Various – 10 Year Compilation Volume 1

May 8, 2016 in Albums

10 Year Compilation Vol 1 SoulsupplementAnother label comp here, as Bruno Browning’s Las Vegas-based Soulsupplement celebrate a whole decade in the game with the first of two 10th birthday ‘best of’ sets.

There are nine tracks on offer and it’s getting late, so you’ll forgive me for not going into each track individually. Suffice to say some well-known names like Vincent Kwok and Corduroy Mavericks feature alongside a host of newcomers and a couple of cuts from Bruno himself, and the overall vibe is heavily inspired by classic left-coast deep house of yore, with bumpin’ basslines and familiar (or reworked) vocals snips in abundance – see, for instance, the aforesaid Mavericks’ Marvin-referencing Bout To Lose My Mind, or Browning’s own Red Light, which nods to The Police’s Roxanne.

If you’re looking for dancefloor-friendly deep house in the classic style, you’ll struggle to find a better collection than this one this week. Roll on Vol 2!

Out: This week

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

Damistas – Sling Low

February 22, 2016 in Singles

Damistas Sling Low Soulsupplement Records“Deep funk for your jacking pleasure” is how the hype sheet describes this latest from Bruno Browning’s Soulsupplement Records, and you won’t find me arguing…

On the A, Sling Low is predicated around nice crisp, quite toppy beats and an understated but definitely full-phat bassline, which it tops off with some lovely garage-y keys work, cut-up vocal snips and scratching – funny, cos after listening to an old rave tape I was just thinking yesterday how you never hear scratching on house tunes any more! The overall effect is one of those cuts that’s subtle enough for home listening, yet has enough energy to work as 4am ‘go all night’ fare on floors that know, too. But B-side O Right Ding is even better – the looping, unintelligible vocal sample at the start is a bit annoying, truth be told, but once that’s dialled back and the White Lines-esque bassline and wukka-wukking funk geetar come in, it’s game over.

Excellent work again from the Las Vegas stable.

Out: This week

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

Rich Martinez – Better Things In Life EP

June 14, 2015 in Singles

Rich Martinez Better Things In Life SoulsupplementA nicely varied three-track EP here from Rich Martinez, coming on Las Vegas-based Soulsupplement Records.

Better Things In Life itself takes a hefty Christopher Walken vocal sample (from Homeboy, I now know thanks to the power of Google) and places it atop a midtempo house backing that owes not a little to vintage Chi-town in terms of the soundset – particularly the drums – yet still sounds thoroughly contemporary. Evolve also has vintage-sounding drums but is a much pacier affair, with a looped and echoed “just keep evolving, you’ve gotta keep adding stuff to it” spoken vocal and an almost electro-ish feel in places. And then finally Let Yourself Free takes us into slightly more laidback territory, with a Balearic-ish treated female “let yourself free” vocal and a bassline that’s more than a little reminiscent of the mighty ESG.

The title track wins out for me – though that bassline puts Let Yourself Free not far behind.

Out: This week

About: Find Soulsupplement Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Speaker Peeps ft Neil Baino – Bedtime EP

January 8, 2015 in Singles

Speaker Peeps Bedtime EP Soulsupplement RecordsHousier vibes now with this three-tracker from Las Vegas label Soulsupplement Records.

Bedtime Dream is up first, a wonky, jazz-tinged groover in the finest west coast tradition topped with sampled, spoken “I could see it right in front of me… it came to me in a dream like a subconscious impulse” male vox. Brake too has a jazzy feel to its little looping minor-key piano licks, but rides tuffer beats and sports a hip-house vocal (“I’m in the party you know/cos it’s a fucking party everywhere that I go”). And then finally there’s Romancin’ Who, a proper floor-destroyer with its fierce kicks, horn stabs, phat warping bass and cut-up, R&B-ish vox.

Proper underground dancefloor deep house shiznit, yagetmi?

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 19 Jan.

About: Find Soulsupplement here, here and here.

Middle Rhythm – That Feeling

October 5, 2014 in Singles

Middle Rhythm That Feeling SoulsupplementAnother two-tracker here, this one coming from Las Vegas-based Soulsupplement Records.

That Feeling itself is a funk-fuelled houser with a filtered bassline, “you got the feeling” fem vox and simple, crisp beats. Over on the B, Dope Sax is a slightly deeper, slightly more leftfield cut, augmented by gorgeously rich piano chords, treated spoken vox and yes – eventually – parping saxomophone a-gogo.

Both tracks are solid but Dope Sax takes the gold for me.

Out: This week on vinyl, next month digitally

About: Find Soulsupplement Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

UC Beatz – Under Blue Sky

July 11, 2014 in Singles

UC Beatz Under Blue Sky Soulsupplement RecordsThe sun’s shining, so let’s kick off tonight with some laidback, summery deep house grooves courtesy of Bruno Browing’s Soulsupplement Records.

Three tracks to choose from. Under Blue Sky is up first, a mellow, beach-y affair with lingering chords, rolling beats and flutters n’ wibbles of what sounds like birdsong. No Clue is similarly laidback but has more of a jazzy edge, with subdued minor chords and, as the track progresses, some equally subdued acid squelch. And then finally there’s the brilliantly titled My Tea Is Cold, a certified Ibiza sundown anthem-in-waiting with its warm-like-melted-chocolate pads and live-sounding hand percussion.

