Some MORE albums, quickly…

November 11, 2015 in Albums

I’m on a roll with this ‘potted album reviews’ malarkey so here’s some that are dropping THIS week…

Microscapes Vol II Buena Onda RecordsVarious – Microscapes Vol II
A VA comp here from a label who’ve never featured on TIWWD before – France’s Buena Onda Records. Don’t know much about them, but based on this evidence I’d like to find out more! Across Microscapes Vol II‘s 12 tracks you’ll find various flavas of house music, starting out seriously deep (Ekstendia’s Luana is a killer) then progressing into more uptempo (but still pretty deep, in the overall scheme of things) tech/prog territory as the album progresses, all coming from eight artists in total of whom only a couple of names (Knip, Gurwan) are even vaguely familiar. File under ‘unexpected pleasures’.

Golden Lounge 3 Clubstar RecordsVarious – Golden Lounge Vol 3
Here, long-running German label Clubstar present 29 tracks of nosebleed techno and 240bpm nu-gabba… nah, not really. Well, the 29 tracks bit is right… beyond that, expect neo-soul, bruk beat, ultra-chilled house, drifty Balearica, lo-fi hip-hop and other assorted horizontal grooves, coming from a mixture of big names (Jose Padilla, Andy Caldwell, The Rurals, DJ Pippi) and, er, some not quite so big names. The whole thing’s compiled and mixed by label boss Henri Kohn, with CD1 a bit more beat-oriented and CD2 taking us deeper into the sofa-surfin’ zone.

Nu Breeds 10 Spring TubeVarious – Nu Breeds 10
It seems like a little while since Spring Tube had any TIWWD love so let’s rectify that now with a quick peek at the latest in their long-running series of VA compilations. As is par for the Nu Breeds course, you won’t find any big names here… what you WILL find is plenty of smooth, classy electronic tuneage. Spring Tube’s natural musical stomping ground is that area where deep and progressive house collide, and that’s amply reflected in this set, with Moonwatch3r’s Dreams and Nio March’s Delight Me particularly worthy of your attention.

Anthony Mea – Border

September 15, 2014 in Albums

Anthony Mea Border Spring TubeFeeling a bit tired and frazzled so just the one review tonight, and I’m gonna plump for something nice and mellow… enter this long-player from Anthony Mea.

It’s Mea’s second album for Spring Tube, not to mention he’s had releases on the likes of UM Records, Savoir Faire Musique, Incepto Deep and Nightbird, so you should have a pretty good idea of what to expect. But for those who’ve just wandered in, soothing, laidback deep house vibes are the general order of the day here: at times getting a wee bit proggy around the edges, at others venturing into chill-out/beach house territory and even finding room for a couple of deep, liquid D&B excursions in I Need You Know and Miss Your Love.

Despite the variety of stylistic approaches, though, the album sits together nicely as a whole – and that’s probably the best way to appreciate it, too. Just sit back and relax…

Out: This week

About: You can find Spring Tube on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Anthony Mea – Mea Spell

December 8, 2013 in Albums

Anthony Mea Mea Spell Spring TubeHailing from Salerno in Italy, Anthony Mea has had releases on the likes of Nightbird,  Savoir Faire Musique and UM Records… but mostly on Spring Tube, so it’s fitting that the latter have been chosen to release his debut full-length.

The album does takes in various shades of deep house, from the poppy soulfulness of Get It On to the future garage-y Hi Sally, but what largely predominate are blissed-out, laidback, mostly-instrumental grooves such as Illusion, YumeSydonia and Reality. Long, lingering pads, delicate 4/4s, soothing atmos and gently sweeping strings abound, making for an album that’s best served whole, preferably late at night.

The aural equivalent of a long hot bath…

Out: This week

About: You can find Spring Tube on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Deeper Shades 05

July 28, 2013 in Albums

Deeper Shades 05 Spring TubeWell, it’s been another crazy week – going away for two days didn’t help – and yet again I’ve managed to not cover half the stuff I wanted to tell you about! So gonna try and rattle though a few things quickly today…

…starting with this latest in Spring Tube’s Deeper Shades compilation series. This being Volume 5, you should have some idea what to expect by now, but for the newcomers, deep house grooves ranging from the dancefloor-oriented to the late-night and sofa-bound are the general order of the day, with the emphasis just slightly on the latter. It’s a slightly unusual format this time around, with five artists – Jelly For The Babies, Soulmelt, Dynamic Illusion pres Daniel Cleaver, White Resonance and Sebb Aston – providing two tracks apiece, but the quality standard is easily up there with previous installments.

