Ricky Tinez – Love EP

February 21, 2016 in Singles

Ricky Tinez Love EP Something ElseSeems like a little while since anything from the Something Different camp has featured on here so let’s rectify that right now with this superb three-tracker from Ricky Tinez.

Love itself kicks off the EP, a stripped-back, garage-leaning throbber built for 3am floors and sports the Gwen Guthrie Peanut Butter vocal that you might know better as N-Joi’s rave-era classic Anthem. There are some cool, jazzy sax doodles towards the end, too. We’re High is slightly tuffer in the drums department but quite laidback overall, with lingering pads, more parping saxomophone and a looping vocal snip that I presume is saying “we’re high”, though it’s kinda hard to make out. And then finally there’s Woke Up Like This, which again is quite Jersey-ish but only if you truly understand just how sparse and jackin’ early 00s garage could actually get!

All good stuff, but the title track has to take the gold for me, given that Anthem is possibly my favourite house record of all time (along with Reach For Me and about 374 others).

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 29 Feb.

About: This actually comes not on Something Different but on more trad-style offshoot Something Else, who you can find here and here.

PS Oh and Woke Up… loses a point for having a ringing telephone in it, which someone, inevitably, tried to answer, like an idiot 🙂

Toronto Hustle – Basement Trax EP

November 9, 2015 in Singles

Toronto Hustle Basement Trax Something ElseA three-track vinyl-only release here from the ever-reliable Something Else.

In My Mind is up first, a garage-tinged deep house throbber that comes topped with a Rastaman vocal (“fire… blazin’ for freedom”), and that sports some lovely drifty, wibbly synths for good measure. Just Enough is a more trad-style deep house/deep garage groove, with shufflin’ beats, a pleasingly old school-sounding bassline, pads to die for and cut-up fem vox. Completing the package is The Raw Cut, a percussion-led cut that pays homage to vintage Chi-town and comes complete with a looped female “this is a dedication to house music” vocal.

All good stuff, but Just Enough is the standout for me. Be quick if you want it, though – the vinyl’s VERY limited and there are no plans for a digital release.

Out: Now

About: Find Something Else on Soundcloud and Facebook, or buy the Basement Trax vinyl at Deejay.de.

Kojam – Tape Theory EP

September 13, 2015 in Singles

Kojam Tape Theory EP Something ElseAnother EP here that, like the Plastik People release below, will please the purists and groovers of a certain age…

Three tracks to choose from. Truth Be Told starts out with delicate hi-hats, crowd noise and live-sounding hand percussion, before gradually introducing, first wistful female vocal snips and then some killer NJ organ action. Keep On Running rides raw-sounding drums, more crowd/party noise and a rumbling bassline with nagging piano chords and sampled disco “you keep running from my love” vox, while completing the EP is All I Have, which makes it a hat-trick for the ruff-edged drums and crowd noise combo, in this instance adding more ace organ stabs and cut-up soul vocals.

A treat for the NJ garage faithful, nuff said!

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 21 September

About: This is brought to you by Something Else, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Mr Kavalicious – Cruising EP

April 19, 2015 in Singles

Mr Kavalicious Cruising EP Something ElseLet’s kick off on a garage-y tip tonight with this three-tracker from London-based producer Mr Kavalicious.

Cruising itself is predicated around a looping “I was cruising” female vocal that, if not actually sampled from Sister Sledge’s He’s The Greatest Dancer, certainly owes it a debt of inspiration, with said vocal sitting atop a gorgeously warm, bassy musical backdrop and understated, skippy swung beats. Feel Me rides more straightahead 4/4s with Rhodes chords and a looping but sadly indecipherable female vocal (something about “feel me”, unsurprisingly, but quite what she’s actually saying I can’t make out), while finally I Get Around is another sumptuous, musical affair with female vocal fragments and more of those killer piano chords.

A treat for the older heads, nuff said!

Out: This week

About: This comes on Something Else, who as ever can be found here and here.

Sinan Kaya – Body Groove EP

March 22, 2015 in Singles

Sinan Kaya Body Groove EP Something ElseThree more prime house slices here, this particular triptych coming to you courtesy of Something Else.

Body Groove itself gets the ball rolling, with garage-y keys and what I think is actually an original rap vocal (as opposed to the 1,000s of sampled ones around right now). Sugar Freak which follows has a slammin’ early 90s New York kinda feel, appropriately retro pianos and a “la-la-la-la” female vocal, while completing the EP is Sunshine, a version of the Eddy Grant/Rockers Revenge classic Walking On… that veers towards the kind of off-kilter disco you’d associate with Levan dubs or Arthur Russell productions.

