Angel Rize – My Cedonia

July 19, 2015 in Singles

Angel Rize My Cedonia Delve Deeper RecordingsWe stay in deep house territory with this latest from Sheffield’s Delve Deeper Recordings.

In its Original form, My Cedonia is quite a lively, summery affair by deep house standards, with a vague hint of prog in its swirling synths and surging, chugging rhythm. Live house/techno don Saytek then surprises with a remix that starts out all floaty and Balearic then, four minutes in, drops some bad bwoy speed garage bass rumble. Completing the set is a remix from K-Bana that loses most of the swirly, proggy, Balearic elements, opting instead for crisp, no-nonsense beats, a staccato bassline, distorted vocal snips and, as the track progresses, some rave-y synths that bring Hurt You So to mind. Or at least they do to my mind.

All good, but the gold has to go to Saytek here.

Out: This week

About: Find Delve Deeper Recordings on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Scientific Funk – South Coast EP

November 4, 2014 in Singles

Scientific Funk South Coast EP CubismSlightly less minimal tech vibes now courtesy of Scientific Funk, AKA Portsmouth’s James Harrison.

Just the two tracks to choose from. Supernova is a fairly uptempo prog/tech houser that builds on rock-solid 4/4s with shimmering FX, a deceptively funky b-line and heavily reverbed, arpeggiated keys. But the standout for yours truly is South Coast Dub, again riding no-nonsense kicks but topping them this time with echo-laden atmospherics, occasional synth sweeps that pan across the room, ominous bell sounds and haunting fragments of female vocal.

It’s a trip, Daddio… serious lovers of the deep only need apply.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 17 Nov.

About: This is brought to you by Saytek and Mark Gwinnett’s Cubism Records, who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Which reminds me as well that Saytek’s own Live On Cubism Vol 3 album was out last week… still hoping to squeeze a review of that one into a round-up soon but if I don’t, then just trust me, s’good!

Saytek – 5 Years On EP

October 5, 2014 in Singles

Saytek 5 Years On EP Ubermax Records“Three robust and dynamic tracks peppered with influences of Detroit techno and raw Chicago groove,” is how the the hype sheet describes this one.

The Place is up first, a deep n’ chuggy affair with nagging Rhodes chords, barely-there male vocal snips and just a hint of acid. Addictive Personality is tuffer and drummier and wouldn’t sound at all out of place on Soma Records, while finally 5 Years On itself takes us into dramatic, big-room techno territory.

It’s The Place that’s earning this its, er, place here, but Addictive Personality is also worth checking.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Ubermax Records, a relatively new label off-shoot of the London club nights of the same name. Find ’em Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Wiggle For 20 Years

September 29, 2014 in Albums

Wiggle for 20 YearsThanks to toothache stopping play, got a few albums from last week to catch up on tonight before we go on with this week’s reviews, starting with this 20-year anniversary collection from Terry Francis, Nathan Coles and Eddie Richards’ long-running club night Wiggle – AKA ‘the birthplace of tech-house’.

And blimey it’s a bit good. Rather than attempting a potted musical history of the club, what they did was ask 40 of their previous guests to supply a track each, then picked the best 20 for this album. What you end up with is a mix of well-known names (Alex Arnout, D’Julz, Jay Tripwire, DZNB, Saytek) and more underground talents, who between them serve up an object lesson in what tech-house sounds like at its best – not cold, clinical and Berlin-y, not one endless tribal terrace workout, but deep, funky and groovalicious in the extreme, with

Acquiring this album is strongly recommended. Nuff said!

Out: Now

About: This comes of course on Wiggle Records, who you can find here, here and here.

Nadja Lind – To Death

July 7, 2014 in Singles

Nadja Lind To Death Cubism RecordsNadja ‘Klartraum’ Lind takes a break from Lucidflow business-as-usual here to serve up a three-track EP for Mark Gwinnett and Saytek’s Cubism imprint.

To Death itself is up first, which starts with boompty beats and jazz flourishes in a Carter-esque stylee, before slowly building into something a little more wonky, off-kilter and techy. Nightliner is more in the deep, dubby techno vein we perhaps most readily associate with Ms Lind, before Sahara sees her back in pounding dancefloor mode, with a track that wouldn’t sound out of place in one of Saytek’s own famous live sets.

