Some albums, quickly…

November 30, 2015 in Albums

Time once again tonight to catch up with some album releases from the past couple of weeks that I didn’t quite get around to… all are out now but still fresh!

Various – Ten Years Of Leftroom
Ten Years Of LeftroomHard to believe Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom label has been in business for an entire decade but such, seemingly, is the case. To mark this landmark, they’re releasing this 10-track collection which takes in old favourites, some new remixes and a clutch of new material as well. Tolfrey himself either provides, collaborates on or remixes a full 50% of ’em, while his partners-in-crime include the likes of Route 94, Audiojack, Kate Simko, Jay Haze and Laura Jones. Together, they serve up a heady cocktail of meaty house and sinuous techno that’s dark, often trippy, and perfectly in keeping with the label’s always forward-looking remit. Oh, and you get a 37-minute mixed version thrown in as well. More info here.

Danny M – Deeper Vol 1
Danny M Deeper Vol 1 New Politics RecordsThe New Politics Records stalwart comes with his debut artist full-length here. If you know the label, you’ll already have a pretty good idea what to expect and sure enough, contemporary-style ‘bass house’ with strong nods to both vintage UK/speed garage and the mid-00s bassline house era is pretty much the order of the day throughout. If you’re not a fan of the style, then it’s fair to say this won’t be the album to change your mind, but if you are then cuts like the dreamy Need You, or the big n’ strutty Rock The Disco with its familiar vocal sample, will more than satisfy. More info here.

Various – Ekletik Beats Vol 004
Eklektik Beats Vol 004 EDM UndergroundAnother label comp here, this one coming from Greece’s unfortunately named EDM Underground, who for those that don’t know them have nothing to do with cake-throwing, pyrotechnics and electotraptrancestep, and everything to do with quality underground house music. Across this 17-track collection you’ll find deep and tech vibes ranging from the laidback and jazzy to the peaktime and stompy, and while some names – BiG AL, Pano Manara, Vincenzo De Robertis, label boss Analog Trip – should be familiar to TIWWD readers, most of it’s been made by relative newcomers – making the high quality standard throughout all the more impressive. More info here.

Various – Jazzy Best Pt 6
Jazzy Best Vol 6 Apparel MusicAnd from a label called EDM that have very little to do with EDM, we move on to a compilation called Jazzy Best that has very little to do with jazz! Okay, there’s a brushed snare here, a mournful sax parp there, I’ll grant you. But a Peterson-esque noodlefest this definitely isn’t; instead expect 20 tracks of the finest underground house music – mostly on a deep dancefloor tip but with one or two techier moments and a few more downtempo excursions – coming from the likes of Echonomist, Sarp Yilmaz, Sek and a raft of lesser-known names. ‘Jazzy’ it may not be, but ‘best’? Not far off, I’d say… More info here.

Various – Krafted Vol 1
Krafted Vol 1 Krafted MusicLastly for tonight’s little round-up but by no means least, we have this first-ever label comp from Krafted Music, which consists of 13 full-length tracks plus a continuous mix by Paul Moore of Soultrak. Ger Gleeson, Danny Satori and Christ Burstein are probably the best-known names that feature but as with the comps above, this isn’t about big names, it’s about quality house tuneage. And on that count these 13 slices of underground deep and tech goodness certainly deliver, with Prudence’s Notice Me and Sean Grainger’s Climax – MONSTER tunes, the pair of ’em – worth the price of admission on their own. More info here.

As ever with these round-up thingummies, sorry to all concerned that each of these albums didn’t get a little more in-depth love but there’s only so many hours in the day!

Alex Arnout – Sound-Byte EP

March 8, 2012 in Singles

Have I used the word ‘sumptous’ yet today? No? Good, because I don’t like to repeat myself and it’s a word it’d be hard to describe Movements In Soul, the opening track here, without! Combining a classic smooth, soulful garage-y feel with a more contemporary chugging deep/tech-house backing, this is sheer class, and you need to go out and buy it immediately, basically.

And that’s just the first track! Which then gets an equally high-quality refix from current hot property Laura Jones, who turns in a slightly tuffer, dubbier rendition complete with a tripped-out, beat-less breakdown in the middle. You also get three mixes of Give U, which in its original form is another soulfully-vocalled deep/tech number, and comes with a glitchier, techier Jeff K remix with a bubbling acid-style bassline, and an appropriately-titled Sweet Dub from Gwen Maze that’s like bathing in sonic chocolate.
Superb and very now-sounding stuff from the now London-based Yorkshireman, who’s also boss of Dogmatik Records.
Out: This week
About: This is only the fifth release from Newcastle-based Turquoise Blue, who can be found on Soundcloud and Facebook. First time they’ve featured on here but ones to watch, on this evidence!

Various – The Extended Family Pt 2

May 11, 2011 in Singles

Leftroom Extended FamilyAccording to the classic Bacharah & David song, what the world needs now is love, sweet love. Well, I disagree. What the world needs now is actually a MASSIVE FUCK-OFF ORGAN TUNE. And on this second installment in Leftroom’s ‘new talent’ EP series, Laura Jones delivers just that in Love In Me. Freakin’ ace.

The rest of the EP’s pretty gosh-darned good as well, what with the deep garage vibes of Waifs & Strays’ Yeah Yeah, Lazaro Casanova’s driving, bouncy retro-house on I Got This Feeling and the jazzy Detroitian vibes of Julian Perez’s Butterfly Conflict. In fact, I’d say it’s a superb EP all round, all told.
But you can’t beat a big throbbing organ, can you?
Out: This week. Buy it.
About: As I said, this is the second in a series of EPs from Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom imprint showcasing new production talent. And if there’s this much of it around, then the future of house music is looking decidedly rosy. Here’s the Leftroom website: it’s getting a revamp at time of writing but you’ll find some social media links to keep you going.