Rob Clarke – Fall EP

February 1, 2015 in Singles

Rob Clarke Fall EP Beats Me MusicRob Clarke comes with a five-track EP on his own Beats Me Music imprint here.

Fall itself is up first, a melodic, late-night deep house jam with fluttering wah-wah guitars that are not a little reminiscent of Underground Man AKA Raymond Castoldi’s 1992 deep garage classic And God Made A Woman. Up next is Bassick, as remixed by DK Watts and Flo Van O, a slightly more upbeat and prog-tinged deep houser with a cinematic feel. From Scratch is more upbeat again, a chunky, bassy affair with, again, something of a spy movie vibe about it. Guided (presented here in Middle Rhythm’s Re-Rob form) takes us towards more funky/soulful territory, and features some ace M1 bleeps though the male “guiding light… guiding light… your love is my guiding light” vocal is applied just a little too generously for these ears. Finally, Vegas starts out with simple looping drums then gradually adds heavyweight bass, sampled movie dialogue featuring some guy talking about peyote, and technoid synth stabs.

Overall, the EP’s a little more experimental than the trad-style grooves we know Rob best for, but it’s definitely worth checking – for Fall and From Scratch especially.

Out: Yesterday (30 Jan)

About: You can find Beats Me Music on Soundcloud and Facebook

Middle Rhythm – That Feeling

October 5, 2014 in Singles

Middle Rhythm That Feeling SoulsupplementAnother two-tracker here, this one coming from Las Vegas-based Soulsupplement Records.

That Feeling itself is a funk-fuelled houser with a filtered bassline, “you got the feeling” fem vox and simple, crisp beats. Over on the B, Dope Sax is a slightly deeper, slightly more leftfield cut, augmented by gorgeously rich piano chords, treated spoken vox and yes – eventually – parping saxomophone a-gogo.

Both tracks are solid but Dope Sax takes the gold for me.

Out: This week on vinyl, next month digitally

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

DK Watts – I Won’t Let You EP

October 27, 2013 in Singles

DK Watts I Won't Let You EP Beats Me MusicOur last record of the day (and indeed the week) is this two-track, four-mix EP from staunch TIWWD supporter DK Watts, he of Short Bus Kids/Bounce House fame. Today though he’s doing the do not for Bounce House, but for the UK’s own Beats Me Music.

In its original form, I Won’t Let You is a dreamy, late-night deep house groove with long, lingering pads, echo-y female vocal snips and gently meandering keys; label boss Rob Clarke’s BMM Mix then ups the pace and beefs up the kicks a little, making for a more obviously floor-friendly pass. Over on the B, Everyone is a more driving affair with a 3am, heads-down kinda feel to its relentless rolling percussion, which comes topped with ‘everybody… all right!’ vocal snips, resonating piano chords and snatches of jazzy sax. Middle Rhythm, AKA UK producer Tom Pearson who’s featured on here just once before, then comes out of  nowhere with a Middle Rhythm Re-Rub of the same that absolutely kills it, a proper jazz-fuelled slammer that harks back to the deeper side of the UKG canon.

The first three tracks are merely very good; Middle Rhythm’s mix is essential.

Out: This week

About: Find Beats Me Music on Facebook.

Middle Rhythm – Downtown EP

May 30, 2012 in Singles

UK label Beats Me Music come up with the goods yet again! This time in the form of a five-track EP from Middle Rhythm, AKA Tom Pearson.

Lead track Ma Girl is a mellow kinda deep house joint, sporting a soulful male vocal sample and coming complete with a brace of more uptempo rubs from J Fader and label boss Rob Clarke. The two bonus cuts Dallas At Night and Bringin’ Back Love, meanwhile, are both the kind of jazz-fuelled grooves that’ll be home listening fodder for some folk, but that’ll keep floors grooving in the more dedicated/specialist deep house clubs as well.

I think the sax-tastic Dallas At Night and Rob’s mix of Ma Girl just edge it for me, but there’s not a duff cut in sight. Chalk up another victory for the Eastbourne crew, then.

Out: This week

About: You can find Beats Me Music at their website or on Facebook… also take a peek at the TIWWD Facebook page where I’ve just posted their latest rather fine podcast.