So many tunes, so little time

October 5, 2015 in Singles

Due to me being ill this week, there were lots of things I wanted to blog about but didn’t get time to. So here’s just a quick round-up now…

Arnold From Mumbai Sonic Excursions EP Soupherb RecordsArnold From Mumbai – Sonic Excursions EP
We start off in deep, dark and groovy techno territory with this six-track EP from Arnold From Mumbai, which is brought to you by New Delhi-based label Soupherb Records. If you like your tech beats lo-slung and sleazy, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here, with Domination a particular standout to these ears.
Out: This week

Tim Andresen Running Around In Circles Savoir Faire MusiqueTim Andresen – Running Around In Circles
My man Tim comes to the ever-checkable Savoir Faire Musique here. His original version of Running Around In Circles is an unhurried, melodic near-instrumental that should work on a range of house floors, but my money’s actually on the B-side’s Angelo Ferreri Remix, which plumps for slightly tuffer beats and a nice squelchy synth riff all of its own.
Out: This week

Martin Waslewski Gerd EP Mother RecordingsMartin Waslewski – Gerd EP
I’ve not come across Martin Waslewski before, and I don’t think the label, Germany’s Mother Recordings, have featured on TIWWD before either. If everything they do is as good as this, though, then I’m very pleased to make both their acquaintance! Gerd itself is a very cool, jazzy affair with rolling drums and some splendid piano and geetar licks, while the B’s Never Leave You is a more straight-up houser topped with Stingily-esque falsetto vox.
Out: This week

Roni Kush Robot Noize Foreign Language RecordsRoni Kush – Robot Noize
Ministry’s Ibiza resident Roni Kush serves up some dark, sleazy house bizniss for newbie Leeds label Foreign Language Records that blend tech, disco and acid influences. Loses a point for the slightly dodgy spoken female vocal (“deep in the discoteca, these beats can make you wetter”), but gains lots for the out-and-out retro acid house vibes of the excellent Scurrilous Remix, which to these ears is easily the standout of the three rubs on offer.
Out: This week

JM The Blank Page Foreign Languag RecordsJM – The Blank Page EP
Contemporary bass-house/UKG vibes in XXL are the order of the day on this offering from French label Carton Pate Records (AKA CP Rec), which was sent to me in two parts (originals, then remixes) but I think now being released as one EP. New rubs from Tru Fonix, Jay Robinson, Nina Wilde & Abeyance and Spoils should broaden the appeal but the killer’s still Careless, an immense, dark slab of contemporary speed garage to die for.
Out: This week

Jero Nougues – Unleashed

August 29, 2015 in Singles

Jero Nougues Unleashed Savoir Faire MusiquePredictably high-calibre deep house fare here from my young Argentinian friend Jero, coming on the always on-point Savoir Faire Musique.

Just two mixes of Unleashed to choose from. Jero’s original is a smooth, drifty number with Balearic/proggy tinges, while my not-quite-so young Danish buddy Tim Andresen brings a refix that starts out a fair bit pacier and struttier, but drops down deeper as it goes along.

Liking both rubs but if pushed, Tim’s has to take top honours.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 7 September.

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Tim Andresen – Hidden Miracles

May 17, 2015 in Singles

Tim Andresen Hidden Miracles Savoir Faire MusiqueHere comes that man Andresen again (see nUMusic review below), this time doing the do for the always on-point Savoir Faire Musique.

Just two mixes of Hidden Miracles to choose from, but they’re all you’ll need, trust. Tim’s original is a sumptuous, rolling deep houser with a warm and funky bassline, lingering pads, string stabs, muted piano chords and snatches of treated female vocal, while on the flip, fellow Dane Brian ‘Desos’ Løgstrup serves up a killer refix that takes us into laidback, late-night territory.

Not picking a fave here cos both rubs are frankly superb… if you’re not feeling this one, you need to go sit in a corner and write out, “I don’t actually like deep house at all” 1,000 times.

Out: This week

About: Find Savoir Faire Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Molisans Brothers – Vorwärts Elegant

November 2, 2014 in Singles

Molisans Brothers Vorwarts Elegant Savoir Faire MusiqueA trip into darker, techier pastures than normal for Savoir Faire Musique here.

In its original form, Vorwärts Elegant operates in more traditional SFM territory, being a raw-sounding affair with echoes of deep garage and Detroit house with its fierce female “come on!” shouts, organ stabs and sampled preacherman vox. But the much smoother Anor Remix of the same is a proggier/techier kinda ride that swaps out the vocal for indecipherable, heavily treated speech, while the tuffer Timeleg is straight-up deep techno that wouldn’t sound out of place on Lucidflow.

It’s the original that’s floating my boat the most, if I’m being honest, but it’s good to see the label taking a few chances and stretching their wings a little.

Out: This week

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

Chris Dewell & Max Casebolt – Need Your Reputation EP

October 5, 2014 in Singles

Chris Dewell & Max Casebolt Need Your Reputation EP Savoir Faire MusiqueLike it deep and raw? Of course you do! In which case, I’d strongly suggests you check out this latest from Savoir Faire Musique at the earliest possible opportunity.

