Various – Milestone Three

June 13, 2013 in Albums

Milestone Three Highway RecordsLabel compilations and mix albums are ten a penny… it’s so rare to find one that really grabs you by the balls. So what I really want to say about this third label compilation from Russia’s Highway Records, compiled by label boss Mike Spirit and label regular Spieltape, is: ow! ow! eek! ouch! leggo!

The album features a whopping 20 tracks that collectively explore the darker, more sombre, more twisted side of deep and tech house, with artists/remixers including Marvin Zeyss, Martin Dawson (RIP), Hernan Cattaneo, Michael McLardy, Neil Quigley & Tone Control and Ian Pooley, plus a host of newer names. And with not a whiny indie-type vocal in sight, which is definitely a bonus. It’s a very fine set from start to finish, but special mention has to go to the utterly awesome Asaga In The Box Mix of Sergey Sanchez & Thierry Tomas’s Keep U Happy, which warps D-Train’s You’re The One For Me into the brooding gothic tech-house horrorshow of your wildest dreams.

Turn the dark up and play LOUD.

Out: This week

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

Mike Montano – Romina

April 24, 2013 in Singles

Mike Montan Romina UM RecordsWe left off last night with Marvin Zeyss, where I mentioned his previous work on Untitled Music/UM Records. And lo and behold, here he is again on remix duties on their latest offering, which comes from Mike Montano.

The Original of Romina is a dreamy, midtempo deep houser probably best suited to warm-up or post-club play, while Zeyss’s refix beefs up the beats for more obvious dancefloor appeal. Elsewhere on the EP you get three mixes of Nice & Easy (So High): the original features skittering, near-bruk beats, a female vocal telling us the young lady in question wants to get high and a nice liquid-y b-line. The Soulight Untitled Remix is a more driving, heads-down take with a (different) big throbbing bassline, ideally suited to afterhours play, while DJ Deeka’s Ten To Nine Remix is a sparser, dubbier affair.

It’s the latter track that stands out for me but as is UM’s wont this is quality deep house tackle all round.

Out: This week

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

Marvin Zeyss – Whatever EP

April 23, 2013 in Singles

Marvin Zeyss Whatever EP Colourful RecordingsA three-track, four-mix EP here from Marvin Zeyss, a name that should be familiar to TIWWD readers from previous releases on UM Records/Untitled Music. Today, though, he’s doing his thang for Swedish label Colourful Recordings – our second label debut of the evening.

Whatever itself is a slow, druggy, percussive groove, a little like listening to DC10-style terrace techno after swallowing a handful of Tylenol PM. Thinking Of You is more upbeat but retains the druggy, hazy feel, while Solitary Life is a slightly more late-night, contemplative kinda cut, but still with that crisp percussion in the foreground.

The real reason this is here, though, is the Mario Aurelo remix of the latter track, which rides more straight-up 4/4 beats with “you can have it” vocal snips, a jaunty b-line, some killer rave-y bass stabs and a housier, more hip-shakin’ feel overall. “A no-nonsense, stripped deep house groove for the heads” is how the hype sheet describes this one, and you’ll find no arguments here.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 6 May.

About: This is number 10 from Colourful Recordings, who are based in Stockholm, Sweden. Find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

So many tunes, so little time 27

September 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Well, here’s an all too bloody familiar situation. It’s Monday evening, I’m knackered from work and there’s a ton of new music piled up, all of which is out this week and none of which I’ve had a chance to listen to properly yet. In fact make that two tons this week, it’s gonna be a busy one!

But for now, here’s the rest of last week’s goodies that we didn’t quite get around to…

