Sunday night deepness

April 17, 2016 in Singles

Hello! You might remember me, I used to have a house blog. If you’re wondering where TIWWD has been this last month, all will be explained on Facebook (albeit possibly tomorrow). But anyway, long story short, am back on the reviews case now, kicking off tonight with a selection of SERIOUSLY deep goodness from the last seven days…

Johannes Different Things Deep ClicksJohannes – Difficult Things EP
Getting a full release this week is (was) this three-tracker from Czech newcomer Johannes, coming on Spanish label Deep Clicks. Difficult Things itself is an unhurried, dreamy and soul-tinged deep houser built with afterhours or post-club play in mind. Don’t Make Me Wait is a smoother, deep garage-y affair that nods to the Peech Boys, while finally Don’t You Wanna is another 4am deep house cut with warm, dubby bass and breathy female vocal snips. All three are quality but if pushed, Don’t Make Me Wait stands out.
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Filta Freqz Way 2 Go Soul Supplement RecordsFilta Freqz – Way 2 Go EP
Slightly more uptempo and floor-friendly deep house vibes here courtesy of Vegas’s finest, Soul Supplement Records. Just the two tracks on offer: Way 2 Go itself rocks tuff kicks, cut-up/filtered disco vox and a hefty dose of garage swing, while Take Note on the flip is similarly disco-fied but with rolling beats, parping sax and assorted fragments of male vocal (“come on,” “to the beat y’all… and ya don’t stop” and “who got it going on?” all appear at different times). The title track just nudges it for me.
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Gregory Dub Get Deeper EP Gents N' Dandy'sGregory Dub – Get Deeper EP
An outstanding five-track EP here from the ever-checkable Gents N’ Dandy’s. The smooth, Jersey-ish deep garage vibes of Home Is Home get the ball rolling, Floating continues in a similar vein, Come On hits that perfect “deep enough for the sofa, tuff enough for the floor” sweet spot, Dreamin’ takes us into proper blissed-out, 5am territory and then finally Relief plays us out on a lazy, downtempo note. And, as we’ve come to expect from Gn’D, it’s superbly classy stuff from start to finish. Go seek!
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Carlos Francisco Sun Chaser SP RecordingsCarlos Francisco – Sun Chaser
And speaking of supremely classy stuff, here’s a jazz-inflected offering from SP Recordings that’s definitely one “for the heads” as they say! Building from a simple percussive intro, Sun Chaser slowly develops into as wigged-out and groovesome a jazzual, garage-y Rhodes workout as you’ll hear all month, while an accompanying Afro Dream Mix is the same but with Afro/tribal beats (well duh). Which mix you opt for is a matter of personal percussive preference: either will have 90 per cent of the population going ‘What’s this, fucking Jazz Club?” – and the 10 per cent that matter in raptures!
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Miami 2016 Sampler Ready Mix RecordsVarious – Ready Mix WMC 2016
Yes, it seems a little late in the day for Miami samplers but this only got a full release this week. Regular readers of this blog (if there are any left after the recent hiatus!) will know I’m a big fan of Ready Mix Records’ take on deep house and this nine-track collection doesn’t change that one iota. Not doing the full track-by-track but suffice to say that there are nine tracks from eight artists, all new names to your truly but Ready Mix’s usual high quality standards apply, with Beat Factory’s bouncy I Feel Like, Eke’s funky-assed Romb and Armen Miran’s moody Marta particularly worth checking.
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Klartraum E Remixes Pt 1 LucidflowKlartraum – E Remixes Pt 1
Sunday night at TIWWD wouldn’t be Sunday night at TIWWD without some deep, dubby techno from Lucidflow to end on! So here we have five remixes of three tracks from last year’s E album by label bosses Klartraum. Bell Birds Dub gets the most love, with D. Diggler and Yapacc remixes as well as the original all featured; TBH the Original is still my fave but if you want it toughened up Diggler’s yer man while Yapacc gets a bit more abstract and soundscape-y. Elsewhere, Alan Oldham AKA Detroitrocketscience brings us a shuffly, minimal-leaning take on Bill Bill, while Oscar Barila and Jamin Hernandez’s rub of Drama Queen is lazy, sunkissed deep house of the highest calibre.
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Dipper & Sy P – Make It Last

March 19, 2016 in Singles

Dipper & Sy P Make It Last SP RecordingsDeeper house vibes now courtesy of Essex’s SP Recordings.

