Simztek & Dubz – Creating Genres EP

March 19, 2016 in Singles

Simztek & Dubz Creating Genres EP New Politics RecordsSeeing as it’s Saturday night let’s end on a slightly more ‘now’ and ‘up’ tip with this latest from New Politics Records.

Four tracks to choose from here. Get Up is a now-sounding, peaktime-friendly but non-cheesy house jam with old skool pianos, hefty warping bass that’s actually applied quite subtly and an R&B-ish “what’s up, what’s up, get your hands up, get your hands up” vocal sample, though I couldn’t tell you where it’s from. Innocence ploughs a deeper furrow and is reminscent of the more soulful end of late 90s UKG. Minimal Fuss starts out as an eyes-down, bass-and-drums workout, but as the track progresses attitude-y bass and looping fem vox join the party, while finally So Long is a big n’ bouncy future garage/bass house affair with wailing fem vox, gnarly rave bass and an overall ‘last half hour before the club shuts, let’s f***ing ‘ave it” kinda feel.

All four are probably best served to younger floors but Innocence should appeal to the older heads as well.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 28 March

About: Find New Politics Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Some albums, quickly…

November 30, 2015 in Albums

Time once again tonight to catch up with some album releases from the past couple of weeks that I didn’t quite get around to… all are out now but still fresh!

Various – Ten Years Of Leftroom
Ten Years Of LeftroomHard to believe Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom label has been in business for an entire decade but such, seemingly, is the case. To mark this landmark, they’re releasing this 10-track collection which takes in old favourites, some new remixes and a clutch of new material as well. Tolfrey himself either provides, collaborates on or remixes a full 50% of ’em, while his partners-in-crime include the likes of Route 94, Audiojack, Kate Simko, Jay Haze and Laura Jones. Together, they serve up a heady cocktail of meaty house and sinuous techno that’s dark, often trippy, and perfectly in keeping with the label’s always forward-looking remit. Oh, and you get a 37-minute mixed version thrown in as well. More info here.

Danny M – Deeper Vol 1
Danny M Deeper Vol 1 New Politics RecordsThe New Politics Records stalwart comes with his debut artist full-length here. If you know the label, you’ll already have a pretty good idea what to expect and sure enough, contemporary-style ‘bass house’ with strong nods to both vintage UK/speed garage and the mid-00s bassline house era is pretty much the order of the day throughout. If you’re not a fan of the style, then it’s fair to say this won’t be the album to change your mind, but if you are then cuts like the dreamy Need You, or the big n’ strutty Rock The Disco with its familiar vocal sample, will more than satisfy. More info here.

Various – Ekletik Beats Vol 004
Eklektik Beats Vol 004 EDM UndergroundAnother label comp here, this one coming from Greece’s unfortunately named EDM Underground, who for those that don’t know them have nothing to do with cake-throwing, pyrotechnics and electotraptrancestep, and everything to do with quality underground house music. Across this 17-track collection you’ll find deep and tech vibes ranging from the laidback and jazzy to the peaktime and stompy, and while some names – BiG AL, Pano Manara, Vincenzo De Robertis, label boss Analog Trip – should be familiar to TIWWD readers, most of it’s been made by relative newcomers – making the high quality standard throughout all the more impressive. More info here.

Various – Jazzy Best Pt 6
Jazzy Best Vol 6 Apparel MusicAnd from a label called EDM that have very little to do with EDM, we move on to a compilation called Jazzy Best that has very little to do with jazz! Okay, there’s a brushed snare here, a mournful sax parp there, I’ll grant you. But a Peterson-esque noodlefest this definitely isn’t; instead expect 20 tracks of the finest underground house music – mostly on a deep dancefloor tip but with one or two techier moments and a few more downtempo excursions – coming from the likes of Echonomist, Sarp Yilmaz, Sek and a raft of lesser-known names. ‘Jazzy’ it may not be, but ‘best’? Not far off, I’d say… More info here.

