Various – I ♥ Real Deep House

April 27, 2015 in Albums

I Heart Real Deep House TronicsoleThe clue’s in the title with this compilation from long-running Scottish label Tronicsole.

At least, it is musically… which is just as well cos it’s about the only clue they’ve given me! But as far as I can make out, the 24 tracks here are a mixture of brand new material and stuff that’s been out, both on Tronicsole and on other labels, over the past few years. Opener Ruby Likes Dubstep by HiRO, for instance, came out on 2013’s Neptune EP, though I think the Kris Wadsworth rub featured is new.

Names like Milton Jackson, Dominic Martin, Sei A and Spin Science will carry weight for anyone who’s been into deep house for more than five minutes, and the collection as a whole is rather spiffing, to be fair. Highlights for this reviewer include Milton Jackson’s vaguely early-Daft-Punkish Long Circuit, Spin Science’s dreamy, Detroit-tinged All Things, the stripped-down funk of Tony Free’s Deep Soul and the lo-slung Alabama Blues-y throb of Peter O & Monophunk’s No Justice, but really you’d be best advised to dive on in and explore for yourself, because if you, too, ♥ real deep house, you’ll find plenty to ♥ here.

Out: Now (but only since Friday)

About: You can find Tronicsole on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Klartraum – Playfulness EP

June 16, 2012 in Singles

Klartraum Playfulness

I’ve gotta say the Klartraum/Lucidflow school of deep, dubby, thinking man’s techno has really been hitting the spot for me lately… so here’s some more of it.

Three mixes, and while the above description works as an umbrella for all of ’em, they do vary. The Kris Wadsworth Space Face Remix is the deepest and dubbiest of all, leaving Nadja and Helmut sounding like they were locked in a huge underground water tank for a few days with nothing but a big bag of weed and a drum machine for company, while the Tim Underbelly Soft Porn Remix flirts with the very deepest of prog textures, layering sound upon sound to create an atmospheric and ever-evolving mix.

But while both of those are very cool, the pick for me here is still the Original, a glitchy, twitchy affair that’s as close as deep techno ever gets to two-step garage. FFWD veterans, minimal/micro-house devotees and red-eyed dawn tokers generally should enjoy this one a lot.

Out: This week, digitally (it’s been kicking around on vinyl for a couple of weeks but it only landed with me last week)

About: This comes not on Klartraum’s Lucidflow, but on Tim’s own UK-based Underbelly Records. Here’s the obligatory website, Facebook and Soundcloud links, then…