No Clue is the standout for me but all three will work in the more lounge-y environs at which they’re aimed for sure.

Out: This week

About: Soulsupplement are based in Las Vegas, and can be found here, here and here.

Bruno Browning – Red Light

June 5, 2014 in Singles

Bruno Browning Red Light Soulsupplement RecordsTwo fine underground deep house cuts from Mr Browning here, coming on his own Las Vegas-based Soulsupplement Records.

On the A, Red Light has the kind of fat-bottomed struttin’ funk with which the likes of Salted and Transport made their name in spades – albeit at a lower, more 2014 tempo – topping it off with luxuriant synth washes, a hint of sax and a cheeky vocal bite from Roxanne. Over on the B, meanwhile, Gracie’s Groove is a slow-building jam wherein the aforesaid saxophonist (or possibly clarinettist, in this instance?) gets to really show what he can do against a backdrop of tuff beats and a looping beast of a bassline, complimented by some tinkly Farfisa organ work as various vocal snips n’ shouts play out over the top.

“Truly for the deepest of cats” is how the hype sheet trumpets this one, and they’re not wrong.

Out: This week

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

Nigel One – El Pisces

July 19, 2013 in Singles

Nigel One El Pisces Soulsupplement RecordsUse the words ‘Las Vegas’ and ‘dance music’ in one sentence and the first thing that probably springs to mind is Tiesto, David Guetta or Skrillex playing in some cavernous arena to bevvied-up spring breakers. Thankfully, though, it needn’t be like that…  not when Las Vegas is also home to labels like Soulsupplement Records, who plough a much deeper furrow.

Soulsupplement made their TIWWD debut a few weeks back with the tuff tech-houser Two Ting by Speakerpeeps; today they come with a two-track, four-mix deep house/garage EP from Nigel One, about whom I can tell you very little. I can tell you though that El Pisces itself is a lively, squelchy lil’ number with garage-y chords and sampled crowd noise, while the Wrex Ed Rub is a deeper, sultrier pass with added spoken female vocals from One Little Fishie and some bonus trumpet action to boot.

Over on the B meanwhile, you’ll find My Thing, which features the same “get down tonight” sample that’s used in one of my all-time favourite tunes, Vil-N-X’s What Cha Gonna Do… which is a bit annoying cos I did once find the original source of that sample but I’m buggered if I can remember what it was… anyway sample aside, in its original form My Thing is another quite Jersey-ish affair with some very cool chords, while label co-owner Bruno Browning’s Hooked Up Mix funks things up considerably. In a good way.

Out: This week

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

So many tunes, so little time 44

June 16, 2013 in Singles

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Another week gone by and another stack of releases that we haven’t discussed yet so here goes…

First up tonight is DeepWit main man Alvaro Hylander, who drops a bomb for fellow Danes What Happens in the form of Dark Life, complete with remixes from label boss Tim Andresen and Fer ‘Deep Class’ Ferrari. Expect quality deep vibes leaning towards the proggy/techy side from this heavy-hitting line-up… meanwhile on an out-and-out progressive house-meets-techno tip we have Vanished Subconscious by Arturo Silvestre, a four-track EP coming on Florida’s Drops… another heavyweight team-up sees Brett Johnson and Motorcitysoul joining forces for the Ile De Sables EP on Mr C’s Superfreq label, a druggy, techy workout that comes with a brace of housier refixes from the legendary Satoshi Tomiie… and speaking of druggy, techy instrumental workouts, there’s also Dustain Nantais‘s American Greed, which comes on Australia’s Trojan House Records in four mixes, the most distinctive of which, Dustin’s Ayn Rand Remix, features sampled speech from the eponymous far-right ‘philosopher’… completely devoid of evil witches, by way of contrast, is Ema Remedi‘s Midnightlight, a percussion-led tech-house jam given a more funk-inflected deep house refix by Rosenhaft, and coming to you courtesy of Raw Trax Records… and finally for the first half of the alphabet, Gaol seems to be a name to drop right now and certainly it’s easy to see the deep/tech vibes on his seven-track Get To In EP for Sub_Urban going down well on the hipster floors…

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…moving on, Matt Heize‘s Theau EP is home to three tracks of tripped-out melodic techno and comes on Recode MuzikPuff N’ Stuff give us Heavens Are Creepy on Sugar Shack Recordings, two-tracks of wonked-out jazzy house beats… SpeakerpeepsTwo Ting features three tracks in six mixes, with hip-house vox and driving tech-house beats the general order of the day, that one coming to you courtesy of Las Vegas label SoulsupplementTwo Armadillos (AKA Giles Smith and the late Martin Dawson) are the men responsible for the three slices of acid house and melodic techno that make up the Golden Age Thinking Part 4 EP on their own label… and finally for this week, the Visions Vol 2 EP sees Chocky, Lay-Far, The Royal Oberheims and Pablo Valentino bringing the glitchy, quirky, leftfield house noise on City Fly Records.

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THANKS ALSO this week to: Akra, Pablo Bolivar, Audio Junkies, Bah Samba, Brett Jacobs & Patrice Meine, Circle Of Funk ft Lifford, Falco, Glenn Micsoul, Ken Rok, Lasertom, MatJoe, Omar El Gamal, Peter Presta, Quell, Richeart, Stephen J Kroos, SummerPlace and Yellowheads