Savvas – Between Time

September 5, 2015 in Singles

Savvas Between Time Deep Site RecordingsA four-track EP here from Deep Site Recordings with mixes that’d work in deep and progressive sets alike.

The original version of Between Time has a dreamy, almost Balearic feel but is lent some extra dancefloor oomph thanks to its rave-y bassline. Loz Goddard adds crowd noise and warping, wobbly strings on his slightly more upbeat (in mood if not necessarily in tempo) remix, while Ilias Katelanos’s take is more of a straight-up, less prog-leaning deep house jam. Completing the EP, you then get a trippy, dubbed-out rub from Forteba, complete with added “deep down inside, you need love” soulful male vocals.

Katelanos takes the gold for me, with Forteba not far behind.

Out: This week

About: Find Deep Site Recordings here, here and here.

Gareth Bilaney – Jazz Me Up

August 3, 2015 in Singles

Find DeepWit Recordings here, here and here.Let’s start tonight by carrying on in very deep territory where we left off last night, with this latest gorgeous slab from DeepWit.

Three mixes of Jazz Me Up to choose from. The original’s a midpaced, laidback deep houser and only quite lightly jazz-tinged – mainly in the use of brushed snare sounds. Remix-wise, Loz Goddard plumps for more prominent 4/4s, handclaps, sax and organ chords, giving the track a deep garage feel, while the George Horn Remix with its shaker-tastic percussion, looped, scatty female vocal sounds and retro synths is the one that’s most likely to find favour on the more soulful house floors.

All are good but it’s Loz Goddard’s rub that stands out to these ears.

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings herehere and here.

Various – Best Of DeepWit Vol 3

May 27, 2015 in Albums

Best of DeepWit Vol 3 DeepWit RecordingsThe more observant among you may have noticed a dearth of DeepWit releases featuring on TIWWD of late. I thought they were on a break; it actually turns out they’d swapped promo systems and my email fell off in transition. Anyway it’s all sorted now… and what better way to catch up than with this third installment in the Danish label’s ‘best of’ comp series?

Even the less observant among you will have noticed I’m a fan of DeepWit’s particular, supremely chilled take on deep house generally, and one look at the talent roster here – which includes the likes of Tony S, Portofino Sunrise, Loz Goddard, Ivan Garci and Angelo Mele – should be enough to tell you that’s unlikely to change with this release. To pick but two cherries from a very fine tree, Demarkus Lewis’s garage-y refix of Agent Libre’s Miles Away would be worth the price of admission on its own, while for dreamy, dubby house vibes you’ll struggle to beat DMP’s Lexion this week.

If deep house from the more laidback end of the spectrum is what you’re looking for, then do yourself a favour and grab a copy of this forthwith.

Out: Last week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings herehere and here.

Tony S – Sleepless EP

December 14, 2014 in Singles

Tony S Sleepless EP Ready Mix RecordsRegular readers will know that in my head, a Tony S record on Ready Mix is pretty much a dead-on cert. Thankfully, the Sleepless EP doesn’t disappoint.

In its Original form, Sleepless itself is a chugging, 4am, eyes-wide-shut deep house groover, with shimmering synths and female vocal microsnips panning back and forth and gloriously old school piano riffage in the background. The more jacking Moreno (LDN) Remix mostly strips out the trippy, Balearic top end and hits your innards with seriously chunky, funky bass instead. Trope, meanwhile, starts life as a throbbing, bassy deep house groove sprinkled liberally with vaguely tropical sounds, before the Tamandua Twist Remix turns the dial marked ‘spangly’ up to create a irresistible slice of beach house/nu-disco dancefloor action. Even better, though is the deep disco of the Loz Goddard Remix, which builds from rich, lingering, bell-like piano chords, via a fat, pounding kick and Negro-esque synths, into a head-gone-astray small hours monster.

The latter cut and Moreno’s rub of the title track take top honours for me, but really there’s not a mix here that doesn’t come highly commended.

Out: This week, apparently, though I originally had it down as Nov 24 so it’s possible I’m a little late on this one…

About: You can find Ready Mix Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Rishi K – Grey Area

September 7, 2014 in Singles

Rishi K Grey Area Savoir Faire MusiqueActually seems like a little while since TIWWD fave Rishi K made an appearance on this blog but here he is again with a typically high-calibre offering for the ever-excellent Savoir Faire Musique.

In its original form, Grey Area is quite a trad-style deep houser, with a chunky b-line, some great muted chords and a spoken female vocal wittering on about research chemicals. As you do. Remix-wise, Hall North takes us into dubbier, spacier pastures,while Manchester producer Loz Goddard drops the tempo somewhat and brings a little boogie/proto-garage flava to the party, as well as adding a bizarre sing-song male “you feel disgusted” vocal, and a seriously tripped-out extended breakdown in the middle.

The lingering chords and rolling beats of Loz’s mix grabbed me most at first but after a good few listens, this one’s just too close to call as regards a favourite – they’re all good.