Body Groove takes the gold for me.

Out: This week

About: You can find Something Else on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Ricky Tinez – Baby U’Kno EP

November 8, 2014 in Singles

Ricky Tinez Baby U'Kno EP Something ElseThe garage vibes keep on coming now with this three-tracker from Something Else.

Ricky Tinez (one half of VELCRO) is the man at the controls. On the title track, he sticks pretty closely to a traditional USG blueprint – skippy beats, insistent organs and parping sax are the main ingredients here, the latter almost nudging towards the Nightcrawlers riff at one point. For You is a more driving affair, beat-led but lightened by female vocal wails and brass stabs, the overall effect being somewhat Donna Dee-ish, while the triptych’s completed by Planet, which combines live-sounding double bass and muted acid squelch to great effect.

Baby U’Kno itself just nudges it for me, if you held a gun to my head, but to be fair all three are pretty splendid.

Out: This week

About: Find Something Else on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Timothee Milton – Taste It EP

September 12, 2014 in Singles

Timothee Milton Taste It EP Something ElseA treat for the older heads to finish off tonight, with some PROPER garage goodness from Something Else.

Three tracks to choose from. Taste It is a slow-building affair constructed from lingering chords, shakers, little fluttery synth sounds and chopped-up soulful male vox – one to play early or very late. That’s Right, in total contrast, goes straight for the dancefloor jugular with piercing stabs/chords, tuff drums and a whispered male “that’s right” vocal. The standout here for yours truly, though, is You Let Me Up: a sprightly, piano-tastic cut with a male vocal that’s not unreminiscent of the Colonel himself.

Soulful house at its non-wishy-washy best.

Out: This week

About: You can find Something Else here and here.

Ricky Tinez – Busted EP

May 25, 2014 in Singles

Ricky Tinez Busted EP Something ElseSome typically fine house grooves on this three-tracker from Something Else.

Ricky Tinez, who’s also one-half of Velcro, is the man at the controls. Busted itself is a dubby, late-night affair predicated around warm, muted organ chords, with some harder stabs in the mid-section to stop things getting too soporific. You Can Have It All ventures into out-and-out disco-house territory, all walking bassline, parping brass and looped, chorus’d vox, while finally Your Extasy has a soaring, outdoor-y kinda feel that should ensure it plays on a certain Mediterranean island in the coming months, and a downpitched vocal bite from a certain Control rave classic.

Busted is the pick for me but it’s all good, as they say.

Out: This week

About: Find Something Else on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Velcro – ’65 EP

May 9, 2014 in Singles

Velcro 65 EP Something ElseAnother very fine three-tracker here, this one coming from our old friends Something Else. Or rather our one-year-old friends Something Else, which isn’t very old at all!

’65 itself is up first, which tops tuff, techy drums with some gorgeously warm, lingering organ chords and tinkling ivories… deep as you like but with plenty of dancefloor energy all the same, this is a track to lose yourself in. Keep The Focus New again starts out in heads-down jackin’ territory, with driving kicks and a treated male vocal intoning the title, but gradually adds more musical elements – parping sax and more of those lovely warm chords. And then finally there’s Which Way, a piano-led affair which looks firmly towards early 90s NJ/NYC for inspiration.

With classic house vibes done properly and sounding bang up-to-date, what’s not to love here? This is another one you’d be a fool to miss, with the title track JUST nudging ahead of what’s a very fine pack all round.

Out: This week

About: Find Something Else on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Carlo Gambino – Game Changer EP

February 22, 2014 in Singles

Carlo Gambino Game Changer EP Something ElseEarlier in the week we were talking about the latest release on Carlo Gambino’s Midnight Social Recordings… now here comes the man himself, moonlighting with this three-tracker for Something Different sister label Something Else.

Game Changer itself is up first, a bleepy, twitchy shuffler with a fat walking bassline, vaguely unsettling synths, plenty of cowbell and a cheeky little bite of (or maybe nod to?) a certain very famous old Liberty City vocal. That’s followed by No Fool, a more chuggy cut that uses the vocal from Risse’s Chain Of Fools (also used by Murk on Mission Control’s Outta Limits, funnily enough). And then last but by no means least we have This Ain’t Jazz, which is a slightly livelier cut in a drifty, 4am kinda way and sports a male voice telling us that “what you are about to hear is not jazz”.

He’s right, it’s not jazz. It is rather good, though – as is the whole EP, to be fair.

Out: This week

About: You can find Something Else on Soundcloud and Facebook. And seeing as I was just at the latter you might as well hear This Ain’t Jazz while you’re here!