Various – Something For Ibiza 2015

July 21, 2015 in Albums

Something For Ibiza 2015 Something DifferentBefore we get on with this week’s reviews, got a few albums from last week still to tell you about, starting with this latest compilation set from the Something Different camp.

With 12 all-new tracks, if you’re fan of the label this one’s a bit of a no-brainer, to be honest. The album opens with the midpaced lollop of Brrak’s My House, and ends with Upright’s strutty 006; in-between you’ll find lazy dub- and disco-inflected grooves from Darbinyan, tropical funk from JEPE, UKG nostalgia from Dutch Schulz, Kaua’s Wet Soil with its deeper re-imagining of classic filter disco/French touch tropes, pounding acid-tinged tech-house from Sean Danke, and more besides… coming from a few familiar names but mostly from new signings.

So what’s not to like?

Out: Last week (but last week was stupid busy, sorry bout dat)

About: Find Something Different on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Something Remixed Vol 1

September 29, 2014 in Albums

Something Remixed Vol 1 Something DifferentSo far tonight we’ve looked at a compilation celebrating 20 years of a club, and another marking 12 years of a record label. But to end on, here’s an album from Something Different with its eyes firmly fixed on the future. That said, obviously it’s a remix album so all these tracks have been out before… just not in this exact form.

But the important thing about this collection is how it demonstrates what a multi-faceted, many-headed beast ‘deep house’ (or ‘deep and tech house’, if you prefer) has become in 2014. From the bouncy squelch of Kike Henriquez’ remix of David Duriez’ The Trouble I’ve Been Known For, via the stoned, dubbed-out grooves of Junior Gee’s The Smoke (as remixed by David Labeij), to the Detroit-nodding stylings of Deneha’s take on Skeleton Army’s Haircut 200 and Jus’ Nowhere’s garage-y mix of Kaua’s Dancing Swirl, it’s an album that shows that, 30 years on, house music still isn’t running out of directions to head in.

Look out also for Vol 2 –  coming soon.

Out: This week

About: You can find Something Different on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Something For Ibiza 2014

July 20, 2014 in Albums

Something For Ibiza 2014 Something DifferentLastly for tonight, we have this 12-track compilation from Something Different.

Deep and tech house in various shades is the general order of the day, as you’d expect, served with a lil’ disco garnish here and here (see, for instance, Amtrad Billionnaire’s opening Dance With Me). Standouts for yours truly include David Duriez’s chuggy The Trouble I’ve Been Known For with its hip-house-ish looped vocal, Justin Harris’s sleazy, lo-slung and, yes, discofied Disco Anonymous, the uber-deep garage of 10 Lego Boy’s Dayz Behind and the acid-tinged tech vibes of Skeleton Army’s Return Of The Funky Zulu, which samples the Moody Boys classic of almost the same name. But dive in and find favourites of your own – with label faves like Distant Relatives JHB, Kaua and Junior Gee also representing, you’re unlikely to come away disappointed!

Out: This week

About: Find Something Different on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Zuko – Passion EP

January 30, 2014 in Singles

Zuko Passion EP 5 And DimeAnd speaking of proper deep house, seems like a while since we heard from Denver’s 5 And Dime, but they make a very welcome return tonight with this EP from fellow Denverite Zuko.

In its Original form, Passion is actually quite a driving, techy groove with vaguely Italo-sounding synths on top… the hype sheet compares it to Circulation material of yore and I’d say that wasn’t unjustified. But it’s actually the remixes that I’m feeling more personally, as Kaua takes a much more sultry deep house tone while Deeplogic brings the drums further to the fore to create a blissed-out end-of-nighter for weary afterhours floors.

Kaua’s mix takes the gold here for me but the other two will have their time/place too!

Out: This week

About: Find 5 And Dime here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web), and here’s Zuko on Facebook as well.

Kaua – Free Flow EP

September 26, 2013 in Singles

Kaua Free Flow EP 5 And DimeSeems like a little while since Denver’s 5 And Dime made an appearance on TIWWD, but here they are again with some typically fine deep house grooves, coming in this instance from Japanese producer Kaua.

There are two original tracks, plus remixes of each from Stefan Cordery and Zuko. The title cut is, in its original form, a floor-friendly yet still pretty dreamy and laidback affair driven by warm keys, shakers and female vocal snips, while Cordery’s mix is a tad more percussive and Zuko’s features some extra tinkling keys of his own. It’s a similar story on B-side Sinking Slowly, a deep n’ dubby late night cut to start out with, Cordery again beefing up the drums and Zuko again paring things back and then adding some Yellow Magic Orchestra-ish vibes/zylophone/whatever that sound is.

Truth be told both tracks and all six mixes are essentially just variations on a theme – but that just means that if you’re a 5 And Dime fan you should be more than happy with all of ’em.

Out: This week

About: Find 5 And Dime on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.