Mike Montano – Romina

April 24, 2013 in Singles

Mike Montan Romina UM RecordsWe left off last night with Marvin Zeyss, where I mentioned his previous work on Untitled Music/UM Records. And lo and behold, here he is again on remix duties on their latest offering, which comes from Mike Montano.

The Original of Romina is a dreamy, midtempo deep houser probably best suited to warm-up or post-club play, while Zeyss’s refix beefs up the beats for more obvious dancefloor appeal. Elsewhere on the EP you get three mixes of Nice & Easy (So High): the original features skittering, near-bruk beats, a female vocal telling us the young lady in question wants to get high and a nice liquid-y b-line. The Soulight Untitled Remix is a more driving, heads-down take with a (different) big throbbing bassline, ideally suited to afterhours play, while DJ Deeka’s Ten To Nine Remix is a sparser, dubbier affair.

It’s the latter track that stands out for me but as is UM’s wont this is quality deep house tackle all round.

Out: This week

About: You can find UM Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Aartekt – One More Chance

July 8, 2012 in Singles

Aartekt One More Chance Something Different

Some typically strong deep/tech house grooves from Something Different here, with mixes to suit a range of moods and tastes.

In its Original form, One More Chance features distorted, technoid kicks and is long on big room drama. The Patrick Podage Remix takes us a little deeper and has a proggy kinda feel, while the Soulight Remix is more straight-up house-y, but the pick of the mixes for me comes from Kevin Martin Spelle, in which Deep Spelle’s brother serves up vintage-style drum programming, chopped and reverbed vocal stabs and a simple but effective organ/keyboard hook, in a rub that’s sure to do the do on the afterhours floors.

Out: This week

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

Saytek – Don’t Pick Up

May 3, 2012 in Singles

Some really cool, chunky tech-house vibes here from scene stalwart Saytek, best known for his killer live house/techno sets.

The Original of Don’t Pick Up is all thumping bass kicks and sharp higher-end percussion, and as such will probably work best on techno or techno-leaning floors. For those of a housier persuasion, though, Soulight’s rub starts off tuff n’ tribal but then mellows out into a real head-trip of a mix, while the ReKreation Rmx is a subtler pass still, with most of the relentless hi-hats and tribal fills left out. But the pick for me is James Silk’s Mist Remix, which marries straight-down-the-line 4/4s with a big off-kilter b-line and some cool electric piano chords, and adds some looping female vocal snips to the male growls that are present on all four mixes.

Those are all pretty subtle distinctions, though… “cool, chunky tech-house” pretty much covers it really.

Out: This week

About: This is the latest from the Endemic Digital camp… I think it’s the first time this veteran producer has had anything out on the label but I could be wrong. If it is though, definitely something of a coup for the Essex boys!

Soulight – Just Here [Remixes]

November 7, 2011 in Singles

Some deeper house vibes here, with a little bit of a techy edge. As this is billed as a Remixes EP, I’m guessing the Original has been out before but I can’t honestly remember so we’ll treat the whole package as new for our purposes today…

That Original, then, is deep, driving and techy… and almost a little bit proggy but not quite, if you see what I mean. It’s the slowly building synths that really drive it, but also features some nice solid percussion and some treated vocal snips. Leonardo Tou’s remix brings the vox a little further to the fore and adds a little swing to the percussion for a slightly more garage-y feel, but it’s the Dave James Remix that’s really killing it for me, as is so often the case lately. He strips things RIGHT down, lets a simple filtered kick and aquatic-sounding synth/organ motif take centre stage, and turns the track into a proper minimalist (but not ‘minimal’) delight for the proverbial ‘heads’.

A third remix from James Silk seems to have gotten lost somewhere along the way, but never mind… I’m sure that’s very good too but you need this for the Dave James mix alone anyway. With the emphasis on ‘need’!

Out: This week

About: This is – as you’ve no doubt already deduced from the cover – another killer from those ever-prolific Essex boys Endemic Digital.

PS: By tagging this with Soulight, then clicking on the tag, I have just discovered that the original of Just Here was first out on the City Talk EP back in April. Just so’s we’re clear… and apols to Soulight for not remembering but hey, a lot of tracks pass through these ears!

Soulight – City Talk EP

April 28, 2011 in Singles

Soulight City Talk EPA four-track EP from the ever-reliable Endemic Digital here. I’m not actually sure who Soulight are cos there’s zero information with the release, and I can’t look ’em up or anything cos I’m writing this on train… but the EP’s quite good whoever they are.

Taking it track by track, City Talk itself is straight-up deep house from the dreamy, drifty end of the spectrum. Soul is, as you might expect, a more soulfully-inclined affair, although still almost totally instrumental (there is a voice intoning the title buried quite deep in the mix but that’s it). Just Here is slightly more unusual/interesting in that it manages to fuse proggy and soulful elements, while House Crisis rounds out the EP with a little dancefloor bump n’ bounce (albeit that’s bump n’ bounce on the very deepest of floors, you understand).

All told, there’s no reinvention of the wheel going on, but it’s a very checkable selection. If I had to pick a fave, it’d be a toss-up between House Crisis and Just Here, but TBH I’m liking all four.

Out: This week

About: Well, as I said before I can’t really tell you anything about Soulight, and I’ve propped Endemic noff times, so here’s their website and we can move on…