Various – Ibiza Sleaze 2015/Ibiza G 2015

August 31, 2015 in Albums

Sister labels Sleazy Deep and Sleazy G both released label comps last week, and there’s another one coming this week… so hopefully they’ll forgive me for doubling them up in one review.

Ibiza Sleaze 2015 Sleazy DeepLabel boss Rob Made is at the controls for the Sleazy Deep comp, with 15 tracks that take in nu-disco, indie-dance and deep/tech house in varying shades. One or two of the indie-dance cuts get a bit too pop-tastic for these ears, I have to say, but it’s not a problem because there are some cracking tunes elsewhere – Dino Grand & Roni Iron’s diva-vocalled, speed garage-nodding Your Love is an absolute beast, while Ripley & Murdock’s You, Ilya Garbuz’s Inside and Tamar Sabadini’s cheeky Warehouse are also well worth checking.

Ibiza G 2015 Sleazy GAs for the Sleazy G comp, I’ve gotta say I’m rather impressed. It’s always tricky when a label pins its colours so firmly to the mast of any one sub-genre; partly from a ‘label lifespan’ point of view and partly because you do run the risk of ending up with a back catalogue that all sounds exactly the bleedin’ same! It’s to Sleazy G’s credit, then, that while the essential G-house blueprint – strutty tech-house drums and rap samples galore – is essentially adhered to throughout the 24 tracks selected and mixed by Doug English and Ross Regs, the album never gets boring, taking in influences ranging from classic acid house and speed garage, to very contemporary bass-heavy house and just a hint of nu-disco.

Out: Now

About: Find Sleazy Deep on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website, while sub-label Sleazy G has a Facebook page all its own.

Rob Made – The Boss!

July 5, 2015 in Singles

Rob Made The Boss Sleazy! EditsLet’s start with a nice easy one tonight…

Some cheeky re-edit action here, as Rob ‘Sleazy Deep/Sleazy G’ Made takes chunks of James Brown’s funk classic The Boss – which comes from the blaxploitation flick Black Caesar, hence the full title of The Boss [Rob Made Black Caesar Edit], and which you may also know as forming the backbone to Ice T’s You Played Yourself – and sticks ’em atop house 4/4s. And, er, that’s it.

As with the TMT release featured here a couple of days ago, there’s nothing groundbreaking going on here at all, but it’ll do the do on the dancefloor without a doubt.

Out: This week

About: This comes on new Sleazy offshoot Sleazy! Edits – as a ‘white label only’ concern I don’t think they’re going down the whole social media route but you can find parent label Sleazy Deep here, here and here.

Various – Miami G 2015/Miami Sleaze 2015

April 7, 2015 in Singles

Just the one review tonight, but as said review encompasses a whopping 55 tracks I don’t think you can complain about feeling short-changed! What we have here (as the more astute among you have probably guessed) are two separate Miami compilations from Sleazy Deep and sister label Sleazy G. As they clock in at 25 and 30 tracks respectively, you’ll forgive me if I don’t go into each track individually – we’d be here till Christmas. But taking them one by one…

Miami Sleaze 2015 Sleazy DeepMiami G brings you exactly what you’d expect from a label that’s done more than most to define the G-house sound, with big, strutty house/tech-house vibes and rap vocals the order of the day pretty much throughout. That’s not to say there’s not variety on offer – see, for instance, the dubwise stylings of Futurpoets’ Drop It, or Fernandinho MM’s InDeep-biting Down The Drain for some pleasing 303 squelch. It’s fair to say, though, that Sleazy G is a label with a particular sound that you either dig or you don’t, and that this album won’t do much to change your mind. Personally though I am a fan so it’s all good, as they say.

Miami Sleaze 2015 Sleazy DeepThe Sleazy Deep comp, on the other hand, is a far more varied proposition, covering a broad range of contemporary house styles. So expect everything from the dark, twisted tech of Ania Iwinska’s Paranoid to the lilting, fem-vocalled beach/lounge vibes of Deniz Kabu’s Take My Hand, via atmospheric Blake/Burial-inspired cuts like Dany Faddoul’s Insane, Disclosure-esque ‘garage house’ à la Dave Nash’s Can’t Get Enough and more commercial ‘big room’ house like Nolan’s Caught Up.

Both are compiled and mixed by label boss Rob Made, and both are well worth checking for yourself because we’ve barely scraped the surface here!

Out: Now

About: Find Sleazy Deep and Sleazy G here.

