Rob Clarke – Fall EP

February 1, 2015 in Singles

Rob Clarke Fall EP Beats Me MusicRob Clarke comes with a five-track EP on his own Beats Me Music imprint here.

Fall itself is up first, a melodic, late-night deep house jam with fluttering wah-wah guitars that are not a little reminiscent of Underground Man AKA Raymond Castoldi’s 1992 deep garage classic And God Made A Woman. Up next is Bassick, as remixed by DK Watts and Flo Van O, a slightly more upbeat and prog-tinged deep houser with a cinematic feel. From Scratch is more upbeat again, a chunky, bassy affair with, again, something of a spy movie vibe about it. Guided (presented here in Middle Rhythm’s Re-Rob form) takes us towards more funky/soulful territory, and features some ace M1 bleeps though the male “guiding light… guiding light… your love is my guiding light” vocal is applied just a little too generously for these ears. Finally, Vegas starts out with simple looping drums then gradually adds heavyweight bass, sampled movie dialogue featuring some guy talking about peyote, and technoid synth stabs.

Overall, the EP’s a little more experimental than the trad-style grooves we know Rob best for, but it’s definitely worth checking – for Fall and From Scratch especially.

Out: Yesterday (30 Jan)

About: You can find Beats Me Music on Soundcloud and Facebook

Various – The Very Best Of Bounce House Vol 2

December 22, 2014 in Albums

The Very Best Of Bounce House Vol 2From jackin’, percussive tech-house grooves courtesy of MadTech we move on to bumpin’ floor-friendly deep house shenanigans courtesy of Bounce House.

Now then… regular readers will know I’m a bit of a Bounce House fan generally, and with this being a ‘best of’, all the tracks here HAVE been out before. So I won’t wax too lyrical right now… suffice to say that if you like your deep house on the traditional side – warm, organic and funk-fuelled, as opposed to cool, clinical and Berlin-y – then if you aren’t already familiar with this fine ex-west coast, now Amsterdam-based imprint,this collection is your perfect opportunity to get acquainted.

Names like Al Bradley, Grant Dell and Rob Clarke, as well of course as label founders Short Bus Kids and the now-solo DK Watts, should be enough to tempt most knowledgeable deep house lovers, with Rob’s Whitney-sampling Sometimes a particular highlight. And on a personal note, it’s good to hear Blow & Hos again – that was the track that first alerted me to the genius of the Short Bus Kids nearly a whole decade ago, and it’s still sounding mighty fresh today!

Out: Now

About: Find Bounce House here, here and here.

Jonny Loves House – Transient Dreams

February 6, 2014 in Singles

Jonny Loves House Transient Dreams EP Beats Me MusicOur boy Jonny comes to Beats Me Music for this nicely varied three-track, four-mix EP.

Acid Dreams is up first, which isn’t the exercise in back-to-Chicago nostalgia you might be expecting; rather, it recalls nothing so much as Star 69-era Fatboy Slim, not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. How Long also draws on the mid-late 90s for inspiration, throwing speed/UK garage elements into the house pot – not just the big basslines that everyone’s doing right now but some very pleasing Smokin’ Beats-esque synthwork too. And then Last Night is a pulsing, shimmering house groover that to these ears has something of an early 00s feel to it, but that really comes into its own on label boss Rob Clarke’s deeper, 3am-friendly refix.

Beats Me Music have always specialised in making classic-style house music as opposed to chasing the zeitgeist; this EP from Jonny with its clear understanding of, and nods to, house history is one more fine example.

Out: Tomorrow (7 Feb)

About: Find Beats Me Music on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Various – Five Years Of 6th Sense Music

December 22, 2013 in Albums

5 Years Of 6th Sense MusicAnother label compilation for you now, this one coming courtesy of Manchester label 6th Sense Music.

As with the Share comp below, there’s not time to go into each and every track but, again, quality deep house grooves are the general order of the day. On this album, though, the emphasis is less on lazy, laidback, late-night grooves and more on funk-fuelled dancefloor struttin’. Craig Hamilton revisits a very famous old vocal on Burnin’, Funk Mediterraneo’s Numbers Machine will see shapes being thrown, Rob Clarke’s Hows Music features one of those spoken, house music-eulogising vocals atop lush chords and Drew Tempest’s Drunk Ass Funk is a jazz-tinged romp that once upon a time we’d have called ‘East Midlands-y’.

With further tracks and mixes from familiar names such as Rick Leonard, Corduroy Maverickz, Hector Moralez, Pete Dafeet and YSE, this is something of a must-check for lovers of real deep house music.

Out: This week

About: You can find 6th Sense Music on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

DK Watts – I Won’t Let You EP

October 27, 2013 in Singles

DK Watts I Won't Let You EP Beats Me MusicOur last record of the day (and indeed the week) is this two-track, four-mix EP from staunch TIWWD supporter DK Watts, he of Short Bus Kids/Bounce House fame. Today though he’s doing the do not for Bounce House, but for the UK’s own Beats Me Music.

In its original form, I Won’t Let You is a dreamy, late-night deep house groove with long, lingering pads, echo-y female vocal snips and gently meandering keys; label boss Rob Clarke’s BMM Mix then ups the pace and beefs up the kicks a little, making for a more obviously floor-friendly pass. Over on the B, Everyone is a more driving affair with a 3am, heads-down kinda feel to its relentless rolling percussion, which comes topped with ‘everybody… all right!’ vocal snips, resonating piano chords and snatches of jazzy sax. Middle Rhythm, AKA UK producer Tom Pearson who’s featured on here just once before, then comes out of  nowhere with a Middle Rhythm Re-Rub of the same that absolutely kills it, a proper jazz-fuelled slammer that harks back to the deeper side of the UKG canon.

