Simon Mattson – Drive

September 25, 2012 in Singles

Simon Mattson Drive Form-and Function

More deep house grooves here from Form-and Function.

In its Original mix, Drive is a slow-building groove long on evolving, Arp-like synth sounds, bass throb and a very distinctive “we’re gonna driiiiiive, drive all night” chorused M/F vocal. Feft’s remix is chunkier and a wee bit prog around the edges, the Stefan K mix brings busier percussion and a slightly techier feel, while the Miami Ice rub is slower edges towards skinny-jeaned indie-dance territory.

The original’s the one for me here though – a unique-sounding little gem that’s got ‘warm-up’ written all over it.

Out: This week

About: You can find Form-and Function on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Various/Cole Jonson – Choice Cuts 7

September 7, 2012 in Albums

Cole Jonson Choice Cuts Vol 7 Endemic Digital

There’s 22 tracks on this album so I’m buggered if I’m gonna sit here and attempt to describe every single one of ’em in turn!

So we’ll just keep it short and sweet. Endemic Digital is one of the most prolific and reliable providers of deep/tech house grooves we’ve got in the UK. Here are 22 of their tracks, from the likes of Onionz, Simon Firth, Dan Price, Stefan K and many more, which Cole Jonson has very thoughtfully done some DJ jiggery-pokey with so that it all flows as one long continuous mix.

It’s a crazy idea but you never know, it might catch on cos this is rather good. One can envisage young people jacking their bodies to it in discotheques and so forth.

Out: This week

About: The best place to find Endemic at the mo’ seems to be on Facebook.

Stefan Kaye – Regulate

May 7, 2012 in Albums

Stefan Kaye might be better known to you as Stefan K, but it seems there’s another producer working under that name in Belgium, so now he’s using his real name. And under his real name, he’s just released his second album on Unrivaled Music, which I think follows on from 2011’s Knowing You as Stefan K. Unless of course I’ve got it twisted and that was the OTHER Stefan K… anyway it’s all kind of confusing so let’s just concentrate on this album!

In his time, Mr Kaye has turned out both deep and progressive house grooves; the nine tracks featured in this set can generally be filed under the former heading, though there are tinges of prog here and there as well (on Fragments Of Dreams, for instance). Generally speaking, we’re in late-night, afterhours or post-club territory, with muted kicks, lingering pads and ambient synth washes galore. Long, atmospheric intros abound, while vocals are pretty much restricted to a few disembodied ‘oohs’ and ‘yeahs’ that are layered into the mix rather than taking centre-stage.

In short: like the Spring Tube comp below, this is a fine collection of mellow house grooves that’ll be best appreciated as you sit back on the sofa, inhale deeply and shut your eyes…

Out: Now – like I said, I’m playing catch-up a bit with albums at the mo’. But it only came out on 23 April, so you’re not too far behind the curve if you grab it now!

About: Unrivaled Music can be found in the usual place.

British Lizard & Tavin Reiter – Ketamine

April 5, 2012 in Singles

I’m not really entirely sure what they’re trying to say with this track… it’s got a sampled vocal featuring some chemist/biologist type talking about what ketamine does to your brain, and it’s hard to tell whether it’s meant to be warning you off the stuff, or celebrating its use. If it’s the latter then I’m not sure it’s something that should be encouraged*, but, y’know, it’s only a record. And a rather good one at that.

It’s also about as close to an out-and-out techno release as you’re likely to find reviewed here on TIWWD very often, albeit I’d still say it falls into the tech-house arena, just about. But between the twitchy, space-y minimalism of the Arkay Remix, the bubblin’ acid of the Deepmilo Remix and the housier, organ-flecked vibes of the Giuseppe Rizzuto Pump Up Remix – not to mention perfectly playable Original, Stefan K and Mason (!) passes – there’s plenty for DJs and dancefloors of many persuasions to enjoy here.

Out: This week
About: This comes on Sounds Of Juan, which is of course the techno arm of the mighty Endemic Digital stable.
*Personally I’ll pass on knocking myself out with horse tranquillisers thanks, I need what few brain cells the rave years have left me with 🙂