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.

Bluford Duck – Eye See

November 4, 2012 in Singles

Bluford Duck Eye See Savoir Faire Musique

Is it just me, or is Bluford Duck a rather odd name for an artist?!

I only point that out because it’s the only unusual thing about this latest Savoir Faire Musique. That, and the blue (not two-tone black/white) label. Otherwise it’s business as usual… Crisp deep house beats? Check. Sophisticated, multi-layered production, with an emphasis on the musical and the soulful? Check. A remix roster featuring some of the hottest producers around? Check – stand up Jesus Pablo & Adam Brass, and Patrick Podage & Nikola Kotevski.

Glowing review on TIWWD? Check. Podage & Kotevski’s mix just edges it for me but if sumptuous deep house vibes float your boat you can’t really go wrong here.

Out: This week

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

Danny Quattro – Contact

July 16, 2012 in Singles

Danny Quattro Contact Savoir Faire Musique

Our second Danny of the day is Danny Quattro, coming to you today via Savoir Faire Musique.

Presented in three mixes, Contact is based around a hefty sample from Human Traffic… I might grumble about it not being the most inventive of sample sources, except that it works so damn well! The Original Club Mix is a no-nonsense dancefloor throbber with John Simms joined by “come on!” vocal inserts, both vocals sitting a top a relentlessly pulsing rhythm driven more by the hi-hats than the subdued kicks. Lee Pennington’s Main Room Remix is fairly similar but bigger and spacier, while the Patrick Podage & Nikola Kotevski Remix is slower, druggier and more twisted, and does strange things to the vocal, timestretching it beyond recognition.

Very, very solid fare for your deep house dancefloor, nuff said.

Out: Today

About: You can find Savoir Faire Musique at their blog, on Facebook and on Soundcloud

Pretty Criminals – Broken Heart Pt 1

June 20, 2012 in Singles

Pretty Criminals Broken Heart

With their recent releases having gone down more of a techno route, it’s good to see those Essex boys Pretty Criminals back in the deep house saddle with this latest offering.

Broken Heart comes in three mixes (for now… I’m guessing there IS gonna be a Pt 2!). The Original and Miami Ice mixes don’t vary huge amounts, though: both are fairly straight-up deep housers in the contemporary style, with looped-up lines of soulful vocal and an insistent organ riff throughout. Okay so, yeah, The Original makes more of the beats, the Miami Ice rub more of the organ, and I’m just SLIGHTLY preferring the latter, if pushed… but to any but the most nerdy deep house spotter they’d be two peas in a pod. Both also have more than a little of that Berlin flavour about ’em, which makes them the obvious choices for dancefloor play in non-specialist clubs.

For TIWWD’s purposes, though, it’s the Patrick Podage & Nikola Kotevski Remix that’s the real find here – a sparse n’ dubby heads’ delight. Like the song says: shake ’em down…

Out: This week

About: This is another gem brought to you by that bastion of all things deep, Scott Harrington’s always-checkable Savoir Faire Musique. Click through for a fresh DJ mix from Mr Harrington himself as well.

Patrick Podage & Nikola Kotevski – Life Must Be

January 28, 2012 in Singles

More top-drawer deep house vibes – and it’s been a good week for them – from Savoir Faire Musique.

In its Original form, Life Must Be is a slow, shufflin’ groove with a jazzy, almost beatnik kinda vibe… if you were a beret-sporting, chain-smoking French philosopher type, this’d be the house record for you! Remix-wise you’re then spoilt for choice: Martijn’s mix is a slightly more driving take that’s nonetheless faithful to the feel of the Original, while Eliot Wright serves up a mix that ups the dancefloor quotient quite considerably, with more urgent percussion and a ‘bigger’ sound overall.
I repeat: top-drawer deep house vibes, not much more to be said.
Out: This week
About: Keep up with all of Savoir Faire Musique’s goings-on at their brand-new blog.