It’s still Nightliner I’m digging the most, though.

Out: Today

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

Klartraum – Secret Moon Remixed

November 16, 2013 in Albums

Klartraum Secret Moon Remixed LucidflowLucidflow is undoubtedly one of my favourite labels right now… but if you’ve yet to discover the delights the German imprint has to offer then this album’s the perfect opportunity to do so, as label owners Klartraum (Nadja Lind and Helmut Erbritsch) get remixed by a Pretty Bloody Stunning array of underground talent.

Ian Pooley, Saytek, Big AL, Harlem Knights, Mirza-Zadeh, David Alvarado, Vince Watson, G-Pal, The Messenger, Riccicomoto and Alexi Delano – all names that should be familiar to regular TIWWD readers – are among those doing the honours on the 19 remixes of nine original tracks served up here. Between them, they stir dubby techno, deep, groovy house and the odd excursion into minimal/ambient pastures into as fine a 2 hours and 15 minutes of music as you’re going to hear this week. This month. Possibly even this year. Corrie’s wonked-out afterhours remix of Sell Your Soul deserves a mention cos it had yours truly bouncing around the living room on my own like a loon last night… Harlem Knights’ rub of Universe is pretty special, too… but frankly the whole album really is quite STUPIDLY good.

So buy it.

Out: This week

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

Saytek – Live On Cubism

November 11, 2012 in Albums

Saytek Live On Cubism

Well now… in amidst a sea of ‘me-too’ single releases faithlessly reproducing the latest en vogue sounds ad infinitum lands a much more interesting proposition altogether.

This, you see, is a proper honest-to-goodness live album: just one live set by Joseph ‘Saytek’ Keevil and his banks of hardware, captured in its entirety. It’s not the first time an electronic artist has gone down this route – The Orb’s Live 93 and Squarepusher’s Solo Electric Bass spring to mind, and I’m sure there are othersbut it’s still an approach that’s unusual enough to be worthy of comment.

As for the music? Well, Saytek has long excelled at blurring the boundaries between house and techno, finding friends in both camps as a result, and this long-player sees him doing what he does best – nuff said! Theoretically there are 20 tracks, but given that they’re all jammed live and all flow seamlessly into each other like a DJ set, with some of the sounds and samples making an appearance in more than track, it’s really best viewed as one continuous piece of music.

And a rather fine one, at that, that takes in vintage Chi-town house, high-precision techno beats and, ooh, all sorts of jackin’ goodness. Seek, and ye shall be impressed. Here endeth the review.

Out: This week

About: This comes of course on Cubism, the label co-managed by Mark Gwinnett and Saytek himself. Their crack team of Album Title Thinker-Uppers probably won’t win any awards for inspired originality this year, but they can be found on Soundcloud or at their own website all the same.

Nadja Lind – Brain Candy Remixed

October 28, 2012 in Albums

Nadja Lind Brain Candy Remixed Lucidflow

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to say.

Regular TIWWD readers will know I’m a big fan of that Klartraum/Lucidflow sound (Nadja being, for the uninitiated, one-half of the former and co-owner of the latter) so when I tell you that here, Ms Lind serves up a whopping 22 remixes of tracks from her outstanding solo album Brain Candy… and that those 22 remixes come from such highly respectable names as Hernan Cattaneo, Sasch BBC & Caspar, Helly Larson, Saytek and Deep Spelle… well then, you know I’m going to tell you that this album is a total must-buy, don’t you?

So then I’m left wondering, “what else can I tell ’em?”. I’m not going through all 22 tracks one-by-one saying “this one’s a bit more dubby” or “this one has tougher kicks” because, y’know, there’s 22 of them. So that only leaves me to point out that if you’re already a fan of the Lind/Klartraum/Lucidflow style of deep, dubby, atmospheric techno then you’ll have no cause to be upset by any of the rerubs here; yet at the same time, between them there’s sufficient stylistic variation to keep the album interesting and to potentially attract a wider audience as well.

But then I would say that, wouldn’t I, being a fan n’ that? So to hell with it… just buy the damn thing. It’s superb, frankly.