The first three tracks are merely very good; Middle Rhythm’s mix is essential.

Out: This week

About: Find Beats Me Music on Facebook.

Groove Federation – Slipstream EP

April 5, 2013 in Singles

Groove Federation Slipstream EP Beats Me MusicA four-track EP here from Beats Me Music that sees the label taking a slight left turn from its usually garage-y/soulful/jazzy deep house fare, in favour of something a tad more boompty, jackin’ and discofied.

To me, Sequence’s 1979 Sugar Hill classic Funk You Up was always something of an overlooked and underplayed disco/rap gem… so the lead track here, Beans, was never likely to disappoint since it’s essentially a cut-up thereof! Label boss Rob Clarke supplies a deeper, dubbier remix of the same, while elsewhere on the EP, Break Away is discofied deep house aimed at peaktime fun n’ frolics on underground floors, while Slipstream is a techier, drummy thang that’s got ‘Ibiza terraces’ written all over it.

But it’s the A that’s gonna funk you right on up, gonna funk you right on up…

Out: This week

About: You can find Beats Me Music on Facebook or at their own website.

Rob Clarke – Sometimes EP

November 11, 2012 in Singles

Rob Clarke Sometimes EP Bounce House

There’s no stopping the Beats Me Music boss right now, as he follows last week’s Organica EP with a five-tracker on the mighty Bounce House.

The EP’s made up of three mixes of Sometimes itself, plus two bonus cuts. Sometimes is a fairly stripped-down deep house groove in its original form, the sparse production allowing the chiming synths and the hefty sample from Whitney’s classic Love Will Save The Day to really ring out.  Label boss DK Watts supplies a remix that’s a little more chugging and throbby, while a 3am Classic Dub sees Al Bradley in typically fine and very deep, afterhours-friendly form. Elsewhere on the EP, Repeater is a techier, synthier and slightly spooky, ominous kinda joint while Solar is more organic and warm-up friendly.

TIWWD has long believed Beats Me Music deserves a wider audience, and Rob putting out nuggets like this on respected labels like Bounce House certainly won’t harm their cause any!

Out: This week

About: You can find Bounce House Recordings on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Rob Clarke – Organica

November 4, 2012 in Singles

Rob Clarke Organica EP Beats Me Music

A four-track, six-mix EP on Bournemouth’s Beats Me Music courtesy of label boss Rob Clarke.

There are no prizes for guessing which instrument features rather heavily on the title track… the organ lovers will be more than happy with this one, while Vandyman’s Broken Remix of the same does what it says and takes us toward bruk territory. Elsewhere on the EP, Polar is a tuffer, darker, afterhours kinda groove, X Marks The Spot is big n’ bouncy dancefloor deep house, David Moran’s remix thereof is a tuffened-up version aimed at big, dark rooms with an added cheeky vocal sample, and finally Menace To Sobriety brings back the organ sounds but adds lots of FX and distortion and repurposes them within a tough tech-house context.

Some cuts here hit the spot more than others for me but that’s to be expected – this is the sound of a label/producer experimenting with a variety of sounds and moods, and that’s always a good thing. Well no, it’s not, actually – see for instance the umpteen French house producers who’ve insisted on including godawful cod reggae or ‘chilled breaks’ tracks on their albums.

But it’s a good thing here.

Out: This week

About: Find Beats Me Music at their own website or on Facebook.

Rob Clarke – Closing In EP

September 1, 2012 in Singles

Rob Clarke Closing In EP Beats Me Music

Another of TIWWD’s most-reviewed labels here as Rob Clarke serves up six tracks of typically classic-sounding house music for his own Beats Me Music.

Actually strictly speaking that’s five tracks plus a Jonny Loves House Remix of The Get Up but we won’t split hairs. Nor, for reasons of time, am I gonna go into each track individually… but suffice to say that fans of the label won’t be disappointed. If Beats Me Music is a new name to you, then what you need to know is that Rob cut his teeth DJing with the likes of Tuff Jam back in the UKG glory days and these days specialises in funk-fuelled dancefloor deep house with that lil’ bit of garage-y swing… think a slightly more soul/garage-oriented DiY Discs or Drop Music and you’re somewhere in the ballpark.

Great VFM and six solid cuts for slightly older deep house dancefloors, then, with the squelchy Ascenscion and Rhodes-led Closing In standing out from a fine pack for me.

Out: This week

About: You can contact Beats Me Music, who are based in Eastbourne on the UK’s south coast, via Facebook, or check out their podcasts on Soundcloud.

Richie J & Paul James – Moments In Mind EP

August 1, 2012 in Singles

Richie J Paul James Moments In Mind EP Beats Me Musix

Quality house grooves as ever here from south coast-based Beats Me Music.

Paul James has had stuff out before on Salted, while Richie J supplied Beats Me’s second-ever release, Sinister Thoughts. Together they give us three originals here. The Waiting Game is fairly pace-y deep house with a little bit of acid, The Need is more sumptuous, late-night and lazy with garage-y female vocal snips, while Daydreamin’ has something of a Balearic, blissed-out kinda feel and a hint of nu-disco around the edges.

Also included are two remixes: label boss Rob Clarke supplies a superb Organ Donor Remix of The Waiting Game that adds the eponymous instrument to devastating effect, while young Croatian producer DJ Narda takes on Daydreamin’, beefing up the beats and bassline somewhat to make it more readily suited to peaktime house floors.

Like I said: quality stuff as ever from the Eastbourne massive!

Out: This week

About: You can find Beats Me Music at their own website or on Facebook.