Makka & Howard Sessions – The Re:Tweak Vinyl EP

July 27, 2015 in Singles

Makka & Howard Sessions The Re:Tweak Vinyl EP 3am RecordingsEven though it’s not out till 3 August, I was meaning to get something up about this last week but time slipped me by. See, this is a bit of an unusual release. For one thing, it marks a return to vinyl for 3am Recordings, who’ve been operating on a digital-only basis for the past half a decade or more. More importantly, it’s being released via Qrates, a kind of crowdfunding service for vinyl.

As I understand it, Qrates lets you create a vinyl release – by specifying play speed, label artwork, vinyl colour, packaging etc, much like ordering something from VistaPrint – which you then ‘pitch’ to the general public as you would a Kickstarter or Indiegogo project. Then if – and only if – you meet the requisite 100 orders, they get pressed up and sent out. If this means that more young labels can take the plunge into vinyl, this can only be a good thing!

As for the EP itself… well, 3am has a long pedigree making deep house and this latest offering doesn’t disappoint. The two originals, the garage-leaning A Beautiful Day and jazz-tinged The Mild Cigar, were actually out digitally in 2011, but Nick Devon’s stompier refix of the former and label boss Al Bradley’s 3am Deep Remix of the latter are brand new for this EP, making this ultra-limited 12″ one that no self-respecting 3am fan – or indeed deep house buyer generally – will want to miss.

Out: 3 August (do pay attention) but you’ll want to get your orders in sharpish to make sure it happens!

About: You can find 3am Recordings here, here and here… but the link that really matters tonight is this one so you can buy the damn thing.

Dahu – North

January 27, 2014 in Singles

Dahu North SteyoyokeStarting off tonight on a slightly arty/experimental tip we have this slice of leftfield house bizniss from Dahu.

In its Original form, North is a broody and dramatic affair with a cinematic, sci-fi kinda feel… one for warm-ups and longer sets, then, but good stuff all the same. For dancefloor play though I’d head for the more straight-ahead deep tech-house remix from Nick Devon, while rounding out the EP is How Do They Know, which is an even more arty, abstract cut, long on ambient sounds and layered, shimmering synths.

Interesting stuff from an always checkable label.

Out: Today

About: This comes on Dahu’s usual home of Steyoyoke, who can be found here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web)

Al Bradley – Remixed At 3am

October 6, 2013 in Singles

Al Bradley Remixed At 3am 3am RecordingsRegular readers will know I’ve long been a fan of 3am Recordings (it was on my watch at iDJ that we put out this back in 2004, for instance), and of label boss Al Bradley’s ‘3am Deep’ remixes for all and sundry. So this EP is something of a treat, as eight of said mixes for all and sundry, originally released on various other labels, are gathered together in one place.

Given that there are eight of ’em, I’m not going into each track/mix individually. But the original artists involved are 2 Billion Beats, Craig Stewart, Funkdamentalist, Honom, Max Conte & Blackmode, Nick Devon, Paul Hardy & McKai and Tim Wolff, plus Al himself in one instance. And in all eight instances, expect nothing but the finest deep house dancefloor grooves.

Special mention must be made of Craig’s discofied Karman Line and the twisted, druggy afterhours wrongnesss of Nick Devon’s So Addicted, but it’s all good. As they say.

Out: This week

About: Find 3am Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook.

City Soul Project – Mystical Journey

July 11, 2013 in Singles

City Soul Project Mystical Journey i! RecordsNo need to step away from that underground dancefloor just yet, let’s keep you there a minute with a track that comes in various shades of deep.

The original mix of Mystical Journey is straight-up dancefloor deep house laced with warm, buzzy bass and topped with shimmering chime-like synth sounds and the spoken sample that gives the track its title. Patrick Podage and Nikola Kotevski team up for a remix that leans towards proggier pastures, while Nick Devon comes with a pumped-up, peaktime rub with a different, more contemporary deep/tech-style bassline and additional vocal samples including a looping instruction to “check this out”.

Between the three you should definitely find something to play here…

Out: This week

About: This comes on the mighty i! Records.

Scott Harrington – Underground Vol 6

March 16, 2013 in Albums

Scott Harrington Underground Vol 6 Savoir Faire MusiqueMuch as I do actually LIKE the fromage-tastic Sylvester rework below, it doesn’t really seem an appropriate top-note to end on. So for our last review of the night, I’m gonna break the rules about not reviewing two releases from the same label on the same day, and tell you about this, number six in Savoir Faire’s label comp series.

That said, you probably don’t actually need me to tell you that much about it anyway. Savoir Faire get plenty of TIWWD love, so you already KNOW the kind of traditionally-inclined deep house to expect – techy around the edges in places but with funky/soulful/garage influences dominant. You already KNOW that Scott Harrington is the label boss and you already KNOW that Savoir Faire’s in a position to summon the likes of Pretty Criminals, Dual T, Tony S, Soul Minority, Soul Sway, Nick Devon and Alvaro Hylander, all names that will be very familiar.

And you’ve probably already GUESSED that this features a mix of past faves, new remixes/re-edits and exclusive tracks, so I don’t know that else to tell you really! Except I should probably mention that it’s as fine a compilation of proper deep house music as you’re gonna hear all week…

Out: This week

About: Oh, just look at the Pablo Fierro review below for the links…

Dual T – Beyond Your Dreams

November 17, 2012 in Singles

Dual T Beyond Your Dreams Savoir Faire Musique

Three on a more-or-less straight-up deep house tip for ya tonight, starting with this latest from the ever-reliable Savoir Faire Musique.