Out: This week

About: You can find Lucidflow here, here and here (website/Facebook/Soundcloud)

So many tunes, so little time 27

September 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Well, here’s an all too bloody familiar situation. It’s Monday evening, I’m knackered from work and there’s a ton of new music piled up, all of which is out this week and none of which I’ve had a chance to listen to properly yet. In fact make that two tons this week, it’s gonna be a busy one!

But for now, here’s the rest of last week’s goodies that we didn’t quite get around to…

Aartekt & Zia‘s Autumn Mist is typically high-quality deep house fare from the ever-reliable Untitled Music… with mixes from Dave Fortnum, Matt Prehn and Marvin Zeyss, this one would probably have got a bigger review but it came in quite late… there’s more very solid deep house in the form of the More L EP from Istanbul-based producer Ave Astra, coming on German label FiligranCybernalia‘s Darker Dreams is a very aptly titled EP for Stripped Digital that’s packed with moody, menacing progressive house and techno grooves…  Dubesque‘s Something is, er, ‘something’ of a treat if you’re in search of that classic NYC 90s house sound, and comes on Austrian label In My House…  on a deep/tech tip, check for Federico‘s Welcome Home EP on Unrivaled Music…  Hector Romero‘s Soulful House Journey comp for King Street is trailed by a five-track sampler EP… Heiko Laux & Diego Hostettler serve up some no-nonsense jackery with Girl/Jack Up, a release that Tronic Music are billing as ‘techno’ though it sounds pretty tech-house-y to me… John Collins gives us the Club D’Ellaria EP which is one for lovers of laidback, Balearic grooves and which comes on Irish label Vision Collective… we’re back in bumpin’ dancefloor deep house territory with the Big City Nights EP by Los Cuzeiros, which comes on the snappily-monickered The Cruzaders RecordsSeraph‘s Frigid EP is a solid bet if you’re after some dark-but-not-stoopid dubstep/post-dubstep bizniss… and even if you’re not, then check Take It Back for some proper old-skool rave/hardcore action – it’s like climbing in a time machine with a whistle, a tub of Vaporub and a gram of pink champagne… oh yeah and it’s on Four40 Records… whizzing (ho-ho) forward in that same time machine, very contemporary-sounding house/techno vibes are the order of the day on the Nachts EP, from which the Pele Remix of the title track stands out for me, this one coming from Shawnecy on Lowroom Recordings… UK label Form-and Function bring us some more very ‘now’ deep/tech vibes in the form of Losing U from Soulight, which comes complete with a weirded-out dub from the mighty SaytekUntitled2Music serve up some thinking man’s techno on the X Project EP, which comes on Unofficial Records… and finally, “it’s that man again” as Jesus Pablo and Di Riviera‘s label Something Different bring us the second in their series of Remixes EPs, featuring cuts this time out from Left Minded, Dudley Strangeways, Sean Danke and more…

TOMORROW night, we’ll get cracking with this week’s releases! Must admit to being a bit overwhelmed right now by the constant flow of good music coming in but, y’know, it’s a nice problem to have…

Saytek – Don’t Pick Up

May 3, 2012 in Singles

Some really cool, chunky tech-house vibes here from scene stalwart Saytek, best known for his killer live house/techno sets.

The Original of Don’t Pick Up is all thumping bass kicks and sharp higher-end percussion, and as such will probably work best on techno or techno-leaning floors. For those of a housier persuasion, though, Soulight’s rub starts off tuff n’ tribal but then mellows out into a real head-trip of a mix, while the ReKreation Rmx is a subtler pass still, with most of the relentless hi-hats and tribal fills left out. But the pick for me is James Silk’s Mist Remix, which marries straight-down-the-line 4/4s with a big off-kilter b-line and some cool electric piano chords, and adds some looping female vocal snips to the male growls that are present on all four mixes.

Those are all pretty subtle distinctions, though… “cool, chunky tech-house” pretty much covers it really.

Out: This week

About: This is the latest from the Endemic Digital camp… I think it’s the first time this veteran producer has had anything out on the label but I could be wrong. If it is though, definitely something of a coup for the Essex boys!