Leftwing & Kody – 3 Point 0 EP

November 16, 2015 in Singles

Leftwing & Kody 3 Point 0 EP VIVa LIMITEDNext tonight, we stay in tech-house territory but more towards the techno side of the equation  with this tough three-tracker from Leftwing & Kody, coming on Steve Lawler’s VIVa LIMITED mprint.

Keep On is up first, a dark, rolling groove topped with house-y piano stabs and a “keep on” vocal sample that may or may not be a fragment of the famous “I’ve got to keep on, you’ve got to keep on” vocal – it’s hard to tell. Pursuit follows (ho-ho), a darker, crunchier, techier number altogether with distorted spoken vox and trippy warping synth sounds, while finally What You Do To Me adopts a similar MO to Pursuit in terms of the sound palette, but opts for busier, rolling beats.

Keep On is my pick here but all three will work on darker floors for sure.

Out: This week

About: You can find VIVa Limited and parent label on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website. Neither should be confused, of course, with Seattle deep house stable Viva Recordings.

Leftwing & Kody – Carnival EP

September 27, 2015 in Singles

Leftwing & Kody Carnival Knee Deep In SoundMoving into tougher, techier, bassier territory now as Leftwing & Kody serve up a stomp-tastic three-tracker for Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound imprint.

Carnival itself marries the kind of Latin-tinged drums that presumably gave the track its name to a huge, buzzing bassline,  a rave-y synth hook and fragments of spoken “keep on moving… keep on grooving” male vox. Control is a BPM or two pacier, all menacing bass rumble, analogue-sounding synths and seriously mangled diva vox, while finally Crazy opts for pounding 4/4s, busy top-end percussion and more cut-up diva vox.

Control stands out to these ears, but all three will do the do when the dancefloor’s already moving nicely and you want to push ’em to the next level.

Out: This week

About: You can find Knee Deep In Sound here and here.

Various – MadTech 03

September 21, 2015 in Albums

Various Madtech 03 Some albums are difficult to review because they’re so same-y, it’s hard to find much to say; some because they’re so eclectic they’re near-impossible to describe within a set word count; some because you rashly agreed to review someone you know’s album without listening to it, and it turns out to be shite. And then some albums – like this third compilation from Kerri Chandler’s MadTech stable, f’rinstance – are hard to review because every time you listen to them, you’re simply unable to stop yourself turning off the lights, pumping up the volume and bouncing around the room in ways that aren’t really dignified for a 45-year-old man.

I think that says pretty much everything about this set, really! So I’ll just point out that across its 14 tracks there’s a mix of familiar names (Leftwing & Kody, No Artificial Colours, Yousef, Max Chapman, Mirco Caruso) and some newcomers, and that if chunky, chuggy, techy, bassy, bouncy-ass house music that’s aimed straight at the dancefloor and bang on the money for 2015 is what you were looking for… you just found it. Unmissable.

Out: Now (but only since Friday, properly)

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

Various – Lost Summer Selection

August 2, 2015 in Albums

Lost Summer Selection Lost RecordsWe ended on quite a rollicking, techy house tip last night so let’s pick up there again tonight with this compilation album from Leftwing & Kody’s Lost Records.

With 14 tracks from as many artists, I’m not going into them one-by-one. Suffice to say that Lost have made a big mark on the scene with their particular style of tuff, muscular house and sinuous, groovy techno, and if you’re a fan of the label you certainly won’t be disappointed with this set, which features a host of familiar artists including Cera Alba, PAWSA, Mat.Joe & Kevin Knapp, Montel, Raffa FL, Di Chiara Brothers and of course Leftwing & Kody themselves, plus a handful of newer names.

L&K’s own attitude-y Mad Hot (feat Maxine Hardcastle), Raffa FL’s fat n’ squelchy The Freak Beat and Michael Bibi’s lo-slung n’ sleazy Power Of Life stand out for this reviewer, but you’ll find your own favourites I’m sure…

Out: This week

About: Find Lost Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Leftwing & Kody – One Nation EP

May 13, 2015 in Singles

Leftwing & Kody One Nation EP Lost RecordsSome tuff, no-nonsense house bizniss from Leftwing & Kody here, coming on their own Lost Records label.

One Nation itself gets the ball rolling with uptempo, shuffling beats, a bassline that remembers the acid era fondly and, to match the latter, rave-y stabs and that familiar old “can you feel the beat?” vocal. Don’t Look Back is up next, again quite a driving affair but with more straight-ahead 4/4s this time, not to mention a rather odd vocal that’s vaguely reminiscent of DJ Rush’s Relief classic But It Really Doesn’t Matter With Me Now. S’good but I’m liking Luca Cazal’s full-throttle acid refix more, I think, while completing the EP is That’s The Way, a just slightly less frantic houser that again has strong rave-y leanings, what with the female rap vox, sirens and very 92-ish piano stabs.

