Cotterell – Respect

April 24, 2016 in Singles

Cotterell Respect Plastik PeopleJust the one mix here but it’s all you’ll need, believe me!

Regular readers will know I’m a fan of Marc Cotterell’s Plastik People imprint generally – they’re flying the flag for trad-style deep house and US garage as (only a) few others are right now. But Respect, with its parping organs, skippy beats and one-word female/scatted male vocals is a jewel even in Plastik People’s already v. sparkly crown.

If you’re fiending for some proper old skool Jersey vibes, you need this record in your life, simple as that.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Plastik People on Soundcloud and Facebook, or at their own website.

Kiko Navarro – Camon Yo! EP

September 13, 2015 in Singles

Kiko Navarro Camon Yo! EP Plastik PeopleQuality real-deal house shizzle as ever on this latest from Albuquerque’s Plastik People.

Camon Yo! itself comes in two mixes. The Rework mix is an urgently pulsing house groover with lots of party noise and some killer disco brass stabs., while the Goshawk (Rhythm Plate) Remix ploughs a deeper furrow, with filtered jazzy keyboard licks and the whoops and hollers far more subdued. The other original cut, Beats Dance, is again quite an uptempo affair centred around lively top-end percussion, a fat walking bassline and soaring disco strings. The standout of the whole EP to these ears, though,  is (label boss Mark) Cotterell’s Moody Mix – a jazz-tinged slice of organ-sporting deep garage par excellence.

Out: This week

About: Find Plastik People here, here and here.

Marc Cotterell – Vibe The Musik EP

June 20, 2015 in Singles

Marc Cotterell Vibe The Musik EP Gents & Dandy'sPlastik People boss Marc Cotterell comes to Gents & Dandy’s with a limited-edition vinyl release here and if that’s not a match made in garage-y deep house heaven I don’t know what is!

The original of Vibe The Musik itself has that raw underground Jersey sound well and truly nailed, being all tuff, slammin’ kicks, parping organs and breathy chopped vox, while the Four Walls Night Remix is a smoother ride that brings out the track’s jazzier qualities. The other original track is I Wanna Dance, which again comes in two flavas: the squelchy, rumpshakin’ original and a slinkier refix from Khillaudio, both recognisable from a man’s voice intoning the title.

If that place where (proper) deep house and garage collide is where your musical head’s at, I really can’t recommend this one strongly enough.

Out: This week

About: You can find Gents & Dandy’s here, here and here.

Marc Cotterell – For Those We Love (Remixes)

June 3, 2015 in Singles

Marc Cotterell For Those We Love Plastik PeopleThe more eagle-eyed/elephant-memory’d among you will remember this from when it first dropped back in December… now here come the remixes.

Chosen to do the honours are Leigh D Oliver, who should need no introduction for TIWWD readers, and Snazzy Trax, who’ve cropped up on this blog just once before with a remix on Gents & Dandy’s. Neither mess too much with the garage-y vibe of the original, but Leigh’s rub puts Tears Of Velva’s Teachers-ish vocal front and centre and rocks a bassline that’s pure vintage Chi-Town, while Snazzy Trax largely dispense with the vox and instead get seriously wigged-out and jazzy on the organ tip.

Proper classy vibes as ever from Plastik People, with Snazzy Trax’s mix just nudging it for me (sorry Leigh!)

Out: This week (on Beatport)

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

Cotterell – If I Was You

March 31, 2015 in Singles

Cotterell If I Was You Plastik PeopleJust the one review tonight, but it’s a belter… then again, from Plastik People we’ve come to expect no less!

Label boss Marc Cotterell is the man at the controls, serving up a frankly superb slice of proper old skool deep US garage, complete with skippy beats, melancholic New Jersey-style organs and, if  you opt for the Vocal Garage Cut, a testifying soulful male vocal. If the latter’s a bit too preacherman-ish for you, though, have no fear – the accompanying Garage Cut is a dub pass that lets those glorious organs shine through in all their glory.

Another superb offering from the always on-point Albuquerque stable… go seek!

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 13 April.

About: Find Plastik People (very apt motto: “Deep underground house for the soul”) here, here and here.

Marc Cotterell – Music Is Our Mission

December 6, 2014 in Singles

Marc Cotterell Music Is Our Mission Plastik PeopleYet another winner here from Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Plastik People.

Label boss Marc Cotterell is the man at the controls, serving up three tracks. For Those We Love follows the same blueprint as Daft Punk’s Teachers, with a female voice (Tears Of Velva, apparently) namechecking a Who’s Who of deep, soulful house producers atop a rolling, strings- and organ-heavy backdrop. The endlessly looping poetics about “when I’m dancing I become more” and such do get a little wearing, if I’m being honest, but props for including the slightly less obvious likes of DJ Deep, Lars Behrenroth, Dino & Terry, Aqua Bassino and my old buddy Andy Compton alongside MAW, Ron Trent, Mood II Swing, Kerri Chandler et al. Some cool trippy synth work towards the end, too.

