Addex – Kultural/Alabama Slammer [Remixes]

November 28, 2015 in Singles

Addex Kultural Remixes Limitation MusicWe kick off in deep house territory tonight with this three-track EP from Romanian producer Addex, coming on Bucharest’s Limitation Music label.

What’s on offer – as the title subtly suggests! – are new mixes of tracks from the previously released Kultural EP. First we get a Dub of Kultural itself, quite a laidback affair that’d work in warm-up sets or for post-club/Sunday afternoon listening. Then we head off to the dancefloor in the company of Santiago Santamaria, who brings us a gorgeous unhurried, deep garage-tinged rub of Alabama Slammer, before Distant Relatives JHB’s rub of Kultural plays us out on a dreamy, late-night note.

All good stuff here, but it’s Santamaria’s mix of Alabama Slammer that’s the killer.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 7 December

About: This is only release number 19 from Limitation Music, who you can find here, here and here.

Various – Global Witness

September 21, 2014 in Albums

Global Witness DeepWit RecordingsWe end tonight with a rather special release, because it’s in aid of charity. Established in 1993, Global Witness is a body that “investigates and campaigns to change the system by exposing the economic networks behind conflict, corruption and environmental destruction.” In a nutshell, they campaign for the environment and the protection of wildlife, and against exploitation by global capitalist megacorps.

A worthy cause, I’m sure you’ll agree… and now you’ve got a good reason to help out, as DeepWit Recordings have put together this fine compilation album in Global Witness’s honour, with all label and artist revenues going straight to the charity. Tracks come from (label boss) Alvaro Hylander, Tony S and Santiago Santamaria plus a host of newer names, with chilled-out deep house vibes the general order of the day, albeit with the odd excursion into downtempo territory and with Tony’s Reward System closing the album on a slightly livelier, more floor-friendly note.

So: that’s 10 quality tracks from a quality label, all for less than £8 and you get a nice warm fuzzy feeling from buying it too! What are you waiting for?

Out: This week

About: Never mind the social media, this time you’re just getting the buy link and yes, feel free to take that as a fairly unsubtle hint!

Santiago Santamaria – Paper Trax 01

July 21, 2014 in Singles

Santiago Santamaria Paper Trax 01Untitled Music/UM Records, Deso Records, Plastik People, Savoir Faire Musique, Deep Site Recordings… the name of Santiago Santamaria has been linked to all of these very fine deep house labels on this blog. Now, though, he’s taking things to the next level with the launch of his own Paper Trax label.

Paper Trax 01, then, is home to two tracks from Santamaria himself. They both operate in very similar territory – lushly produced, late-night deep house grooves, both sporting female vocal snippets, that’ll work equally well for home listening or on the specialist floors – but of the two, Mechanical Soul is the lilting, mellifluous one while Night Lights is a tiny bit edgier, with some lovely Heard-ish synth sounds.

A serious treat for the serious heads, this one… and a great way to kick off the label.

Out: Last week… it came in at the last minute but I decided as the first release, it was worth breaking the rules for.

About: Paper Trax are going to be selling their, er, trax exclusively through Bandcamp – “the less people involved in the selling process the better,” says Santiago. So here is their Bandcamp page, and here they are on Soundcloud and Facebook as well.

Santiago Santamaria – All Around EP

July 6, 2014 in Singles

Santiago Santamaria All Around EP Deep Site RecordingsArgentina’s Santiago Santamaria has featured on TIWWD on several occasions, with releases on UM Records, Savoir Faire and Plastik People. Now he adds Deep Site Recordings to his CV with this two-track/four-mix EP.

All Around itself is, in its original form, a late-night deep house instrumental, with enough energy in the beats to keep bodies moving but enough space in the production and enough musicality in the synth washes, gently fluttering flute and barely-there female sighs to keep the sofa surfers happy too. Jero Nougues then gives us a remix that tuffens up the beats somewhat and adds some ker-razy parpin’ jazz sax, making this rub the more obvious choice for dancefloor play. It’s a similar story with G’s House: the original’s a lush, late-night affair reminiscent of vintage Strobe material, while the Tom Noir Remix takes the track’s gorgeous, sumptuous chords and sticks more driving beats underneath.

In both cases it’s the original rubs that do it best for me, but the more energetic refixes are certainly useful to have, making this yet another winner from the Croatian stable.

Out: This week

About: Find Deep Site Recordings on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Marc Cotterell – Takin’ It Back feat Marck Jamz

April 6, 2014 in Singles

Marc Cotterell Take It Back Plastik PeopleFive varied mixes to choose from on this latest from Marc Cotterell, coming once more on his own Plastik People.