Reputation is up first, which with its shufflin’ beats, raw-like-sushi organ stabs and spoken male vocal is pretty much deep NJ garage incarnate. Angelo Draetta’s remix heads down an even deeper route, but opts for a somewhat darker, techier sound palette. Need You is more of a locked-on, afterhours affair with echoing “I need you” vox, muted strings and tuff kicks; Mr Draetta again remixes, his Sunrise Mix being a slice of hazy, lazy deep house euphoria.

All good, but it’s the original of Reputation that’s the stone-cold killer here.

Out: This week

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

Rishi K – Grey Area

September 7, 2014 in Singles

Rishi K Grey Area Savoir Faire MusiqueActually seems like a little while since TIWWD fave Rishi K made an appearance on this blog but here he is again with a typically high-calibre offering for the ever-excellent Savoir Faire Musique.

In its original form, Grey Area is quite a trad-style deep houser, with a chunky b-line, some great muted chords and a spoken female vocal wittering on about research chemicals. As you do. Remix-wise, Hall North takes us into dubbier, spacier pastures,while Manchester producer Loz Goddard drops the tempo somewhat and brings a little boogie/proto-garage flava to the party, as well as adding a bizarre sing-song male “you feel disgusted” vocal, and a seriously tripped-out extended breakdown in the middle.

The lingering chords and rolling beats of Loz’s mix grabbed me most at first but after a good few listens, this one’s just too close to call as regards a favourite – they’re all good.

Out: This week

About: Find Savoir Faire Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Thomas Sonora – Smoky Rooms EP

June 7, 2014 in Singles

Thomas Sonora Smoky Rooms EP Savoir Faire MusiqueSavoir Faire Musique come up with the goods yet again on this three-track EP from Kolorit Records boss Thomas Sonora.

So Peculiar is a late-night affair that places the acapella of Marvin Gaye’s 1966 soul classic Ain’t That Peculiar atop lazy, laidback beats and smokey organ chords. Makes Me Wanna is a just-slightly more upbeat affair, best suited to warm-up play with its lingering piano chords, understated sax parps and barely there snatches of female vocal. The standout though is the ‘title’ track, Shapes In Smoky Rooms – a hip-shakin’, organ-fuelled slice of deep Jersey-style garage goodness with a little unexpected acid squelch thrown in towards the end.

File under ‘proper sumptuous’.

Out: This week

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

Lee Walker – Something Better Give EP

May 10, 2014 in Singles

Lee Walker Something Better Give Savoir Faire MusiquePredictably fine fare here from a producer and a label (Savoir Faire Musique) who are no strangers to this blog. But while the quality’s predictable the timbre certainly isn’t, as SFM turn the dark up by several notches…

On the A, Something’s Gotta Give is a chunky, techy affair, centred around a big, throbbing bass riff and liberal vocal bites (though I think it’s resung, not a sample) from Rick James’s Give It To Me Baby. The New Rules Womp Mix thereof is then definitely a surprise from this usually more soulfully inclined imprint, as we enter full-on warper territory! On the flip, You Just Better is another techy cut with another big bass-synth riff and treated “now listen to me, you better dance” male vox, and comes accompanied by an Ozzi Remix that tuffens up the drums and, again, gets some serious wobble on in the bass department.

Typical Savoir Faire tackle this EP is not – by any means. But seriously rocking, it most certainly is!

Out: This week

About: Find Savoir Faire Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Rishi K – True Belief

January 24, 2014 in Singles

Rishi K True Belief Savoir Faire MusiqueFirst up tonight is a new offering from a producer who needs no introduction to TIWWD readers, Rishi K, coming on an equally familiar label, Savoir Faire Musique.

Three mixes of True Belief to choose from. The original’s deep, chunky and (as is so often Rishi’s wont) just a lil’ bit proggy round the edges, coming topped with breathy female vocal snips and subdued space disco stabs. The two remixes then both come from Jero Nougues & Nacho Riveros, their Deep Mix not really needing much more explanation while their Midnight Mix has a slightly more garage-y/disco-y vibe.

Superb stuff all round but then what else would you expect?

Out: This week

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

Martijn – FYI EP

October 17, 2013 in Singles

Martijn FYI EP Savoir Faire MusiqueMore TIWWD regulars in the house now as northeastern lad Martijn takes some time out from running Deep Edition Recordings to drop some bombs for Scott Harrington’s Savoir Faire Musique.

FYI itself is a lively deep house dancefloor cut with garage-y organs and female “yeahs”, while the UGLH Remix of the same takes us into deeper, more late-night territory. Noc Noc is a good old-fashioned piano romp that remind this ol’ handbagger a little bit of Solution’s Feels So Right, while rounding out the EP is Route To Berlin, a 5am dancefloor groove with acid-y overtones and more of those killer ivories.

In this age of electronic pop groups masquerading as ‘deep house’ (mentioning no names) it’s good to see some people keeping the flag flying for the real deal!

Out: This week

About: Here’s where to find Savoir Faire Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook, as if you didn’t know by now…