Lee Pennington – Earthworm Dancing EP

January 16, 2014 in Singles

Lee Pennington Earthworm Dancing EP Endemic DigitalWell now… I did have several interesting bits n’ bobs to tell you about tonight, but it’s been a long, busy day and by the time I sit down to write this I’ve nearly run out of Thursday! Just quickly then, here we have a neat little two-tracker from Endemic regular Lee Pennington.

The title track takes a minute or two to really get going, but at around the 1.30 mark in comes the subtle little acid (sorry, acieeeeeed!) squiggles that are its main attraction… even if there are a full two acid-free minutes at the end during which a looped “you make me feel like dancing” vocal, put through a vocoder or talkbox effect of some kind, comes to the fore instead.

Flip it over and you’ll find Creeping Behind The Shovel, presented here in Inkfish Remix form. It’s another nicely understated little cut that’ll play on deep and tech house floors equally well, with a nice dreamy, garage-y feel to the teensy-tiny female vocal snips, but it’s the A-side that stands out for me.

Out: This week

About: I always say this, but you know where to find Endemic by now…

Groove Syndicate – Keep Going/Get Down

August 17, 2013 in Singles

Groove Syndicate Keep Going Get DownThe names Lee Walker and Lee Pennington should be familiar to TIWWD readers; what you may not know is that for a year or so now they’ve been performing live shows together under the name Groove Syndicate. But they have… and now the deadly duo step out with the first-ever release from their self-titled label.

And what a debut it is! Keep Going is a deep house cut that’ll help flagging dancefloors do just that with its rolling beats and surging, euphoric synths, topped with spoken vocals about what makes us human… but the killer here is the flipside, Get Down. “If you wanna get down just tell me” says the vocal sample, while an acid-y, dare I even say rave-y bassline jousts with some gorgeously warm organ stabs underneath.

Ain’t nuthin’ but a groove, but it’s a groove you could ride all the way through till dawn. Veterans of DiY/Smokescreen/Robodisco/Space/Fruity Antics etc will lap this one up!

Out: This week

About: You can find Groove Syndicate Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Lee Pennington – Under Pressure EP

November 9, 2012 in Singles

Lee Pennington Under Pressure EP Endemic Digital

With a total of six mixes to choose from, there’s no faulting this latest from Endemic Digital on the VFM front… which makes a nice change from all those two-track ‘EPs’ you get (that’d be ‘extended play’ as opposed to what, exactly?)

Thankfully, there’s quality as well as quantity on offer. Under Pressure itself is a rolling/chugging tech-houser with the very lightest of tribal touches in its original form, and sports a female vocal intoning the title alongside some cool bass synth drops. Slightly beefier refixes come from Groove Syndicate and Farfan. The other track, Farr, also comes in three mixes: the original is heads-down and stomping, Groove Syndicate’s rub is a notch slinkier while Tony S’s take is the deepest cut on the whole EP.

The last two tracks that work best for me, but it’s a strong EP all round.

Out: This week

About: You surely know where to find Endemic Digital by now…

Various – The Residence EP

September 15, 2012 in Singles

The Residence EP Midnight Social Recordings

Our second V/A ep today comes from Leeds-based Midnight Social, and showcases the production talents of some of the world’s hard-working resident DJs.

Leading the charge is Dudley Strangeways (also featured on the Something Different EP, of course), who gives us Side C, a slab of deep n’ moody house bizniss with a hint of classic UK garage circa 1995. Next, Lee Pennington’s Billy’s Coming Out is a sparse, stripped chugger with raw technoid kicks, while Matteo Baudoni – an Italian DJ now resident in Seattle – serves up We Love Dance, a more driving cut counterpointing a terrace-friendly, percussion-led groove with deep organ sounds and barely-there vocal snips. Bringing the EP to a close is Drag That Ish from David Moran, a druggy slice of 3am wonk with what sound like garage organs drawn through a mangle, and with a heavily treated spoken vocal that probably ISN’T saying “techno pussy” but sounds like it is to me!

It’s Dudley’s cut that stands out for me, with Mr Moran taking the silver, but there’s plenty to explore here so dive in.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 15 Oct.

About: You can find Carlo Gambino’s Midnight Social Recordings on Facebook.

Hall North – Emancipation

September 12, 2012 in Singles

Hall North Emancipation DeepWit

Those of the ‘less is more’ school of thought will be happy with this latest from Denmark’s DeepWit Uncovered.

In its Original form, Emancipation ain’t nuthin’ but a deep/tech groove – essentially it’s a drum loop, a breakdown then a drum loop from start to finish, but that’s enough. Lee Pennington’s remix is a slightly more spangly variation on the theme, while Nick Robson’s remix is a pacier, more jackin’ affair with techier drums and what may nor may not be a snippet of the old Coolthamenta vocal?

But while all three are very playable, once again it’s Dave James that takes top honours in my books, his Ibiza Departures Remix being precisely the kind of stripped-down dub excursion you’d hope it might be. Mrs TIWWD prefers Lee Pennington’s though so, y’know, everyone’s happy.

Out: This week

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

Lee Pennington – Credit Rating/Smoky Bottle

September 9, 2012 in Singles

Lee Pennington Credit Rating Unrivaled Music

Some very fine deep/tech grooves here from the ever-checkable Unrivaled Music.

First up is Credit Rating, which in its Original form is a sparse-yet-luxuriant midtempo cut that chugs along nicely without feeling the need to ‘do’ very much at all, and that’s dominated by piano/organ (?) stabs and unassuming but nonetheless rock solid 4/4s. Groove Syndicate’s remix adds slightly more involved percussion and some low-end acid bubble, while Pretty Criminals’ Raw To The Floor Cut has that jazzy, rough-edged feel you associate with vintage NYC house from the early 90s.

As for Smoky Bottle, in its Original form that’s a slightly more uptempo/driving deep/tech dancefloor cut, with some proggy tinges around the edges, while Groove Syndicate strip it right down to the beat and bassline to turn the track into a proper dark room throbber and no mistake guv.

With not a duff mix in sight, this is a very solid bet indeed.

Out: This week

About: Unrivaled is part of the Endemic Digital stable.

Danny Quattro – Contact

July 16, 2012 in Singles

Danny Quattro Contact Savoir Faire Musique

Our second Danny of the day is Danny Quattro, coming to you today via Savoir Faire Musique.

Presented in three mixes, Contact is based around a hefty sample from Human Traffic… I might grumble about it not being the most inventive of sample sources, except that it works so damn well! The Original Club Mix is a no-nonsense dancefloor throbber with John Simms joined by “come on!” vocal inserts, both vocals sitting a top a relentlessly pulsing rhythm driven more by the hi-hats than the subdued kicks. Lee Pennington’s Main Room Remix is fairly similar but bigger and spacier, while the Patrick Podage & Nikola Kotevski Remix is slower, druggier and more twisted, and does strange things to the vocal, timestretching it beyond recognition.

Very, very solid fare for your deep house dancefloor, nuff said.

Out: Today

About: You can find Savoir Faire Musique at their blog, on Facebook and on Soundcloud