Out: This week

About: Find Savoir Faire Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Jarquin & Cano – The Only Move

August 24, 2014 in Singles

Jarquin & Cano The Only Move Savoir Faire MusiqueOkay, last one for tonight, coming to you courtesy of long-term TIWWD faves Savoir Faire Musique.

Three mixes of The Only Move to choose from. The original’s a classy slice of garage-leaning deep house goodness, sporting an R&B-ish male vocal loop that, somewhat irritatingly, has been put through the FX mangle to such an extent that I have no idea what he’s singing. Actually, I think he’s saying he wants you back, girl, but he might just as well be telling you to wash your back or enquiring about your background, for all I know.

Nice tune all the same, though. Loz Goddard’s Remix is a bit more energetic and shiny, and sports some nice old-skool hands-in-the-air pianos, while Jon Sweetname strips things back and tuffens ’em up in a bassy rub that’s definitely the most contemporary-sounding of the three. But it’s the original that takes the gold… over-liberal use of vocal FX notwithstanding!

Out: This week

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

Loz Goddard – Not Another Disco EP

November 6, 2013 in Singles

Loz Goddard Not Another Disco EP Luvbug RecordingsIf you see Loz Goddard in the street, feel free to point at him and shout “Liar! Liar! Pants on fire!”. Because despite his devious attempts to pull the wool over our eyes, this definitely IS a disco EP.

Three tracks to choose from. Over & Over has a hazy, lazy, druggy feel to its looping funky geetar and sampled fem vox, Persistance is a boogie-flavoured joint with chorused male vocals that sound like they’re imploring you to “mock the turtle”, though I’m almost certainly hearing that wrong, while finally This Time is another looping, filtered affair with spoken vocals from some guy who “doesn’t claim to be the person that started it” but does “like to know that he was there at the beginning and things he did started a movement.”

So yes, DEFINITELY a disco EP. And a rather fine one at that.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Luvbug Records, Nathan G’s label who are based in Australia and who don’t seem to really ‘do’ the internet, so this holding page is the best I can do for you links-wise.

Anchoret – Stigma

September 1, 2013 in Singles

Anchoret Stigma Kiss And KryBack in April, I singled out Anchoret’s mix of Loz Goddard’s Headcase EP for special praise… now here he is again under his own steam with this single for Kiss And Kry Records.

There are four mixes of Stigma to choose from. The original’s an instrumental cut blending deep, tech and progressive elements, Loz Goddard’s remix is the glitchiet, most wonked-out disco-house you ever heard (seriously), M-Capio takes us into more dark n’ driving techno territory, but the standout for me I think is the James Dax & Ninjutsu Remix, which opens with warbling, Carpenter-esque analogue synths and then mixes up the tech, prog and Italo elements until you come out dazed but smiling eight minutes later.

Out: This week

About: Kiss And Kry seem to mostly live on Facebook, or you can find Anchoret himself, AKA Joe Zazini, on Soundcloud.

Loz Goddard – Headcase EP

April 22, 2013 in Singles

Loz Goddard Headcase EP 5 And Dime RecordingsThree on a very deep tip for ya today, starting with this latest from the ever on-point 5 And Dime.

Manchester’s Loz Goddard is the man at the controls, serving up two originals: A Long While, eight minutes of deep, proggy mellifluousness, and Room 101, which is, er, eight and a HALF minutes of deep, proggy mellifluousness with a spoken vocal (concerning matters environmental, as far as I can make out) drifting in and out of the mix.

Remix-wise, Driftwood and Louis Marr essentially offer variations on a theme for the latter, though Driftwood’s rub just edges it for me, having a slightly darker undercurrent. Anchoret’s remix of A Long While is the standout of the whole package to these ears though, being a more space-y, tripped-out ride altogether.

Out: This week

About: You can find Five And Dime here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web). This is their 20th release, BTW so well done Coloradan chaps.

Various – DeepWit Autumn Air

November 21, 2012 in Singles

DeepWit Autumn Air

From a new label in Holland, we move on to a label in Denmark that’s, while not actually that old, already well-established on the TIWWD favourites list. Proper deeper-than-deep house is what DeepWit excel at, for anyone who’s just wandered in, and so it is with this five-track sampler.

Loz Goddard’s How It Was places sampled speech – actually a sampled speech, if you see what I mean – atop a gently pulsing, hypnotic groove and leaves it to do its thing. Monsieur Electronique’s Mind Bomb is another late-night sofa surfer, while O’Berg & Leverin’s The Piano Factory unsurprisingly foregrounds the eponymous instrument – in a lilting, minor-key, Harold Budd kinda way as opposed to a hands-in-the-air rave anthem kinda way, you understand. Lloyd Trimmer’s Honey isn’t ACTUALLY an early 90s deep NJ garage gem on Strobe, of course, but sure sounds a lot like one, and then finally there’s Way Out by Dave Martin & Deephoniq, which again is best served after dimming the lights, sitting back and sparking up a fat one…

It’s admittedly probably a ‘heads-only’ affair but since when was that a problem? Crucial bizniss!

Out: This week

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