Various – Ain’t No Wall High Enough

March 23, 2015 in Albums

Ain't No Wall High Enough Brique RougeKey players in the early days of tech-house back in the late 90s/early 00s, David Duriez’s Brique Rouge imprint relaunched back in the summer. Since then, they’ve pursued a ‘quality over quantity’ agenda so their release schedule hasn’t exactly been hectic, but here as they reach the 100th release milestone we see them stepping up a gear with the release of this 12-track sampler, available digitally or on three separate coloured 12-inches.

Brique Rouge always catered for both the house and the techno sides of the tech-house camp and so it is here… as such, one or two of the more pounding techno cuts are a little too much for these ears. But no matter, for there are many housier delights on offer too, from a mix of familiar names and newcomers. Highlights for me include the Raw District Remix of D’Julz’s Fast Forward with its instant earworm of a three-note bass-synth riff and looping, distorted male vocal, Kike Henriquez’s Activation Things with its vintage Chi-town style drums, Duriez & Manuel-M’s somewhat Ultra Flava-ish Unreasonable Feelings and Ange Siddhar & Illan Nicciani’s The Show with its sampled movie dialogue (from Night Catches Us if I’m not mistaken, thanks Google!), fat hip-swayin’ bassline and killer organ chords. But as ever with a comp like this, you’d be well advised to dive in and explore for yourself…

Out: Now (only last week but playing catch-up tonight, fairly predictably for a Monday)

About: Find Brique Rouge here, here and here.

Cecyl – Forever EP

August 2, 2014 in Singles

Cecyl Forever Keep It ZenMore tuff, driving house grooves on this fine EP from Keep It Zen, although despite the higher tempo this is a deeper, less techy proposition than the Arch44 release below.

Four mixes of Forever to choose from. The Original ain’t nothin’ but a heads-down deep house groove, drums bass and organ stabs being the whole story until the 3:45 mark, at which point snippets of soulful male vocal and some piercing top-end synths join the party. The Mr KS Remix isn’t hugely different, if I’m being honest, while James Barnsley’s Dub Mix doesn’t take much explaining except to say that it’s got almost a tribal feel in parts. But the Julian M Schenkin St Remix does flip the script somewhat, with its added dusty breakbeats and middle eastern sounds.

It’s still the Original that works best to these ears, though.

Out: This week

About: You can find Keep It Zen on Soundcloud and Facebook.

DZNB – Back In Time

June 19, 2014 in Singles

DZNB Back In Time Highway RecordsThree mixes to choose from on this latest from Moscow’s Highway Records, and if you’re thinking the name DZNB sounds familiar, that’s because this is in fact none other that D’Zeta & Basile, who are certainly no strangers to this blog.

In its original form, Back In Time is a chunky, tech-tinged deep houser with several different, in some cases quite rave-y (hence, presumably, the title) and all effectively word-free vocal samples jockeying for position atop crisp beats, an insistent three-note descending bassline that acquires a little bit of an acid-y edge as the track progresses and damped-down sci-fi alarm sounds. The Demarzo Remix goes down more of a peak-time route with no-nonsense tech drums and an added male “take it back” vocal loop, while finally the Julian M Tek3 Remix looks to classic Chi-town for percussive inspiration, while using a bit less of the various vocal samples and adding some sweeping synth atmospherics.

It’s the Original I’m loving most but the Demarzo Remix isn’t far behind.

Out: This week

About: You can find Highway Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

T. Ruggieri – No Way

February 21, 2013 in Singles

T. Ruggieri No Way Mesmerize MusiqueAnother new label makes its TIWWD debut! Tonight it’s the turn of Mesmerize Musique, set up by three young Italian producers and now coming with what’s only their second release.

T.Ruggieri, a name that should be familiar by now, is the man at the controls. You get two mixes of No Way itself: the original’s a bass-y, throbby, Berlin-y kinda deep/tech groove, topped with a multitracked vocal that sounds like it might be sampled from something old, but if it is I couldn’t tell you what. French producer Julian M supplies the remix, pitching down the vox and stripping things back till we’re in almost minimal territory. On the B, meanwhile, you’ll find two rubs of Where You Go. The original chugs along in atmospheric, cinematic fashion doing the pitched-down vox thing again, while A++ supplies a dark remix from the very techiest end of the tech-house continuum.

To these ears No Way is the stronger track, but it’s a solid (almost) debut from the label all round, and sufficiently in keeping with current trends to ensure it could find a place in plenty of sets.

Out: This week

About: Bernardo Cavalli, Marco Gramegna and Guido Durante are the main men behind Mesmerize Musique, who you can find out more about in all the usual places… web (doesn’t do a lot as yet), Facebook and Soundcloud