Mr KS – Take A Trip

February 20, 2015 in Singles

Mr KS Take A Trip Music Is LoveHeading deeper into the jacking zone now with a sterling house four-tracker from Manchester’s Music Is Love Records.

Take A Trip itself is up first, a lolloping deep/tech houser with fragments of spoken male vocal topping rock-solid 4/4s, sinuous bass and blips n’ bleeps galore. Label boss Oli Furness then takes Take A Trip on a trip into (even) more psychedelic pastures, adding nearly two minutes of beatless intro, then heading down a more ‘relentless and techno-fied’ route once it does get going.

The more straight-up housey Groove On is equally aptly named, being essentially seven minutes of a bassline, drums, male ‘ums’ and occasional one-note piano stabs. Simple but devastatingly effective, it should get even the most reluctant of asses shakin’. The accompanying Point G Remix, meanwhile, is strictly for the headstrong, being seven minutes instead of deep, bubblin’ acid.

File under ‘heavy weaponry’.

Out: This week

About: You can find Music Is Love Records, who are just 11 releases old counting this one, on Soundcloud, Facebook and Bandcamp.

Last week’s highlights

March 10, 2014 in Singles

Back from holiday and back in the reviewing hotseat, but before we crack on with this week’s reviews, here’s a few bits from last week I didn’t want to overlook…

Andy Slate Shadows EP eightmileshighAndy Slate – Shadows EP
Some absolutely superlative dubbed-out vibes here from LA-based Mr Slate, coming on his own eightmileshigh imprint. File these four tracks under ‘deep house’ or ‘deep techno’ as you see fit, or better yet just sit back, blaze up and enjoy… if TIWWD had such a thing as a ‘record of the week’ this would be it, nuff said.


Sam Waller Ison Fire Digital StructuresSam Waller – Ison Fire
Sitting more firmly in deep, dubby techno territory is this two-tracker from Samuel ‘Sam Waller’ Wallerstein. Ison Fire itself marries ominous industrial vibes with Acen-ish rave-y synth sounds, while Oqut is a crunchier, more minimal affair with some killer ass-shakin’ bass. Oh yeah, and this one’s brought to you by Israeli imprint Digital Structures.


Colman Buckley Pipe Dream EP MILColman Buckley – Pipe Dream EP
Another four-track affair here, this time with a distinctly old-skool feel, fusing deep house, garage and acid influences. The deep, bubblin’ acid of Tonality with its naggingly familiar female vocal takes the gold for me but it’s a strong package all round, brought to you by M.I.L, a brand new spin-off of Manchester label Music Is Love.


Romanthony Trust Remixes Glasgow UndergroundRomanthony – Trust Remixes
And speaking of all things old school, here’s the latest in Glasgow Underground‘s series of reworkings of the back catalogue of the late Romanthony. First out in 1995, Trust now comes with new mixes from (deep breath) Motor City Drum Ensemble, Audiojack, Freeform Five & Kevin McKay, Mia Dora and Daniel Trim, and whether you like your house deep, jacking or sparse and bass-y, you should find a rub to suit.


New Jack City – Back In The Dayz EP

November 15, 2012 in Singles

New Jack City Back In The Dayz EP Music Is Love Records

And we continue with the ‘back to 90s’ theme with this unashamedly retrofied four-track EP from Dutch duo New Jack City.

Back In The Dayz itself comes in two mixes: one with a vintage US house feel and diva wails (the original), one a proper deep organ jam the way we used to do it (the MIL Remix), both sporting one of those spoken “this is house music” vocals. Elsewhere The Golden Age is a rough-cut bumper that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Eight Ball, Movin’ or Strictly back in the day, while completing the EP is Gimme That Chance, a swung, garage-y affair which goes the whole hog and bites chunks from Simone’s My Family Depends On Me vocal.

With elements of Chi-town, NYC and NJ wrapped up in one floor-friendly package, this is a must – unlike some similar outings, these tracks do actually stand up next to the classics that’ve inspired them. Go seek.

Out: This week

About: What makes this doubly exciting is it’s the first release on a brand new label… Music Is Love Records is the brainchild of Oli Furness and Angus Jefford, and is based in Manchester. Here they are on Facebook and Soundcloud.