South Royston – Zapp

December 12, 2015 in Singles

South Royston Zapp Throne Room RecordsOnly the third release here from a new house label based up in Newcastle – Liam Armstrong’s Throne Room Records.

You get three mixes of Zapp to choose from, plus bonus cut Inside Of Me. In its Original form, Zapp is a very solid lil’ deep house chugger that’s got a hefty enough bottom end to sound thoroughly ‘now’, and that comes topped with shouts and FX which are vaguely reminiscent of Gunman, Fly Life etc. Lee Walker supplies a bigger, bouncier remix that ups the BPMs and foregrounds the vocal, which is married here to a different but just as weighty b-line, while Ryan Padley & Johnsson’s Bumping Drums Remix has percussion that harks back to vintage Chi-town, “I said bass!” shouts, whistles, cowbells and a general feeling of energetic dancefloor abandon. Finally, Inside Of Me is a rawer, even more garage-leaning affair with a looping “inside of me” vocal and a defiantly hip-wigglin’ bassline.

The likes of No Artificial Colours, Cristoph, Hot Since 82 and Riva Starr are already supporting this one and with further releases already lined up from Reset Safari, Jerome Price and Architech, the future for Throne Room Records looks bright!

Out: This week

About: You can find out more by hitting up Throne Room Records on Soundcloud and Facebook, or at their own website.

The great big holiday catch-up post

August 23, 2015 in Singles

As some of you might have noticed, I’ve not been around for the past two weeks due to – gasp! – actually taking a holiday. But I’m back now, with a mountain of promos to download and a lorryload of reviews promises to fulfill. So let’s get started… here’s a bunch of very checkable singles, all of which came out this week.

DCR032 - SocialBrodanse – Miss Your Love
The brothers Smart serve up a neat two-tracker on their own Danse Club Records here. It’s the original that gets my vote, an underground deep house jam with a garage-y female “I miss your love” vocal loop, but French house veteran DJ W!ld comes with a more heads-down refix for the teeny-tiny hours that’s also plenty playable.

Deep Active Sound sleeveDeep Active Sound – Changes EP
Another fine deep house two-tracker here, this one coming from Russian producer Deep Active Sound and brought to you courtesy of the ever-reliable Different Attitudes. Bace Pace is a nice chunky lil’ groover with garage-y female vocal snips and a pulsating b-line, while Changes itself is a slinky, squelchy cut made for making booties sway on dancefloors.

Deepdoon sleeveDeepdoon – Moving Forward EP
A three-track EP here from Romania’s Limitation Music and Scottish (of course!) producer Deepdoon. The title cut is an uber-deep affair with an ambient intro, lovely warm piano notes and, when the beats do eventually arrive, a lazy, almost Balearic feel. Summer Temptation is a mellow, aptly named slice of beach house loveliness, while completing the EP is The Lotus Eaters, a late-night drifter with nods to E2/E4 and a spoken, psychobabble-ish female vocal.

CW013 PackshotFatherhood – Child Support EP
A four-track EP from Michael Mangan and Physical Therapy, collectively known as Fatherhood, on their own Clubwerks imprint. Under their joint moniker they bring us the stripped-back jackery of The Yes Man and the fierce Chicago warehouse nostalgia of Loleatta On Acid (no prizes for guessing who the sampled vocalist is), while Mangan goes it alone on Carl Craig-ish disco-tech stomper Alright Um and Physical Therapy brings us Hospital House, which has echoes of both Murk and Plastic Dreams.

Fragoso sleeveFragoso – Hot Room EP
Two tracks in four mixes make up this EP from California’s Household Digital label. Hot Room itself is a bass-rumblin’ deep/tech houser with a “look into the light, it will not hurt you” spoken vocal loop, and comes accompanied by a slightly techier The Mistaa Remix. Bring The Funk Back, meanwhile, is a bass-heavy deep/tech roller in its original form, while the Mr Drew Acid Mix is techier though not, despite the name, particularly acidic.

Gotta Get EP Album ArtLee Walker – Mind Control EP
Another four-track EP here, this one coming from Middlesbrough’s Lee Walker and brought to you by Canada’s Mile End Records. Crazy For You blends deep house and UK garage influences to great effect, and comes with a techier, drummier refix from Andy Lee. The other original cut, Gotta Get, is another garage-tinged deep houser with vocal bites from Montell Jordan’s This Is How We Do It, while a more energetic Jacky (UK) remix completes the set.

