Klartraum – E Remixes Pt 2

June 14, 2016 in Singles

Klartraum E Remixes Pt 2 LucidflowIn the ‘blue corner’ of tonight’s techno twosome we have this remix EP from the mighty Klartraum, AKA Helmut Erbritsch and Nadja Lind. Released in 2014, Klartraum’s E album was released as a series of four EPs, and now they’re taking a similar approach with the obligatory remix ‘album’, with this the second set of rerubs to hit the street.

There are five tracks in total. Our old friend Rishi K is up first with his take on Sky Fall, a laidback deep house groover built with warm-ups and poolside loungin’ in mind. Lucien Foort’s Mayhem Modular Remix of Dark Space Night is an unhurried techno throbber with gnarly sawtooth bass and a hint of acid, while Jon Donson’s rub of Drama Queen , with its 2001: A Space Odyssey samples, takes us into twitchy, minimal territory.  The Vynyard Dub Mix of Flight To Berlin is sparse dub techno taken to the Nth degree, bordering on flotation tank territory with its crackling white noise and mournful trumpet, while finally Nadja and Helmut give us their own Cinematic Mix of Sky Fall, which here becomes an ever-evolving 10-minute feast of lolloping, understated drums, squelchy organic bass, tinkling ivories and synth atmospherics a-gogo.

All good, but Rishi takes the gold for me.

Out: Now

About: This comes as ever on Klartaum’s own Lucidflow label, who you can find (as ever!) on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Rishi K – Strange & Beautiful

January 31, 2016 in Singles

Rishi K Strange & Beautiful Sonic Soul RecordsThe witching hour approacheth, so this is the last review for tonight… and what a way to finish. If Rishi K with Tom Lown, Ariane Blank and Jero Nougues remixes doesn’t get your juices flowing, you’re clearly reading this blog by mistake!

Rishi’s original version of Strange & Beautiful, then, is a fairly mellow but still floor-friendly deep house groover, with vocoded “funky music!” vocal stabs, “come on!” interjections, synths redolent of Joey Negro at his most spacey and a warm, chugging bassline that underpins it all. Shoes, Bags & Boys boss Blank brings us a stripped-back, dubbier, twitchier rub that foregrounds some Afro-tinged percussion, Jero’s rub essentially follows the Original’s blueprint but dials back the vox, while Tom Lown takes us into proper late-night territory with added yearnsome female vocal wails and synths that flutter their way to Andromeda and back.

Classy stuff all round, but then from a line-up like that, what did you expect?

Out: This week

About: This comes on US label Sonic Soul Records, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Rishi K – Slight Of Sound

December 6, 2015 in Singles

Rishi K Slight Of Sound Elektrik Dreams MusicMoving into deeper house waters, here we have the latest from the one-man San Fran production powerhouse that is Rishi K.

Four mixes to choose from. In its Original form, Slight Of Sound is all crisp beats, fat n’ funky bassline, gently tinkling ivories and cut-up, garage-y vox – a deep house jam in the finest west coast tradition, in fact. Analog Trip’s remix is stripped-back, dubby and small hours-friendly, deepAlexander’s is similarly late-night but brings the vocal to the fore, while Pano Manara takes us into headnoddin’, sofa-surfin’ territory.

Class in a glass all round, so go seek!

Out: This week

About: This comes on Analog Trip’s own Elektrik Dreams Music, who you can find herehere and here.

Robot Needs Oil – Little Jack

November 29, 2015 in Singles

Robot Needs Oil Little Jack Sonic Soul RecordsDon’t get me wrong, I like the three records I just told you about below a lot, or they wouldn’t be here. But this… we’re definitely ending on a high note tonight because this is a little slice of deep house heaven.

In its Original form, Little Jack is a deep, garage-y beauty with a strong jazz flava to its mournful trumpets, understated two-chord piano hook, floaty sax and distinctive near-scat “It’s just a little funky jive” vocal. As if that wasn’t enough, you then get a trio of remixes from what’s pretty much a TIWWD dream team line-up of Rishi K, Harold Heath and Tony S. Harold adds just a hint of disco/funk, Rishi beefs up the kicks a little and adds subtle M1 sounds as well as some frankly superb live piano licks, while Tony strips things back for the 3am floors.

Like I said: a little slice of deep house heaven. Go seek!

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by US label Sonic Soul Records. It’s their seventh release and you can find them on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Rishi K – Paint The Sky EP

November 22, 2015 in Singles

Rishi K Paint The Sky EP Nite GroovesWe kick off in deep house territory tonight, with Rishi K doing the do for Nite Grooves.