Soulmelt’s dreamsome Farside and Sebb Aston’s nu-disco-leaning Next To You (which wouldn’t sound out of place on Sleazy Deep) are personal highlights, but to coin a phrase it’s all… well, you know what it’s all.

Out: This week

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

Various – Spring Tube Sampler 04/Spring Tube Limited Sampler 01

June 2, 2013 in Albums

Spring Tube Limited Sampler 01Spring Tube Sampler 04Spring is in the air, it seems (even if we are at the start of summer now), and here come US-based, Russian-run label Spring Tube with TWO ‘spring sampler’ albums – one from Spring Tube itself and one from more recent arrival on the scene Spring Tube Limited.

The parent label sampler is the more varied of the two, kicking off with the deep Balearic prog of MUUI’s Addiction, Obsession and the trance-y breaks of Phracture’s The All-Encompassing. But the collection soon settles into a more TIWWD-ish groove, with deep and tech-house delights from the likes of Anthony Ma, Blood Groove & Kikis and Hernan Cerbello (whose The Right Pace is a particular highlight).

The Spring Tube Limited sampler, on the other hand, largely ploughs a deeper furrow. Stephen J Kroos’s opener Codd will please the prog lovers, while Faskil’s Change comes on like Italo-disco on GHB and steroids. But chunky tech and groovy deepness are the order of the day elsewhere, with Donatello, Campaner, Rootfellen and Telekollektiv among the names representing.

All told, you’re not gonna love every single track on either album… but both are worth checking for sure.

Out: This week

About: Find Spring Tube on Facebook or Soundcloud.

Rootfellen – Odium EP

January 8, 2013 in Singles

Rootfellen Odium EP Spring TubeWe drift now towards the very deep, with the latest from Spring Tube Limited.

There are two tracks to choose from. Odium itself is a mid-paced deep house groove with chunky percussion and lots of strange animal (?) noises. It’s good… but on the flip, Feel The Night has the pace of deep/tech house, but married with haunting sound palette and expansive, reverb- and echo-laden production of dub techno. Which is a combination that’s pretty hard to beat in my books.

A proper treat for jokers, smokers and midnight tokers everywhere… not forgetting those proverbial ‘headz’, of course.

Out: This week

About: Spring Tube live here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, website)

So many tunes, so little time 35

December 31, 2012 in Singles

Here we are then, the last day of 2012. And for once, what with it being Xmas and hence a quiet week for releases, I actually got through most of the stuff I wanted to tell you about last week… but here are a few other bits n’ bobs that are worthy of your attention.

Claes Rosen Starlight Spring Tube

First up is Claes Rosen‘s Starlight. You may remember this spangly, Balearic-leaning and slightly poppy nu-disco gem from a Spring Tube V/A sampler back in the spring… if not no worries cos it’s now getting a full single release complete with new mixes from Acryl boss Da Funk, Latvia’s Blood Groove & Kikis and Chile’s Aerotek. For deeper thrills, it’s the BG&K and Da Funk rubs you want to be heading for.

Georgia Cee Soul World EP Soul Town Records

Next, the Soul World EP comes from Georgia Cee and is the first release on a brand new Italian label called Soul Town Records. Georgia was ‘discovered’ by Timmy Regisford and has worked with Quentin Harris, which should give you a pretty good idea what to expect here… as the hype sheet says, “fans of Shelter and Body & Soul, rejoice”! Of the EP’s four Latin-tinged cuts, Fallin’ Down stands out for me.

Losing Rays Ir.Replaceable Incepto Smooth

On an even mellower tip, Ir.Replaceable comes from Losing Rays on Incepto Smooth, and is a beautiful slice of downtempo/ambient electronica topped off with a blissed-out female vocal… with B-side Touch venturing even further into all-out ambience.