Cotterell’s original is a slice of lush, piano-led gar-ahge, sprinkled with sax and sporting a spoken “I came from the underground” male vocal from Marck Jamz. The Fourwalls Mix has tuffer drums, different pianos and more of a deep house vibe all round, while Oscar P takes us properly into the jackin’ zone with his Chicago Warehouse and NY 2 Dtroit mixes. The package is then completed by Santiago Santamaria’s rub, which sees us back in more laidback, musical territory.

The Original and the very different Chicago Warehouse Mix vie for top honours but really there’s not a duff mix in sight – superb stuff again from this Albuquerque, New Mexico-based imprint.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 14 April

About: Find Plastik People on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – nUMusic Vol 2

December 7, 2013 in Singles

numusic vol 2 UM RecordsOnce again it’s the weekend and I find myself with a ton of catching up to do… so gonna keep things brief today.

To which end I’ll simply tell you that this is a new sampler EP from UM Records featuring tracks from Dilby, Submantra, Tim Andresen, Santiago Santamaria, Big AL, Jon Salem and Portofino Sunrise… and if that hasn’t got you salivating already then you’re probably reading the wrong blog, frankly. Dilby’s Starting Over – an unashamed homage to Alexander O’Neal’s Criticize – and the deep n’ dreamy vibes of Santiago Santamaria’s City Groove are particular standouts for yours truly, but you’ll have your own favourites I’m sure…

Out: This week

About: You can find Richie Hartness’s New Zealand-based UM Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Santiago Santamaria – Thin Lines EP

November 6, 2013 in Singles

Santiago Santamaria Thin Lines EP Plastik People RecordingsAnd speaking of Mr Marc Cotterell, here’s the second offering from his brand-new Plastik People Recordings imprint.

Argentina’s Santiago Santamaria, whose CV includes the likes of Untitled Music, Deso Records and Savoir Faire Musique, is the man at the helm. He gives us two very fine originals: the smooth, garage-inflected late-night jam that is the title track, and the, er, equally smooth and late-night Horizons, though this one looks to vintage Chi-town deep rather than vintage New Jersey for inspiration. The label boss then gives us his interpretation of the latter, which is a bit more obviously ‘dancefloor’ thanks to added hand percussion, and chucks in some mournful sax for good measure.

Proper deep house, not pop music!

Out: This week

About: You can find Plastik People Recordings in New Mexico… or here. Or indeed, here.

Tom Lown – Manuka

February 20, 2013 in Singles

Tom Lown Manuka UM RecordsTom Lown, who should be familiar to TIWWD readers from releases on Lost My Dog, DeepWit and 3am Recordings, makes his debut for UM Records.

As we’ve come to expect from UM Records and sister label Untitled Music, high-quality deep house in the classic vein is the order of the day here, with two mixes of Manuka and two of Too Loose. Both trax are probably best suited to warm-up or afterhours rather than peaktime play, whether you go for the originals or the Jon Billick/Santiago Santamaria (respectively) remixes; beyond that, I haven’t got HUGE amounts to say, other than that the dub-inflected original of Too Loose is the one I personally would reach for first.

But like I said, the quality standard’s high throughout, and if you’re feenin’ for some PROPER deep house as opposed to all that hipster-friendly deep/tech shizzle, this is one you’ll definitely want to check.

Out: This week

About: You can find UM Records on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website.

Santiago Santamaria – The Fire Within

January 7, 2013 in Singles

Santiago Santamaria The Fire Within UM RecordsSome typically high-quality deep house grooves from Richie Hartness’s UM Records stable here.

There are two tracks, in a total of five mixes. The Fire Within in its Original form is a mellow, midtempo affair whose seeming simplicity belies its densely-layered production, and which sports female vocal snippets in the classic NJ/NY vein. Soulight’s remix adds some serious bottom-end welly for the dancefloor, while a second rerub from Mr Leman and Thomas Dieckmann heads in the opposite direction, taking us into sparse, late-night territory. One More, meanwhile, is straight-up proper (deep) garage in its Original form, then gets a late-night deep house makeover from the always on-point Desos.

With mixes to suit a range of situations and the quality standard set to maximum throughout, this is a bit of a no-brainer, really, with the original of One More the pick for me but Soulight’s rub of The Fire… a close second.

Out: This week

About: You can find UM Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Santiago Santamaria – Old Blues EP

November 24, 2012 in Singles

Santiago Santamaria Old Blues EP Savoir Faire Musique

Today’s reviews are all brought to you by the letter S. Satisfaction is surely certain in this sizzling sensational Saturday special!

Our first man who begins with S is Argentina’s Santiago Santamaria, who here serves up two tracks that will delight lovers of deep house and/or deep New Jersey garage. Sporting warm pads, gorgeous Rhodes, lightly tinkling hi-hats and floaty female vocal snippets, both Old Blues itself and Changes are proper sultry late-night delights.

I know I generally rate Savoir Faire releases anyway, but this really is something special. Go seek.

Out: This week

About: You can find Savoir Faire Musique on Facebook and Soundcloud.