Ilias Katelanos & G Dellis – Being Apart [Remixes]

April 24, 2016 in Singles

Ilias Katelanos & G Dellis Being Apart Limitation MusicHeading into seriously deep waters now with this latest offering from Romania’s ever-checkable Limitation Music, which features rerubs of a track first featured on Katelanos’s That Jazz Thing EP.

Four mixes of Being Apart to choose from, and every one a cracker. The Original marries a phat but understated bassline to delicate, high-end percussion, then tops both with jazzy piano, space-y synth washes and the merest hint of fem vox, the end result being a melodic, meandering late-night jam that’d work on the dancefloor or the headphones alike. Label stalwart Addex’s remix is dubbier and more laidback, Christopher Kardek’s has a blissier, more Balearic feel while Savvas tuffens up the drums just half a notch while simultaneously dropping the tempo slightly.

But truth be told, the differences are pretty minor – Being Apart is a top-drawer deep house cut whichever way you spin it.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Limitation Music herehere and here.

Addex – Citizen Break EP

January 24, 2016 in Singles

Addex Citizen Break EP Limitation MusicI generally like to sign off on a Sunday night with something seriously deep and mellow*. And if deep and mellow’s what you’re looking for, you’ll certainly find it on this three-tracker from Romania’s Limitation Music.

Citizen Break itself is up first, a smooth, late-night concoction of gentle, understated 4/4s, long sweeping pads, wistful guitar flecks and a bassline that’s one-part dub to one-part classic Chi-town deep. That’s followed by Exhale, Relax which opts for slightly heavier kicks and a more out-and-out dubwise b-line, pairing them with haunting female vocal fragments and delicate synth washes. And then finally there’s Rotation Mode with its shuffling, near-bruk beats, another dubby b-line, subaquatic sounds and more of those fragile, crystalline synths/FX.

“House music for floatation tanks,” some may sneer. If so, then excuse me while I go grab my trunks.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 1 Feb.

About: You can find Limitation Music herehere and here.

*This doesn’t always work/happen, admittedly.

Addex – Kultural/Alabama Slammer [Remixes]

November 28, 2015 in Singles

Addex Kultural Remixes Limitation MusicWe kick off in deep house territory tonight with this three-track EP from Romanian producer Addex, coming on Bucharest’s Limitation Music label.

What’s on offer – as the title subtly suggests! – are new mixes of tracks from the previously released Kultural EP. First we get a Dub of Kultural itself, quite a laidback affair that’d work in warm-up sets or for post-club/Sunday afternoon listening. Then we head off to the dancefloor in the company of Santiago Santamaria, who brings us a gorgeous unhurried, deep garage-tinged rub of Alabama Slammer, before Distant Relatives JHB’s rub of Kultural plays us out on a dreamy, late-night note.

All good stuff here, but it’s Santamaria’s mix of Alabama Slammer that’s the killer.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 7 December

About: This is only release number 19 from Limitation Music, who you can find here, here and here.

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.

Ilias Katelanos – That Jazz Thing

August 2, 2015 in Singles

Ilias Katelanos That Jazz Thing Limitation MusicThe clue’s definitely in the name with this latest from Romania’s Limitation Music.

Three mixes of That Jazz Thing to choose from. The original tops gently rollin’ house beats with live double bass, mournful sax, a hint of wukka-wukking geetar and, eventually, some young hepcat spoken vocals. Ocean Gaya’s remix is a bigger, sweeping, prog-tinged pass, while Soul Minority beef up the kicks for peaktime play and add some space disco/jazz-funk keys.

The latter rub takes the gold for me but the Original’s pretty darned splendid too.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 2 August

About: Limitation Music can be found, who are still just 15 releases old, can be found herehere and here.

Addex – Kultural EP

June 19, 2015 in Singles

Addex Kultural EP Limitation MusicMore quality deep house goodness on this four-tracker from Addex, coming on Romania’s Limitation Music.

Alabama Slammer is up first, a very deep affair with a bassline like a jovial mammoth lolloping jauntily across the steppes and a sound palette that veers towards deep, dubby techno. Kultural itself is a tad more upbeat, with another hefty b-line vying for your attention with sampled crowd noise, garage-y vocal snips and some nice squelchy synths. Layers Of Dawn has the slightly wonky feel you associate with the early work of one Mr K Chandler, while completing the package is Lowfit, a cocktail of heavy but muted beats and luxuriant atmospherics that would have fitted right in on Strobe Records back in the early 90s – and that’s a huge compliment in my books.

Proper deep house shiznit, yagetmi?! Acquire.

Out: This week

About: Limitation Music can be found here, here and here. This is the label’s 14th release.

Marco Grandi – With You EP

April 24, 2015 in Singles

Marco Grandi With You Limitation MusicSome lavish, soul-infused deep house grooves to kick us off tonight courtesy of Romania’s Limitation Music.

With You itself is up first, a midtempo, dubwise affair with layered synth atmospherics and a dreamy female “I need your love” vocal. Lost is an even more languid, late-night deep groove with a vocal that sounds a little like Roisin Murphy at her most ethereal and some killer garage keys, while finally Saigon is another garage-inflected beauty, but this time with more of an eye on the dancefloor.

Outstanding work all round – go seek.

Out: This week as an ‘exclusive’ (to somewhere, it doesn’t say), general release from 4 May

About: You can find Limitation Music (which is Addex’s label BTW) on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Pano Manara – Tree Of Life EP

March 22, 2015 in Singles

Pano Manara Tree Of Life EP Limitation MusicSome supremely chilled deep house from Romania’s Limitation Music here.

Three tracks make up the EP. Tree Of Life itself is up first, a gentle, dubby groove to soothe and satisfy the battle-weary soul. Analog Trip’s remix adds some shimmering Italo/nu disco-ish synths and vocal fragments while beefing up the beats just slightly, making this mix the obvious choice for dancefloor play, while finally Ouverture sees us back in late-night, headnoddin’ territory, its soothing pads underpinned by a throbbing Chi-town bassline and topped with snatches of spoken female French vocal.

Out: This week

About: You can find Limitation Music, who are based in Bucharest, here, here and here.

Jero Nougues – Collective EP

September 26, 2014 in Singles

Jero Nougues Collective EP Limitation MusicWe kick off tonight on a deep house tip with this latest from Jero Nougues, an Argentinian producer who makes quite disgracefully good records to say he’s a mere 21 years old and still a full-time student.

There are three tracks. Collective itself is up first, a lazy, laidback groove topped, rather oddly, with big chunks sampled from a Winston Churchill speech. Even more oddly, ol’ Winnie makes another appearance on End Of The Beginning, which essentially treads similar musical ground to Collective but is just a tiny bit livelier, while finally Get Over It doesn’t sample any war-time prime ministers, but is another fine mellow deep house groove, topped this time with a dreamy female vocal and meandering, 80s-ish sax.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Romania’s Limitation Music, who you can find here, here and here.