There’s just the one track/mix, so I needn’t keep you long! Make It Last harks back to classic Chi-town deep house of yore, and comes infused with a hefty dose of soul in the form of garage-y Rhodes chords, gently tinkling keys and a guest vocal from the mighty Robert Owens that shares centre-stage with a second, whispered male vocal.

Not much more to tell you really… jus’ quality late-night deep house vibes, seen?

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find SP Recordings herehere and here.

Luigi Egitto – Let It Be/Something

January 23, 2016 in Singles

Luigi Egitto Let It Be/Something SP RecordingsA two-tracker here from Italian producer Luigi Egitto, brought to you by Essex label SP Recordings.

On the A, Let It Be is a serviceable lil’ houser that tops contemporary-style shuffling percussion and dark, throbbing bass with a spoken female vocal (“if that must surely come, then let it be”), a woman’s laugh and sung “ooh baby” snips, as well as hand percussion, and synth-work that nods to the classier end of early 90s Italo-house. But while Let It Be is plenty playable, it’s Something that’s floating this reviewer’s boat more, a stripped-back affair with meaty kicks, crisp claps and bass that comes surging out of somewhere just below Hades. Chuck in a nagging two-note keys riff, spangly synth chords and party whoops ’n’ hollers, and you’ve got the perfect eyes-down groover to keep proper house floors moving through the wee small hours.

Out: Yesterday (on general release)

About: Find SP Recordings, AKA Sure Player, herehere and here.

Angelo Draetta & Luigi Egitto – Sun Goes

December 27, 2015 in Singles

Angelo Draetta & Luigi Egitto Sun Goes SP RecordingsMore sweet fem vox (see Andi Rivera, below) on this single-tracker from Essex label SP Recordings.

Sitting somewhere between deep, soulful and ‘beach’ house, Sun Goes is predicated around langorous synth sweeps, soaring sax, gently tinkling chimes and, of course, that gorgeous (but uncredited) sultry, wistful vocal. It all adds up to something with a vaguely ‘sunset in Ibiza in the 90s’ feel… but that’s by no means a bad thing.

Not much more to tell you, really.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find SP Recordings herehere and here.

Reewa Rathod – Enroute Ganeshaa

August 30, 2015 in Singles

Reewa Rathod Enroute Ganeshaa SP RecordingsOkay, last one for tonight, so let’s end with what’s very possibly my favourite record of the week.

Regular readers will know that I’m a sucker for Indo-house fusions and here, Indian chanteuse Reewa Rathod’s gorgeous Hindi vocals are most definitely the star of the show, placed atop a backing from Carlos Francisco and percussionist Javier BR Gonzalez that’s reminiscent of that early 00s ‘dark tribal’ sound, with added strings. The results are quite simply breathtaking.

There’s an accompanying instrumental as well but, frankly, why would you miss out on that voice?

Out: This week, on Traxsource; everywhere else from 11 September.

About: This is brought to you by Francisco’s own Essex-based SP Recordings, AKA Sure Player, who you can find here, here and here.

Saluda – Galactic Funk City

April 9, 2011 in Singles

Saluda Galactic Funk CityDublin lad Karl Murphy, AKA Saluda, is 20 years old. So this record has absolutely no right sounding as good as it does!

He’s cheated a bit, mind. Dropping that classic Cuba Gooding sample is bound to bring a smile to any old raver’s face, which is the trick he pulls over midtempo deep house beats and plenty of warm, phat bottom-end on Joy. But then Shades, which does the ‘old black dude talking’ thing over handclaps, party sounds, lush pads and simple but insistent percussion, is also very good, without resort to familiar samples.

So Mr Murphy is clearly quite a talented young man. Damn him. He might like to look up ‘EP’ in a dictionary though… with just two tracks, this plays in an ‘extended’ fashion in relation to what, exactly?

Out: This week

About: This is on SP Recordings, who I’ve been asked to point out are nothing to do with the Smartie Party brand (who are also based in Essex and used to have a label of a similar name). Anyway you can find ’em online here

Also, in-between cavilling at the fact they’ve called it an EP, and grumbling about how young Saluda is – there’s a reasonable chance I could actually be OLDER than his dad, which is quite terrifying – did I mention that this really is an excellent record? Just thought I’d better make sure we’re all clear on that!