Elsewhere, Layla is something of a curiosity, fusing pounding (deep) house beats with schmaltzy, cinematic strings, while Let Yourself Go marries similarly pounding kicks to furiously parping jazz sax supplied by one Dave Mullen. Both are pretty darned cool in their own right, but For Those We Love is the headline here.

Out: This week on vinyl, digitally in January

About: Find Plastik People here, here and here.

Various – UMR12-01

November 23, 2014 in Singles

Various UM12-01 UM RecordsOkay, last one for this evening/this week… and we end on a definite high note because what we have here is the first ever vinyl release from UM Records. Regular readers will know I’m a big fan of the label, and I know this is a big deal for them. It’s also a reasonably sized deal for yours truly seeing as I’m apparently one of seven people getting sent the promo, so cheers for that Richie!

Anyway, they’ve certainly not skimped on the talent for this wax debut, with tracks here from BiG AL (both with and without Rishi K in tow), Marc Cotterell and Deep Active Sound. You’ll be expecting proper deep house of the highest calibre, then – and you’d be right. Al & Rishi’s Domelo (feat Blankita on vox) is a lazy, lounge-leaning affair, Marc’s Into The Light is a soulful deep houser that nods towards that classic late 90s/early 00s west coast sound, Al’s Pero Tu Nu Sabe is percussive and vaguely Latin-tinged, and finally – and to these ears best of all – Deep Active Sound’s Back To My Roots is a bumpin’, garage-y groover tailor-made for those 5am moments when the spirit’s still willing but the legs are weary…

Very classy stuff indeed, but then we expect no less from the Kiwi stable. Also limited to 250 copies, so snaffle one up now!

Out: This week

About: You can find UM Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook and at their own website – you’re definitely gonna need the latter link cos the vinyl’s only available via their own online store.

PS: This isn’t the only UM release this week, by the way – there’s also the five-track The What EP by Tidy Daps featuring some rather fine remixes from Will Sumsuch and Yigit Atilla. But there just isn’t time to review everything…

Ra-Soul – Deep Site Sessions

November 15, 2014 in Albums

Ra-Soul Deep Site Sessions Deep Site RecordingsCroatia’s ever-excellent Deep Site label pull off something of a coup for their 30th release, drafting in US deep house veteran DJ Ra-Soul to mix what is, I believe, their first label comp.

With tracks and remixes from the likes of Deephope, Tony S, Anthony Mea, Terry Vernixx, Marc Cotterell and Deep Spelle… and given the number of Deep Site releases that have previously received glowing reviews on this very blog… and given that Ra-Soul’s at the helm… you shouldn’t really need me to break down every single track to know what to expect. So I won’t. Instead I’ll just say that you get both a 54-minute mixed version by Ra-Soul plus 15 tracks in all their full-length unmixed glory (at least I think you get both, the hype sheet isn’t very clear), taking in various shades of deep house from the near-ambient, to the jazzy and soulful, to the more bouncy and tech-tinged, but with the mix overall having a slow-building, dreamy kinda feel.

Oh, and that Deephope’s remix of Felipe L’s When Night Sounds is one of the best things to happen to ears in a long while. And that you should buy this album immediately.

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep Site Recordings here, here and here.

Various – Mélange

October 24, 2014 in Singles

Melange Soiree Records InternationalAnother very checkable deep house V/A offering here, this one coming from long-running Detroit label Soiree Records International.

Drivetrain (AKA label boss Derrick Thompson) is up first with Boomerang Crush, quite a lively, percussive deep houser with soulful male vox and jazzy keys. Plastik People boss Marc Cotterell then gives us Days Gone By, which marries tuff beats and fat, squelchy pads to the very dreamiest of lingering pads. CloudMaster Weed’s No Revolution Without Violence is a more challenging affair with its harsh analogue synths and sampled urban guerrilla vox, while finally Tominori Hosoya’s Chibiro sees us firmly back in the laidback, late-night zone to start with but builds inexorably into something more floor-friendly as it goes on.

Cotterell’s contribution romps away with the gold for me but it’s a solid EP all round.

Out: This week

About: Find Soiree Records International here

Various – Various People Vol 2

September 7, 2014 in Singles

Various People Vol 2 Plastik PeopleAn outstandingly good V/A sampler here from Marc Cotterell’s always on-point Plastik People label.

Possible by C&M Productions gets the ball rolling, a superlative slice of trad-style NJ garage that tops its skippy beats and insistent parping Rhodes chords with a one-line vocal steal from Class Action’s Weekend (the “I’ll try to make it as brief as possible” bit, as if you couldn’t guess). Cotterell himself is up next with Who You Are, a more driving cut that comes on like a lost gem from the very earliest days of UKG (when it really was New Jersey garage records at +6). And then finally Reelsoul give us Feel The Love, which sits right on the deep house/garage cusp and sports a mangled, one-line R&B vocal that gives the track its title.

Possible takes the gold for me but it’s a close call!

Out: This week

About: You can find Plastik People herehere and here.