Rory Cochrane ft Sanna Hatfield – Focus Pt 1

May 9, 2016 in Singles

Rory Cochrane ft Sanna Hatfield Focus Limitation MusicSome seriously deep house grooves to play us out tonight courtesy of Romania’s excellent Limitation Music.

The original of Focus appeared on the label’s Selection Box 2 compilation; what we have here is the first of two remix EPs. In Dee Mac’s hands, Focus is a delicate n’ dreamy cut with a sweet, soulful “My nerves are starting to get to me… but I’ll try to focus” female vocal from Ms Hatfield* and some luvverly piano chords, while Forteba brings us a dubbier pass with slightly tuffer drums. The Addex Remix treads similar ground to Dee Mac, but with less emphasis on the vocal and more on the warm, resonant bass and lingering pads, while finally the Addex Space Out mix sees the Romanian producer taking us into flotation tank territory.

Addex definitely takes the gold here – I just keep changing my mind which mix he takes it with!

Out: This week

About: You can find Bucharest-based Limitation Music herehere and here.

*Quite a Lisa Shaw-ish vocal, actually, which is high praise from this reviewer

Alex Amster – Vanity Rush

February 21, 2015 in Singles

Alex Amster Vanity Rush Deep Site SpaceFour quite varied mixes to choose from of this latest from the ever-checkable Deep Site Space.

In its Original form, Vanity Rush is a big, booming Saturday night M1 throbber sporting that familiar spoken female “they said I was wrong, cos they couldn’t turn me on” vocal. The Feathericci Remix leans towards the tech/prog side, while Rory Cochrane’s remix treads a deeper, dreamier path but is also quite prog-tinged. Rounding out the EP, Terry Vernixx serves up a remix that sticks largely to the blueprint of the original but gives it a rougher-edged UK twist.

For me personally it’s a toss-up between the Vernixx and Original rubs, but between the four mixes lots of different DJs should be able to find a place for this in their sets.

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep Site Recordings/Deep Site Space on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Karmine Rosciano – Sending My Love Remixes EP

August 26, 2014 in Singles

Karmine Rosciano Sending My Love Remixed Deep Site VinylizedOkay, so I was already digging the original version of this EP when it came out back in November, but this remix EP really is something else.

Whereas the two tracks on the EP originally operated in Balearic/nu-disco territory, we’re firmly in house pastures for the remixes. Rory Cochrange’s rub of With You is redolent of Strobe-style deep garage of the early 90s and really rather lovely, while 2 Billion Beats retain more of the disco feel of the original but strut it right on up. Moving on to the title track, Leach & Lezismo’s Tropical Funk Remix operates at an almost slo-mo tempo and pitches the vocal down to a male register, which is interesting.

But it can’t compete with the Forteba Remix, which like Cochrane’s rub of With You is a deep garage jam of the very highest order. In fact, with its floaty female vocal and lush, languid Rhodes chords, it actually reminds me a bit of a lower-tempo Do It To The Music. Okay, so it’s not quite in the same league as what is Officially The Best Record Ever Made, obviously. But even for coming this close, Krisztian Dobrocsi (that’s Forteba to you) is to be heartily applauded.

Now go buy it, because this really is ridiculously good.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Croatia’s Deep Site Recordings, or more specifically their Deep Site Vinylized offshoot. Find ’em here, here and here.