Stev Bray sleeveStev Bray – Muve Your Body
Yes, Stev not Steve and muve not move, just in case anyone was thinking I’d suddenly forgotten how to type/spell! Stanny Abram’s Marba Records are the label behind this nicely understated tech-house throbber, which comes complete with a more percussive remix from Mr Abram himself.

Wasabi sleeveWasabi & Karman Lee – Matilda EP
Seems like ages since Greek producer Wasabi featured on TIWWD but here he comes again now, bringing us a neat lil’ tech-house two-tracker on Street King in cahoots with the slightly mysterious Karman Lee. Diggin’ is a no-nonsense, heads-down kinda cut with shufflin’ beats and chopped-up female vocal snips, while Matilda itself is just as tracky but operates in slightly funkier, housier territory.

BitToBitRecords-BTB029-ZaVen-SundownExpressEPZaVen – Sundown Express EP
Another two-track affair here from Spain’s Bit To Bit Records. Sundown Boulevard is a meandering, uber-deep affair built for warm-up or post-club play that’ll have the proverbial ‘heads’ in raptures, while Trainspotting is a slightly more floor-friendly deep houser with a looping disco bassline and, yes, train noises…

2400X2400-IBIZA-HEATVarious – Avotre presents Ibiza Heat
A stylistically varied Ibiza sampler EP here from Berlin’s Avotre Records, with seven tracks from as many artists. Highlights include the sizzling acid of label boss Santé’s Acid Rain, the strutty, funk-fuelled house of Ale Castro’s Schubkraft, Montel’s party-startin’ Body Music and Mennie’s Organica, a heady fusion of breakbeat, funk and techno influences.

MSR sleeveVarious – Midnight City EP
A five-track VA offering from Midnight Social Recordings here. Label boss Carlo Gambino gives us the warmup-friendly Liquid Lunch, Dee Brown comes with the trad-style deep groover Ghetto Chords, Guy Young nods towards Detroit on Indigroove, M-Melodie’s Coloured Trouble is an understated, atmospheric cut while finally Zeno Nodari’s Be Down is a moody chugger to play us out in cinematic style.

Fadel – Freak Foundation

July 17, 2014 in Singles

Fadel Freak Foundation Mile End RecordsTuff deep/tech house grooves are the general order of the day with tonight’s reviews line-up, starting with this nice simple two-tracker from Mile End Records.

On the A, Freak Foundation is a bass-heavy affair with hard-slammin’ kicks, a chopped n’ looped male “generate the foundation… get out the sensation” vocal and a ton of space in the production to let that nasty, techy bass make its presence felt. Flip it over, and Lee Walker’s remix heads down a deeper route, using much less of the vocal, toning down the metallic bass and opting for housier drums.

The latter rub pips it for me but both will rock floors for sure.

Out: This week

About: Find Mile End Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Lee Walker – Go Back EP

May 31, 2014 in Singles

Lee Walker Go Back EP Mile End RecordsMiddlesbrough lad Lee Walker, who’s featured on TIWWD before with releases on Savoir Faire and Unrivaled, comes to Canada’s Mile End with this two-tracker.

Go Back itself is a fairly driving houser, powered along by a chunky synth b-line and topped with a spoken/rapped “back to the old school… like a heartbeat” male vocal. On the flip, meanwhile, The Time is a tuffer cut with rock-solid kicks, another large synth b-line and a chopped n’ looped “I think it’s time to make the floor burn” vocal (not the Kid N Play one, though).

Two very solid cuts made for Saturday night primetime action on more discerning floors.

Out: This week

About: Mile End is Kris Coleman’s label, they’re based in Montreal and you can find ’em here, here and here.

