Phasen – Hang On A Second

August 25, 2015 in Singles

Phasen Hang On A Second Unrivaled MusicLet’s finish in deeper house waters with this latest from Florida’s Ryan ‘Phasen’ Parmer, a name that should be familiar to TIWWD readers by now thanks to previous releases (either solo or with sometime partner-in-crime Refurb) on UM Records, What Happens, Blackroom, Haute Musiqe, 5 And Dime and more.

Just the two mixes of Hang On A Second to choose from. On the A, the original is all lightly rolling beats with an almost rain-like feel, sumptuous garage-y chords and, in the midsection only, a filtered/muted male voice intoning the title repeatedly. The remix comes from another familiar name, Greenfish, who opts for deep tribal beats, the tiniest of vocal snips and an overall ‘5am in NYC’ kinda vibe.

Liking both mixes here but I think Greenfish’s rub just nudges it.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Unrivaled Music, which as I’m sure you know is now part of the Krafted Music stable and can also be found on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Hot Summer Vol 1

August 2, 2015 in Albums

Hot Summer Vol 1 La Pitti RecordsRight then… it’s 10pm on a Sunday night, which means it’s time to take a trip into the deep zone. And whose company to do so in better than Vincenzo De Robertis’ La Pitti Records, over in sunny Italia?

Again, there’s 14 tracks from 14 artists so you’ll excuse me if I don’t do the full track-by-track! In any case, you should know the La Pitti sound by now: smooth, soul- and jazz-tinged (very) deep house grooves are the label’s stock in trade, and that’s basically what you get here. With cuts from TIWWD regulars like Tony S, Phasen, James Benedict and Igor Gonya, plus a bunch of newer names, this definitely isn’t the place to come looking for romping, stomping Saturday night dancefloor thrills. But if you need to soothe your soul with the aural equivalent of a long hot bath, step right on in…

Out: This week

About: You can find La Pitti Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Rishi K – Shadow People

June 7, 2015 in Singles

Rishi K Shadow People BlackRoomFinally for tonight, we have this two-tracker from San Fran’s prolific Rishi K.

I’ve commented on here before how Rishi’s releases have got deeper and deeper over the past few years… here though he throws a complete curveball, with the original version of Shadow People a hi-octane slice of tech-house underpinned by positively rude bass and topped with Carpenter-esque synths, a nagging keyboard riff that’s almost Acen/4hero-ish and a strange spoken vocal that appears to be a British guy talking about a computer game (unless he actually has been encountering “demons… entitities which feed off negative energy”, of course). It’s different from Rishi’s recent work  but the quality’s still there for sure, while Phasen supplies a dark n’ squelchy refix for techno floors.

Out: This week

About: This comes on BlackRoom Records, who I don’t think have featured on TIWWD before. This is their seventh release and you can find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – nUMusic: Deep House Vol 5

May 17, 2015 in Singles

nUMusic Deep House Vol 5 UM RecordsA four-track V/A EP from UM Records here… and the last in the series, as the nUMusic name is now being used for their promo system.

Our old friend Tim Andresen is up first with Falling Down, an instrumental affair that sits right on the deep/prog cusp and has a decidedly Man With The Red Face-ish main riff. Phasen follows with Lofty 14, an uber-deep late-night gem aimed at those ladies and gentlemen who are floating in inner space. Stannis’s The Source Of Happiness is a much more dancefloor-oriented deep houser with dancer-exhorting male vox (“I want you to feel your body, your mind and your soul… no fear, no worries, no control,” etc) and bowel-churning bass, and then lastly Juanma Lopi’s Marrakech is  another quite dreamy, drifty affair with, unsurprisingly, a vaguely casbah-y, opium den kinda feel.

As usual with UM the quality’s impeccable throughout but if pushed then Phasen and Stannis take top honours for me.

Out: This week

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

Low Tone – You’ll Be Lucky EP

April 19, 2015 in Singles

Low Tone You'll Be Lucky EP What HappensA two-track, four-mix EP here from Tim Andresen’s ever-checkable What Happens imprint and Low Tone, AKA the Yorkshire duo of Al ‘3am Recordings’ Bradley and Carlo ‘Midnight Social’ Gambino.

