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

Moe Turk – Jam

July 19, 2015 in Singles

Moe Turk Jam Ready Mix RecordsPredictably classy deep house grooves on this latest from BiG AL’s Ready Mix Records.

In its Original form, Jam is a hypnotic, laidback throbber, with jazzy keys in places and a man’s voice saying “jam” periodically throughout. The Jarquin & Cano Remix opts for more floor-friendly percussion and a rolling bassline, and has less of the atmospherics, while the Spennu Remix is again more stripped back, but takes us into late-night territory where those jazzy, garage-y keys really shine through.

If you held a gun to my head I think Spennu’s rub just nudges it for me… but it’s a close-run thing and, to be honest, I’d really rather you didn’t.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Ready Mix Records, as ever, on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Spennu – You Shouldn’t Do

December 24, 2014 in Singles

Spennu You Should't Do Ready Mix RecordsFinally for today, we stay in trad-style, vocal territory but drop a little deeper with this lil’ beauty from Canada’s ever-dependable Ready Mix Records.

Four mixes to choose from. The original is a garage-leaning deep house gem that could have come out at any point in the past 20 years, with rolling beats and an insistent Balearic-sounding synth riff underpinning a gorgeous wistful female “ain’t no use in cryin'” vocal. Analog Trip’s remix is a more laidback bass with some cool fluttering geetar and a more organic feel overall, Felipe L maintains the feel of the original but heads into more late-night, headnoddin’ territory, while finally my man Tony S goes proper deep while adding a little Latin shimmy to the drums.

If pushed then it’s a toss-up between the Original and Felipe L rubs as to which takes the gold for me, but to be honest I’d sooner not be pushed – the whole EP is very classy indeed. Then again, that’s pretty much what we expect from Big AL’s label, n’est-ce pas?

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 5 January

About: Find Ready Mix Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Spennu – Deep It Right EP

March 15, 2014 in Singles

Spennu Deep It Right EP Haute MusiqueAnother one that’s been on Beatport for a couple of weeks but is only just getting a full release is this two-track, five-mix EP from Spennu, AKA Sezer Uysal.

The title track in its Original form is a classic-style deep house dancefloor groover, with quite busy drums, a fat n’ funky b-line, jaunty piano chords and a sampled, spoken inspirational vocal. Greenfish’s remix is sparser and more stripped-down, while the Kirby remix (my pick of a fine bunch) looks to vintage New Jersey for inspiration. I Could Not, meanwhile, is a more contemporary-style, bassy deep houser which is then given a rather lovely late-night makeover by Portofino Sunrise.

With mixes to suit deep house DJs of a range of micro-persuasions, this is one you’d be a fool not to check. Do you hear me? A fool.

Out: This week (see above)

About: This comes to you courtesy of a label I don’t think have featured on TIWWD for a while, Big Al Ghandour’s Haute Musique. Find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Mika Olson – Strange Piano

March 14, 2014 in Singles

Mika Olson Strange Piano Ready Mix RecordsFour mixes to choose from of this latest offering from Canada’s ever-checkable Ready Mix Records.

In its Original form, Strange Piano is a midpaced strutter that’s characterised as much by its parping sax as it is by the eponymous, raw-sounding ivories. The David Keno mix rides a more tribal rhythm, drops the saxophone and brings the chanted, worldless vox to the fore, the Fer Ferrari mix heads a notch or two deeper while Spennu’s rub adds summadat rave bass du jour.

Spennu’s rub and the original vie for top honours here for yours truly.

Out: This week

About: Find Ready Mix on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Big Al – Away

February 16, 2014 in Singles

Big Al Away Nightchild RecordsMellifluous, melodic deep house grooves with an all-star remix cast are the order of the day on this latest offering from Ready Mix boss Big Al Ghandour.

Five mixes to choose from. The Original mix is quite lively compared to most of the remixes, with tech and progressive elements. The Portofino Sunrise Haze Remix has a lusher, deep garage-y feel, Deephope’s rub takes us into more contemporary deep/tech territory, while Spennu’s Faraway Remix is a driftaway gem for weary 5am floors. The pick of a very fine crop to these ears, though, is the dubbed-out, uber-deep take from Miss Disk.

Truth be told, though, you won’t go far wrong whichever mix you plump for.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 12 March

About: This comes not on Ready Mix but on Rissa Garcia’s NYC-based Nightchild Records… find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – Ready Mix ADE Sampler 2013

November 10, 2013 in Singles

Ready Mix ADE Sampler 2013Yes, I know it seems a bit late for ADE samplers! But this one is only just getting a full release now, so nyer.

Six tracks to choose from. OP UM by Bluebook rides a stuttery cha-cha rhythm with garage-y male vocal snips, disco stabs and E2-E4-esque synth wibbles. Don’t Look Down by Chriss Ronson feat Adri is a rolling instrumental that continues the ambient theme with its slightly Pacific State feel, while DJ Freevos gives us Free Your Mind, which in its Savvas Remix form ain’t nuthin’ but a groove composed of pounding drums, occasional piano chords, proggy synths and atmospherics a-gogo. Rishi K’s Unity Gain is a sexier, sultrier deep houser with moody, gently tinkling ivories and plenty of energy, while Spennu’s You Shouldn’t Do is a slightly more uptempo affair with a haunting “ain’t no use in crying/ you know what you should do” female vocal. And then finally, The Suppliers, er, supply us with Noah’s Ark, something of an oddity to end the EP that’s essentially made of piano chords, drums (eventually) and LOTS of animal/zoo noises.

Rishi K and Spennu’s contributions stand out for yours truly, with an honorary mention for Bluebook. But Ready Mix releases are always worth checking and with so much variety on offer, that goes double for this EP!

Out: This week (on general release, having been on Beatport for a bit before that but hey)

About: You can find Big AL’s Ready Mix Records, who are based in Montreal, on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Sezer Uysal pres Spennu – What’s Your Underground EP

June 11, 2013 in Singles

Sezer Uysal pres Spennu What's Your Underground Savoir Faire MusiqueA two-track, four-mix affair here coming on Savoir Faire Musique.

In its Original form, What’s Your Underground yourself is a deep, slow, techy throbber with spoken (and heavily treated) “underground dance music… what is your underground?” vocals and spacey stabs n’ FX galore. Niceness! Echofusion’s Deep Disco Mix thereof isn’t particularly disco-y but it does go seriously deep, so much so that it’s probably best filed under ‘heads only’ – though that’s certainly not a complaint round these parts!

As for This Was A, in its original form it’s a deep/tech affair that pulses away topped with downtuned soulful vox…  all very now and very playable, but for me it’s the man Echofusion who deserves the ice lolly here, serving up another uber-deep pass with a dubbed-out, smoked-out kinda feel.

Quality shizzle “for those that know”, as we used to say back in the day.

Out: This week

About: You can find Savoir Faire Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook, and here’s Echofusion’s own Soundcloud page as well seeing as I seem to be his new biggest fan or something.