Lyle Quach Check This Out Yellowjax

At the other end of the spectrum, Lyle Quach is a producer you can always count on for some jacking deep/tech house grooves and Check This Out is no exception. Pascal Daze’s remix goes a little harder/techier, Aldo Del Rey’s a little deeper, so a range of floors should find it in themselves to move to this one, which comes on New York’s Yellowjax Recordings.

Agari Tachi Malicious Section 8 Dub

Finally, a couple of nuggets on a D& B/dubstep tip. Coming on Section 8 Dub, Agari Tachi by Malicious is as deep, dark and minimal as it gets, and definitely worth checkin. B-side Peter Kurten collab Mitochondrion is a little too hard and industrial-sounding for these ears, but not to worry because there are more deep, minimal D&B delights to be found on the Tenderness EP by Mechanical Pressure, a two-tracker coming from the ever-checkable Plush Recordings.

Mechanical Pressure Tenderness Plush Recordings

And that, dear readers, is it for 2012. I’d do some big end-of-year spectactular but, y’know, places to go, people to see, etc. So it just remains for me to wish you a most exuberant NYE and I’ll see you on the other side… and DO check back tomorrow cos I’ve got some very exciting news for ya.

Happy new year!

Various – Deeper Shades 03

December 13, 2012 in Albums

Spring Tube Deeper Shades 03

Can’t believe it was way back in May when I wrote about the excellent first volume in this set… feels like last week… nor am I entirely certain why Vol 2 never made in onto the blog, maybe I was washing my hair or something… but anyway, here comes Vol 3 in Spring Tube’s series.

And yep, it’s another winner. For those that couldn’t be bothered clicking on the link above, “lazy, stoner-friendly deep and progressive house” is how I described Vol 1. This time out, there’s less of the proggy vibes, and instead a few more trax that veer towards ambient/downtempo territory… but otherwise the song remains much the same, with ten cuts from Shimmer, Anthony Mea, Blood Groove & Kikis, MacLaro, Pavel Densiov and Sergey Sivenenko (all but the latter contributing two apiece) that are tailor-made for those late, late driftaway sofa sessions, with BG&K’s funk-fuelled, garage-leaning Aura, Mea’s uber-deep, atmospheric and aptly-titled Liquidia and MacLaro’sBalearic bliss-out Why Don’t You standing out in particular.

Superb, is the word. And everybody knows that the word is the bird.

Out: This week

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

Deep Herman – Deep Dreams EP

November 17, 2012 in Singles

Deep Herman Deep Dreams EP Spring Tube

Good as the Dual T and Thomas AS releases are – I don’t write about things I don’t like on TIWWD – I’ve saved the best till last here. I don’t know quite what’s happened with Spring Tube suddenly transforming themselves into a reliable source of proper deep house grooves, but I’m glad it has and long may it continue!

So yeah, this is the second in a week from the Russian label… it’s actually one of three EPs they’re releasing this week to celebrate their third birthday (I’m not quite sure what I’ve done with the other one but anyway). Deep Dreams itself is warm and hypnotic, Feel The Same is a notch livelier and a wee bit techier and features a distinctive “let’s wait and see” movie-sampled male vocal, while Hey You Feel Me is more drifty and late-night.

Generally speaking though, “proper deep house grooves” just about sums up all I’ve got to say, really! Top stuff all round.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else in two weeks’ time.

About: You can find Spring Tube at their own website or on Facebook.

Oh, and as I’m always calling them a Russian label, I should point out they’re actually based in the US… but they’re run by Russian dudes and they release a lot of music by Russian artists (Deep Herman is from Belarus) so same difference I guess.

Blood Groove & Kikis – Bright EP

November 12, 2012 in Singles

Blood Groove & Kikis Bright EP Spring Tube

Originally a progressive house and trance factory, Russian label Spring Tube has broadened its musical remit considerably over the past year or so. Here, specifically, they deliver what’s probably their most straight-up deep house offering to date.

There are just the two tracks. Bright itself is a sumptuous, garage-y and fairly upbeat affair, while So Real on the flip is in a similar vein, parodoxically a little tuffer in the beats department yet with an even more silky, sophisticated flow overall and sporting a looping male “house music” vocal. And both tracks are FAR better than deep house records put out by former trance peddlers really have any right to be!

Check ’em for yourself – you won’t be disappointed.

Out: This week

About: You can find Spring Tube on Facebook or at their own website.