There’s three mixes of Beyond Your Dreams to choose from. The original is a midtempo chugger with SFM’s trademark little bit of garage-y swing. Mass Digital’s remix is more floaty, ethereal and late-night, while Nick Devon brings a little added bounce to his mix with the addition of a chunky, techy bassline.

I think Nick’s rub takes top honours for me here, being the mix with the most obvious floor appeal, but it’s a close-run thing and all three are eminently playable for sure.

Out: This week

About: You can find Savoir Faire Musique on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Carlo Gambino – Low For Me EP

November 12, 2012 in Singles

Carlo Gambino Low For Me EP Midnight Social Recordings

If the two releases on Spring Tube and MUM below are a little too retrofied for your tastes, then this slightly more contemporary-sounding four-tracker from Carlo Gambino on his own Midnight Social Recordings may suit you better.

I say ‘four-tracker’ but to be more precise there are two tracks in four mixes. Low For Me in its Original form is a chunky, midtempo deep house groove with a slight techy edge and, as is so popular right now, snippets of soulful male vocal, as well as a female spoken vocal that intones the title throughout. A remix from Dudley Strangeways then takes the track to a more head-warped, 4am kinda place altogether.

Say What?, meanwhile, is an even more languid affair in its Original form, sporting piercing high-end synth drones and a big, chunky bassline, while again, the Nick Devon Remix is a trippy, head-noddin’ pass aimed straight at the afterhours floors. Both rubs also use a heavily-treated vocal sample from a very well-known R&B track… I won’t spoil it by saying what track but the artist rhymes with ‘Ronell Rones’!

Out: This week

About: You can find Midnight Social Recordings on Facebook.

J Kar – Romance Symphony

July 18, 2012 in Singles

J Kar Romance Symphony Nightbird Music

Quality bizniss as ever from Sebastian Davidson’s Nightbird stable here, coming in four mixes.

In its Original form, Romance Symphony – with its soaring synth-strings, “for you” female vocal wails and fat, chunky b-line – sits right on the deep/prog border. Nick Hogendoorn’s remix takes us more unequivocally into proggy territory, and will no doubt suit the relevant jocks down to the ground, but it’s the Nick Devon and Seva K rubs, which go the other way and head off down the path marked ‘just plain deep’, that are – unsurprisingly – doing it best for me.

Nick’s mix is a sparse, stripped-back affair with some cool jazz piano added, while the Seva K Dub is, er, even more sparse and stripped-back, and a bit warmer and dubber. And to be honest it’s very hard to choose between ’em… I guess Nick’s is a bit more club-friendly whereas Seva K’s is more your post-club, zoning out on the sofa kinda thang, but I’m digging the two pretty much equally.

Making this something of a must-have.

Out: This week

About: Here’s where to find Nightbird Music on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Jesus Pablo – Simple Ideas Work Best

July 14, 2012 in Singles

Jesus Pablo Simple Ideas Work Best Savoir Faire

Regular readers will be familiar by now with Liverpudlian producer Jesus Pablo, and with Something Different Records, the label he runs with Di Riviera. This one doesn’t come on Something Different though, but rather Scott Harrington’s Savoir Faire – another label who TIWWD readers will know by now can always be relied on for some quality deep house grooves.

Which doesn’t leave me with huge amounts to explain, really! Except to say that Simple Ideas… lives up to its title, being an almost slo-mo affair based around some simple mournful plucked strings, minimal beats and sparingly-applied synths. Think of the sparse-yet-dense production values of the deepest dubstep à la Youngsta or Distance, apply to deep house and you’ve got the idea.

Remixes come from Robot Needs Oil, who adds haunting M1 sounds and the merest of vocal fragments, joined later by gentle Balearic-style pianos, while Nick Devon – who so impressed with So Addicted on 3am as recently as last week – adds soulful vocals and a warm b-line.

Robot Needs Oil nudges it out of the remixes for me, but overall I think it’s the original that wins out – it’s a thing of delicate, fractured beauty.

Out: This week

About: Find Something Different, as ever, on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Nick Devon – So Addicted EP

July 6, 2012 in Singles

Nick Devon So Addicted 3am Recordings

This record just made me turn out all the lights, pump up the volume and have a disco in the living room to it all by my own self. Which is about as good as it gets at the age of 42, really.

Two tracks, four mixes in total, and every one a winner. “Deep and dark bass-led house,” is what the hype sheet calls So Addicted itself, and I won’t argue. I will just point out though that a) label boss Al Bradley’s 3am Deep Remix is the dog’s nuts and b) no, it’s not the Mainline sample you might be expecting – it’s actually got a spoken male vocal, with vocodered ‘answer’ vox to die for.

But speaking of samples, over on the B Nothing does very strange things with the vocal from People Hold On… or is it just the lyric, cos I’m not sure if it’s a resung male version of the same, or just a very pitched-down sample? Either way, this second big, echo-y monster can also be found lurking in a canine scrotal sack near you… and it comes with a deeper refix from Pete Dafeet too so we really are getting a bit spoilt here.

Out: This week

About: This comes of course on 3am Recordings, who can be found on Facebook and Soundcloud. Nick Devon is from Greece, and I’d also just like to point out that I don’t think I’ve ever typed the words “canine scrotal sack” before.

I’m gonna try not to make a habit of it. You never know where these things will end.