Miami Ice – Blackout EP

June 2, 2014 in Singles

Miami Ice Blackout EP Freche FruchtePlaying catch-up tonight with a look at a few things I didn’t find time for last week (things were a bit crazy last week), starting with this two-track, four-mix EP from Miami Ice.

On the A, Blackout itself is a sparse groove consisting mostly of drums, a looping female “I want to know” vocal and cowbells, joined eventually by some cascading, vaguely YMO-ish synths. Pete Dafeet’s Throwback Mix thereof nudges it for me though, riding slamming kicks with gorgeously raw-sounding organ stabs. Flip it over and you’ll find Sometimes. In its Original form a perfectly playable but slightly standard-issue deep/tech houser with a downpitched male rap vocal, again it’s the remix that takes top honours for yours truly as Leigh D Oliver takes us on a far smoother ride, adding some lovely warm pads and soulful male vox that nod towards Soul II Soul & Chaka’s All Good.

Out: Last week

About: This is brought to you by Hull’s Freche Früchte Recordings, who you can find here, here and here.

Various – Sonar Musica 2013

June 13, 2013 in Singles

Sonar Musica 2013 Lost My DogA five-track sampler from Lost My Dog here, released in time for the Sonar festival in Barcelona, which of course kicks off today. If anyone can get there what with European air traffic control strikes

Tracks come from label faves Roland Nights, Sek and Artie Flexs, as well as label boss Pete Dafeet (in association with Miami Ice and vocalist Sara Brito) and newcomers Moet & Benson and Velvet Tux (together). Sek’s jaunty piano-led Come On Toshi! and the bumpin’ deep garage of Nights’ Do You Hear Me are particular highlights for yours truly, but it’s all good, as they say.

Or todo es bueno, as they might say in Barcelona.

Out: This week

About: Find Lost My Dog in all the usual places like Soundcloud, Facebook or their very own Geocities homepage.

Lee Walker – The Deep Stuff

December 30, 2012 in Singles

Lee Walker The Deep Stuff Savoir Faire Musique

Another TIWWD fave label here, as Savoir Faire Musique bring us this solo outing from RiffRaff’s Lee Walker.

In its Original form, The Deep Stuff is typically sumptuous SFM deep house tackle, chugging along nicely at 120bpm and sporting a pleasingly understated, though insistent organ line (and at one point, what sounds like a dog barking but might not be). Deep Edition label boss Martijn gives us a remix that’s similar but slightly rawer-sounding, Groove Syndicate beef up the kicks and push the tempo a notch, while Miami Ice take us even deeper with a mix that rides groovier percussion and adds lounge-y sounds on top.

All that said, the four mixes aren’t hugely varied, to be honest. Good job the Original is as strong as it is, then… cos that also means you won’t go far wrong with any of ’em.

Classy stuff as ever from SFM.

Out: This week

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

Simon Mattson – Drive

September 25, 2012 in Singles

Simon Mattson Drive Form-and Function

More deep house grooves here from Form-and Function.

In its Original mix, Drive is a slow-building groove long on evolving, Arp-like synth sounds, bass throb and a very distinctive “we’re gonna driiiiiive, drive all night” chorused M/F vocal. Feft’s remix is chunkier and a wee bit prog around the edges, the Stefan K mix brings busier percussion and a slightly techier feel, while the Miami Ice rub is slower edges towards skinny-jeaned indie-dance territory.

The original’s the one for me here though – a unique-sounding little gem that’s got ‘warm-up’ written all over it.

Out: This week

About: You can find Form-and Function on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Pretty Criminals – Broken Heart Pt 1

June 20, 2012 in Singles

Pretty Criminals Broken Heart

With their recent releases having gone down more of a techno route, it’s good to see those Essex boys Pretty Criminals back in the deep house saddle with this latest offering.

Broken Heart comes in three mixes (for now… I’m guessing there IS gonna be a Pt 2!). The Original and Miami Ice mixes don’t vary huge amounts, though: both are fairly straight-up deep housers in the contemporary style, with looped-up lines of soulful vocal and an insistent organ riff throughout. Okay so, yeah, The Original makes more of the beats, the Miami Ice rub more of the organ, and I’m just SLIGHTLY preferring the latter, if pushed… but to any but the most nerdy deep house spotter they’d be two peas in a pod. Both also have more than a little of that Berlin flavour about ’em, which makes them the obvious choices for dancefloor play in non-specialist clubs.

For TIWWD’s purposes, though, it’s the Patrick Podage & Nikola Kotevski Remix that’s the real find here – a sparse n’ dubby heads’ delight. Like the song says: shake ’em down…

Out: This week

About: This is another gem brought to you by that bastion of all things deep, Scott Harrington’s always-checkable Savoir Faire Musique. Click through for a fresh DJ mix from Mr Harrington himself as well.

Miami Ice – The Way You

April 26, 2012 in Singles

Another simple two-tracker here from Germany’s Markus Greulich, AKA Miami Ice, who’s previously appeared on the likes of Lost My Dog and Endemic Digital.

The Original of The Way You is fairly heads-down and moody deep/tech chugger, though looping vocals and a killer organ line bring the musicality and save it from being just another set-filler track. File this one somewhere between east London and the east midlands! Over on the B, meanwhile, Demi (of Be Yourself/SOS/Balance fame) serves up a percussion-led remix that takes the track into prog/tech territory.

It’s the original all the way for me, though – when you’ve got a top-drawer organ line like that, why on Earth would you ditch it? It’s insanity, that’s what it is.

Out: This week

About: This comes on fledgling UK label Form-and Function, who are themselves connected to the Endemic Digital empire and who can be found on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Oh yeah and if you dig this then also check Miami Ice’s track Kehta from Endemic’s Three Years On compilation… now that really IS a killer organ track!