Various – 5 Years Of Gruuv EP 4

July 27, 2015 in Singles

5 Years Of Gruuv EP4Another week, another 5 Years Of Gruuv EP… and another glowing review from me.

Audiojack & Kevin Knapp’s On The Record gets the ball rolling, a heads-down chugger with bass that makes your ears go funny and a looped, spoken vocal saying “what the rhythms say from the record”, or possibly “let the rhythm sing from the record”? Hard to say but it’s good. David Pher’s driving Wild Eyes starts out all tuff n’ techy, but then introduces hand percussion and spoken poetic vocals that lighten the mood somewhat. Paul C & Paolo Martini then give us Big Black Car, a percussive roller that’s got ‘Ibiza terrace’ written all over it, while finally Tuccillo’s Aftertrack is another quite percussive, eyes-down kinda cut augmented by male vocal snips and nice big, chunky bass.

On The Record takes the gold for me here, but the quality standard’s high throughout yet again.

Out: Now

About: You can find Gruuv on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Matt Tolfrey – Word Of Mouth Remixes

April 27, 2014 in Singles

Matt Tolfrey Word Of Mouth Remixes LeftroomIn which four tracks from the Leftroom boss’s 2012 long-player (or five if you buy the EP on Beatport) get the remix treatment from what it has to be said is a pretty darned heavy-hitting line-up.

First up, Distant Story from Tolfrey and Kevin Knapp gets a Mr Fingers Deep Mix from the mighty Larry Heard. Kenny Dope then does the dub honours on Ya Kid K collab Turn You Out, before Rob Mello serves up a No Ears mix of Never Assume (credited to Tolfrey and James Teej). Completing the standard package is Freaks’ take on Downtown, but those buying on Beatport also get a bonus in the form of a Misi Remix of Spooks (also credited to Tolfrey and Knapp).

It’s between the Misi rub of Spooks and Heard’s mix of Distant Story for top honours for yours truly, but beyond that I’m deliberately not going into much detail here because with a talent roster like that, you KNOW you need to check this one for yourself!

Out: This week

About: This comes, of course, on Leftroom, who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Florian Kruse & Kevin Knapp – The Block

April 4, 2014 in Singles

Florian Kruse & Kevin Knapp The Block OFF RecordingsTypically fine house grooves on this latest from OFF Recordings.

The Block itself is a nice crunchy main room houser with a warping b-line, a spoken/rapped vocal from Knapp and some cool Rhodes chords. The Flashmob Underground Remix takes a leaf out of the Cajual/Relief book with its militant snares and acid undercurrents, while Home features another hip-house-style vocal from Knapp (sounding quite Snoop-ish at points) atop more of those groovy keys.

If you’re feeling that whole G-house thing, then consider this a deeper variation on the theme…

Out: Today!

About: Find OFF Recordings here, here and here.

Various – Five Years Of OFF Recordings

March 16, 2014 in Singles

Five Years of OFF RecordingsWe make a great leap forward now, from two house giants from the good ol’ daze (see below) to some of the most respected names working in house music today, who’ve come together here to mark the fifth birthday of Andre Crom’s OFF Recordings label.

Mr Crom himself is up first, teaming up with Chi Thanh and Kevin Knapp to give us the ace struttin’ hip-house of While You Stand, which berates those in the club who stand “jamming on your Instagram”. Next, Leftwing & Kody team up with Kruse & Nuernberg on Turning, a full-on peaktime slammer with lashings of bass and a slightly Billie Ray Martin-ish female vocal. Little Treehouse from Purple Disco Machine & Teenage Mutants is another struttin’, stompy affair with an extended breakdown in the middle to give weary dancers some respite, while Robosonic & Mat Joe’s You On You brings the birthday party to a still bass-y but slightly deeper close, complete with soulful female vocal samples.

A fine anniversary EP from a very fine label – happy birthday guys.

Out: This week

About: Send jelly and ice cream to OFF via Soundcloud, Facebook or their own website.