Dave Martins – Acid Flipper EP

January 26, 2016 in Singles

Dave Martins Acid Flipper EP Midnight Social RecordingsA two-track, four-mix EP from Swiss producer (and Southpark Records co-owner) Martins here, coming on Carlo Gambino’s Leeds-based Midnight Social Recordings.

Acid Flipper, in its original form, is a deep/tech house chugger, plenty hefty in the bottom-end without being “bassy”, if you see what I mean, and with a spoken male vocal that runs throughout. It’s accompanied by a Freak The Disco Remix which ups the pace several notches, largely dispenses with the vocal and adds, instead, strange drawn-out sounds like a child’s music box that’s running out of juice… definitely one to save for when the floor’s deep in the zone already. The other original cut, Tuono, starts out life as a fairly light n’ breezy tech-house groove topped with another spoken male vocal (“black is a statement, black knows it is different. It likes it that way”), before a remix from US duo Lost Pieces takes us into more heads-down, 4am territory.

All good stuff but if pushed, the Lost Pieces rub of Tuono nudges it for me.

Out: Friday (on Beatport)

About: Find Midnight Social Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook. There’s also still time to order yourself a copy of their first-ever, ultra-limited vinyl release via Qrates as well, if you’ve a mind to.

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.

Carlo Gambino – LS12 EP

December 19, 2014 in Singles

Carlo Gambino LS12 EP Midnight Social RecordingsAnother ‘best of’ selection here, as Leeds producer Carlo Gambino gathers together a selection of his finest work to date. Even if you’re a devoted fan who sleeps on Carlo Gambino pillowcases, it’s a set that’s well worth checking as, with the tracks involved having appeared on (deep breath) 3am Recordings, Soleil De Nuit, Heartbeat Revolutionaries, Bullet:Dodge and Area38, as well as Carlo’s own Midnight Social Recordings, even YOU are likely to already own every cut here!

Musically, well, the MSR boss is no newcomer so you should have a rough idea of what this sounds like already, but for anyone who’s just wandered in expect chunky, chuggy deep and tech-house vibes aimed fair and square at those twisted hours between roughly 2 and 7am. So there’s not much in the way of hi-octane, peaktime screamalong action, and LOTS in the way of heads-down grooves with bags of space in the production for frazzled minds to wander about in. The drug-mangled slo-mo G-house (G-mo?) of Down Low is one highlight, the more bumpin’ Save All The Drama another, but top honours probably have to go to Say What?, just cos the downpitched Donell Jones sample gives it a little more obvious/immediate floor appeal.

Out: This week

About: This comes on the aforesaid Midnight Social Recordings, who live here and here.

Some albums, almost indecently quickly…

October 13, 2014 in Singles

As promised yesterday on Facebook, here’s a round-up of some of the most checkable albums from the past couple of weeks. Apologies to all the labels/artists concerned, because in an ideal world all of these would have got a full review, but… well, it’s not an ideal world, what can I tell you?

Gareth Bilaney Deep Noon DeepWitGareth Bilaney – Deep Noon
A double first, this: it’s the debut album by NYC-based Mr Bilaney, and it’s also the first-ever artist full-length on DeepWit. Expect smooth deep house grooves in fairly typical DeepWit style, augmented by a couple of excursions into more downtempo territory and, in C Side, one surprisingly effective foray into deep, liquid D&B.
More info: deepwitrecordings.com

Omelette Du Fromage Vol 2 Avec MoiVarious – Omelette De Fromage Vol 2
Don’t let the ‘cheese omelette’ title put you off here! This compilation from Romanian label Avec Moi is, I’m happy to confirm, pretty much entirely free of cheese… instead, it’s home to some very fine deep house and garage from a mixture of familiar names (James Dax, Tony S, Yagiz Bayrak) and newcomers. The organ sounds on Dax’s House Avec Moi are worth the £££ on their own…
More info: soundcloud.com/avecmoi

The Story So Far Midnight Social RecordingsVarious – The Story So Far
Carlo Gambino’s Midnight Social Recordings present the best of, well, the story so far! You know to expect only the finest in deep and tech house from MSR and many of the cuts here have been previously reviewed on TIWWD as singles anyway, so I’ll just tell you that featured artists include Al Bradley, Dudley Strangeways, Low District, Didier Morris and of course, Carlo himself.
More info: facebook.com/midnightsocialrecordings

Something Remixed Vol 2 Something DifferentVarious – Something Remixed Vol 2
The promised follow-up to the first installment (reviewed on this blog a couple of weeks back) sees more back catalogue gems from the Something Different stable getting the remix treatment. With almost too many scene players to list (David Duriez, Onur Ozman, Distant Relatives, Roland Nights, BiG AL, Justin Harris and more), I think you’ll find this one’s a little bit on the crucial side!
More info: soundcloud.com/somethingdifferentrecords

Even more quickly… if soulful, Afro-leaning grooves are your thing, then Ralf Gum‘s In My City on Gogo Music and the Peng Soul compilation on Peng Records should be right up your street, Cold Busted serve up dusty lo-fi funk, trip-hop and downtempo grooves on their second IWYMI label comp, and So Sound Recordings‘ excellent genre-defying Hotel Voyage compilation from a couple of years back has just been re-issued.

Carlo Gambino – My Way EP

September 18, 2014 in Singles

Carlo Gambino My Way EP Midnight Social RecordingsWe’ll end tonight with this latest offering from Midnight Social Recordings.

