In-akey – Love For The Music

January 14, 2016 in Singles

In-akey Love For The Music EP Nite GroovesBusy busy busy but there’s just time before the clock strikes midnight to tell you about his wicked little three-tracker from Nite Grooves, which is the work of Ibiza-based producer Inaky Garcia.

Actually, I say wicked little three-tracker but there’s one track here that stands out head, shoulders and Abraham Lincoln-esque stovepipe hat above the rest! Taking the tracks in Oscars-stylee reverse order, then, Ezinhle is a perfectly acceptable, jaunty little prog-tinged house throbber with an Afro-Latin feel in the beats department, while Love For The Music itself, in its Beat Mix form, marries more straight-up 4/4s to an understated but funk-fuelled bassline and tops the lot with string sweeps and luxuriant pads, the end result being a laidback Balearic house epic with a decidedly euphoric feel.

But then we come to the Piano Mix, which is actually the lead track – and quite rightly so. Because here, a delicate intro of simple beats and gently tinkling ivories gradually swells into an absolutely ker-razy ass jazz-house workout with wukka-wukking funk geetar and some of the most wigged-out piano action this side of Thelonious Monk.

Me like, muchly.

Out: This week

About: Find Nite Grooves on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at the King Street website.

Diddy Kong – Be As One

November 21, 2015 in Singles

Diddy Kong Be As One Sweep The Floor RecordsSweep The Floor come up with the retro-fied but still now-sounding house goods once more.

In its Original form, Be As One is all about an understated but nevertheless insistent piano riff, which sits atop lingering synth chords and nice chunky beats. The A.S.R Remix pumps things up for peaktime play, while Optimator takes us into squelchy ‘bass house’ territory. But the standout for yours truly is the Michael Solomons Remix, which can be safely filed in the bag/wallet/folder marked ‘M1 monsters’.

Proper Saturday night peaktime house bizniss, yagetmi?

Out: This week

About: Find Sweep The Floor on Soundcloud and Facebook.

tlJN & Dudley Strangeways – I Can’t Cope

September 5, 2015 in Singles

tlJN & Dudley Strangeways I Can't Cope Frole RecordsPicking up the pace a little now we have this garage-y three-tracker from Italy’s Frole Records.

The original mix of I Can’t Cope starts out in hazy, druggy deep house territory with looped vocal snips, before at around the two-minute mark the full female vocal and piano chords bring the light. Tuccillo’s remix takes us into tribal/tech territory without getting all up in your face about it, but the pick of the crop for yours truly is the final mix from the mighty Terrence Parker, which is every bit as uplifting, joyous and organ- and piano-laden as you’d expect.

I’m sure I probably do own some record somewhere where the Terrence Parker mix isn’t the best one, but I couldn’t tell you what it might be…

Out: This week

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

Javier Penna & Cristian Poow – Piano Of Life

June 27, 2015 in Singles

Javier Penna & Cristian Poow Piano Of Life Dbeatzion RecordsA nice easy one here, because a) there’s just one mix and b) it really doesn’t need much explaining. Look at the title. Now, can you guess which Detroit classic this chunky, bass-y tech-houser borrows heavily from?

Yes, you can. And I don’t know what else I can say, really… except that there’ll be those who go “oh that again, yawn” and there’ll be those who go “nothing like some well-known old school sounds to put a smile on the dancefloor’s faces”, and that you can count me firmly in the latter camp.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Poow’s own Buenos Aires-based Dbeatzion Records, who I don’t think have featured on TIWWD before, and who you can find here, here and here.

Antigua Deep – Differently

June 9, 2015 in Singles

Antigua Deep Differently Certified OrganikYet another label make their TIWWD debut tonight – Todd Gardner’s NYC-based Certified Organik.

Three mixes of Differently to choose from. The Ruins Mix has nicely understated old skool pianos and a vocal bite from Ecstasy, Passion & Pain’s Touch & Go sitting atop gently rolling house beats. Spiritual Awakening’s rub is a darker chugger, sans the pianos but using a bit more of the vocal, while finally the Reprise Mix goes the other way and brings the pianos well and truly to the fore.

Classic uplifting house vibes just in time for the summer season.

Out: This week

About: This is only number 11 from Certified Organik, and you can find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Michael Solomons – Teenagers

June 7, 2015 in Singles

Michael Solomons Teenagers Sweep The FloorDo you like house and techno music? You do? Great! You’ll probably like this record, then, given that it comes with mixes to suit a whole range of tastes…

All five passes make ample use of the track’s defining vocal, which sounds like it’s been sampled from some kind of 50s public information film about the then-new cult of the ‘teenager’. Sample line: “To wear her hair and clothes according to the latest style is much more important than to wear them in the most becoming way”. Rattling through the mixes quickly, Andrew Greatorex’s is a driving, funk-fuelled disco-tech romper, Chriss Callebra takes us to a darker tech-house place then gets increasingly proggy as he goes along, Diddy Kong does the future/bass house thing with chopped-up vox and a great M1 line, and Slipp’d Disc go through the door marked ‘all-out techno’.

