Dave Storm – Surrounded

June 2, 2014 in Singles

Dave Storm Surrounded Smiley FingersMore very classy vibes on this latest from Estonian house veteran Dave Storm, which is brought to you by Smiley Fingers, a label who seem to be getting deeper and deeper as they go along!

In its original form, Surrounded is a smooth, paddy ride with a megaphone-y “this is a house break” vocal and female “woahs” atop crisp, unhurried beats and some pleasingly understated synth wibblings. Karol XVII & MB Valence’s Loco Remix is dubbier, more afterhours-ish and every bit as good as we’ve come to expect from the Polish duo, while finally Storm’s own Cabrio Mix is a comedown-friendly trip with Afro-tinged percussion, more of those luxuriant pads and some sci-fi synth sounds.

I think the Karol XVII & MB Valence rub just nudges it for me, but it’s the pick of a very fine crop.

Out: Last week

About: Find Smiley Fingers here, here and here.

Karol XVII & MB Valence – Subway Station 1 EP

February 21, 2014 in Singles

Karol XVII & MB Valence Subway Station 1 EP Loco RecordsSeems like an age since this Polish duo featured on TIWWD, but anyway, here they are again, back once again like renegade masters with this three-track EP for Loco Records.

Ain’t Nobody is up first, which has nothing to do with the Chaka classic and instead can best be described as 90s-style vocal house, essentially, but with a more contemporary sound palette. Obviousness is a deeper, more small hours-friendly joint with scratchy vinyl sounds and weirdly warping synth noises, while bringing the EP to a close is Panic!, a slightly tuffer affair with a distorted “we’re dragons in the air” (?) vocal sample and some very now-sounding buzzy bass. Hear this at an afterhours party and you’d have no call to ‘hang the DJ’ at all…

Ain’t Nobody is the standout for me but with Karol & MB at the helm you know the quality meter’s gonna be set high throughout.

Out: This week

About: Loco Records are also Polish, and can be found on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website.

Phasen & Refurb – Market Street EP

September 1, 2012 in Singles

Phasen & Refurb Market Street EP 5 And Dime

I’ve waxed lyrical about 5 And Dime Recordings on many an occasion, I know, but this – this could actually be their best yet.

Coming from a Florida-based duo I’ve not come across before, Phasen & Refurb, the three tracks/five mixes here all operate in fairly similar territory but omigosh do they do it well. Think the very deepest, dreamiest, dubbiest, most sumptuous of house music yet – crucially – with enough bite in its beat and enough beat-beat-beat in its bones-bones-bones to work on the dancefloor just as well as the sofa. In fact, it’s all just generally so 100% goddamn spot-on groovalicious that short of pointing out the two additional remixes come from label regular Loz Goddard and perennial TIWWD faves Karol XVII & MB Valence, I’m not even going to tell you any more.

I’m just gonna tell you that if you consider yourself a deep house lover, you NEED this record.

Out: This week

About: You can find 5 And Dime on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Karol XVII & MB Valence – Seamless Masterclass

May 19, 2011 in Albums

Karol XVII MB Valence Seamless MasterclassThe first in a new series of mix CDs from Seamless, with the aim of showcasing “up and coming producers who are on top of their game”. So a two-disc set from this Polish duo is a fine way to kick things off (even if some of us HAVE been propping them for a good couple of years now).

Wisely, Seamless haven’t insisted on a label-specific comp either, instead allowing Karol and Marek (as they’re known to their mums) to do their jobs as selectors unhindered. And it’s a job they perform impeccably. One look at the names involved either as artists or remixers – Till Von Sein, Evren Ulusoy, Aki Bergen, Sebastian Davidson, Manuel Tur, Submantra, Greg Stainer, Soul Minority – will tell you that this is a very fair summation of the current state of play in underground deep house circles, albeit with a definite slant towards European rather than US artists.

CD1 draws heavily on K&M’s own Loco label and is the techier of the two, CD1 is a little bit more straight-up housey… but both will rocking your stereo for some time to come, if you know what’s good for you.

Out: This week

About: Seamless have traditionally walked a fine line, turning out a mixture of deep, underground house and more commercial tackle. It seems to me that lately they’ve been concentrating more on the good stuff, but maybe that’s just what they sent me! Tell you what, go have a look at their website and decide for yourself…

D’Zeta & Basile – Domino Effect EP

January 24, 2011 in Singles

Let’s start the week with an easy one… easy in the sense that this is a bit of a no-brainer for all you deep house lovers. Not only does it come from one of the most reliable production teams currently working in the genre, there’s a remix from Karol XVII & MB Valence, another duo who are seemingly incapable of putting a foot wrong.

Domino Effect doesn’t, admittedly, do anything hugely innovative, but it’s a pleasing midtempo dancefloor chugger, with a nice raw sound to the main, minor key piano hook. B-Side Before The Mess is even better, a somewhat more sedate, late-night affair and deep as ya like, before Karol & MB take it back to the dancefloor with more upbeat percussion and an overall looser, swung feel.

Like I said, a no-brainer for deep house buyers.

Out: This week

About: D’Zeta & Basile answer to the names of Davide and Claudio, once they get home and take off their deep house superhero costumes. Previous releases have come on labels like 1Trax and Seamless, but this is on Loco Records, which is in fact Karol XVII and MB Valence’s own label, based in Warsaw. Here’s the Loco website and MySpace.