Lee Walker – Something Better Give EP

May 10, 2014 in Singles

Lee Walker Something Better Give Savoir Faire MusiquePredictably fine fare here from a producer and a label (Savoir Faire Musique) who are no strangers to this blog. But while the quality’s predictable the timbre certainly isn’t, as SFM turn the dark up by several notches…

On the A, Something’s Gotta Give is a chunky, techy affair, centred around a big, throbbing bass riff and liberal vocal bites (though I think it’s resung, not a sample) from Rick James’s Give It To Me Baby. The New Rules Womp Mix thereof is then definitely a surprise from this usually more soulfully inclined imprint, as we enter full-on warper territory! On the flip, You Just Better is another techy cut with another big bass-synth riff and treated “now listen to me, you better dance” male vox, and comes accompanied by an Ozzi Remix that tuffens up the drums and, again, gets some serious wobble on in the bass department.

Typical Savoir Faire tackle this EP is not – by any means. But seriously rocking, it most certainly is!

Out: This week

About: Find Savoir Faire Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook.

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 Walker – Recycled

May 14, 2013 in Singles

Lee Walker Recycled Unrivaled MusicFinally tonight we have this newie from Unrivaled Music, coming from Lee Walker. Which, by a REMARKABLE coincidence, just happens to sample the same classic Rhythm Control vocal I just quoted in the review below!

So yes. No-nonsense midtempo tech-house beats chug along below those famous “let there be house” vocals on the original mix, Tony S’s remix injects a little more funk and groove, Kevin Kind ups the tempo a smidge and add some sirens, while MarcSoul rocks a more complex rhythm and some killer Rhodes chords.

It’s the Tony S and MarcSoul rubs that do it best for me, but TBH it’s not really gonna matter too much which rub you opt for, cos that vocal’s never gonna fail, is it?

Out: This week

About: Here’s the usual link, then!

Claudio AKA Clod – Who Do You Love?

April 26, 2013 in Singles

Claudio AKA Clod Who Do You Love Savoir Faire MusiqueStarting off an a raw, jackin’ house tip tonight! More raw and jackin’ than we might normally expect from Savoir Faire Musique, but definitely not letting the label’s impeccable quality standards slip.

For the original, think thumping, big-system 4/4s and crisp hi-hats, with some garage-y keys work and chopped female vocal snips bringing the musicality. Lee Walker’s remix adds one of those currently en vogue rave-y b-lines, while Deep Edition boss Martijn surprises with one of the most floor-friendly, least ‘ultra deep and horizontal’ mixes I’ve ever heard from the lad, albeit it’s still the deepest of the three passes here.

Out: This week

About: Find Savoir Faire on Soundcloud.

Rishi K – Psychedelic Tuesday

February 5, 2013 in Singles

Rishi K Psychedelic Tuesday Endemic DigitalHad to get this one in today, really, for obvious reasons!

A simple but effective four-note bassline loops throughout, as various FX, atmospheric synths and echoing vocal wails play over the top to create a deeply groovy, late-night headnoddin’, toe-tappin’ kinda vibe. Peter O’s remix is more stripped-back and even more trippy, while Lee Walker swaps out the b-line on his dub-tastic Far Out Remix.

Any one of the three mixes would clear the floor of your local Ritzy’s in seconds, I’m sure. But if you’re faced with any of those proverbial ‘headz’, play ’em this and they’ll love you forever. Or at least for seven minutes and 20 seconds.

Out: This week

About: This one comes to you via the pride of Essex… no, not West Ham FC you fool but Endemic Digital.

Lee Walker – The Deep Stuff

December 30, 2012 in Singles

Lee Walker The Deep Stuff Savoir Faire Musique

Another TIWWD fave label here, as Savoir Faire Musique bring us this solo outing from RiffRaff’s Lee Walker.

In its Original form, The Deep Stuff is typically sumptuous SFM deep house tackle, chugging along nicely at 120bpm and sporting a pleasingly understated, though insistent organ line (and at one point, what sounds like a dog barking but might not be). Deep Edition label boss Martijn gives us a remix that’s similar but slightly rawer-sounding, Groove Syndicate beef up the kicks and push the tempo a notch, while Miami Ice take us even deeper with a mix that rides groovier percussion and adds lounge-y sounds on top.

All that said, the four mixes aren’t hugely varied, to be honest. Good job the Original is as strong as it is, then… cos that also means you won’t go far wrong with any of ’em.

Classy stuff as ever from SFM.

Out: This week

About: You can find Savoir Faire Musique on Facebook and Soundcloud.