Various – Mile End Winter Warmers

November 22, 2015 in Singles

Mile End Winter WarmersAnother fine V/A offering here, this one coming on Canada’s Mile End and so tending, unsurprisingly, towards the techier side.

Adam Helder’s My Grass is up first, a heads-down 3am chugger with decidedly acidic overtones. David Museen’s Cup Eyes rocks downpitched spoken vox about “the pioneers… the DJs” and a fat-as-funk ass-shakin’ b-line. Jack Swaffer’s Hanging Out At Night is slightly tuffer beats-wise but also has plenty of funk in the bass department (and more spoken vox), while Level Groove go straight for the jugular with the pounding drums, sci-fi stabs and occasional diva wails of Listen To Me. Niceteed and FactAlone then join forces on the driving Charrow, whose fat bass and slamming 4/4s are intersperse every now and then into space-y, lounge-y interludes. No Else’s Pump It Up sees us back in deep tech territory with more rap/spoken vox, and then finally SULPHO’s Unjust has an almost rave-y twist to its busy percussion, rumbling sub-bass and dreamy “there are things I could tell you… but I’m a lady” fem vox.

Not picking a fave here – these are ALL very solid cuts, most of which would work on deep and tech floors alike.

Out: This week

About: This is the second TIWWD appearance of the week from Mile End, who you can find herehere and here.

Alex Ranerro – The Story

November 20, 2015 in Singles

Alex Ranerro The Story EP Mile End RecordsWe kick off in tech-house territory tonight with this two-tracker from Slovenian producer Alex Ranerro, which is brought to you by Kirk Coleman’s Mile End Records over in Canada.

On the A, The Story is a fairly standard-issue tech-house chugger made more notable by its vocal sample. It sounds like an extract from a stand-up comedy routine – at first I thought it might be Dave Chappelle, but a little crafty Googling tells me it’s actually Kanye West talking! Still quite funny, though. Nonetheless, it’s actually B-side Milkshake that’s floating my boat more, a slightly groovier cut with no-nonsense thumping 4/4s rather than the rolling drums of the A, old school-sounding, almost garage-y keys and a whispered male “what you got to say?” vocal.

Out: This week

About: You can find Mile End Records herehere and here.

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.

Mr Morek – Cartoon EP

July 11, 2015 in Singles

Mr Morek Cartoon EP Mile End RecordsMore quality tech-house tackle on this latest from Canada’s Mile End Records.

In its Original form, Cartoon itself blends tech and disco elements to great effect, with a funk bassline and Joey Negro-ish space disco stabs sitting alongside rolling tech-house beats, while Julien Sandre’s Blind Remix heads deeper and tones the dial marked ‘disco’ down a notch or two. The EP’s other original track is Detention, a deeper, tribal-tinged tech-houser topped with Clangers-like sounds that comes accompanied by an Instrumental (ie, no Clangers noises!) and, in complete contrast to the rest of the EP, a remix from Mashkov that starts out in chill-out territory, then transforms itself into a blissed-out, beats-driven affair.

The title track takes the gold for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Mile End Records here, here and here.

Matt McLarrie – Could Talk EP

March 22, 2015 in Singles

Matt McLarrie Could Talk EP Mile End RecordsA four-track EP here from Canada’s ever-checkable Mile End Records.

Bomb In A Barn is up first, a deep n’ dubby house groove with chopped fem vox that’s vaguely reminscent of vintage Hot N’ Spycy tackle from the mid-90s, and that sports some killer acid squelches for good measure. House Of Quotes is a techier, more driving affair to start out, before dropping down into a deeper groove with spoken gangster vox and hefty rave/SG-style bass. Loop Probation is a dreamier, trippier 4am kinda jam with a spoken copyright warning by way of a vocal (as well as some soulful male ooohs and yeahs) and a surging, euphoric synth riff, while finally If A Dancefloor Could Talk has crisp drums, a spoken female “but I do love dancing” vocal and a bassline that could shake the asses of the dead*.

Quality stuff as ever from Kirk Coleman’s label.

Out: This week

About: Find Mile End Records here, here and here.

*Probably. This review does not, however, constitute a money-back guarantee of the track’s powers to revive departed loved ones.

Rich Wakley – Rough Cut

January 25, 2015 in Singles

Rich Wakley Rough Cut Mile End RecordsWe stay in tuff, techy, tracky house territory with this latest from Canada’s Mile End Records.

