Some albums, quickly…

November 30, 2015 in Albums

Time once again tonight to catch up with some album releases from the past couple of weeks that I didn’t quite get around to… all are out now but still fresh!

Various – Ten Years Of Leftroom
Ten Years Of LeftroomHard to believe Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom label has been in business for an entire decade but such, seemingly, is the case. To mark this landmark, they’re releasing this 10-track collection which takes in old favourites, some new remixes and a clutch of new material as well. Tolfrey himself either provides, collaborates on or remixes a full 50% of ’em, while his partners-in-crime include the likes of Route 94, Audiojack, Kate Simko, Jay Haze and Laura Jones. Together, they serve up a heady cocktail of meaty house and sinuous techno that’s dark, often trippy, and perfectly in keeping with the label’s always forward-looking remit. Oh, and you get a 37-minute mixed version thrown in as well. More info here.

Danny M – Deeper Vol 1
Danny M Deeper Vol 1 New Politics RecordsThe New Politics Records stalwart comes with his debut artist full-length here. If you know the label, you’ll already have a pretty good idea what to expect and sure enough, contemporary-style ‘bass house’ with strong nods to both vintage UK/speed garage and the mid-00s bassline house era is pretty much the order of the day throughout. If you’re not a fan of the style, then it’s fair to say this won’t be the album to change your mind, but if you are then cuts like the dreamy Need You, or the big n’ strutty Rock The Disco with its familiar vocal sample, will more than satisfy. More info here.

Various – Ekletik Beats Vol 004
Eklektik Beats Vol 004 EDM UndergroundAnother label comp here, this one coming from Greece’s unfortunately named EDM Underground, who for those that don’t know them have nothing to do with cake-throwing, pyrotechnics and electotraptrancestep, and everything to do with quality underground house music. Across this 17-track collection you’ll find deep and tech vibes ranging from the laidback and jazzy to the peaktime and stompy, and while some names – BiG AL, Pano Manara, Vincenzo De Robertis, label boss Analog Trip – should be familiar to TIWWD readers, most of it’s been made by relative newcomers – making the high quality standard throughout all the more impressive. More info here.

Various – Jazzy Best Pt 6
Jazzy Best Vol 6 Apparel MusicAnd from a label called EDM that have very little to do with EDM, we move on to a compilation called Jazzy Best that has very little to do with jazz! Okay, there’s a brushed snare here, a mournful sax parp there, I’ll grant you. But a Peterson-esque noodlefest this definitely isn’t; instead expect 20 tracks of the finest underground house music – mostly on a deep dancefloor tip but with one or two techier moments and a few more downtempo excursions – coming from the likes of Echonomist, Sarp Yilmaz, Sek and a raft of lesser-known names. ‘Jazzy’ it may not be, but ‘best’? Not far off, I’d say… More info here.

Various – Krafted Vol 1
Krafted Vol 1 Krafted MusicLastly for tonight’s little round-up but by no means least, we have this first-ever label comp from Krafted Music, which consists of 13 full-length tracks plus a continuous mix by Paul Moore of Soultrak. Ger Gleeson, Danny Satori and Christ Burstein are probably the best-known names that feature but as with the comps above, this isn’t about big names, it’s about quality house tuneage. And on that count these 13 slices of underground deep and tech goodness certainly deliver, with Prudence’s Notice Me and Sean Grainger’s Climax – MONSTER tunes, the pair of ’em – worth the price of admission on their own. More info here.

As ever with these round-up thingummies, sorry to all concerned that each of these albums didn’t get a little more in-depth love but there’s only so many hours in the day!

Route 94 – Misunderstood EP

August 7, 2014 in Singles

Route 94 Misunderstood EP Leftroom

Gotta hand it to Route 94… only 21 years old, and what with My Love going to No 1 and some great remixes for Storm Queen and MK under his belt as well, it’s fair to say he’s got that contemporary house sound well and truly nailed. Without going all cheesy pop tart about it either, so more power to him.

Here, though, he takes time out from chartbustin’ to serve up a four-tracker of more underground vibes for Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom label. Misunderstood itself owes a debt both to Detroit techno (the beats) and to 80s electro (the tinky-tonk, Casio-ish topline and dramatic piano chords). Escape is a heads-down, drum-led dark house groove, while Cowboy is very now-sounding big room chug topped with a vaguely disturbing downpitched male vocal. But then, at the very end of the EP you get Elevate. And if Elevate, with its tuff drums, nagging looped “Every day I elevate” vocal and shape-throwing main hook isn’t actually the most irresistible house record yours truly has heard so far this year, it’s certainly gotta be in the Top 5.

The first three tracks are good, but Elevate is the reason you need to stop what you’re doing and buy this EP immediately.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 18 August.

About: You can find Leftroom here, here and here.

MK feat Alana – Always [Remixes]

December 2, 2013 in Singles

MK feat Alana Always DefectedBit late on this but as Always is one of my all-time favourite tunes, couldn’t really let a reissue with new mixes slip by unnoticed!

This time around you get five mixes to choose from. Gerd’s Bonus Bounce essentially takes the classic vocal and places it – in chopped and reverb’d form – atop a contemporary style bass-y deep/tech throbber. The MK Club Mix is very similar to the now 21-year-old original, just with some of the brasher ’90s scream-up’ edges removed and with an all-new piano break in the middle, while suffice to say the NY Stomp Mix and NY Stomp Dub are very aptly named! Finally, Route 94’s remix is the one I’d wager will see most action on the bigger floors right now with its very en vogue fusion of deep/tech and garage/bass sounds.

If pushed I’d say Gerd’s rub takes the gold for me but this is a very respectable set of remixes of a much-loved classic all round.

Out: Last week

About: This comes on Defected.