Demarkus Lewis – Running On Kaoz Street EP

August 1, 2015 in Singles

Demarkus Lewis Running On Kaoz Street EP Madhouse RecordsNext up tonight, some very fine garage-leaning deep house grooves from the legend that is Demarkus Lewis.

Body High is up first with swung beats, Jersey-ish organ stabs, chopped-up male vox and some off-kilter, jazzy keyboard fills. Okay rides more straight-up 4/4s with lovely lingering chords, a looped, soulful male “okay” vocal and, as the track progresses, some very subtle jazz piano licks. And then finally there’s Playing It For You, a slightly deeper cut with hypnotic reversed synths, skippy beats and cut-up female vocals this time.

Not picking a fave here – all three are very classy indeed. But then from Mr Lewis we expect no less!

Out: This week

About: As you may have already guessed from the title, this comes on Kerri Chandler’s Madhouse Records. Find ’em here, here and here.

Sebb Junior – Move It EP

June 6, 2015 in Singles

Sebb Junior Move It EP MadhouseA three-tracker here from French producer Sebb Junior, coming on Kerri Chandler’s long-running Madhouse imprint.

Move It itself is up first, a nicely understated little deep houser with soulfully inclined vox and lil’ jazzy piano trills. Don’t Stop is a little more energetic, with sumptuous piano chords and fem vox that take us into more traditional house/garage territory, a theme continued on Let You Go – the New Jersey force is strong in this one!

Fine stuff as ever from Madhouse, with Let You Go the killer to these ears.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 14 June.

About: Find Madhouse Records here, here and here.

Marsupials – Gotta Get You

April 30, 2015 in Singles

Marsupials Gotta Get You MadhouseToday’s reviews roll-call begins with this deep house three-tracker from the Italian duo of Luigi Giomini and Massimiliano Meile, better known as Marsupials, brought to you by Kerri Chandler’s Madhouse Records.

Gotta Get You itself is up first, a dreamy, garage-tinged cut with a “now you’ve loved me” vocal, synth atmospherics a-gogo and some lovely muted chords. Quilb is a deeper, sparser affair with muffled drums, an understated two-note synth riff and a subdued female vocal, while the languid Hot Donuts completes the EP with its killer combination of tuffer drums and rich, resonant chords.

The latter cut takes the gold for me but Gotta Get You isn’t far behind.

Out: This Sunday (3 May) on Traxsource, everywhere else from 17 May

About: Find Madhouse Records here, here and here.

Kerri Chandler vs Behling & Simpson – Heaven EP

August 3, 2014 in Singles

Kerri Chandler Heaven MadhouseWe kick off on a soulful tip today, as two tracks (one old, one new) by New Jersey legend Kerri Chanlder get the remix treatment from Bristol-based duo Behling & Simpson.

The title track is the all-new offering, a peaktime soulful house belter with a full male vocal from Christopher McCray that’s more than a little reminiscent of Tension’s 90s garage classic A Place Called Heaven. There’s no original to compare with but I’m guessing the harder drums, atypical of Kerri’s own work, would be B&S’s main contribution here. On the flip you’ll find Peace Of My Mind, a 2011 Madhouse release now also given the B&S treatment, with more of those clunky-clappy beats and layers of busy hand percussion to boot. There are some nice Jersey-style keyboard sounds, too, though the atmospheric synthy breakdown sits a little oddly to these ears – meaning Heaven takes the gold here.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 10 August.

About: This comes of course on Kerri’s own Madhouse Records, who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Nacho Marco – You Got To Know EP

June 14, 2014 in Singles

Nacho Marco You Got To Know EP Madhouse RecordsMore very fine deep house vibes on this latest from Kerri Chandler’s Madhouse stable, coming from Spanish producer and Loudeast Records boss Nacho Marco, who’s featured on here before with releases on King Street and Lost My Dog.

You Got To Know itself is up first, an unhurried, lolloping, percussion-led groove topped with shimmering synths and a garage-y female vocal intoning the title. Time is a deeper, more sumptuous and Jersey-ish proposal with soulful male vocal snips, insistent Rhodes chords and a pulsing bassline… it’s essentially a post-club/home listening affair but the drums are lively enough that it could work on the dancefloor either very early or very late on.

Good as those two are, though, the killer here is Middays. Sitting right on the cusp of deep house and deep gar-ahge, Middays is ruddy bloomin’ flippin’ gorgeous. And I’m not even going to describe it any more than that, because frankly you need to go buy it RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND. So you’ll find out soon enough…

Out: This week

About: Find Madhouse here, here and here.

