Stanny Abram – OK

January 19, 2016 in Singles

Stanny Abram OK Marba RecordsAnother single-track release here, this one coming from the ever-prolific Stanny Abram on his own Marba Records.

As is par for the course with Stanny, struttin’ tech-house is the order of the day here, but thanks to its sinuous, funk-fuelled bassline, understated 4/4s and insistent shakers, OK is a deeper, housier groove than much of his output. And as such, it complements the very familiar, old skool vocal sample down to the ground… I won’t say what that sample is though, partly cos I don’t want to get anyone in trouble and partly because the original source escapes me right now.

It’s guaranteed floor-moving stuff, though, so check it for yourself and find out!

Out: This week

About: You can find Marba Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Stanny Abram – Ask Yourself

October 16, 2015 in Singles

Stanny Abram Ask Yourself Marba RecordsMoving onto techier ground now with this irresistible single-track release from Mr Prolific himself, the man like Stanny Abram.

Kicking off with almost disco-ish beats and crowd noise, Ask Yourself then adds a meaty Chi-town bassline, handclaps and, finally, horrorshow fairground organ and garage-y female “be-ing with you… to be with you” vocal snips. The end result is a 122bpm chugger that should work on a wide range of house and tech-house floors.

Not much more to say really but make mistake, it’s a birrova beast this one…

Out: This week

About: This comes on Stanny’s own Marba Records, who you can find here and here.

Barry Obzee – Minimo

October 7, 2015 in Singles

Barry Obzee Minimo Family GroovesThree on a tech-house tip for you tonight, starting with this latest from Croatia’s ever-checkable Family Grooves.

On the A, the Original mix of Minimo is quite a tuff, raw little chugger whose most distinctive characteristic is its use of some gloriously old-skool synth stabs. Flip it over, and Stanny Abram’s refix maintains the pace of the original, but smooths out the rough sonic edges considerably. Essentially, both could be classed as tech-house but the original leans more to the techno side of the equation, the remix more to the house side.

It’s shame the rave-y synths disappear, but still it’s Stanny’s rub, methinks, that’s likely to find its way into the sets of a wider variety of DJs’ sets.

Out: This week, on Beatport; everywhere else from 19 October

About: Find Family Grooves here, here and here.

The great big holiday catch-up post

August 23, 2015 in Singles

As some of you might have noticed, I’ve not been around for the past two weeks due to – gasp! – actually taking a holiday. But I’m back now, with a mountain of promos to download and a lorryload of reviews promises to fulfill. So let’s get started… here’s a bunch of very checkable singles, all of which came out this week.

DCR032 - SocialBrodanse – Miss Your Love
The brothers Smart serve up a neat two-tracker on their own Danse Club Records here. It’s the original that gets my vote, an underground deep house jam with a garage-y female “I miss your love” vocal loop, but French house veteran DJ W!ld comes with a more heads-down refix for the teeny-tiny hours that’s also plenty playable.

Deep Active Sound sleeveDeep Active Sound – Changes EP
Another fine deep house two-tracker here, this one coming from Russian producer Deep Active Sound and brought to you courtesy of the ever-reliable Different Attitudes. Bace Pace is a nice chunky lil’ groover with garage-y female vocal snips and a pulsating b-line, while Changes itself is a slinky, squelchy cut made for making booties sway on dancefloors.

Deepdoon sleeveDeepdoon – Moving Forward EP
A three-track EP here from Romania’s Limitation Music and Scottish (of course!) producer Deepdoon. The title cut is an uber-deep affair with an ambient intro, lovely warm piano notes and, when the beats do eventually arrive, a lazy, almost Balearic feel. Summer Temptation is a mellow, aptly named slice of beach house loveliness, while completing the EP is The Lotus Eaters, a late-night drifter with nods to E2/E4 and a spoken, psychobabble-ish female vocal.

CW013 PackshotFatherhood – Child Support EP
A four-track EP from Michael Mangan and Physical Therapy, collectively known as Fatherhood, on their own Clubwerks imprint. Under their joint moniker they bring us the stripped-back jackery of The Yes Man and the fierce Chicago warehouse nostalgia of Loleatta On Acid (no prizes for guessing who the sampled vocalist is), while Mangan goes it alone on Carl Craig-ish disco-tech stomper Alright Um and Physical Therapy brings us Hospital House, which has echoes of both Murk and Plastic Dreams.

