Paul Adam ft EleNoire – Been A Long Time

May 25, 2015 in Singles

Paul Adam ft EleNoire Been A Long Time King Street SoundsAnd so the big post-festival catch-up begins… slowly! Starting with this surprising little gem from King Street Sounds. I say ‘surprising’, because if you said to me “I’m going to do a cover of The Fog,” my gut reaction would be “That’s a terrible idea”. But Paul Adam boldly goes, etc, and the results are actually very pleasing.

Adam opts wisely not to simply ape the 1993 classic, with his Original mix a smooth, sultry, string-laden house groove, coming topped with a vocal from EleNoire that similarly puts a new twist on the vocal rather than just copying the phrasing of the original, and sporting some nice Hammond licks and vibes that’ll maximise appeal on the soulful floors. Remix-wise, Tony Huncle maintains the soulful flow but adds killer live funk bass, while Antony Fennel’s Deep Mix is more stripped-back, letting the vocal do most of the work while also bringing some understated M1 organ to the party.

The latter rub just nudges it for me, but all three are plenty playable. Is it as good as the original? Don’t be silly. But it’s not far off, and that’s a pretty amazing feat in itself…

Out: Last week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 30 June.

About: Find King Street sounds, as always, here.

Federico D’Alessio feat Mikie Blak – Cold Blooded

May 15, 2015 in Singles

Federico D'Alessio ft Mikie Black Cold Blooded King Street SoundsOne for the soulful house diehards here, coming courtesy of the mighty King Street.

D’Alessio’s own Vocal Mix is pretty much your standard issue soulful houser, with a summery, uplifting feel and an R&B-ish male vocal from Blak. Audiodope pare things back and take us closer to bruk beat/neo-soul territory, but it’s Mark Di Meo who takes top honours for me. His Vocal Mix and Reprise are fine, but it’s his Instrumental that works best to these ears as, stripped of the vocal, the track reveals itself to be what it really is: basically a late 70s/early 80s jazz-funker but with a 4/4 kick underneath. Slightly cheesy sax solos and all!

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find King Street here, here and here.

Various/Terrence Parker – Mix The Vibe sampler

March 7, 2015 in Singles

Terrence Parker Mix The Vibe Sampler King Street SoundsLast one for tonight and we stay in classic-style vocal territory with a five-track sampler trailing TP’s forthcoming contribution to King Street’s long-running Mix The Vibe mix album series.

All five cuts are Mr Parker’s remixes of tracks by other artists. With no originals handy for comparison it’s hard to know just how much he’s actually done to them but in these mixes at least, Kerri Chandler’s Heal My Heart is an organ-sporting vocal belter with more than a hint of the Hideaways about it, Less Hate & Jerome Robins’ Empty is an M1 bouncer with a full soulful male vocal, Tears Of Velva’s The Way I Feel is a raw, jazzy slammer that’s one-part Detroit to one-part Newark, while Tamor Debor’s Take Me Away is a peaktime romp for the soulful floors, coming complete with an accompanying acapella.

All five cuts are dripping in soul yet never getting drippy or noodly, with eyes fixed squarely on the dancefloor. On this evidence the album’s gonna be pretty special. Then again, TP pretty much only does special!

Out: This week (on Traxsource)

About: You can find King Street Sounds, as you well know by now, here.

Rishi K – Transcending/Connect Within

February 28, 2015 in Singles

Rishi K Transcending Nite GroovesPredictably top-drawer deep house bizniss from our man Rishi here!

Transcending is up first, a pretty lively affair by today’s standards that feels a little like classic west coast deep house given a more bass-y contemporary overhaul. You then get three mixes of Connect Within to choose from. The original is a dreamy, throbbing number with a looped spoken “breathe in… breathe out” male vocal. Jarquin & Cano smoothe things out a little on a refix that rides a chunkier bottom end, while Sebb Aston adds some female “mm-mm-mmms” and takes us into more stripped-back, (Jersey) garage-leaning territory.

Not picking a fave here because frankly this is a superb EP all round.

Out: This week

About: This comes to you courtesy of Nite Grooves, who along with the rest of the King Street stable can be found here, here and here.