Eddie M – Can’t Get You EP

August 10, 2014 in Singles

Eddie M Can't Get You EP Sleazy DeepLastly tonight, we have this three-track, six-mix EP from Eddie M on Sleazy Deep.

In its original form, Can’t Get You itself is a lolloping deep house groover that evidences a strong nu-disco influence, with contrasting male and female vocal snippets going head-to-head with shimmering, blissed-out synths. The Julian Wassermann & HBC Remix of the same is a slightly more now-sounding pass with its ruff-edged bass and downpitched vox. If Only is a chunky big room deep houser with soulful male vox, and comes accompanied by a stripped-back, more (nu) discofied Lou Van Remix, while Your Body again marries contemporary-style deep house and disco tropes, while Ryan Dupree supplies a slightly chunkier refix.

It’s the title track that works best to these ears, but all six tracks will move bodies on dancefloors in the current climate without a doubt.

Out: This week

About: You can find Sleazy Deep here, here and here.


January 17, 2014 in Singles

DISTRKT Be With Me Sleazy DeepYou may remember that earlier in the week we were discussing the advisability or otherwise of covering Chaka classics… much the same could be said about covering Gwen Guthrie’s best-loved tune (with apologies to all you Padlock fans). But again, it seems to have worked out all right for DISTRKT here.

For the title track of this three-track, five-mix EP is indeed Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent reimagined as a contemporary deep/tech house throbber… albeit one that sports a fat, squelchy 80s b-line that’s got more than a touch of the Ma Foom Beys about it. It’s accompanied by a stripped-back Thanos T remix that really lets the bassline shine through, while elsewhere on the EP you’ll find Bad Cool, an archetypal Sleazy Deep, er, sleazy groove, and Lost In Wonder, which is a pop vocal too far for these ears but which does at least come with a more heads-down Trav & Volta Remix where said vocal is used more sparingly.

It’s the title cut all the way here for me though.

Out: This week

About: You can find Sleazy Deep, as ever, on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – Future Sound Of Sleaze

November 30, 2013 in Albums

Future Sound Of Sleaze Sleazy DeepNo slackers on the compilation front, Sleazy Deep… this is their fifth. As such, you should probably have a pretty good idea what to expect by now!

But for those that’ve just come in, Sleazy Deep describe their musical remit as “nu disco sleaze, deep house and that G-thing, baby!”. So yeah, expect a bass-heavy, lo-slung blend of nu disco, contemporary-style deep/tech house and plenty of R&B/hiphop-style vox (“that G-thing”). With 19 tracks on offer I’m not gonna go into each and every one, but artists featured include Haze-M, DISTRKT and Moda Soul alongside a host of newer names, and while there are moments where it all gets a bit ‘v-neck T-shirt and sculpted facial hair’ there aren’t too many… with Sans Sommeil’s blissed-out I Am Waiting, Lastraw’s bass-struttin’ hip-houser Rawlling and DISTRKT’s Phenomenal Handclap-esque opener To Know You All among the highlights.

Out: This week on Beatport, not sure about elsewhere…

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

Haze-M & Cucumbers – Lady

November 4, 2013 in Singles

Haze-M & Cucumbers Lazy Sleazy DeepA fine release from Sleazy Deep here that, as is the label’s wont, sits somewhere between nu-disco and contemporary-style deep/tech house.

The original mix is all soaring, euphoric synths, big synth-bass and female R&B vox. Both the Trav & Volta and Framewerk remixes then house it up a notch, the former in a ‘big in Ibeefa’ kinda way, the latter in a cooler, London/Berlin style. But it’s Animal Picnic’s deeper, druggier, more epic remix that takes the gold for yours truly… while rouding out the EP is bonus cut Indian, an excursion into slightly mellower (and, unsurprisingly, Indian-influenced) territory.

Another great release from a great label… the last two or three Sleazy Deep releases haven’t made it onto here unfortunately due to time constraints but they’re definitely always worth checking!

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 18 November.

About: You can find Sleazy Deep on Soundcloud or Facebook.

Albums this week

August 4, 2013 in Albums

Given that I’m a bit behind with stuff just gonna rattle through a few albums quite quickly…

Youngs2ar Dynamic Energy Endemic Youngs2ar – Dynamic Energy (Endemic)
Endemic continue their fairly recent development as an albums label with this full-length from Youngs2ar, who’s based in Qatar in Persian Gulf. Solid dancefloor-oriented, largely instrumental grooves are the general order of the day, mostly in a chunky tech-house/techno kinda vein with a few excursions into slightly proggier territory, and while it’s not an album that packs any great surprises, fans of the label should be more than satisfied with this one.