Various – Krafted Vol 1
Krafted Vol 1 Krafted MusicLastly for tonight’s little round-up but by no means least, we have this first-ever label comp from Krafted Music, which consists of 13 full-length tracks plus a continuous mix by Paul Moore of Soultrak. Ger Gleeson, Danny Satori and Christ Burstein are probably the best-known names that feature but as with the comps above, this isn’t about big names, it’s about quality house tuneage. And on that count these 13 slices of underground deep and tech goodness certainly deliver, with Prudence’s Notice Me and Sean Grainger’s Climax – MONSTER tunes, the pair of ’em – worth the price of admission on their own. More info here.

As ever with these round-up thingummies, sorry to all concerned that each of these albums didn’t get a little more in-depth love but there’s only so many hours in the day!

Bosco – Like That

June 26, 2015 in Singles

Bosco Like That New Politics RecordsMore uptempo, garage-leaning grooves here from New Politics Records.

Four mixes of Like That to choose from. Bosca’s original starts with understated beats, a male “here we go” vocal and lush Rhodes chords, before at 1:35 in comes the nice big, phat chunky bassline that’s really the track’s defining characteristic from there on in. Carlos Pires’s remix puts a slightly more ruff-edged twist on the b-line and adds some John Carpenter/Italo-esque synths, GNavarro serves up a more anthemic, proggy refix for the more mainstream floors, but for deeper thrills head for the, er, Deep Intentions Remix, where the bass is less in your face and sparkling, sweeping synths lend the track a trippier, more blissed-out air.

Striking a fine balance that ensures it should appeal to older garage/deep house lovers and today’s young bass house devotees alike, this is another fine release from New Politics.

Out: This week

About: You can find New Politics (founded in Ukraine but now based in London) here, here and here.

Danny M – Now That’s What I Call Danny M

April 24, 2015 in Singles

Danny M Now That's What I Call Danny M New Politics RecordsWhen I see young ‘punk’ kids wearing Exploited and Crass badges on the same jacket, I don’t know whether to laugh or get annoyed. Exploited and Crass fans were practically at war back in the early 80s – that just wouldn’t have happened. If you’re going to re-enact the past, get it right.

I mention this now because re-enacting the past is essentially what Danny M is doing here. Like a lot of people right now he’s playing with 90s garage tropes… but unlike some of those people, I’m happy to report he gets it very right indeed. This four-track taster for his forthcoming artist album opens with the tinkling pianos and cut-up fem vox of Sorry,  then moves on though the happy, mid-90s Azuli (them again!) vibes of Feel Love and the ‘early UKG’-ish Got My Eyes On You, before ending with the bumpin’ proper Jersey flavas of Be Yourself. And not a false move in sight.

Well done, that man. Consider your album awaited keenly!

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Ukraine-born but now London-dwelling New Politics Records, who live here, here and here.

Danny M – Real EP

March 5, 2015 in Singles

Danny M Real EP New Politics RecordsWe kick off on a (UK) garage tip tonight with this latest from New Politics Records.

There are no fewer than seven mixes of Real on offer, so you’ll forgive me if I don’t go into each and every one indvidually. Suffice to say that between them they range from smooth, traditional-style UKG from the Tuff Jam/Todd Edwards school of thought, through more contemporary ‘bass house’, all the way to ruff n’ rugged UK bass. Depending which of those sounds more your cup of tea, I’d head for the Original, the Syr Remix or the Arfur Six Remix, respectively… but it’s the Original that stands out for yours truly.

Out: This week

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

Danny M – Just Can’t Stop

January 9, 2015 in Singles

Danny M Just Can't Stop New Politics RecordsTime to get a bit more of a Friday night stomp on now with this decidedly retro-leaning EP from New Politics Records.

The original mix, with its garage-y keys, handclaps and very UK-sounding female wailing vocal, harks back to the mid-90s glory days of ‘house’n’garage’, while the Energy Lab Remix is similar but several notches beefier. Restricted Access UK’s mix is bigger, tuffer and bassier again, nudging towards speed garage/bassline house territory, while MoDaH’s rub takes a decided left turn, stripping things back to bass, drums and chopped-up vox, and is probably one more for the trucker cap-wearing youngsters that read Trap magazine (I read Trap too as it goes but you know what I mean). For creaky old house veterans like yours truly though, the deeper, more sultry HouseFool Remix is the one…

Out: This week

About: New Politics Records started life in Ukraine but is now based in London, and you can find them on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.