Antonello Ferrari feat Dawn Tallman – Read Between The Lines

September 16, 2014 in Singles

Antonello Ferrari Read Between The Lines King Street SoundsIf you’d noticed that there hasn’t been anything from King Street reviewed on here lately, that’s because I realised last week that Google, in its wisdom, had decided their promo emails were spam. Thanks for that, Google. And there was me thinking I’d been kicked off the list after all these years…

Anyway, that’s sorted now, so here they are again with this trad-style soulful vocal houser, which comes in four mixes: Ferrari’s own Classic Vocal, plus Vocal, Instrumental and Lovesigh Dub rubs from Richard Earnshaw. Earnshaw’s instrumental with its full-phat bassline and soaring strings is probably the one for the non-specialist floors, but the Classic Vocal Mix is (I suspect) the mix the soulful heads will, er, head for… when Ms Tallman sings “I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna be alone without you,” there’s a Shay Jones-ish raunch in her voice that will send grown men weak at the knees.

Out: This week on Traxsource; everywhere else from 25 November.

About: You can find King Street here, here and here.

Eric Kupper – House Legends

June 8, 2014 in Albums

Eric Kupper House Legends King Street SoundsFor me, no-one does house drums like Eric Kupper. Drums aren’t all he’s good at, of course: “Additional production and keyboards: Eric Kupper” is a credit that’s appeared on records by the likes of Celine Dion,Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Depeche Mode, Bjørk, even Coldplay, and he’s remixed everyone from Korn to Curtis Mayfield, via New Order, Alicia Keys, Goldfrapp and Sheryl Crow.

But back in the 90s, it was those super-crisp beats that made me buy anything I saw with Mr K’s name on it. One fine day, someone will put together the definitive Kupper collection. Until then, we have this 20-track compilation of his work for King Street Sounds – both original Kupper productions (mostly under his K-Scope guise, taken from 2009 album Electrikiss) and remixes for the likes of Ananda Project, Peyton, Joi Cardwell, Kathy Brown and Urban Soul. Given that the tracks here span 20 years and a range of styles, as a collection it’s a little variable – some of the early 00s soulful house tracks, in particular, haven’t aged brilliantly.

But when it’s good, it’s very good indeed – the dubbed-out deep house of the K-Scope tracks in particular. And it always, of course, comes underpinned by beats so sharp you could cut yourself…

Out: This week

About: Find King Street Sounds here, here and here

The great big monster Miami 2014 round-up

March 23, 2014 in Albums, Singles

With Miami WMC 2014 underway, it’s time for our annual samplers round-up. As ever, in the interests of fairness I’m including every sampler I’ve been sent – like a fool, some might say, seeing as there’s quite a ruddy few of them. But anyway, here they are (in alphabetical order of label)

AquasoundThe Oddity Vol 4: The WMC 20Fourteen Compilation
A six-track offering to kick us off, coming from Miami-based Aquasound. As is the label’s wont, most tracks operate in the hinterland between deep, tech and progressive, with Paolo Soro’s uplifting, energetic Yeah and Elio Aur’s Happy Clappers-sampling Believe two standouts from a tracklist that also features cuts from Ariel M, Fingers Clear, Gianno Firmaio and Javier De Baraja. Out: Now

ArtefactArtefact WMC 2014 Sampler
Macedonia’s Artefact Records bring us seven tracks ranging from the trad-style garage of Alek Soltirov’s It’s That Bad to the drummy tech-house of Borce Panov’s Zatilnik, via five more from Ffunk, Goran Tech, Miroch, No Government and Pavle Vasiljevic. The emphasis is mostly on tech-house, look out for some didgeridoo action on Vasilvejic’s Down Under too. Out: Doesn’t actually say…

ChronovisionChronovision Ibiza Miami Sampler 2014
Tech-house is generally the order of the day on this six-track offering from Chronovision Ibiza, too – mostly of the deeper, more minimal-leaning variety. The EP features tracks from Jack Steinel, Anek, Baxter Bros, Iban Mendoz, Leo Perez and Valentin Huedo, with Anek’s From The Heart and Huedo’s Deadly Dance standouts for yours truly. Out: Thursday (27 March)