L&K kickin’ it old skool! Nice.

Out: This week

About: You can find Lost Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Josh Butler – Rebirth EP

February 21, 2015 in Singles

Josh Butler  Rebirth EP Lost RecordsLast one for tonight, and we stay in fairly stompy territory with this four-track EP from Lost Records.

Rebirth itself is up first, a beefy near-instrumental chugger that’d be perfect for 3am play with its combination of big wobblin’ bass, dubby FX and meandering jazzy keys. Miss You Less follows, a more sultry and garage-leaning deep houser with a female vocal from Yemi Bolatiwa. Phoebus Cartel is another garage-tinged cut with a spoken male “I want you” vocal and more killer jazzy keyboard work, while label bosses Leftwing & Kody’s remix of Miss You Less rounds out the EP and takes us into darker, more heads-down territory… again with something of a tribal feel to the drums.

The title cut and the original of Miss You Less are the standouts for yours truly.

Out: This week

About: Find Lost Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Leftwing & Kody – Missing EP

March 19, 2014 in Singles

Leftwing & Kody Missing EP Lapsus MusicAnd speaking of deep house bombs, here come the ever-reliable L&K with another one!

Two original tracks make up the Missing EP. Missing itself is a fairly driving affair, with its heavyweight bottom end, lolloping techy beats, layers of ruff synths and a spoken male vocal adding up to something that’s about as ‘in your face’ as deep house ever gets… in a good way, I hasten to add. On the B meanwhile you’ll find Higher, a more contemporary-style houser with a neatly warping b-line as the main attraction.

Again, though, it’s the A-side that’s doing it best for me.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Lapsus Music, who are Italian and who I don’t think have featured on here. You can find them on Facebook.

Various – Five Years Of OFF Recordings

March 16, 2014 in Singles

Five Years of OFF RecordingsWe make a great leap forward now, from two house giants from the good ol’ daze (see below) to some of the most respected names working in house music today, who’ve come together here to mark the fifth birthday of Andre Crom’s OFF Recordings label.

Mr Crom himself is up first, teaming up with Chi Thanh and Kevin Knapp to give us the ace struttin’ hip-house of While You Stand, which berates those in the club who stand “jamming on your Instagram”. Next, Leftwing & Kody team up with Kruse & Nuernberg on Turning, a full-on peaktime slammer with lashings of bass and a slightly Billie Ray Martin-ish female vocal. Little Treehouse from Purple Disco Machine & Teenage Mutants is another struttin’, stompy affair with an extended breakdown in the middle to give weary dancers some respite, while Robosonic & Mat Joe’s You On You brings the birthday party to a still bass-y but slightly deeper close, complete with soulful female vocal samples.

A fine anniversary EP from a very fine label – happy birthday guys.

Out: This week

About: Send jelly and ice cream to OFF via Soundcloud, Facebook or their own website.

Leftwing & Kody – I Know EP

January 18, 2014 in Singles

Leftwing & Kody I Know EP OFF RecordingsLastly for tonight we have this sterling little two-tracker from the ever-dependable Leftwing & Kody.

I Know itself is a killer, frankly, a (male) vocal anthem for the skinny-jeaned generation with all the big, insistent, rave-y bass you could possibly ask for. Methinks you’ll be hearing this a LOT over the next few months… meanwhile on the B you’ve got It Was Our, which nods towards deep house of the classic Chi-Town school with its pulsing 303 bassline, then builds in almost Garnier-esque fashion into another absolute dancefloor monster for spangled minds to get lose in (and to).

Contemporary-style main room house at its best, this – go seek.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Andre Crom’s (also ever-dependable) OFF Recordings… find ’em here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web)

Darius Syrossian – Anything Weird EP

July 28, 2013 in Singles

Darius Syrossian Anything Weird EP Lost RecordsSome very now-sounding deep/tech house vibes now from Mr Syrossian.

A-side I’ll Do Anything is a fairly dark, pounding cut that has DNA from both Chicago and Detroit and comes topped with a male “I’ll do anything for you” vocal. It’s accompanied by a slightly funkier/housier Leftwing & Kody Remix, while the brilliantly titled I’m Not Weird You’re Just Not Normal is another more house-ified affair with an insistent female vocal saying “Bounce!” (I think) throughout and, from two minutes in, a cool jaunty, jazzy keyboard lick to put a cheeky lil’ grin on the track’s face, and probably yours as well.

Oh yeah, nearly forgot! It’s the first release from a new label as well… London-based Lost Records.

Out: This week

About: Lost is Leftwing & Kody’s own label and so far the label itself only seems to have a Facebook page, but here’s L&K’s own Soundcloud page as well.