Fragoso sleeveFragoso – Hot Room EP
Two tracks in four mixes make up this EP from California’s Household Digital label. Hot Room itself is a bass-rumblin’ deep/tech houser with a “look into the light, it will not hurt you” spoken vocal loop, and comes accompanied by a slightly techier The Mistaa Remix. Bring The Funk Back, meanwhile, is a bass-heavy deep/tech roller in its original form, while the Mr Drew Acid Mix is techier though not, despite the name, particularly acidic.

Gotta Get EP Album ArtLee Walker – Mind Control EP
Another four-track EP here, this one coming from Middlesbrough’s Lee Walker and brought to you by Canada’s Mile End Records. Crazy For You blends deep house and UK garage influences to great effect, and comes with a techier, drummier refix from Andy Lee. The other original cut, Gotta Get, is another garage-tinged deep houser with vocal bites from Montell Jordan’s This Is How We Do It, while a more energetic Jacky (UK) remix completes the set.

Stev Bray sleeveStev Bray – Muve Your Body
Yes, Stev not Steve and muve not move, just in case anyone was thinking I’d suddenly forgotten how to type/spell! Stanny Abram’s Marba Records are the label behind this nicely understated tech-house throbber, which comes complete with a more percussive remix from Mr Abram himself.

Wasabi sleeveWasabi & Karman Lee – Matilda EP
Seems like ages since Greek producer Wasabi featured on TIWWD but here he comes again now, bringing us a neat lil’ tech-house two-tracker on Street King in cahoots with the slightly mysterious Karman Lee. Diggin’ is a no-nonsense, heads-down kinda cut with shufflin’ beats and chopped-up female vocal snips, while Matilda itself is just as tracky but operates in slightly funkier, housier territory.

BitToBitRecords-BTB029-ZaVen-SundownExpressEPZaVen – Sundown Express EP
Another two-track affair here from Spain’s Bit To Bit Records. Sundown Boulevard is a meandering, uber-deep affair built for warm-up or post-club play that’ll have the proverbial ‘heads’ in raptures, while Trainspotting is a slightly more floor-friendly deep houser with a looping disco bassline and, yes, train noises…

2400X2400-IBIZA-HEATVarious – Avotre presents Ibiza Heat
A stylistically varied Ibiza sampler EP here from Berlin’s Avotre Records, with seven tracks from as many artists. Highlights include the sizzling acid of label boss Santé’s Acid Rain, the strutty, funk-fuelled house of Ale Castro’s Schubkraft, Montel’s party-startin’ Body Music and Mennie’s Organica, a heady fusion of breakbeat, funk and techno influences.

MSR sleeveVarious – Midnight City EP
A five-track VA offering from Midnight Social Recordings here. Label boss Carlo Gambino gives us the warmup-friendly Liquid Lunch, Dee Brown comes with the trad-style deep groover Ghetto Chords, Guy Young nods towards Detroit on Indigroove, M-Melodie’s Coloured Trouble is an understated, atmospheric cut while finally Zeno Nodari’s Be Down is a moody chugger to play us out in cinematic style.

Stanny Abram – Too Late

June 25, 2015 in Singles

Stanny Abram Too Late Marba RecordsIf anyone was wondering why sometime TIWWD regular Stanny Abram hasn’t featured here much lately, it’s cos his Alakazam/Hocus Pocus/etc family of labels have taken to sending out promos after they’re released, which means by the time I get to them it’s often too late to write a review.

That’s not the case with this Marba Records release, though. Ironic really – Too Late is the one release that isn’t! So I’m happy to report that this single-tracker is well up to the high standard we’ve come to expect from the Slovenian tech-house workaholic, being a dark-ish, chuggy affair with rolling beats, a funk-fuelled walking bassline, subaquatic sounds, rather confusing doorbells and a slightly scary “this must not be too late” spoken male vocal.

Good work as ever from Stanny, then. Just wish I could review more of it!

Out: This week

About: You can find Marba Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Stanny Abram – Mystique

April 21, 2015 in Singles

Stanny Abram Mystique Marba RecordsWe kick off in deep tech territory tonight with this single-tracker from the always prolific Stanny Abram.

Coming on the slightly mysterious Marba Records, Mystique is a tuff-but-deep chugger that fuses rolling tech-house beats, deep techno-style industrial FX and fragments of spoken (foreign language) male vocal. It’s simple stuff admittedly, but undoubtedly effective – especially when you get to the trippy bass wobbles that pan from one side to the other.

