Luke Black – Far Cry EP

September 1, 2013 in Singles

Luke Black Far Cry EP Left Wing RecordingsAfter the techy doingz below, let’s end the week with a couple of straight-up deep house slabs. First up, this two-track, four-mix EP from Luke Black coming on Left Wing Recordings.

Far Cry itself is in its Original form a dubbed-out, midtempo deep houser best suited for play early doors or very late on; So DEAF! then ups the dancefloor ante with a fat-bottomed remix with a lil’ added garage-y swing. Over on the flip, I’ve gotta say the original of Gloomy Mondays is a little too glitchy for me, but no worries cos in label boss Michael McLardy’s hands it becomes a gorgeously deep n’ languid late-night cut that’ll soundtrack your sinking into the sofa just nicely.

Only number five from Leftwing but they’re definitely shaping up as a label to watch…

Out: This week

About: You can find Nottingham-based Leftwing Recordings on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website.

Various – No. 387 EP

January 10, 2013 in Singles

No 387 EP King Street SoundsThis is the 387th release from the King Street Sounds stable… which doesn’t say a lot for the amount of imagination and blue-sky thinking that went into naming the EP! Still, we’ll let ’em off – for three reasons.

Firstly… 387 releases! Staggering, really. Secondly, while they haven’t spent much time thinking of a title for the EP, they clearly did put some into selecting the tracks on it, because they’re all rather good. And thirdly and most importantly, because the EP serves as a prime example of just how well King Street – one of THE classic US house labels – have adjusted to the changing house landscape. Accordingly, what we have here – on the mothership label, notice, not on Street King or even on Nite Grooves – are four tracks that are as now-sounding as they come.

TIWWD fave James Silk leads the charge with the garage-y Inside Of Me, which pulls off his usual trick of achieving a fine balance between classic and contemporary sounds. Less Hate & Valentina Black’s With You is a far chunkier and more driving proposition, a proper bass-throbbing deep/tech dark room epic. So Deaf!’s Break It Down then drops the pace once more, starting out all mellow and late-night but getting more glitchy and weirded-out as it goes on, while finally Karlanca’s Tout Va is a fierce n’ firing drum track with some funky geetar flecks around the edges.

Silk’s contribution stands out for me (no surprises there) but all four tracks are more than playable, and like I said, the EP as a whole is testament to Hisa and crew’s laudable willingness to embrace the new.

Out: This week

About: Find King Street/Nite Grooves at their websiteFacebook or Soundcloud pages.