Ozzi – The Funk

October 27, 2015 in Singles

Ozzi The Funk Dusty GroovesOzzi has featured on TIWWD several times before, with bass-y, garage-y house releases on labels like Criminal Hype, Xylo and his own All Over It Records… now he steps up with some deep/tech-house stylings for fledgling UK label Dusty Grooves.

Three quite different rubs of The Funk to choose from. The original is the big n’ strutty one, with rolling drums, garage-y stabs/chords and a looped “the funk, baby!” rap vocal. The S. Jay Remix heads a little deeper and is also very playable, but the standout to these ears is the Ensall Remix, which maintains the energetic feel of the original but adds some killer Hammond organ licks.

Out: Friday (30 October)

About: This is only the second release from Dusty Grooves, who are based in the thriving electronic music hub that is Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. You can find out more here, here and here.

S.Jay – You Want It EP

December 5, 2013 in Singles

S.Jay You Want It EP Keep It Zen RecordsChunky, goodtime house/garage grooves are the order of the day on this EP from Leeds-based producer S.Jay.

You Want It itself features a big (UK) garage bassline, chipmunk’d female vocals and some decidedly mid-90s synth sounds. Away From Me is in a similar vein but more heads-down and with soulful male vox this time. Last of all, we come to Ohh Dub… which is also the pick of a fine crop to these ears, being a phat-assed fusion of deep house and garage stylings, complete with what sounds like a tiny snippet of Circuit’s Shelter Me, though probably isn’t. A techier refix of the same from Paco Wegmann completes an impressive package.

Even more impressively, this is the label’s very first release! What a great way to get started.

Out: This week digitally, though the vinyl’s been in stores a couple of weeks.

About: The debutant label in question is Keep It Zen Records, and you can find ’em here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web). And, seeing as I’ve got it open anyway, here’s S.Jay’s own Soundcloud page as well.