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!

Sarp Yilmaz – Since You’ve Been Gone Away

April 7, 2015 in Albums

Sarp Yilmaz Since You've Been Gone Away Apparel MusicTen facts about the new Sarp Yilmaz album (his third, if I’m not mistaken):

1. It came out last week, but I’m a bit behind cos of the Bank Holiday.

2. It’s available on vinyl or digitally, but only the title track appears on both versions… so the vinyl release has seven other tracks that aren’t available digitally while the digital version has nine tracks that aren’t on the vinyl.

3. This has confused the hell out of me, which is another reason the review’s a bit late.

4. If you want the vinyl you’d best be quick – there are only 150 copies in the whole wide world.

5. The two albums (cos that’s really what they are, surely?) are quite different… the vinyl mostly operates in jazzy/leftfield/triphop kinda territory, while the digital release is much more dancefloor-oriented and best described overall as ‘deep/tech house with a jazz twist’.

6. There’s a track on the (digital) album called Roll A Big Fag which is, in itself, reason to buy it.

7. Other tracks are called High As A Kite, Smoking Rooms and King Of Skunk. You can draw your own conclusions regarding appropriate states of mind in which to listen.

8. There’s a frankly superb jazzual take on Closer Than Close which also needs to be heard.

9. Don’t Leave Me This Way reinvented as a torch-y lounge number also warrants investigation.

10. Imagine a meeting point between dusty, jazzy hip-hop à la Cold Busted and wonky Leftroom/Freerange-style house and you’re about as close as I can get to describing what is a truly inventive and original long-player. Best check it for yourself then, eh?

Out: Last week

About: This comes on Apparel Music, who are based in that London and can be found here, here and here.

Various – Autem 02

October 26, 2012 in Singles

Autem Audio 02

Only the second release here from Sarp Yilmaz & co’s fledgling Autem Audio label, based in Chicago, and again it’s a V/A affair showing off the production talents of the label bosses.

The EP kicks off with Gvk’s Moonshine, a no-nonsense deep/tech throbber that unexpectedly breaks down into the vocal from Superstitious in the middle… drop this one at the right time and it could absolutely slay ’em! Dark Blue is up next, a deeper, housier groove coming from DJ Da, known for releases on King Street and Yoshitoshi, while finally Sarp gives us Krumbz, a head-mangling journey that fuses deep, twisted techno with the organs and breathy female vocal snips of deep NJ garage.

Two releases in and two winners to date, then…

Out: This week

About: You can find Autem Audio here.

Sarp Yilmaz – Spread Love/Various – Autem 001

September 23, 2012 in Singles

Sarp Yilmaz Spread Love Apparel

Autem Audio Autem 001Two releases here from Sarp Yilmaz… one under his own steam, one on the debut EP from new Chicago label Autem Audio.

Looking at the solo effort first, Spread Love is taken from his recent album As If I Care. I must admit I didn’t hear the album but the version presented here is a very now-sounding, shuffling deep/tech houser with soulful male vocal elements, crisp percussion and an underlying chordal throb thoughout.

But Sarp is also one of the co-owners of new label Autem Audio, and his Down On Me is offered up as the A1 track on the label’s debut V/A ep. It’s a more thoughtful, melancholic kinda groove than Spread Love, its sparse rhythms and warm atmos’ topped with anguished diva wails in a manner that makes me think of old Terrence Parker records, only without the pianos. Elsewhere on the the EP you’ll find Be Someone Else and Funkass, from co-owners Hearthug and Gvk respectively. Be Someone Else is another atmospheric deep/tech groove but this time laced with acid, while Funkass is a more uptempo and slightly sunnier affair, but with pleasingly filthy synth-bass squelching away underneath.

The two releases together are further evidence that this Turkish producer is one to keep an eye on, while the Autem EP marks a very promising start for the label.

Out: This week for Spread Love; Autem 001 was out last week but it came in a wee bit late, hence it’s getting squeezed in now.

About: Spread Love comes on Apparel Music while you can find out all about Chicago-based Autem Audio at their website.

Tufan Demir – Making Bounces EP

August 19, 2012 in Singles

Tufan Demir Making Bounces EP Deep House Proposal

Only the second release* from Deep House Proposal here, coming from Istanbul’s Tufan Demir.

In its Original form, Making Bounces itself is a lazy, laidback deep houser with a strong disco influence, while a remix from Sarp Yilmaz beefs up the beats for maximum floor appeal and all but ditches the looping fem vox in favour of some ker-razy ass piano licks. Elsewhere, More Feedback is a proper deep n’ chunky free party groover, coming complete with a slightly more polished/accessible Club Mix, while finally Midweek Groove is all militant 909s counterpointed with warm, warping pads and floaty, garage-y vocal samples.

Five tracks of quality, real-deal underground house bizniss from a label that’s just getting started… show some love peeps!

Out: This week

About: The best place to find Deep House Proposal seems to be their blog – click here to grab a whole series of their podcasts.

*Or third, depending on whether you count the remixes of the first one

Sarp Yilmaz – Ro Vibes EP

March 24, 2012 in Singles

Some deep, techy, tracky shiznit here from Trendy Mullet, as supplied by Turkish producer and cat-lover (apparently) Sarp Yilmaz.

Got My Money is the standout for me, a slow, headnoddin’ slab of soulfully-tinged, techy deepness… like listening to vintage deep Jersey garage on downers. Ro Shuffle works a similar sort of vibe, and is then given a beefed-up remix by James Johnston that’s really your only hope here if it’s dancefloor action you’re seeking! And then finally Urban Vibe goes to the opposite extreme, being a downtempo/uneasy listening kinda thang.
A varied EP then, and one that won’t have much appeal for a lot of floors… but if you like your sounds a little more challenging, this is well worth checking out.
Out: This week
About: Here come the usual links… Facebook, website, Soundcloud

Sarp Yilmaz – You Know Baby EP

April 6, 2011 in Singles

Sorry it’s been a few days but 1. it was my birthday, 2. had iDJ reviews to do, and 3. put my neck/back out and had to spend an evening at the osteopath’s! But we’re back now, with this rather fine EP from Turkish producer Ilmaz.

“Deep sonorities full of soul and jazzy influences” is how the hype sheet describes this release, and yeah that just about covers it. The four cuts somehow manage to be deep, techy and soulful all at once, but Thou Shall Not stands out for its frankly bizarre vocal, which features some cock-er-ney geezer laying down his personal ten commandments (“thou shall not take the name of Johnny Cash, Desmond Dekker or Syd Barrett in vain… thou shall not read NME… thou shall not fall in love so easily”).

Yeah, good stuff.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Freaky Vibes, a new label based in Valencia and run by Groovik, who’s featured on here on several occasions.Here’s their MySpace and here’s Groovik’s own Soundcloud page.