Label boss Carlo G is at the helm, serving up two tracks in a total of four mixes. My Way itself is an unhurried, stripped-back, dubbed-out affair sporting a high-pitched female “down, down my way” vocal and having something of a tribal tinge, too, while Donnie Lowe & Michael Gin head (even) deeper on their remix. S.O.C meanwhile is in its original form another mid-paced and quite sparse affair, but with mild garage-y overtones in this case, while Messrs Lowe & Gin again TC of remix B, this time taking us into no-nonsense, drummy afterhours territory.

Good stuff as ever from Midnight Social, with the My Way remix just nudging it for me

Out: This week

About: You can find Midnight Social Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Dee Brown – Love & Addiction EP

May 13, 2014 in Singles

Dee Brown Love & Addiction EP Midnight Social RecordingsA nice blend of deep house and garage influences on this four-track EP from Carlo Gambino’s Midnight Social Recordings.

Opener Be Your Wish is a tuff-ish deep house jam that shows the influence of Ms Brown’s musical hero Derrick Carter in its slightly off-kilter beats, though what really caught my ear about this one was the heavily treated vocal sample from Gypsy Waters’ 100% Pure Love, a track that was rinsed by yours truly 20 years ago! Drugz N’ Stuff brings very now-sounding big bass to the party as well as some vaguely disturbing spoken female vocal samples, while Love That’s True works garage-y female vocal elements atop a midtempo chugging rhythm. And then finally there’s Stroke It For Me, which with its swung beats and breathy fem vox is essentially underground UKG by any other name…

This is Ms Brown’s first release, but you’d never guess it from the quality on offer.

Out: 9 June.

**AMENDED: This originally said “this week”, because I thought it was. But then it turned out I’m an idiot and can’t read.

About: Find Midnight Social Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Alex Moments – Wakes EP

February 17, 2014 in Singles

Alex Moments Wakes EP Midnight Social RecordingsMore deep, techy vibes now courtesy of Carlo Gambino’s Midnight Social Recordings.

Wakes itself is actually a fairly upbeat slice of deep/tech house, some delightfully raw, old skool-s0unding synth/piano chords in the mid-section providing the main point of interest. Sisma takes things a few notches deeper and to these ears is all the better for it, but the REAL gem here is Pinch, a ruff n’ rugged slab of skanking, dub-inflected deep house par excellence.

Out: Today on Beatport; everywhere else from 17 March

About: Find Midnight Social Recordings on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Various – Connected EP

June 13, 2013 in Singles

Connected EP Midnight Social RecordingsIt’s ‘various artists day’ here at TIWWD, I’ve just decided, so next up this evening we have a three-tracker from Carlo Gambino’s Midnight Social Recordings.

Low District’s Lift Me Up opens proceedings, a chunky, mid-paced deep/tech chugger with garage-y male vox put through the downtuning mangle and counterpointed by female wails. Guri & Gaol give us Last Days, a techier, somewhat epic affair with a spangly, White Isle feel and another downtuned “exhale” vocal (at least I think that’s what he’s saying… but I haven’t heard it on a Maxell*).

But they’ve saved the best till last, cos to these ears Paul Stott’s Dubbin’, which fuses contemporary deep/tech sounds with something of the feel of UK garage, is the cream of the crop by some way.

Out: This week

About: Find Midnight Social Recordings on Facebook

* Funny joke for people that remember the 80s

Wally Black – Git Up EP

January 18, 2013 in Singles

Wally Black Git Up EP Midnight Social RecordingsSome jackin’ deep/tech house grooves here courtesy of Carlo Gambino’s Midnight Social Recordings and Wally Black, who runs Middlesborough house night RIGHT-ON.

Git Up itself is a lively deep house dancefloor jaunt in its original form, all funky-ass b-line and militant percussion. Fellow northeasterner Milhouse then gives the track a tuffer, techier and bouncier remix that I think just edges it over the original for me. On the flip, It’s In The Groove is a twitchy, jazz-flecked affair that’s reminiscent of several Musics We Have Loved (San Fran house, the more experimental end of UKG and DiY/Smokescreen-style bump) all at once, and that Italy’s Matteo Floris then remixes into a much darker, techier and more now-sounding proposition altogether.

If you can’t find something to play here, you may well be reading the wrong blog.

Out: This week

About: You can find Leeds-based Midnight Social Recordings on Facebook.

Diego Krause – Tropic EP

December 16, 2012 in Singles

Diego Krause TropicAnother label who are no strangers to TIWWD here, with the latest from Carlo Gambino’s Leeds-based Midnight Social Recordings.

Four original tracks make up the EP. Face It is a bassy, layered deep/tech groove with whispered female vox imploring you to “touch my face” (I think), Make Me Feel tops a more strident riddim with almost rave-y stabs, warbling Wurlitzer sounds, “baby, give me your good lovin” male vocal wails and a cheeky line pinched from Diana, Rabbit Hole marries more of those militant Chi-town beats with warmer synth sounds and a vocal nod to Heard It Through The Grapevine, while finally Tropic itself is a techier cut with jerky, filtered percussion and some lush garage-y stabs.

If you’re looking for some contemporary-sounding deep/tech house vibes with real soul, here’s where you’ll find them.

Out: This week

About: Find Midnight Social on Facebook.