DeepProfundo Vol 2: The Miami 20Fourteen Compilation
A seven-track sampler here from one of TIWWD’s fave labels du jour, Aquasound’s sister label Deep. Features contributions from Ariel M, Belogurov & DaKooka, Javier De Baraja, Leo La Rosa, Nithen, Rodrigo Vega and Yeyo, and while those might be mostly new names, rest assured the quality’s high throughout, with Yeyo’s late-night, drifty Acid House and Ariel M’s organ-throbbing Enough among the highlights. Out: Now

DeeperfectDeeperfect Miami 2014
This sampler from Italy’s Deeperfect is unusual in that in comes in mixed form… at least that’s what it says on the cover. They were actually kind enough to promo the unmixed version but Hollen is the man at the controls, and he includes two of his own tracks as well as contributions from Markomas, Raffaele Rizzi, Stefano Kosa, Tomy Wahl, Tony Dee, D-Deck, Dj Micky Da Funk & Costantino Nappi and (deep breath) Oscar Aguilera, Guille Placencia & George Privatti. Expect the finest in tuff, driving tech-house and muscular, funk-fuelled techno. Out: Now

DefectedDefected presents Most Rated Miami 2014
You surely know the score with this series… Defected round-up some of their biggest recent tunes alongside some forthcoming goodies. Features tracks from MK, Audiowhores, Coyu, Noir, Romanthony, Tiger Stripes, Claude Monnet, Route 94, Kruse & Nuernberg, Subb-An and more, and comes in mixed and unmixed versions. Out: Now

King Street BPKing Street Miami 2014 (Beatport Edition)
As is their habit, King Street have split their Miami sampler into two editions, available on Beatport and Traxsource respectively. As is also their habit, the Beatport Edition is where you’ll find tuffer-edged house aimed at the bigger floors, with five tracks coming from Electrobios & B.O.N.G, Dude Skywalker, Anton X, Le Vinyl & Mani Rivera and Kort feat. Emma Black. Out: Now

King Street TSKing Street Miami 2014 (Traxsource Edition)
Meanwhile in the pink corner, the Traxsource Edition of King Street‘s sampler features five tracks that explore slightly deeper and/or more soulfuul territory. Contributions come from 2 Good Souls, Jazzman Wax, Namy feat. Josh Milan, and Nat Wendell, the latter’s ace Know Where It’s At coming in both Original and Late Night Dub flavas. Out: Now

Seamless DeepSeamless Deep Miami 2014
Gotta be honest and say this is one of my favourites of this year’s Miami crop! John Moss’s struttin’, funk-driven Damn Thing and the back-to-95 garage grooves of Max Corderoy’s Stay Up are the cuts that do the most to make it so, but elsewhere on this Seamless Deep EP you’ll also find fine quality tracks from Dare Me, Graham Sahara & MinusBlue, Jordan O’Regan, Lorenzo Boreham, Trevor O’Neil and the brilliantly-named Stoned Chicken. Out: Now

Sleazy DeepMiami G
Sleazy Deep’s dedicated ‘G-house’ offshoot Sleazy G hits hard here with an album-length Miami offering featuring no fewer than 17 cuts from the likes of Amine Edge & DANCE, Vanilla Ace, Tapesh & Dayne S, DISTRKT and many more, including of course label boss Rob Made. Check Nature Sun’s Gangsta Shit for some archetypal G-house action, or see Re Dupre & Rod B’s Crash The Party for some cheeky Bowie-sampling thrills. Out: 7 April

Smiley FingersSmiley Goes To Miami
Another pretty hefty offering here from long-time TIWWD faves Smiley Fingers, clocking in at 11 tracks in total. Label faves Larry Cadge, Burnski, Hollen and Rick Sanders snuggle up alongside Sarp Yilmaz, Adam Helder, Curly Project, Emanual Satie, Sami Wentz and Scottish industrial/EBM legends Fini Tribe (as remixed by Pete Gooding) on a veritable smorgasbord of deep and tech house delights. Out: Now

