Ejeca – Mellow Sun

January 18, 2015 in Singles

Ejeca Mellow Sun Moda BlackFinally for tonight, we move into slightly housier territory with this latest from Moda Black.

Two quite different mixes to choose from. The original of Mellow Sun is a deep, prog-leaning houser with barely-there old skool hip-housey vocal snips and arpeggiated synth chords that loop throughout… one to serve up when the spirit’s still willing but the flesh is getting tired. On the flip, Citizen serve up at a heavy-hitting technofied Late Night Dub that’s ‘late night’ in the “It’s 5am and I’ve just ingested a shedload more chemicals, oops, ah well better go with it” sense and most definitely not in a “zoning out on the post-club sofa” kinda way!

No prizes for guessing it’s the Original that’s earned Mellow Sun it’s place here, then.

Out: This week

About: Find Moda Black on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Hauswerks – Why You Tellin’ Me

December 20, 2014 in Singles

Hauswerks Why You Tellin' Me Moda BlackCurrent-sounding deep/tech house vibes with an added soupçon of soul here, courtesy of Ibiza-based Yorkshire producer Hauswerks and Moda Black.

Why Don’t You Tell Me marries its slammin’ tech-house beats to old skool pianos and a near-falsetto “break down and cry” male vocal. It’s You is a druggier, 4am chugger with a distorted Bad Habit sample by way of a vocal and an extended euphoric breakdown, while finally You Make Me Feel, the stompiest cut of the lot, rocks another very familiar vocal sample and some big n’ gnarly bass.

The title track just nudges it for me, I think.

Out: This week

About: Find Moda Black here, here and here.

Hauswerks – Listen To Me EP

July 27, 2014 in Singles

Hauswerks Listen To Me EP Moda BlackChunkier, more uptempo house vibes now coming courtesy of Moda Black.

Do The Pop is up first, a club-ready deep houser that tops Latin-influenced beats with soaring synths, garage-y keys and snatches of spoken male vocal. Listen To Me itself again has Latin-sounding drums, this time accompanied by female vocal snips and old-skool synth stabs – imagine the sound of Nervous Records’ trackier releases circa 1991-93 given a 21st Century makeover and you’re somewhere in the ballpark. And then finally, Walk The Walk is a more lo-slung n’ sleazy groove, whose rumbling bassline is the glue that holds a raft of different sounds together, from industrial clangs n’ bangs to the jive-talkin’ spoken vox.

Listen To Me nudges it for me but younger floors will probably dig Walk The Walk more.

Out: This week

About: Find Moda Black here, here and here.

Alexis Raphael – Shutdown

April 28, 2014 in Singles

Alexis Raphael Shutdown Moda BlackYet again, time has done that sneaky little trick it does of running away when I’m not looking. So just the one review tonight… but I’m prepared to vouch personally for its 100% bomb-ness, if that helps!

The A-side title track is a no-nonsense contemporary-style jacker, but one that sports a vocal straight out of the SUAD/Ragga Twins school of thought – “Now hear this! To all the acid raver, I want you make some noise and tear down de place”. Fine advice, I’m sure we can all agree… not to mention a production trick that was never gonna fail with those of old enough to remember the good old daze. Over on the B, meanwhile, Exclusive is essentially a deeper variation on the same theme – a lolloping deep/tech groove topped with treated, spoken Jamaican-style vox – and every bit as playable.

Jaymo & Andy George’s label Moda Black have (IMNERHO) been putting out some superb stuff lately. Shutdown is no exception.

Out: This week

About: You can find Moda Black on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Ejeca – What You Think EP

April 7, 2014 in Singles

Ejeca What You Think EP Moda BlackA complete change of pace now as we move from the blissed-out nu disco vibes of Je Couleur (below) back towards the kind of chunky, floor-oriented house grooves we were talking about yesterday.

The title track of this EP from Irish producer Ejeca is a real hotch-potch of influences, with Detroitian strings, garage-y organs and soaring disco-house synths all topped with treated female vocal snatches. S’good but the track that’s doing it more for yours truly is b-side Alone, a proper big n’ stompy organs-and-pianos jam with a chopped n’ looped female vocal that also comes accompanied by a more stripped n’ struttin’ David Jach Remix.

Out: This week

About: This comes to you courtesy of Jaymo & Andy George’s Moda Black imprint, who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Jaymo & Andy George – Tales From The Basement EP

January 8, 2014 in Singles

Jaymo & Andy George Tales From The Basement Moda BlackWe’ll kick off tonight with this two-tracker from Radio 1 faves J&AG.

Tales From The Bassment itself is a jaunty dancefloor cut with rave-y sub-bass and hip-house vox. Over on the B, meanwhile, Henry’s Treat (very droll, boys!) is a chunky and lightly discofied roller with a spoken vocal from some dude talking about the birth of hip-hop.

The latter just pips it for me, but these are both very solid cuts and both will move asses on floors for sure.

Out: Ah… not till next week, actually. My bad. But I’ve told you about it so let’s be ahead of the curve for once.

About: This comes on Jaymo & Andy’s own Moda Black imprint, and is in fact the 20th release from the label. Find ’em on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website.