Aartekt & Zia‘s Autumn Mist is typically high-quality deep house fare from the ever-reliable Untitled Music… with mixes from Dave Fortnum, Matt Prehn and Marvin Zeyss, this one would probably have got a bigger review but it came in quite late… there’s more very solid deep house in the form of the More L EP from Istanbul-based producer Ave Astra, coming on German label FiligranCybernalia‘s Darker Dreams is a very aptly titled EP for Stripped Digital that’s packed with moody, menacing progressive house and techno grooves…  Dubesque‘s Something is, er, ‘something’ of a treat if you’re in search of that classic NYC 90s house sound, and comes on Austrian label In My House…  on a deep/tech tip, check for Federico‘s Welcome Home EP on Unrivaled Music…  Hector Romero‘s Soulful House Journey comp for King Street is trailed by a five-track sampler EP… Heiko Laux & Diego Hostettler serve up some no-nonsense jackery with Girl/Jack Up, a release that Tronic Music are billing as ‘techno’ though it sounds pretty tech-house-y to me… John Collins gives us the Club D’Ellaria EP which is one for lovers of laidback, Balearic grooves and which comes on Irish label Vision Collective… we’re back in bumpin’ dancefloor deep house territory with the Big City Nights EP by Los Cuzeiros, which comes on the snappily-monickered The Cruzaders RecordsSeraph‘s Frigid EP is a solid bet if you’re after some dark-but-not-stoopid dubstep/post-dubstep bizniss… and even if you’re not, then check Take It Back for some proper old-skool rave/hardcore action – it’s like climbing in a time machine with a whistle, a tub of Vaporub and a gram of pink champagne… oh yeah and it’s on Four40 Records… whizzing (ho-ho) forward in that same time machine, very contemporary-sounding house/techno vibes are the order of the day on the Nachts EP, from which the Pele Remix of the title track stands out for me, this one coming from Shawnecy on Lowroom Recordings… UK label Form-and Function bring us some more very ‘now’ deep/tech vibes in the form of Losing U from Soulight, which comes complete with a weirded-out dub from the mighty SaytekUntitled2Music serve up some thinking man’s techno on the X Project EP, which comes on Unofficial Records… and finally, “it’s that man again” as Jesus Pablo and Di Riviera‘s label Something Different bring us the second in their series of Remixes EPs, featuring cuts this time out from Left Minded, Dudley Strangeways, Sean Danke and more…

TOMORROW night, we’ll get cracking with this week’s releases! Must admit to being a bit overwhelmed right now by the constant flow of good music coming in but, y’know, it’s a nice problem to have…

Martijn – Party People EP

November 22, 2011 in Singles

After our little jaunt into downtempo pop territory we’re back on more familiar ground here, with this four-track EP from northeastern wunderkind on Martijn on his own Deep Edition Recordings. Oddly, the EP consists of three mixes of Easy Lady and just one of Party People itself.

Regular readers will know I’m a big fan of the Deep Edition sound, and so it is here, but it’s worth pointing out that this is one of the techiest, most leftfield offerings from the label yet, compared to the more funky/soulful side of deep we know them best for. From the original and Qmusse mixes of Easy Lady, then, expect quirky, forward-leaning deepness, while the Marvin Zeyss Remix would be more readily filed under tech-house.

And then finally, Party People takes us on a more retro-inspired house tip, with a sparse, Chicago-esque sound palette, cowbells, a treated, druggy vocal à la Green Velvet’s Flash and what sounds suspiciously like a snippet of Weekend.
It’s Party People I’m feeling most but all told, another strong release from a fine label.
Out: This week on Beatport, then everywhere else from 5 December
About: You can find Deep Edition on Soundcloud and Facebook

Marvin Zeyss – In My Arms EP

September 28, 2011 in Singles

A brand new label, and a newish young German producer to boot. Mr Zeyss has had stuff out on iRecords and 1 Trax in the past year or so, I’m told, but I have to admit TIWWD is gonna have to treat him as a newbie today… which makes the quality of this four-track EP all the more impressive.

In My Arms in its original form is a lively, driving deep houser from the outset, then goes into an extended breakdown in the midsection before coming back strong with those whooshy kicks again. A 1am kinda tune, to these ears. Remix duties are taken care of by Giom, a producer in whose hands good things have a habit of happening… and his remix of In My Arms is no exception, as he loses the possibly slightly over-dramatic breakdown and gives the track a healthy injection of added funk instead – quality.

And speaking of funk… the other cut here is Between Your Legs, which is an altogether jauntier affair than the above. As with In My Arms, though, I can’t help feeling the Original tries to cram too many ideas into one track, the rolling organic funk at the beginning sitting somewhat uneasily, to these ears, with the more glitchy, cut-up midsection. So again it’s the remix that’s floating my boat more, the Luzz Vs Obrien Remix to give it a name, which goes down more of a ‘classic stripped-down house’ route.
Still, for a producer who made his debut only last year, this is very impressive stuff indeed – let’s hope there’s plenty more to come.
Out: This week
About: As I said, as well as marking Mr Zeyss’s first appearance on TIWWD this is also the debut release from a brand new label, UM Records. The guys behind it are no novices, though – as the hype sheet kindly points out: “New Zealand’s UM Records is the latest project from untitledmusic, the deep house ‘brand’ that encompasses a blog, a worldwide weekly radio show on eNation, Deepvibes, Live1.fm and Westradio, and [a] deep house fan group on Facebook.” To find out more, visit them on Soundcloud or check out the aforesaid Facebook group or their own brand new Facebook page.