Out: This week

About: This is only number six from Marba Records, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Stanny Abram – Remix Collection Part 2

December 15, 2014 in Albums

Stanny Abram Remix Collection Pt 2 Chira-Chira RecordingsStanny Abram must surely be one of the most prolific producers working in dance music right now. When he’s not making tracks, he’s remixing other people’s, and when he’s not doing THAT he’s putting out a constant stream of both his and others’ material on his Hocus Pocus, Alakazam, Abracadabra and Gram-O-Phonique labels. Trying to keep up would be a fool’s mission.

Here, though, 12 of his finest remixes for other people (three of them for regular partner-in-crime Dany Cohiba) are helpfully gathered together in album form. It’s fair to say that Mr Abram does have quite a clearly defined style, so percussive tech-house chuggers are the order of the day pretty much throughout (though rubs of Dani Morera’s Strawberry Shoes and Rama7’s Nightmares In Disco do head a little deeper)… and as I’ve said on here many times, percussive tech-house chuggers are one thing there’s certainly no shortage of at the moment. That’s the album’s downside.

The upside is that Stanny does this sound with far more panache than most (he gets enough practice at it!) so while this probably isn’t many people’s idea of a home listening album,  if rollin’ tech-house vibes to keep dancefloors moving are what you’re looking for then this gives you 12 of the funkers (and I use the word advisedly) in one handy package. Which is nice… if slightly pointless cos he’ll have released 17 more in the time it took you to read this!

Out: Last week

About: This comes on Chira-Chira Recordings, which I suspect is another of Stanny’s labels but their Facebook page (the only link I can find for them) doesn’t say for sure so I could be wrong

Rok Tomic – Rock Da House EP

December 4, 2014 in Singles

Rok Tomic Rock Da House EP Hocus Pocus RecordingsContinuing in a tech-house vein from yesterday, we kick off tonight with this three-tracker from Stanny Abram’s Hocus Pocus Recordings.

Rock Da House itself, a lively roller with a chopped-up “rock da house!” vocal that gives the track a definite 90s feel, despite not being the one you’re thinking of. Monkey Business is in a similar kinda vein but with less vocal and more bass, while finally Scrambled is the most uptempo and most jaunty of the lot and again has a chopped-up, 90s-sounding fem vocal as well as male “funky fresh beats!” shouts.

Three solid cuts that’ll be best served to floors that are already well warmed-up.

Out: This week

About: You can find Hocus Pocus Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Alakazam Remixes Pt 7

November 15, 2014 in Singles

Remixes Pt 7 Alakazam RecordingsStretching it a bit to call this a ‘V/A’ effort if you ask me, seeing as there are just two tracks, one by Stanny Abram and one by Stanny Abram & Stefano Crabuzzo. But what do I know?

Anyway, two contrasting but complementary styles of house music on this latest in Alakazam’s Remixes series. On the A, Got To Be Free (as remixed by Groove Salvation, is an unshamedly retro-fied and 90s sounding, sporting as it does a vocal sample from Patrick Juvet’s I Love America (as used in the 90s by Full Intention) and a main synth hook that bears a strong similarity to Steve Hurley’s classic take on Kym Sims’ Too Blind To See It, though in fairness the rolling tech-house beat beneath is a more contemporary touch. On the B,  Plastik Perversion’s remix of Crabuzzo collab City Lights is a deeper, less podium-tastic offering with an “I’m moving on” vocal sample.

The latter’s plenty playable, but it’s the peaktime thrills of the A-side for me here.

Out: This week

About: You can find Alakazam Recordings – which as you’re no doubt aware is one of Abram’s own labels, along with Hocus Pocus and Abracadabra – on Facebook.

Rama7 – Nightmares In Disco [Stanny Abram Space Funk Remix]

October 5, 2014 in Singles

Rama7 Nightmares In Disco Alakazam RecordingsStaying in tech-house mode now we have another single-track promo, this one coming from Stanny Abram’s Alakazam imprint.

No idea what the original of Nightmares In Disco might have sounded like, but in Mr Abram’s hands its simple, lolloping tech-house beats come topped with nice warm, Jersey-ish keys, some female wails buried deep in the mix and a heavily distorted vocal that sounds like it might be some 70s diva (Loleatta? Millie Jackson?) talking, downpitched within an inch of her life.

I could live without the vocal TBH but the combination of those lovely parping keys with tuffer beats is hard to resist.

Out: This week

About: You can find Alakazam on Facebook.