StereoStereo Miami 2014
You’ve got to admire a label that’s stuck to its guns – or should that be drums? – for as long as DJ Chus’s Stereo Productions. Just the four tracks on this sampler, coming from Adrian Hour, Horatio, Patrick M and Uner and no, Uner’s dreamier El Navagente aside they don’t vary much from the label’s usual ‘percussive, tribal-tinged terrace workout’ blueprint. But the good ship Stereo’s survived 13 years on the house industry’s turbulent seas, which means I think they’ve earned the right to flip the script or not as they see fit! Out: Now

YellowjaxWMC 2014 Miami Sampler
Last but not least, we end with this sampler from New York techno stalwarts Yellowjax, featuring five cuts of pumping tech-house and clubby techno from Afrozoid & Rods, James Hopkins, Joe Mesmar, Matt S and Stefano Pini. Afrozoid & Rods’ I Can’t Sleep is where househeads will want to, er, ‘head’ first. Out: Tomorrow (24 March)

Various – No. 470 EP

February 15, 2014 in Singles

No 470 EP King StreetSeems like a while since King Street had some love on these pages so lemme rectify that right this second by telling you about this excellent latest in their numbered EP series.

My boy Edmund is up first with Survive, an upbeat cut rocking a very familiar vocal sample that fuses classic/soulful and more contemporary/techy sounds admirably and is supplied here in Vocal and Dub mixes courtesy of Kinky Movement. Another familiar face next as Rishi K serves up Eden, which is dreamy and a wee bit prog-tinged as is his wont but, more unusually for Rishi, also sports garage-y female vocal snips. Sante Sansone’s This Is My House is a no-nonsense peaktime slammer with chopped-up spoken male vox and some killer Jersey-ish Rhodes action, Mr Terrible’s Bad Karma is a busier, more percussive cut and then finally they throw us a curveball in the form of Tonbe’s Rare Grooves, a 116bpm Hammond jam that comes on like mod night at The Loft.

As with the Lost My Dog EP below, this is a varied affair but with the quality meter set high throughout – definitely worth checking.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 11 March

About: Find King Street here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web). Oh, and look out also this week for As I Take You Back by Nick Jones Experience, featuring the tonsils of no less a personage than the mighty Colonel Abrams!

HouseRiders – NiteGrooves

October 7, 2013 in Singles

HouseRiders NiteGrooves King Street SoundsMontreal duo HouseRiders come to King Street here with a fine house slab that – very confusingly for poor tired bloggers! – shares its name with sub-label Nite Grooves.

Three quite different mixes to choose from. The Original is deep and melodic, with whispered female “make me dance” vocals sitting atop warm-like-chocolate pads, squelchy bass and understated percussion. The Helly Larson Remix is more stripped-down, bumpin’ and garage-ified, while completing a hat-trick of excellent mixes are my boy DJ Sydney and partner-in-crime Lukez, whose Tokyo Disco Remix is sparkly, driving and, well, discofied.

Not gonna pick a winner here – all three rubs will do the do for sure, and you’ll know when the time is right for each one…

Out: This week on Beatport

About: Find King Street here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web)

Various – Divas On King Street

June 10, 2013 in Albums

Divas On King Street King Street SoundsA history lesson for some here, a trip down memory lane for the rest of us, as the mighty King Street Sounds, who this year are celebrating 20 years in the game, release a 20-track compilation packed full of soulful, vocal gems spanning the label’s entire lifetime.

From classics like Mood II Swing feat Carole Sylvan’s Closer and Carolyn Harding’s Running From Reality (both 1994) to more recent gems like Barbara Tucker & Tuccillo’s One Desire, it’s an object lesson in soulful, vocal house done properly. Most of the tracks are presented in new, exclusive remixes, and with a vocal line-up that includes Ultra Nate, Linda Clifford, Ananda Project, Michelle Weeks, Dawn Tallman, Monique Bingham, Stephanie Cooke, Joi Cardwell and Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, and producers/remixers including Kenny Dope, Kerri Chandler, Dennis Ferrer, Blaze, DJ Pierre, Ralphi Rosario, Danny Tenaglia, Richard Earnshaw, Audiowhores, Stefano Noferini and Sean McCabe, for soulful house heads it really is a no-brainer.

Out: This week

About: Here’s where to find King Street online, as if you didn’t know.