Various – InnerCity Records Vol 1

May 11, 2013 in Singles

Various InnerCity Vol 1 InnerCity RecordsWhat was I just saying about Dale Howard being something of a TIWWD regular? Here he is again… and again he’s helping to launch a new label, in this case new Manc imprint InnerCity Records. This time, though, he’s in the company of several other very familiar names.To wit: Roland Nights, Leigh Oliver and Giom, plus relative newcomers Gutto Serta and Casey Lee Jones.

A pretty impressive line-up for a label’s first release, I’m sure you’ll agree – and the quality on offer here’s every ounce of what you’d expect. Howard’s bouncy Go Deeper is one highlight, for sure. But then Giom’s 4am chugger Exhausted is another, while Oliver’s St Germain-ish Dear Deluded,  Serta’s Inside Your Eyes and Jones’s Feel It (the latter two both reminiscent of vintage Strictly Rhythm tackle) don’t disappoint either. But if pushed, then the pick of a very fine crop all round for me is Nights’ Nine Ten Go, a proper Jersey-style deep garage workout made for those ‘a basement, a red light and a feeling’ situations.

It’s the icing on the cake for a truly spectacular debut EP.

Out: This week

About: InnerCity Music is the brainchild of Mark Horsfall, who’s had stuff out on Amenti Music and Kaluki, and Danny ‘Roland Nights’ Stott himself. They say: “InnerCity is born out of a raw passion for proper house music. Remaining true to the spirit of house music is our primary aim, which does not involve trying to strictly emulate the music of days gone by but finding house music made out of love for the dancefloor.” Find out more by hitting ’em up on Facebook or Soundcloud.

Jesus Pablo – Dancing Chords

October 28, 2011 in Singles

There’s the proverbial clue in the name here because the Original Mix of Dancing Chords, at least, is all about the pia-pia-pianos…not in a screaming, tinkling Italian rave way, though. Or even in a minor-key, jazzy way. More in a rollicking, almost rock n’ roll (think Great Balls Of Fire) or tango-inspired way.

Hmmm. As you can see I’m kinda struggling to describe this properly, but once you hear its incessant jaunty ivories, topped off with brass stabs and underpinned by simple rolling beats, you’ll know exactly what I’m on about. Definitely one of the month’s quirkier and more interesting house releases, this one, and you can see it appealing to fans of Stimming, Solomun, Ripperton et al.

Remix-wise, we’re back in slightly more familiar dancefloor territory, as Roland Nights goes for an upbeat, vibe on a mix that’s carnival-esque and Ibiza-y in parts and really quite deep in others, while Audiotonic serves up a Phuturebound Dub that has a lot more space in the mix, which only makes those BIG piano chords sound even bigger!

Out: This week

About: Both Jesus Pablo and Roland Nights have made many appearances on Lost My Dog but this one comes courtesy of Al Bradley’s ever-excellent 3am Recordings.