Soledrifter – That Drive EP

February 13, 2016 in Singles

Soledrifter That Drive EP Street KingTwo quite contrasting house cuts on this EP from Street King.

On the A, That Drive itself is a deep, smooth tech-house jam with breathy female “all night long” vox, lush warm bass and a pulsing synthline that vaguely (but only vaguely) recalls Akabu’s classic Ride The Storm. Flip it over, though, and I’m Pretty is quite a different proposition, riding rolling tech-house drums with slightly unnerving sci-fi/creepshow synths… definitely one for the small hours on darkened dancefloors.

Not picking a fave here – both are cool, and anyway it’d be like comparing apples and oranges… what I will say it’s nice to hear a bit of variety rather than two very samey-sounding tracks.

Out: This week

About: Find Street King and the rest of the King Street label family here, here and here.

Various – No 256 EP/No 584 EP

October 18, 2015 in Singles

Time to get down with those ever-prolific Various Artists tonight, kicking off with not one but two new additions to the King Street label family’s ‘number series’ of sampler EPs.

No 256 EP Street KingLooking at the No 256 EP first, this one comes on young upstart imprint Street King and as such, the emphasis here is on contemporary house grooves built strictly with the floor in mind. David Mussen & Cool People give us the chunky, throbbing Every Now, Julian’s Ventus flirts with soulful and Balearic idioms, Roni Iron & Kled Mone ft Charitini’s Like A Child veers almost towards Disclosure/Hot Natured chart dance territory (but is pretty cool all the same, thanks largely to Charitini’s vocal, which straddles pop and jazz), while Samplers FX come with the terrace-friendly Don’t Catch Me. All are playable for sure, but the standout of this set for yours truly is The Jacker from MCMXC MADE, a tuff n’ struttin’ affair with lashings of ruff-edged bass and an old school “jack… jack… jack… jack” vocal.

No 584 EP Nite GroovesMoving on to the No 584 EP, this one comes on Nite Grooves but actually treads pretty similar musical ground to the Street King EP.  Le Visiteur’s In My Soul is another quite commercial-sounding cut with a Florence-like vocal, Mister Solo ft Bjorn Maria’s Lost In Time is a deep, dark groove that breaks out into tinkling ivories and a crooning male vocal, Soulfeed’s Triangls is a dark chugger built for warm-ups or late play and Stark D’s Meant To Be is a deep n’ moody late-night headnodder. Pick of the crop though for me is Jolyon Petch & Mobin Master’s Jumpin’, which marries very ‘now’ big dark bass to a snatch of the famous Musique/Todd Terry/Lisa Marie Experience “jumpin’ ” vocal and pianos beamed in straight from the podiums of Angel’s, Burnley circa 1993. And yes, I’m an ageing handbag tart and no, I don’t care.

Out: This week

About: You can find King Street, Street King and Nite Grooves here, here and here, as I’m sure you’re already well aware.

Various – No 249 EP

September 6, 2015 in Singles

Various No 249 EP Street KingAnother long-running EP series gets an update here… in this case, the ‘number’ series of EPs from King Street sub-label Street King.

There’s quite a lot of variety on offer with this latest installment. Dennis Ferrer gets the ball rolling by showing us his dark, techy, acidic side with Destination (as remixed by Reblok). Le Visiteur’s In My Soul follows, a 2015-style peaktime affair with its throbbing bass and R&B-ish vox. Miss & Trop then give us Inanimate, a more trad-style, garage-leaning deep houser, which is followed by the rolling, funk-heavy tech-house of Sydney & Luca Barbieri’s Zingarella. Twisted Moon’s Other Site sees us back in current-sounding main room territory (but, y’know… in a good way!) and then finally there’s the Pavel Petrov Remix of Vijay & Sofia Zlatko’s Hypnotic to play us out in stuttered, disco-tinged style, starting out nice n’ deep then getting darker and more twisted as the track progresses.

With tracks to suit a range of house tastes coming from a mix of new and established names, this is well worth checking for yourself.

Out: This week

About: Find Street King and the rest of the King Street family 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.

Various – No 552 EP

March 30, 2015 in Singles

No 552 EP Street King

And speaking of King Street (see Ensall review below), here’s the latest in sub-label Street King’s excellent ‘number’ series of EPs.

The Cologne-based duo of Lifekiss&Hoover are up first with Can You Feel It?, a track that with its surging drums, nagging old skool pianos and attitude-y female vocal (“one more time Mr DJ, one more time for the crowd… can you feel it?”) would be a strong contender for peaktime Saturday night podium action, an effect only heightened by the inclusion of some almost handbag-ish synth stabs. B-Liv give us Jazz Whirling next, a deeper house groove with hefty throbbing bass, solid kicks, all manner of atmospherics and, most importantly, plenty of mournful, moody jazz saxomophone. The EP’s then completed by Original and Dub mixes of Mario Bianco’s My Soul Sacrifice, a real journey of a track that tops tribal drums with Santana-esque fretwork, interspersed with some lounge-y keyboard licks.

My Soul Sacrifice definitely wins out in the “original and distinctive” stakes, while Can You Feel It? is easily the safest bet for floor play. But Jazz Whirling is good too… which means, all told, this is something of a must-check EP.

Out: Now on Traxsource promo, full release TBA.

About: You know where to find the King Street massive by now!

