Sek – Love Thrill EP

February 9, 2016 in Singles

Sek Love Thrill EP Large MusicMore trad-style deep house grooves here on this three-tracker from our old friend Sek, coming on veteran Chi-town label Large Music.

Love Thrill itself rides tuff-ish 4/4s and a squelchy muted bassline with drawn-out (Rhodes?) chords and Sylvester-like falsetto vox. Average Groover is a little more stripped n’ strutty with an almost speed garage-style BIG b-line and chopped n’ looped “feel so high” male vox, and then finally Homeboy Gang is a more funktified, loopy cut that wouldn’t sound out of place on one of Sneak’s labels.

Good stuff as ever from the man from Athens, with Average Groover the pick to these ears.

Out: Now

About: Find Large Music on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

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!

Various – Madhouse Amsterdam 2015

October 12, 2015 in Albums

Madhouse Amsterdam 2015 Madhouse RecordsJust a few short weeks after the excellent MadTech Vol 3 compilation on MadTech, here parent label Madhouse come with their own comp just in time for ADE.

There are 10 tracks in total, from a mix of both familar names (Sek, Stefano Esposito & Timmy P, Marsupials) and lesser-known talents. Not gonna do the full track-by-track, for obvious reasons… suffice to say that as you’d expect, deeper, more garage-y/soulful vibes are the order of the day here compared to the MadTech album. Standouts for this reviewer include the bumpin’, UK garage-tinged Hold You from Washerman feat Geraldine Roth, the druggy chug of Marsupials’ Hoth with its smoky, jazzy overtones, and the bouncin’ dancefloor deep of Coeo’s Neuhasen. But you’ll find your own favourites I’m sure!

Out: Now (but only since Friday)

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

Sek – Mirror On The Wall

July 29, 2015 in Singles

Sek Mirror Mirror On The Wall Lost My DogAn excellent four-track EP to kick us off tonight from the soon-to-be much-missed Lost My Dog.

Mirror On The Wall itself bucks the current vogue for sampling the vocal from Akabu’s Ride The Storm, and plumps for a near-identical intro instead, before settling down into a soulfully-inclined deep houser with busy percussion and male vox. Bitter Love is also soul-inflected but in a more bumpin’, garage-y kinda way, with skippy beats, organ stabs and female vocal cut-ups. Untitled Jam 01.0002 (yes, that’s what it’s called, I checked) is a more straight-up dancefloor bumper of the kind you might find gracing an IKs or DiY set, while finally Ain’t Cost A Thing takes us to a more spaced-out, late-night, tech-soul kinda place.

Bitter Love takes the gold for me but, as ever with LMD, the quality’s high throughout.

Out: This week

About: You can find Lost My Dog here, here and here.

Various/Sek – Prime Cuts Vol 2

June 22, 2014 in Albums

Sek Prime Cuts 2 Lost My DogGreek DJ/producer Sek is the man chosen to helm the second installment in Lost My Dog’s Prime Cuts series, whereby LMD artists are invited to serve up a DJ mix featuring their personal favourites from the label’s back catalogue alongside any of their own new material they want to throw in.

And the results, in Sek’s case, are quite simply stunning. With tracks from Dale Howard, Pete Dafeet, YSE, Roland Nights, James Dexter and more, plus three newies from Sek, this is proper deep house music at its finest, ranging from the soulful vibes of YSE feat Frank H Carter III’s I Don’t Want Love, to the disco-lounge-in-space jam that is Jon Delerious’s Remember, to Sek’s own jackin’, tech-tinged Just Ducky and the funky-assed, left coast-ish strut of YSE’s Bounce Back.

If you buy one deep house mix album this month, make it this one. It’s a reminder of just how fine a label LMD really is – frankly, you wonder how they do it!

Out: This week

About: Find Lost My Dog here, here and here.

Three more…

December 8, 2013 in Singles

The clock’ll be striking midnight soon but these three are too good to overlook…

Sek Inside Out EP Large MusicSek – Inside Out EP
Should really have included this with the other Sek review earlier this week but I didn’t actually realise I had it until it was too late! So yeah, our second of the week from the Greek producer, coming this time on Chicago’s mighty Large Music and featuring three more deep house gems: the appropriately classic-style Back In The Dayz, the soulfully-inclined Love Unlimited and, best of all, the Jersey-ish bump of Inside Out itself.

Softcash Bangin' Dunn Quantized MusicSoftcash – Bangin’ Dunn
Four tracks of the highest quality tech-house dancefloor struttery here, with all four nicely fat-bottomed – no tedious percussion tracks here – and sporting hip house-style vox. All four will do the do nicely, but if pushed it’s the sweary, walking-bassline’d title cut that’s the most irresistible order to dance of the set. Comes on Greek label Quantized Music, who are based in Athens and who make their TIWWD debut with this.