You’ll Be Lucky itself, in its original form, is a crackly, tuff-but-deep house groover with crisp beats, monstrous rolling bass, moody synth washes and a “hey, who do you think I am?” female vocal sample. Howard Sessions’ remix tones down the atmospherics and opts for warmer 4/4s and a different bassline, while adding a spoken male vocal and fat, squelchy synths. The other original cut, Goin’ On, uses a female “You got it goin’ on” vocal that’s a little too close to Groove Armada’s I See You Baby (AKA the most annoying vocal in house music history) for comfort, but that’s a personal thing… otherwise it’s a nice warm, chunky deep house chugger sporting some trippy FX/atmospherics that make it a cert for small-hours play, while Phasen’s refix is a techier, dare I say proggier pass with some great spangled keys action.

All four are plenty playable, as you’d expect from such a heavyweight line-up, but the Howard Sessions mix takes the gold for me.

Out: This week

About: You can find What Happens here, here and here.

Jero Nougues – Blacklight

January 31, 2015 in Singles

Jero Nougues Blacklight Haute MusiqueFour mixes to choose from of this latest offering from Argentinian wunderkind Jero Nougues.

In its original form, Blacklight tops lively, rolling drums with barely-there female vocal snips, insistent shakers, trumpet and sax parps, a spoken/whispered male lead vocal (“I here the rhythm/I feel the bass/I touch the blacklight/I see your face”) and what sounds like some kind of woodblock percussion instrument (xylophone? marimba?). The overall effect is one-part lounge, one-part Latin, one-part tribal… and 100% “5am at Shelter”. Deephope’s remix is essentially very similar but eschews the tribal percussion in favour of simple warm 4/4s, the Phasen Remix has a lil’ more disco swing in its veins, while Yigit Atilla heads seriously deep on his stripped-back, late-night refix.

Just that remix line-up should have the deep heads salivating already anyway, so suffice to say this won’t disappoint, with Deephope and Yigit sharing top honours for me.

Out: This week

About: This comes to you courtesy of the ever-checkable Haute Musique, who you can find here and here.

Greenfish – Early Birds

November 1, 2014 in Singles

Greenfish Early Birds UM RecordsSome typically classy deep house grooves from UM Records to kick us off tonight.

In its original form, Early Birds is a laidback, dubby groover with a sub-aquatic, opium den kinda feel. The Phasen Remix beefs up the drums for the dancefloor somewhat and brings the funky guitar licks a little more the fore, while Yigit Atilla strips out the atmospherics and leaves us with a very late night, headnoddin’ pass centred on the lazily rolling beats and barely-there vocal fragments. Rounding out the EP is Late Night Caffee [sic], which is just a BPM or two pacier than the title cut but has a similarly languid, drifty feel overall, and some killer sci-fi/space disco stabs to boot.

Top quality stuff, but then we expect no less from UM!

Out: This week

About: You can find UM Records here, here and here.

Phasen & Refurb – Comfortable EP

September 13, 2014 in Singles

Phasen & Refurb Comfortable EP Soul DeepartureMore very fine deep house vibes 4 ya tonight, kicking off with this EP from Italian label Soul Deeparture.

The EP opens with Chance Of Snow, a laidback, almost slo-mo affair with lingering pads, treated spoken vox and no great sense of urgency to ‘do’ very much at all. My Milkshake follows, nothing to do with the much-bootlegged Kelis track but rather a fine slice of floor-friendly and lightly garage-tinged deep house that comes accompanied by a Jero Nougues Remix that tuffens up the drums somewhat and adds some great meandering sax. And then finally we come to Comfortable itself, a slightly more uptempo cut with a drifty, space-y feel that really comes into its on when BiG AL serves up his predictably excellent and predictably deeper refix.

To quote Rhythm Warfare: “This one here is a must”!

Out: This week

About: Find Soul Deeparture on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Phasen & Refurb – Market Street EP

September 1, 2012 in Singles

Phasen & Refurb Market Street EP 5 And Dime

I’ve waxed lyrical about 5 And Dime Recordings on many an occasion, I know, but this – this could actually be their best yet.

Coming from a Florida-based duo I’ve not come across before, Phasen & Refurb, the three tracks/five mixes here all operate in fairly similar territory but omigosh do they do it well. Think the very deepest, dreamiest, dubbiest, most sumptuous of house music yet – crucially – with enough bite in its beat and enough beat-beat-beat in its bones-bones-bones to work on the dancefloor just as well as the sofa. In fact, it’s all just generally so 100% goddamn spot-on groovalicious that short of pointing out the two additional remixes come from label regular Loz Goddard and perennial TIWWD faves Karol XVII & MB Valence, I’m not even going to tell you any more.

I’m just gonna tell you that if you consider yourself a deep house lover, you NEED this record.

Out: This week

About: You can find 5 And Dime on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.