Yakka – Move My Body EP

February 1, 2015 in Singles

Yakka Move My Body EP Street KingAnd from the experimental/leftfield deep house vibes of Rob Clarke’s latest EP below, we move abruptly (and, it has to be said, rather inappropriately for a Sunday night) into party-hearty peaktime territory with this latest from King Street sub-label Street King.

There are five tracks in total. Move My Body itself is as unpretentious a stomper as I think has featured on TIWWD for quite some time, looping up a couple of lines from Miami Sound Machine’s 80s classic Dr Beat and placing them atop a simple uptempo, disco-tinged backdrop. The accompany Man Of Goodwill Remix drops the tempo considerably, applies FX to the vocal and ends up as the kind of druggy, slo-mo jam you might hear at Horse Meat Disco. Elsewhere on the EP, Going Back is a less in-your-face disco houser with a familiar-sounding “we’re going back” male vocal and some gloriously cheesy sax, there’s more hot sax action (as well as some lovely piano work) on the far more sophisticated soulful house groove that is Nothing Is All, while finally Out Of Control is a bouncy, bleepy cut that sports sirens and sampled police radio dialogue, and that’s aimed fair and square at afterhours floors.

A nice range of styles/moods overall then, but I have to admit it’s the title track that I’m feeling the most – whether in more credible remix or unashamedly fromage-tastic original form!

Out: This week

About: You can find Street King and the rest of the King Street family here, here and here.

Various – No 537 EP

January 16, 2015 in Singles

No 537 EP Street KingFinally for tonight, we have a pleasing range of house styles on this latest installment in Street King’s ‘number’ series of EPs.

Danny Deep & Chris Carini’s The Usual Thing is up first, a chunky, now-sounding houser with a descending-ascending three-note bassline as its central hook and muted proggy synths that lend it a dreamy feel, all topped off with a wistful “get together” vocal. Rhythm Staircase’s Trust The Drum is an unsurprisingly percussive affair that nods to both vintage Chi-town and early 00s tribal and sports Afro-chant vox, while Vincent Groove’s My Love comes in two mixes, the Balearic-leaning (but still upbeat and floor-friendly) original with its extensive female spoken vocal and a tuffer, squelchier Dub.

The cream of the crop though is Paul Adam’s Believe, a late-night slice of melodic, jazz-tinged deep house that’d make for an ideal end-of-nighter. As, indeed, it’s going to for TIWWD right now.

Out: This week on Traxsource

About: Find Street King (and the rest of the King Street label family) herehere and here.

Angelo Ferreri – Munnu Persu EP

January 10, 2015 in Singles

Angelo Ferreri Mannu Persu EP Street KingAfter ending last night on a ‘cheesy but fun’ kinda note, tonight we start off with something a little more credible but equally party-hearty courtesy of King Street sub-label Street King and Sicilian producer Angelo Ferreri.

It’s a three-track affair. The title track’s a happy-clappy disco-houser with jaunty piano sprinkles and snippets of two famous vocals, to wit Hideaway plus a “need your love” one whose original source escapes me just at this minute. Elsewhere, Snakes is an instrumental cut in a similar vein, while Sins is slightly more contemporary sounding thanks to its rolling, techy beats, but otherwise ploughs a similar furrow to the other two.

Chin-strokers will need to look elsewhere but tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 2000…

Out: This week, on Traxsource

About: You can find Street King and the rest of the King Street family – as always – here, here and here.

Wise D & Kobe – What’s Up

December 12, 2014 in Singles

Wise D & Kobe What's Up Street KingWe up the tempo somewhat now with a slab of fiercely rolling tech-house courtesy of King Street diffusion label Street King.

Well, fiercely rolling tech-house on the A, anyway, where the original of What’s Up centres around Iberican-sounding, terrace-friendly percussion and a HUGE bassline that’s reminiscent of (but not sampled from) Sandy B’s Make The World Go Round, all topped with a snatch of Jungle Brothers vox (or possibly a resung take thereon?) and some very cool organ parps.

Flip it over, though, and the deeper Who Else Remix could almost be a different track entirely, with simple, understated 4/4s replacing the tribal drums and the big warping bass nowhere to be heard; in its place you get simple, insistent synth chords and some speed garage-y wibble FX. Only the vocal sample remains the same, and even that’s used far more sparingly.

Both tracks do what they do well, though. So the Who Else Remix would be the one for warm-up play, while the original’s the peak-time pick… and having options is never a bad thing.

Out: This week, on Traxsource

About: Find Street King and the rest of the King Street label family here, here and here.

Various – No 193 EP

October 16, 2014 in Singles

No 193 EP Street KingA nice mix of styles on this latest in Street King’s (now quite long-running) numbered EP series.

Da Lukas is up first with I’ll Make You High [Dub Mix], a deep/tech houser from the distinctly low-slung n’ groovy side of the tracks. Soundealers’ Your Swing is a deep house trip into pastures spangled, topped with a sweet female vocal from Jocelyn Medina. Technique’s This Old House provides the quirk factor, its rolling beats and 90s-ish surging synths topped with spoken vox explaining “how to put together the basics of good, solid house” inna Howdy Doody stylee. Angel Mora’s Pienso En Ti (feat Karina Junker) ticks the box marked ‘smooth and soulful’, and then finally Cleopatra Jones’s RRiding High [sic] tops fat, squelchy bass and shufflin’ hi-hats with a very Roisin Murphy-ish vocal.

Something for everyone, then, with This Old House and I’ll Make You High the picks of a fine crop to these ears.

Out: This week (on Traxsource)

About: Find Street King and the rest of the King Street family here.