Unreleased Remixes Artefact RecordsVarious – Unreleased Remixes
This five-track EP from Macedonia’s Artefact Records won’t win any prizes for original EP titles, but it is home to some very more-ish deep and tech house grooves. Artone’s sultry, sexily struttin’ Dub of Nova Generacia’s Waterfall (think Rimini in the 90s) and Mancha’s refix of X Twins’ Innovators (think 5am at The Shelter) are but the standouts from a package you’d frankly be a fool not to check.

Sek – Quim Ninja EP

December 7, 2013 in Singles

Sek Quim Ninja EP Ama RecordingsHere we have a charmingly-titled four-tracker from Greek producer Sek.

The title track is up first, a heads-down, afterhours kinda cut with shuffly, minimal-esque drums, a big bass hook that manages to be gnarly and jaunty at the same time, and hip-house-y vox that seem to be saying “don’t pop dat,” though I could be wrong. On And On starts out with looping “doctor!” vocal sample then drops down into a very ‘now’ blend of tech-house and garage influences. Lonely Dub is a throbbing, lights-down-low cut that’ll be equally at home on weary afterhours floors or on the sofa, and that sports some sampled male soul vox. And then finally there’s The Move, pretty much yer classic-style late-night deep house groover… and my pick of the bunch.

Well worth checking then… despite the dubious title. I’m not even sure that, appealing as it sounds at first, a ‘quim ninja’ is a good thing to be. Ninjas get in and out without anyone noticing, don’t they?

Out: This week

About: This comes on Ray Okpara’s Mannheim-based Ama Recordings, who you can find on Facebook, mainly.

Various – Sonar Musica 2013

June 13, 2013 in Singles

Sonar Musica 2013 Lost My DogA five-track sampler from Lost My Dog here, released in time for the Sonar festival in Barcelona, which of course kicks off today. If anyone can get there what with European air traffic control strikes

Tracks come from label faves Roland Nights, Sek and Artie Flexs, as well as label boss Pete Dafeet (in association with Miami Ice and vocalist Sara Brito) and newcomers Moet & Benson and Velvet Tux (together). Sek’s jaunty piano-led Come On Toshi! and the bumpin’ deep garage of Nights’ Do You Hear Me are particular highlights for yours truly, but it’s all good, as they say.

Or todo es bueno, as they might say in Barcelona.

Out: This week

About: Find Lost My Dog in all the usual places like Soundcloud, Facebook or their very own Geocities homepage.

Sek – Fergasm EP

May 10, 2013 in Singles

Sek Fergasm EP Lost My DogWe stay on a decidedly underground tip here, as Sek serves up four deep house tracks with leftfield leanings for Lost My Dog.

Fergasm itself is a fairly uptempo, garage-tinged dancefloor cut with chopped fem vox. It’s on the other tracks, though, that the Greek producer’s more experimental tendencies begin to show. Lifetime Spot is like a warp in the space-time continuum that causes Detroit and New Jersey to merge, while I’m Gonna Get, similarly, has a garage-y feel to the vocal but musically features an unusual mix of warm, atmospheric synths and hard, clattering percussion. And then EP closer Don’t You Dare is an ever-changing collage of sounds, with umpteen different vocal snips atop clunking, off-kilter percussion, drones and chords that go on, and on, and on.

It’s all interesting, forward-thinking stuff, for sure – though I’ve gotta be honest and say it’s the more trad-sounding title cut that works best for me personally.

Out: This week

About: Find Lost My Dog on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website.

Dale Howard – Prime Cuts 01

April 6, 2013 in Albums

Dale Howard Prime Cuts 01 Lost My DogJust over a week ago, I described the sampler EP for this album as “superb stuff that suggests the album will really be something special”. Well, whaddya know… it turns out I was right. Something special this is indeed.

Prime Cuts 01 is the first in a new mix comp series from Lost My Dog that sees Mr Howard raiding the label’s back catalogue for tasty musical treats, and throwing in a few of his own productions for good measure. So the artist roster here is mostly made up of very familiar names – Pete Dafeet, YSE, Dominic Martin, Demarkus Lewis, as well as Howard himself – while the likes of Giom, Huxley, Milton Jackson and Moodymanc also crop up on remix duties. Combine a line-up like that, with Dale’s by now well-established penchant for those funked-up environs where deep house and garage collide, and you have the recipe for a 12-track journey into slinky, sexy dancefloor bump n’ grind that’s pretty much unmissable.

Picking highlights is almost superfluous, cos this rocks from start to finish… but YSE feat Frank H Carter III’s soul-dripping Magic In Your Eyes is one track the USG heads will fiend for while Domsko feat Astral T’s Hard Yards (Dub) will satisfy those in search of big, throbbing 4am jackery. So everyone’s happy, then.

Out: This week

About: Find Lost My Dog on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.