downpitched Technotronic vocal sample, while finally Romancing maintains the energy levels but nonetheless heads a little deeper, snatching the gold in the process. More info here.

Saytek Challenging Behaviour EP Republic ArtistsSaytek – Challenging Behaviour EP
Now let’s take a detour into techier pastures with this three-tracker from everyone’s favourite live dance music workaholic Saytek, which is only the third release from new London label Republic Artists Records. Another Acid Track is the standout for me, a track that’ll delight those whose raving CV starts in the 80s – or those who are gutted they missed it all! Elsewhere, Bubbling Under is glitchier and aimed more at the technoheads, while finally Challenging Behaviour itself is deep, hypnotic and long on 303 bass, atmospheric synths/FX and trippy vocal snips. More info here.

Adam's Groove EP Ranura RecordsVarious – Adam’s Groove EP
A V/A four-tracker here that’s only the second release from another Welsh label, Ranura Records. GRECO (NYC) is up first with Hart Plaza, which starts out deep n’ dreamy but gets tuffer and more tribal as it goes on. Wales’s own Harrison BDP gives us 12″, a floor-friendly deep houser with strong UKG influences, John Randle’s I’m Here With You is a peaktime chugger that could’ve come out at any point in the past 20 years (in a good way), while Matt McLarrie’s Ghetto Me Out Of Here rocks an array of familiar sounds from squelchy rave bass to James Brown horns, and tops the lot with a spoken male vocal about “pledging allegiance to all the ghettos in the world”. For such a young label, this is a very strong set indeed – more info here.

Brame & Hamo The Parish Rumors EP Heist RecordingsBrame & Hamo – The Parish Rumors EP
Finally for tonight we have the latest offering from Detroit Swindle’s Heist Recordings label, which is the work of an Irish duo from Co Sligo. Parish Rumors itself is a lively, rolling deep houser with disco/boogie leanings, Ghetto For You is a more languid, low-slung groove with a jazz-style female vocal, and then last but not least comes Hotshot, a deeper, more sultry affair with, again, a laidback and jazzy kinda feel. Good stuff as ever from Heist – more info here.

John Randle – Lift Him Up EP

November 8, 2014 in Singles

John Randle Lift Him Up EP Gents & Dandy'sRight then, it’s Saturday night so gonna keep things on an uplifting Saturday night house music tip tonight, starting with this four-track from UK producer John Randle for US label Gents & Dandy’s. Regular readers will know that G&D with its trad-oriented take on house has become something of a TIWWD fave label over the past year or so, and this latest doesn’t disappoint.

12 O’Clock Groove is a ruff n’ raw-sounding affair whose tuff beats don’t distract from the track’s essentially garage-y nature with its organ chords and chopped-up female vocal. Lift Him Up looks to the deeper, smoother side of New Jersey garage for inspiration, Some Of You Right Now treads a similar path to 12 O’Clock Groove but with gnarlier bass and looping preacherman vox, and finally This Time is the most trad garage-y of all and wouldn’t have sounded out of place on 8 Ball or Madhouse (Mk 1) back in the day.

Sterling stuff as ever from Gents & Dandy’s, and an EP that will delight the older heads.

Out: This week

About: You can find Gents & Dandy’s on Soundcloud and Facebook.