James Benedict – B’s Melody EP

June 18, 2015 in Singles

James Benedict B's Melody House Trip RecordingsWe move into deeper house territory now with this two-track, four-mix EP from James Bendedict.

B’s Melody, in its original form, is a garage-leaning deep houser with skippy beats, chopped-up male vox and whooshy synth/organ sounds. Angel Rize’s NY Mix of the same rides tuffer, more straight-up 4/4s but retains the garage feel via the addition of some raw-sounding piano. The sultry and quite slow-moving W.N Street, on the other hand, is in its original form a bleepier, shape-throwing affair that looks to vintage Chicago deepness for inspiration, while Liam Dunning supplies a slightly tuffer, more upbeat remix that again gets busy with the piano sprinkles.

A strong package, with the Angel Rize rub of B’s Melody my pick of a fine crop.

Out: This week on Traxsource, on general release from 29 June

About: This comes to you via Middlesborough’s House Trip Recordings, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

James Benedict – Mellow Annie EP

December 4, 2014 in Singles

James Benedict Mellow Annie EP House Trip RecordingsDeeper house vibes now from Glaswegian producer James Benedict.

Mellow Annie itself, in its original form, is a sparse, slow-building deep houser featuring Jesse Jackson speech samples and vaguely proggy synths. Jon Sweetname’s remix makes more extensive use of the vocal, tones down the synths and beefs up the drums for more of a deep/tech vibe. Time With Me also comes in two mixes: the gorgeous old skool, late-night deepness of the original, and a more drama-laden refix from Liam Dunning for the bigger rooms, complete with soaring synth-strings and energising handclaps.

It’s the original version of Time With Me that stands out, to these ears.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 15 Dec.

About: This is brought to you by House Trip Recordings, a new-ish label (this is HTREP008) based in Cleveland – the one in North Yorkshire, UK, not the one in Ohio, USA. You can find ’em on Soundcloud and Facebook.