Just two tracks make up the EP. Paint The Sky itself is a trad-style deep houser with warm bass, dubby inflections and snippets of soulful male vox (mostly just ‘uhs’ and ‘oohs’)… very west coast but then Rishi’s based in San Francisco, after all. Heat Of The Night then takes us into more sweeping, prog-tinged territory – familiar ground for Rishi – with synths that should have you drifting off into inner space nicely.

Both tracks are every bit as good as we’ve come to expect from Rishi, but the A-side just nudges it for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Nite Grooves herehere and here.

Rishi K – Psyonica EP

November 14, 2015 in Singles

Rishi K Psyonica EP Deep ClicksSomeone else who can always be relied on to come up with the deep house goods is San Francisco’s Rishi K, and he certainly doesn’t disappoint here.

In its original form, Psyonica is quite a lively deep houser, centred around a warm, strutty bassline and chopped soulful male vox and aimed fair and square at the dancefloor. It comes accompanied by two remixes: a deeper pass from Koala and an even deeper, driftier one from Yigit Atilla. Think the original for 1am, Koala for 5am and Atilla for the sofa when you get in! Completing the package is Equinox, a more uptempo, prog-tinged affair that mixes up Yellow Magic Orchestra-ish synths and garage-y female vocal snips.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 23 November.

About: This is brought to you by Spain’s Deep Clicks, who you can find herehere and here.

Various – Boys At SBB Vol 10

September 6, 2015 in Singles

Boys At SBB Vol 10 Shoes Bags & BoysGermany’s ever-excellent Shoes Bags & Boys present a 10th installment in their Boys At… EP series here, and a very fine addition to the series it is too.

We start off in very deep, dubby house/techno territory, as label bosses Ariane Blank & Albena Flores’ Sisters and Time To Waste get remixed by Juan Lombardo and Mauro Basso, respectively. Blank’s own Brain Out Idea as remixed by Leo Lang is a tropical-rhythm’d deep houser that’d work in the warm-up or for late-night, post-club play equally well, while Mikrohouse.net’s take on Tulia sits more firmly under the deep techno/minimal umbrella, as does Tim Englehart’s take on ChixUnighted’s Blue Rumours. As the EP draws to a close, we then veer into throbbing, prog-tinged pastures with Rishi K’s rub of ChixUnighted’s Peaceful World and Abu Bayar’s remix of En Da Lu by Stiva Carlberg, before ending on a smoother note with the Ben Ankes Remix of Like Me, again by Ms Carlberg.

Extremely classy stuff all round… then again from SBB we expect no less! It would appear to be the label’s 50th release as well, so congratulations to them on reaching that landmark, and here’s to much more to come…

Out: This week

About: Find Shoes Bags & Boys on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Edmund – Analogic Vibe

June 28, 2015 in Singles

Edmund Analogic Vibe Sonic Soul RecordsAnd while we’re on the subject of people called Edmond/Edmund, here’s what feels like the first TIWWD appearance in ages from my old friend Diego Villar Ibero.

Been a fan of Diego/Edmund’s work since time, so add remixes from Fer Ferrari, Portofino Sunrise and Rishi K and this was never gonna fail with yours truly, really! But taking those mixes one by one, the original’s a lush, midpaced deep houser that marries a floor-friendly throbbing bassline to dreamy pads and delicate percussion, Rishi adds weightier kicks and some garage-y “come on, don’t stop” male vox, Fer sprinkles a little magic disco dust and finally Portofino Sunrise takes us into the late-night sofa-surfing zone while added treated female vocal snips.

Not picking a fave here cos all four mixes are great… go seek.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Sonic Soul Records, a US label who haven’t featured on TIWWD before – but then this this is only their second release! Find ’em on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Rishi K – Alone Again

June 21, 2015 in Singles

Rishi K Alone Again EDM UndergroundA RIDICULOUSLY good EP from our old friend Rishi here!

Four mixes of Alone Again to choose from, and not a duff cut in sight. The original’s a deceptively lively and frankly gorgeous deep houser with sweeping pads, an “every time… hold my hand” female vocal sample that loops just enough throughout and a nagging little top-end synth hook. Addex brings us a more stripped-down n’ dubby mix for later floors, Kiano & Below Bangkok’s Dub Mix is more of a sofa-surfer and then finally Hungary’s Specdub adds some light proggy tinges.

And like I said, all four mixes are very cool indeed. So much so that I’m not picking a fave – I’m just gonna tell you that you need to buy this record immediately.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 29 June

About: This comes to you on EDM Underground, part of Greece’s Elektrik Dreams Music stable. Find ’em here, here and here.

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.