But while the Greatorex and Kong rubs in particular shouldn’t be overlooked, the rub that’s doing it best for yours truly (given that I’m old, n’ that)  is actually the original… a full-tilt podium piano belter seemingly beamed in straight from 1994. Happy days!

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Leeds’ ever-checkable Sweep The Floor Records, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

The Checkup – Set My Soul Free

May 17, 2015 in Singles

The Checkup Set My Soul Free Large MusicFinally for tonight, we stay in the US for some more trad-style house/garage grooves from the unstoppable Large Music.

Set My Soul Free itself, with its raw, pounding kicks, wigged-out organs and soulful male vocal,  is one for those fiendin’ for the tuffer end of classic Jersey garage. Flip it over and you’ll find Hold Me Real Close, a slightly smoother ride with a high-pitched female vocal, piano chords to die for and an understated but nonetheless quite fat n’ squelchy b-line.

Classic house vibes from a classic house label!

Out: This week

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

Yagiz Bayrak – Love Story

May 10, 2015 in Singles

Yagiz Bayrak Love Story Avec Moi RecordsBeefing things up just a notch or so now, we have this peaktime slammer from Yagiz Bayrak, coming on Romania’s Avec Moi Records.

In its original form, Love Story is a very now-sounding main room houser with a big fat bassline and, most importantly, big chunks of the vocal from Kathy Brown’s Turn Me Out. Effluxion take it back to the old skool with hands-in-the-air pianos and Kathy’s big-lunged wails in full effect, Jamie O’Reilly gets proper dark, moody and bass-tastic, and finally Prune Flat opt for tech-house kicks and a more straighthead drivin’ feel overall.

Effluxion and Jamie O’Reilly will have to share a “TIWWD said my mix was best, so there!” badge between them.

Out: This week

About: You can find Avec Moi on Soundcloud and Facebook.

ItaloBros – Touch Me

April 3, 2015 in Singles

ItaloBros Touch Me Velo RecIt’s all been pretty upbeat here at TIWWD tonight so let’s keep it that way and end with this, only the third release from London/Swiss label Velo Rec.

In its original form, Touch Me is a contemporary-style big room houser that, as with all the best of such tuneage, shows a strong sense of the genre’s history, with hands-in-the-air pianos any late 80s/early 90s raver would find familiar, a sinuous walking bassline and chopped-up soulful male “loving me, loving me, loving me wrong” vox. On the B, the Divalvi & Tom Alemanno Remix is a stripped-back and even more cut-up affair with nods to UKG, and plenty playable… but the A wins out for yours truly.

File under ‘the acceptable side of commercial house 2015’.

Out: This week

About: Velo Rec are actually called that – ie, not Velo Records – and can be found here, here and here.

Kaily & Blandy – Back To 92

December 17, 2014 in Singles

Kaily & Blandy Back To 92 Lapsus MusicThe clue’s in the name with this EP from Irish producer Kaily, with and without English buddy Blandy in tow, coming on Italy’s Lapsus Music.

The title track is the most immediate attention-grabber, opening with three minutes of 909 drums, full-phat bass and rave synths before in come those proper old skool pianos… if you don’t raise your arms to this one, you probably haven’t got any arms. But the rest of EP’s just as good. Get Ready (The Passion) is credited to Kaily on his own and makes great use of a Gat Decor bass sample, while How Long and Take A Trip (the latter another Kaily solo offering) tread a more current-sounding bassy, techy house path, and tread it well. As for Up In Smoke, which comes in Original, Kobhi Tech Remix and A Lister Remix forms… I’m sure I should know that “me just gwan’ blaze it up” reggae vocal from somewhere but I couldn’t tell you where from right now.

What I can tell you, though, is that this is an excellent EP that ravers of a certain age, in particular, will enjoy greatly, with Back To 92 itself and the Lister mix of Up In Smoke the standouts for yours truly.

Out: Last week but still playing catch-up… only one more to go though!

About: Lapsus Music is owned and operated by Italian duo Supernova, and can be found here and here.

PS: Incidentally the commercial release seems to have far fewer tracks/mixes, but an extra mix of Back To 92 by Cera Alba, so go figure. I can only review what people send me…