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.

Various – Lost Summer Selection

August 2, 2015 in Albums

Lost Summer Selection Lost RecordsWe ended on quite a rollicking, techy house tip last night so let’s pick up there again tonight with this compilation album from Leftwing & Kody’s Lost Records.

With 14 tracks from as many artists, I’m not going into them one-by-one. Suffice to say that Lost have made a big mark on the scene with their particular style of tuff, muscular house and sinuous, groovy techno, and if you’re a fan of the label you certainly won’t be disappointed with this set, which features a host of familiar artists including Cera Alba, PAWSA, Mat.Joe & Kevin Knapp, Montel, Raffa FL, Di Chiara Brothers and of course Leftwing & Kody themselves, plus a handful of newer names.

L&K’s own attitude-y Mad Hot (feat Maxine Hardcastle), Raffa FL’s fat n’ squelchy The Freak Beat and Michael Bibi’s lo-slung n’ sleazy Power Of Life stand out for this reviewer, but you’ll find your own favourites I’m sure…

Out: This week

About: Find Lost Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Knee Deep In Sound Ibiza Sampler 2015

August 1, 2015 in Singles

Knee Deep In Sound Ibiza Sampler 2015Let’s finish for Saturday night on a suitably driving, floor-centric note, with six tracks of stomping, big floor house from Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound imprint.

Veteran player Steve Lawler gets the ball rolling with Libertine, his trademark dark drums and a nice big chunky bassline topped with a “house!” vocal sample that plays throughout, joined later by the very famous vocal from Phuture’s classic Your Only Friend. Sante & Sidney’s Blade is a little sparser on the drums front but just as bassy, with some very cool horror movie synths, while Oriol Mubu & FreedomB’s You Got Me has a touch of the Blackwaters in its bassline and analogue synth chaos on top. Angel Anx’s Wanna Go is a 3am eyes-down chugger par excellence, Montel’s Juicy rocks squelchin’ acid, an “I want your body” vocal sample, more big synths and bowel-bothering bass, while Johnsson’s Montreal ends the EP on a lighter tech-house note with Latin percussion, crowd noise,insistent synth bleeps and stabby chords.

Angel Anx takes the gold for me, but to fair there’s not a duff cut in sight: if tuff peaktime slammers are what you’re after, this is where to look.

Out: This week

About: You can find Knee Deep In Sound – who I don’t think have featured on TIWWD before – on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – The Extended Family Pt 4

April 22, 2015 in Singles

The Extended Family EP Pt 4 LeftroomHeads-down, tracky house shiznit is the order of the day on this four-tracker from Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom label, which comes a full 10 years after the original The Extended Family EP which was the label’s first-ever release.

Hector is up first with A Clown Called Snapper, a twitchy, techy percussion-led affair augmented vocally only by some female ‘heys’. Marcman’s Aerophobic, which follows, is similarly heads-down and driving but much housier, with a big rolling funk bassline. Montel’s Control rides dark tech drums with throbbing, pulsing bass and a male voice imploring you to “take control”, while finally Neil Parkes gives us Come Back, which is a little housier again and sports some trippy, acid-y synth squiggles.

Four cuts made to played in dark rooms at ungodly hours, pure and simple.

Out: This week

About: You can find Leftroom here, here and here.

Montel – New York Limits

February 22, 2015 in Singles

Montel New York Limits RoushWe left off in quite stompy territory last night, so let’s kick off there again this evening with this two-track, four-mix EP from a label who haven’t featured on TIWWD before now, Hector Couto’s Roush.

The Limit is up first, a driving peaktime houser with plenty of big, contemporary-style bass, spangly synths, barely-there chanted vox and, as the track progresses, a hint of acid for good measure. The other original track, New York Has Changed, marries a squelchy 303 bassline to pounding kicks, insistent organ chords and several competing vocal fragments, though the “Music has changed drastically, New York has changed drastically” one is, naturally, the most prominent. Remix-wise, the System2 Remix of The Limit rocks Chi-town drums and a bassline that’s vaguely reminiscent of Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, while Julien Sandre takes New York Has Changed down a deeper, darker road but keeps the acid intact.

All good, but the Original of New York… nudges it for me.

Out: This week

About: You can find Roush, who are based in Tenerife, on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Mattias Vogt – The Wobble Track

February 23, 2014 in Singles

Matthias Vogt The Wobble Track Large MusicTwo originals and two remixes make up this new EP from Mr Vogt, which comes on veteran Chicago label Large Music.

The Wobble Track itself features, unsurprisingly, a big wobbly bassline, though not in as ‘big and silly’ a fashion as that might lead you to believe; in fact said bassline is quite understated, and comes married to percussion that’s straight outta early 90s NYC and some nice parping synth chords. The Montel Remix is the one for me though – a skippier, sultrier, garahge-leaning pass. Similarly, the stuttery drums, lingering chords and female vocal snips of Something In Common are pleasing enough, but it’s the old skool pianos AND organs of Vogt’s own Piano Mix that make it a must-have.

I know I’ve bigged up Large several times on this blog for the way they’ve embraced newer styles and sounds, but when they drop classic-sounding gems like these, that’s still working for me too!

Out: This week

About: Find Large Music here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web)