Various – I ♥ Real Deep House

April 27, 2015 in Albums

I Heart Real Deep House TronicsoleThe clue’s in the title with this compilation from long-running Scottish label Tronicsole.

At least, it is musically… which is just as well cos it’s about the only clue they’ve given me! But as far as I can make out, the 24 tracks here are a mixture of brand new material and stuff that’s been out, both on Tronicsole and on other labels, over the past few years. Opener Ruby Likes Dubstep by HiRO, for instance, came out on 2013’s Neptune EP, though I think the Kris Wadsworth rub featured is new.

Names like Milton Jackson, Dominic Martin, Sei A and Spin Science will carry weight for anyone who’s been into deep house for more than five minutes, and the collection as a whole is rather spiffing, to be fair. Highlights for this reviewer include Milton Jackson’s vaguely early-Daft-Punkish Long Circuit, Spin Science’s dreamy, Detroit-tinged All Things, the stripped-down funk of Tony Free’s Deep Soul and the lo-slung Alabama Blues-y throb of Peter O & Monophunk’s No Justice, but really you’d be best advised to dive on in and explore for yourself, because if you, too, ♥ real deep house, you’ll find plenty to ♥ here.

Out: Now (but only since Friday)

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

Spin Science – Wonderland

January 14, 2013 in Singles

Spin Science Wonderland Audio TonicThe 19th release from Dubai-based Audio Tonic here, and it’s further evidence that they’re a label you ought to be keeping an eye on.

It’s such a simple affair, too: just the one track and an accompanying remix. In its Original form, Wonderland is a chuggy, tech-tinged deep houser with a pleasingly squelchy main riff topped with slightly spooky lead, and with a great, scatty breakdown in the middle (the vocal of which reminds me a little bit of Chops EMC & Extensive’s Generation Dub). Fine stuff. But the track really comes to life for me when Tom Middleton steps up to the remix plate. His Liquatech Mix is an altogether lusher, more musical ride, that brings that scat vocal out of the breakdown and into the body of the track, and that builds subtly throughout… as befits the work of a DJ used to playing big festival stages outdoors.

That’ all I’ve got to say, really, but this is well worth checking, trust… especially if, like me, you’ve always been a sucker for scat vox. Badda-bing, badda-scop-bop-doodly-wah!

Out: This week

About: You can find Audio Tonic on Facebook or at their own website.