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.

Kike Henriquez – Every Night EP

March 5, 2015 in Singles

Kike Henriquez Every Night EP Something Different AgainA nice mix of house styles on this three-tracker from Something Different Again.

Every Night itself is a chunky, rolling disco-house groover of the non-cheesy variety, with brass fanfares, “come on!” male vocal interjections and energy by the bucketload. Noella (credited to Kike Henriquez feat Holeane, though I believe ‘Holeane’ is actually Kike himself anyway) is a deeper house nugget coming from the wonkier, more leftfield side, a relentlessly pulsing affair that’ll keep weary small-hours floors chugging along nicely. And then finally there’s Hey God, which is a deep, bubblin’ acid houser to rival the best of ’em.

Hard to pick a fave here – apples and oranges and all that – but if pushed then Hey God would have to be the one, I think.

Out: This week

About: You can find Something Different Again 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.