Just the two mixes to choose from. The original rocks militant Chi-town drums, rumbling bass and some familiar vocal samples (“Okay party people in the house”, “Tick-tock you don’t stop” and “It’s time to turn it out, let’s rock the house”), all augmented by glacial rave-y synth stabs. Flip it over for a deeper, groovier remix from Darius Syrossian that stutters up a lot of the vocal sounds and has a dramatic but not over-long breakdown in the middle.

Good stuff as ever from Mile End, with Syrorssian’s rub nudging it for yours truly.

Out: This week

About: Find Mile End Records here, here and here.

Angel Moraes – Transformation

September 16, 2014 in Singles

Angel Moraes Transformation Mile End RecordsGot asked to do an interview with DeepWit for their blog last week. They asked how long I’d been doing this for and I said, 20 years… then thought, blimey, that’s actually true. Scary! I only mention this now, because I remember reviewing Angel Moraes’ debut album Hot N’ Spycy back in 1996 and now here is again tonight, nearly 20 years later. Respect is due, etc.

As I recall, I described Hot N’ Spycy at the time as “the best consecutive hour of house music you’ll hear all month”. Well, Transformation probably isn’t THE best house record you’ll hear all week, to be honest, but it is very good.

More importantly, it’s pretty much beamed straight in from a big dark room in NYC circa 1995 and trust me, that was a fun place to be. Turn the dark up, play loud.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Mile End Records, who as I’m sure you know are based in Montreal (not NYC) and can be found here, here and here.

Filthy Rich & Diavlo – The Thing EP

August 18, 2014 in Singles

Filthy Rich & Diavlo The Thing EP Mile End RecordsStaying on a fairly upbeat tip, here we have a two-tracker from a label who’ve shown a remarkable run of form of late… Kirk Coleman’s Montreal-based Mile End Records.

On the A, The Thing itself starts out with tuff, driving drums that lead you to think this could be just ANOther tech-house chugger… but then at around the 1:30 mark, in come the looping, garage-y organ stabs and the chopped-up soulful vox to transform it into something far more satisfying. As the track progresses, some yard-style chat over the top will no doubt further endear The Thing to younger, more bass music-oriented crowds. Flip it over, and Vampish rides more straight-up pounding 4/4s, but again brings in more garage-inspired sounds from the halfway mark, as well as ‘Brooklyn’s in the house’ shouts and what would appear to be a cheeky lift from Naked Music NYC’s classic I’ll Take You To Love.

With elements that’ll appeal to younger and older heads alike, it’s hard to imagine these two tracks not shifting booties on a whole range of floors.

Out: Today

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

Fadel – Freak Foundation

July 17, 2014 in Singles

Fadel Freak Foundation Mile End RecordsTuff deep/tech house grooves are the general order of the day with tonight’s reviews line-up, starting with this nice simple two-tracker from Mile End Records.

On the A, Freak Foundation is a bass-heavy affair with hard-slammin’ kicks, a chopped n’ looped male “generate the foundation… get out the sensation” vocal and a ton of space in the production to let that nasty, techy bass make its presence felt. Flip it over, and Lee Walker’s remix heads down a deeper route, using much less of the vocal, toning down the metallic bass and opting for housier drums.

The latter rub pips it for me but both will rock floors for sure.

Out: This week

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

Lee Jeffrey – Feeling Good EP

June 4, 2014 in Singles

Lee Jeffrey Feeling Good EP Mile End RecordsRollicking, funk-fuelled tech-house vibes are the order of this day on this latest from Canada’s Mile End Records, which features an all-UK cast.

In its original form, Feeling Good itself is, well, a rollicking, funk-fuelled and quite sparse tech-houser with a looping male vocal that appears to be saying “People love the beats, hypnotic on the jam,” albeit admittedly that doesn’t make much sense! Remix-wise, the Back And Forth Remix maintains the stripped-down feel but rides more straight-up pounding 4/4s compared to the original’s rolling beats and adds some nice warm (but sparingly applied) chords. Carl Shawn’s remix is a tuffer, tribal-tinged affair but suffers a little from ‘kitchen sink syndrome’ to these ears, while Darren Gregory’s rub is more sedate and melodic. Completing the package is Darkdust, another fairly driving tech-house cut but with some nice garage-y keys, as well as a familiar spoken vocal about Detroit (the “I fuck that motherfucking MPC” one).

It’s the first two rubs of Feeling Good that I’m feeling most here but Darkdust is pretty cool too.

Out: This week

About: You can find Mile End on Soundcloud, on Facebook and at their own website.