Tony Lionni feat Maria Marcial – Do You Believe EP

April 30, 2014 in Singles

Tony Lionni Do You Believe Madhouse RecordsManc producer Tony Lionni, who lives in Berlin these days, returns to Kerri Chandler’s Madhouse Records for this three-track EP.

The title cut, in its original form, is a mellow, trad-style soulful houser that recalls the likes of Ananda Project or Stephanie Cooke, albeit its sweetly tinkling ivories and even sweeter full vocal from Ms Marcial are accompanied by a ruff-edged Chi-town bassline that gives the track that little extra bite. Francois Dubois, AKA Funk D’Void, gives us a helpfully-titled Francois Dubois AKA Funk D’Void Remix that, with its sparser, techier production and downpitched vocal, is aimed straight at the afterhours floors, while rounding out the package is the instrumental Black Orchid, presented here in Martin Patino Remix form – a considerably pacier affair than …Believe with lively, skippy beats reminiscent of early UKG.

It’s the Funk D’Void mix that takes top honours for me, but all three cuts are quality for sure.

Out: This week

About: Find Madhouse on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Some albums, quickly…

December 2, 2013 in Albums

After frankly getting overwhelmed by the sheer volume of releases last week, there’s still just a few bits n’ bobs I wanna tell you about before we move on to this week’s crop, starting with a handful of long-players that are deserving of your attention…

Tony Lionni Just A Little More Madhouse RecordsTony Lionni – Just A Little More
It may be spin-off label MadTech that’s getting all the hipster love at the moment but Kerri Chandler’s original label Madhouse Records is also well and truly back in the game. Today (or rather last week) they bring us the second full-length from British producer Tony Lionni, and fans of more traditional house sounds will find little to grumble about. ‘Deep and soulful’ would be the general idea here, with many of the tracks featuring guest vocalists – including one Robert Owens on Time Stands Still – while Shining Bright and Positive Vibration close the album on a suitably euphoric, blissed-out note.

Danny Howells Balance 24Danny Howells – Balance 24
The latest in the long-running Balance series sees Hastings’ favourite son mixing up two CDs’ worth of downtempo electronica, broken beats, Balearica, hazy nu-disco and the very deepest of progressive house and techno. For this set, Danny keeps the tempo low for the whole two discs, making this more of a home listening proposition than a Saturday night party-starter, but it’s an album that’ll repay repeated listening for sure, featuring cuts from Four Tet, Michael Mayer, Jimpster, Ian Pooley, Alland Byallo, Shur-I-Kan and many more.

fsrcd101Craig Charles – The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Vol 2
Something of surprise from Mr Charles here as he takes time out from spinning those well-loved funk and soul classics to bring you a whole album culled from the cream of today’s artists. The Perceptions, Dr Rubberfunk, Lack Of Afro, Omar and The James Taylor Quartet all make an appearance, alongside a host of lesser-known names, and while you can keep Hot 8 Brass Band’s gypsy-jazz massacring of Ghost Town for my money, this is still worth picking up for Cookin’ On 3 Burners’ ace funked-up take on Gary Numan’s Cars alone. Oh yeah, and it comes on Freestyle Records.

The Big Event Alan Gray MusicVarious – The Big Event
As I’ve said on several occasions, few things make TIWWD happier than getting sent a whole album of quality underground house grooves, by artists I’ve never heard of, on a label I’ve never heard of. Well, it’s happened again! In this instance, Russia’s Alan Gray Music is the label in question, and the 11 tracks cover a range of deep and tech house styles, with Underground Dance Music from MiDiMan (who I have heard of, but never mind) and Smokeless Soul’s On My Own among the highlights.

Isaac Christopher – The Good Old Days

June 29, 2013 in Singles

Isaac Christopher The Good Old Days Madhouse“Everybody’s talking about the good old days,” goes the lyric on this latest from the revitalised Madhouse Records. Well Mr Christopher, if you’re gonna turn out bumpin’, funked-up proper garage gems like this then what the hell do you expect?

The original mix here is the most heads-down and driving, while label boss Kerri Chandler serves up a couple of piano’d-up remixes (vocal and instrumental) that are beyond reproach, as you’d expect… but top honours for me actually go to the Jam & Keys Remix, a slightly slower, more sultry rub with organs to die for and added female vocal inserts that nod towards garage of the UK as well as the US variety.

Class in a glass, basically. Buy it.

Out: This week

About: You can find Madhouse (est. 1992, relaunched 2010) on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.