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.

Mennie – Callin’ EP

June 23, 2015 in Singles

Mennie Callin' EP Flashmob LTDItalian DJ/producer Mennie serves up a three-tracker for Flashmob LTD here that wears its vintage NYC house influences proudly on its sleeve.

In fact, the title track even uses cheeky vocal bites from C&C Music Factory’s classic Pride (A Deeper Love) – a move I believe the young folks of today would call “well bait” – with said vocal bites sitting atop a funktified bassline, Rhodes chords and shufflin’ beats. Elsewhere on the EP, Deep N’ Side is a (perhaps unsurprisingly) deeper groove with a classic Jersey feel but enough bottom-end welly to sound thoroughly contemporary, while Edgin’ Edge is a slightly more esoteric affair, marrying sparse but quite slammin’ percussion to meandering, jazzy keys.

Classic house sounds brought right up-to-date… what’s not to like?

Out: This week

About: You can find Flashmob Records (including Flashmob LTD) on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – Raw Cuts Vol 1

October 31, 2013 in Singles

Raw Cuts Vol 1 Snatch! OFFMore doing what tins say on this EP of no-nonsense dancefloor stompers from Riva Starr’s Snatch! OFF imprint.

Mennie’s opening Yo N’ Da Drum features a strident rap vocal atop a monster technoid bass drum and shuffly hi-hats, with various synths/FX winging their way in and out of the mix to maintain interest for the full 7:25. Clapyahen by Genghis Clan and Bill Kill starts out with just a James Brown soul revue-style “clap your hands, stomp your feet” vocal loop and hand percussion for a full minute… when the kicks and huge, throbbing bassline do kick in, mayhem will ensue. And then Blimas comes with Always We Can Do It, which keeps it ruff n’ jacking but scatters a little wonky disco dust while it’s about it.

When you need to pump it up a notch, any one of these three should do the job nicely.

Out: This week

About: You can find Snatch! Records and Snatch! OFF on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Ruben Mandolini – Little Go

November 5, 2012 in Singles

Ruben Mandolini Little Go Fahrenheit

Still quite a few things to tell you about from last week but let’s crack on with this week’s reviews for now, starting with a few bits n’ bobs on a tech-house tip.

Ruben Mandolini hails from Italy, and on Little Go he conjures up a heady concoction of familiar vocal samples and rolling tech-house beats. The Original version is accompanied by two remixes: Mennie’s is phatter, funkier and the most likely to do the do on deep house floors, while Mario Piu’s sits somewhere between that and the much sparser, more minimal Original.

All three will work but it’s Mennie’s rub that stands out for me.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Fahrenheit Music, which is Piu’s own label. Contact them via Mario’s Facebook page.

Mennie & Mario Piu – Affair

August 31, 2012 in Singles

Mennie & Mario Piu Affair Fahrenheit Music

Mario Piu’s transformation from trance and techno don to fully-fledged houser seems pretty much complete these days… this joint offering with fellow Italian Mennie is just the latest example. Because Affair is pretty much a reworking of the Nightcrawlers/MK classic Push The Feeling On in a 2012 tech-house stylee.

That’s not to say it’s not a very fine track in its own right, of course… and to be fair, there’s a whole different vocal and everything. But it’s that familiar (though replayed) nagging riff that’ll drag ’em onto the floor. There are just the two mixes to choose from: the Original’s more contemporary-sounding, the Getstrumental Mix is a little more classically ‘house’ and features a brief, cheeky snippet of the Nightcrawlers vocal to boot.

But either mix will do the necessary in the discos, without a doubt.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Mario’s own Fahrenheit Music. Find ’em via Mario’s Facebook page.