DJ PP Street King Vol 5DJ PP/Various – Street King Vol 5 (Street King)
Uruguay’s Gabriel Rocha, AKA DJ PP, is your selector and mixmaster for this latest label comp from Street King, which as anyone reading this blog surely knows by now is King Street’s sub-label focusing on more contemporary house sounds. For your hard-earned dollar you get both the 1:17:22 mixed version plus the 19 tracks in all their full-length, unmixed glory, and with new or recent cuts from the likes of Demarkus Lewis, Urban Soul, Yakka, Namy and Mass Digital, plus a bunch of lesser-known names and some classics from Studio Apartment and Blaze thrown in for good measure, it’s gonna be hard to grumble really…

Rob Made Ibiza Sleaze Sleazy DeepRob Made/Various – Ibiza Sleaze (Sleazy Deep)
Another label comp, this time from Sleazy Deep and in this case with label boss Rob Made the man at the controls. Over the past couple of years, Sleazy Deep really have managed to carve out a sound all of their own – I’d call it a fusion of deep/tech house and nu-disco, they prefer to describe it as “nu-skool, sleazy disco and R&B/G-house”, but either way you probably already have a pretty good idea what this one sounds like! Which means that if you’re a fan of the label (and I am) then you’ll find plenty to enjoy here – not least because the compilation contains a whopping 22 tracks served up both individually and in two separate one-hour mixes, with Framewerk, William Medagli and Marco Darko the bigger names among a line-up that’s largely (and admirably) made up of fresher talent. Mikita’s Breathe, a contemporary remake of Circuit’s classic Shelter Me, is one highlight for yours truly but I’m sure you’ll find your own…

and finally…

DJ Schwa Lay It Down Beef RecordsDJ Schwa – Lay It Down (Beef)
This one actually came out at the start of July but I did say I’d make sure it got a mention… a fact which a certain PR person has been reminding me of on a weekly basis ever since! So for the sake of my poor battered inbox*, what we have here is one-half of Shades Of Gray serving up 18 downtempo tracks ranging from dusty, lo-fi, Shadow-esque trip-hop to (mostly) Ibiza chill-out vibes to the odd very deep house cut. S’nice… it’s also one of those albums I’d probably appreciate more fully if I ever got the chance to kick back and listen to them the way nature intended, instead of spending my life answering emails! 🙂 But with the likes of Mattias Vogt, Sarp Yilmaz, Maddslinky, The Timewriter, current hot fave Sinan Kaya and of course Shades Of Gray themselves representing, you know the quality standard’s gonna be high.

* which doesn’t sound a bit wrong at all

Kant – Love Like This

June 30, 2013 in Singles

Kant Love Like This Remixes Sleazy DeepNo fewer than seven mixes on offer of this latest from Sleazy Deep. Seven! That’s just silly. So I’m not going into each rub individually, but this did warrant pulling out from the ‘So many tunes…’ pile and getting a review all by its own self, because the looping “all the things you mean to me” vocal and its bass-heavy fusion of deep/tech house and nu-disco sounds are so now it hurts, and it’s easy to imagine this being HUGE this summer.

It’s the more house-oriented Framewerk and Saccao remixes that I’m personally feeling the most but with other mixes from Art Is A Consequence, Blackbirdz, DSF and Shimmer, plus the original of course, you’re almost sure to find something to tickle your fancy. Which means I guess including seven of the blighters wasn’t such a bad idea after all.

Out: This week

About: You can find Sleazy Deep on Soundcloud or at their website. Oh, and if you think this sounds familiar it’s cos it was previously featured on the Miami Sleaze compilation.

Trav & Volta – Heart & Soul EP

June 18, 2013 in Singles

Trav & Volta Heart & Soul EP Sleazy DeepProps to Trav & Volta for coming up with a great artist name… and props to them too for coming up with this great EP.

Think the sounds of dramatic, big-room, bass-heavy deep/tech shizzle in the very contemporary vein, but given a serious injection of the funk and soul you’d associate with more traditional-style deep house and garage, then topped off with a lil’ nu disco sheen for good measure. Long on big throbbing bass, shiny spangly synths and chopped n’ looped vocals, the four-track/six-mix EP is excellent all round but Better Believe, Heart & Soul and the Shimmer remix of Making Moves in particular are the weapons you seriously need in your arsenal right now.

Out: This week

About: This comes to you courtesy of Sleazy Deep, who can be found, er, getting sleazy… in such depths… no fuck it that’s not working, anyway they’re on Soundcloud and they’ve got a website and all that.