Jero Nougues – Blind Love EP

December 1, 2015 in Singles

Jero Nougues Blind Love EP Deep ClicksMoving into deeper house waters, here we have the latest from Argentinian wunderkind Jero Nougues.

In its Original form, Blind Love is a dreamy, trad-style deep houser with muted, rolling beats, atmospheric synth washes, and an overall melancholic feel that’s heightened by the filtered male vocal. The latter’s a bit ‘synthpop’ for these ears, truth be told, but no matter because Ready Mix boss BiG AL is on hand with a brace of more floor-friendly remixes centred around a chunky walking bassline – one of which is an instrumental. You also get two mixes of Winter Breeze. Nougues’ original is a garage-tinged late night drifter par excellence, while a refix from Soul Academy leads us back onto the dancefloor while adding some female vocal fragments.

I’m going for BiG AL’s instrumental of the title track and Jero’s original of Winter Breeze, personally. You may differ. That’s okay, we can still be friends.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Spanish label Deep Clicks, who you can find herehere and here.

Soul Academy – Your Love Keeps

September 4, 2015 in Singles

Soul Academy Your Love Keeps Haute MusiqueDeep house from, unsurprisingly, the soulful side on this latest from Canada’s Haute Musique.

Four mixes of Your Love Keeps to choose from. The original’s an unhurried affair, with synth sounds that hark back to the earliest Chicago deep house à la Mr Fingers, sax parps and a soulful male “your love keeps” vocal. Yigit Atilla’s remix doesn’t flip the script massively but does tuffen up the drums and adds some now-sounding bass throb, Tony S funks things up with some hefty slap bass, and then finally Moe Turk & Joe Mitri take us into more blissed-out, ‘Beefa-friendly territory while also pitching down the vocal slightly.

All good, but Tony and Yigit share top honours for me.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Haute Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook.

G-Spice – The Pressure

July 30, 2015 in Singles

G-Space The Pressure Ready Mix RecordsMoving into deep house territory now with this latest from Canada’s ever-reliable Ready Mix Records.

In its Original form, The Pressure is a midpaced affair with shuffling beats, a Chi-town bassline and a muted male “I can’t take the pressure” vocal, all complemented by dramatic, space-y synth sweeps. It comes accompanied by three remixes: Soul Academy strip out some of the atmospherics and go for a more lolloping, dubby feel, Spennu beefs up the beats just slightly and adds some melancholy, minor key piano, while Tamandua Twist injects just a lil’ more funk and bounce, as well as a hint of acid towards the end.

Not a duff mix in sight, but Soul Academy take the gold if pushed.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 10 August

About: Find Ready Mix Records on Soundcloud and Facebook

Soul Academy – Give It

May 31, 2015 in Singles

Soul Academy Give It Haute MusiqueLast one for tonight, and we end with some very smooth deep grooves courtesy of BiG AL’s Haute Musique imprint.

In its Original form, Give It can safely be filed under “deep and soulful” with its crisp beats, wukka-wukking funk geetar, parping sax and soulful, echoing “give it” male vocal that does battle with a second, spoken vocal (“making a record’s kinda like building a house… what it needs is a solid base… and if it’s gonna stand the test of time, you gotta dig real deep”). The ‘bass’ pun doesn’t really work written down but you can see what they did there I’m sure!

Remix-wise, Jero Nougues takes us into blissed-out, ‘Ibiza sundown/sun-up’ kinda territory, while Deephope get down n’ funky, but the cream of a fine crop to these ears is BiG AL’s own Rub-A-Dub mix, a deep-as-you-like gem that, funnily enough, has an almost UKG-ish feel in the beats department.

Out: This week

About: Find Haute Musique here, here and here.

Various – nuMusic: Deep House Vol 4

December 12, 2014 in Singles

NuMusic Deep House Vol 4 UM RecordsAs it’s Friday night, gonna keep things fairly upbeat this evening but we still kick off on a deep house tip, with this latest V/A offering from the always on-point UM Records.

It’s a four-track affair. Soul Academy’s Is It Maybe is chunky, chuggy and a bit floaty around the edges, and comes topped with dreamy female vocal snips. Alex M.I.F’s Golden Skyline then takes us into blissed-out, prog-tinged 5am territory, while Meloder’s Helios is a crunchier, more driving cut but still with a Balearic kinda feel, not least in the fluttering Spanish guitar sounds in the mid-section. Xavier Arak’s 99 Problems then closes the EP on a slightly lower-tempo, more meandering note, again with something of a proggy feel to the synth sounds.

All good, but Is It Maybe is the killer.

Out: This week

About: You can find UM Records here, here and here.