Various – Ain’t No Wall High Enough

March 23, 2015 in Albums

Ain't No Wall High Enough Brique RougeKey players in the early days of tech-house back in the late 90s/early 00s, David Duriez’s Brique Rouge imprint relaunched back in the summer. Since then, they’ve pursued a ‘quality over quantity’ agenda so their release schedule hasn’t exactly been hectic, but here as they reach the 100th release milestone we see them stepping up a gear with the release of this 12-track sampler, available digitally or on three separate coloured 12-inches.

Brique Rouge always catered for both the house and the techno sides of the tech-house camp and so it is here… as such, one or two of the more pounding techno cuts are a little too much for these ears. But no matter, for there are many housier delights on offer too, from a mix of familiar names and newcomers. Highlights for me include the Raw District Remix of D’Julz’s Fast Forward with its instant earworm of a three-note bass-synth riff and looping, distorted male vocal, Kike Henriquez’s Activation Things with its vintage Chi-town style drums, Duriez & Manuel-M’s somewhat Ultra Flava-ish Unreasonable Feelings and Ange Siddhar & Illan Nicciani’s The Show with its sampled movie dialogue (from Night Catches Us if I’m not mistaken, thanks Google!), fat hip-swayin’ bassline and killer organ chords. But as ever with a comp like this, you’d be well advised to dive in and explore for yourself…

Out: Now (only last week but playing catch-up tonight, fairly predictably for a Monday)

About: Find Brique Rouge here, here and here.

Outstrip – These Days EP

February 15, 2015 in Singles

Outstrip These Days EP District Raw RecordingsSlightly more contemporary-style deep house bizniss now courtesy of Fabio Gianelli’s District Raw Recordings.

Outstrip are a duo that hail from Ukraine and they serve up three originals here. These Days itself is up first, quite a bassy, chuggy number with nods to vintage Chi-town both in the drum sounds and in the light dose of acid that accompanies the Italo-y lead synths. ID15, which follows, is a more experimental cut that fuses more of those Italo-y synths with raw funk drums and aquatic FX, but the standout for yours truly here is Humanity, the deepest of the three tracks with a soulful spoken male vocal and old skool keys to accompany its “thoroughly 2015” bass rumble.

Out: This week

About: You can find District Raw here, here and here.

Raw District ft Ladybird – Those Lies

June 22, 2014 in Singles

Raw District Those Lies Brique RougeUsed to love David Duriez’s Brique Rouge imprint back in their early 00s heyday, so the news that they’re back in the game – after not releasing anything since 2008 – was very welcome in these parts. And now here’s their first release since the relaunch.

In its original form, Those Lies is a quite ‘big room’ deep/tech houser topped with a soulful vocal from Ladybird (the French chanteuse best known for her work with Soldiers Of Twilight). But there are plenty of mixes to choose from, ranging from the lazy, summery Roots Mix to a drummier pass from Nacho Marco to – my pick – an uncompromising David Duriez Acid Dub, which fait exactement ce qu’il dit sur la boîte.

Out: This week

About: You can find Brique Rouge on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.