Tommy Bones – Arrival EP

April 24, 2016 in Singles

Tommy Bones Arrival EP Strictly RhythmGonna keep it nice n’ deep tonight after last night’s trek through stompier pastures, starting with this two-tracker from the mighty Strictly Rhythm.

It’s the B-side you’ll be wanting to head for. Not that the A’s Aisha isn’t a perfectly playable lil’ slice of peaktime house music: it is. It’s heavily indebted to French Kiss, admittedly, but the jaunty piano chords save it from being a mere pastiche. But Aisha pales in comparison next to T’s Jazzy Joint on the B, a far deeper jam that does very much what it says on the tin. Crucially, though, its fluttering synth-flutes, tinkling vibes and scatty vocal snips are underpinned by rock-solid 4/4s and a satisfying full-fat bassline.

No chin-stroking noodlefest this one, just 5:57 of sumptuous house music to lose yourself in. Which I suggest you do at your earliest opportunity.

Out: This week

About: Find Strictly Rhythm  herehere and here.

Gershon Jackson – Take It Easy

January 22, 2016 in Singles

Gershon Jackson Take It Easy Strictly RhythmSome energetic trad-style house grooves here from the mighty Strictly Rhythm.

Three mixes of Take It Easy to choose from. On the Eli Escobar Remix, stuttering Latin/tribal beats are married to throbbing synth-bass and topped with a full-lunged, blues-style female vocal and ker-razy Hammond doodles. The Mike Dunn Blackball Ezee Mix has more straight-up 4/4s and a stripped-back, 3am kinda feel all round, keeping the vocal in full effect and adding some positively rude bass squelch. And then finally there’s the Sonny Fodera & Mat.Joe Remix, which has a slightly more ‘now’ (as opposed to ‘classic’) feel.

The latter’s the one you’ll hear out most in clubland, methinks, but to these ears Mike Dunn’s rub just nudges it.

Out: This week

About: Find Strictly Rhythm herehere and here.

Mystic Bill – U Won’t C Me EP

November 13, 2015 in Singles

Mystic Bill U Won't C Me EP Strictly RhythmUS veteran William Torres AKA Mystic Bill serves up some defiantly old-skool house sounds for Strictly Rhythm.

U Won’t C Me, indeed, could have come straight from late 80s Chicago with its stuttering 909 drums, analogue synths and throbbing 303 bassline, all topped with a spoken/rapped vocal – as so many of those early Chi-town cuts were.  It’s accompanied by an acapella for more creative types, while the spooky, dramatic Like A Dream In The Night completes the package and calls to mind classic cuts like Le Noiz’s I’m Scared.

In fact, only contemporary (ie, much better) production values would give you any indication, sonically, that this wasn’t a long-lost Trax or DJ International release. That’s a good thing not a grumble, BTW!

Out: This week

About: Find Strictly Rhythm herehere and here.

Tommy Bones – Love & War EP

July 5, 2015 in Singles

Tommy Bones Love & War EP Strictly RhythmNYC veteran Tommy Bones serves up a three-tracker for the seemingly immortal Strictly Rhythm here.

Love & War itself is quite a dark house groove, built to power busy but more discerning house floors on through till dawn. Something of an E-Smoove’ish feel to this one, particularly in the off-kilter pianos… but it’s actually bonus cut Get Down (yes, another one – see below) that’s the standout for me. In its original form, Get Down tops classic NY-style house drums with a bouncy bass hook, female “up, down, up, down” vox and sax parps, as well as backing diva wails. It’s ‘trad-leaning’ for sure, yet sounds thoroughly contemporary at the same time – and much the same can be said for the bigger and even bouncier Remix, where the M1 comes out to play.

Out: This week

About: Find Strictly Rhythm here, here and here.

Tommy Bones – Love & War EP

June 20, 2015 in Singles

Tommy Bones Love & War EP Strictly RhythmPicking up the tempo a little now, here we have the latest from iconic NYC label Strictly Rhythm.

In its Original form, Get Down itself is a mid-paced houser sporting diva wails as well as a separate female “up and down” vocal, a bouncin’ synth hook and tuff, very NY-sounding beats. Love & War is a slightly more heads-down and driving cut with some great bass-y piano chords, but the killer for me is Get Down (Remix)… a sax-sprinkled M1 organ bouncer to die for!

Out: This week

About: Find Strictly Rhythm here, here and here.

So many tunes, so little time 47

August 11, 2013 in Singles

Another week where 37 million people decided to all release a record at once so this isn’t gonna be as comprehensive as I’d like it to be, but anyway here are SOME of the week’s other goodies for ya…


Angie Brown teams up with the Sleazy Deep crew to revisit her 90s Bizarre Inc anthem I’m Gonna Get You, which comes in four mixes on new label Square One Digital…  at just about the opposite end of the musical spectrum, Erhan & Kaehne give us Project One, a very deep, moody and atmospheric techno slab on Denmark’s CPH Undersound…  Izabela & Silvio Hrabar take time out from running Croatia’s Family Grooves imprint to serve up the Seven Ate Nine EP for New Era Recordings, which features four original tech-house cuts plus a remix from label boss Tony Thomas… some deeper tech-house grooves come from Jack Steinel in the form of The Islands EP for Hype Muzik… while very contemporary-sounding deep/tech bizniss is the order of the day on Julian M‘s Market Boulevard EP on French label Soleil De Nuit… or if it’s tuffer tech-house/techno you’re after then check for Lino & Manu‘s Molly’s House, coming on Spaceland RecordsSavoir Faire Musique this week give us some typically fine deep house grooves with Lionel Ross‘s Tajinaste, which comes with remixes from Hall North and Tony S… we seem to be on a bit of a ‘labels beginning with S’ tip don’t we? And here’s another one, as the legendary Strictly Rhythm give us Inside My Love, a lovely melodic deep/soulful house take on the Minnie Ripperton classsic by Magic Eye, coming (or at least promo’d) in just the one mix… Markus Homm & Leo Leal‘s three-track Space Cowboy EP for Swiss label Colludo Records is home to some deeper house vibes still… while Misty‘s Make Time on Freaky Vibes is in that ‘big room bizniss that people will try and tell you is deep house but isn’t really’ kinda vein, s’all right all the same though… while also on a more big room tip is Meloder‘s Affection EP, a seven-track affair coming on Cardiff’s Pole Position Recordings…  let’s have some sleeves now seeing as we’re halfway through the alphabet…


…Irish label Mood 24 Records give us some very pleasing deep, chuggy techno in the form of Bacteria by label boss Patrick WeblinRenato Ratier‘s Folk Us is a midtempo, guitar-flecked deep/tech houser sporting what appears to (but may not) be a slowed-down Terence Trent D’Arby sample by way of a vocal, and coming complete with a Luke Solomon remix on Brazil’s D-Edge Records… back in the UK, Beats Me Music boss Rob Clarke digs around on his hard drive to pull out the four bleepy, techy cuts that make up the Unreleased EPUnrivaled Music give us Favela Vida from label regulars Rose Tinted, dancefloor deepness in four mixes of which Feft‘s is particularly worth checking… sister imprint Sounds Of Juan meanwhile are in a boomin’, bouncy acid house/techno mood this week with the Internal Voices EP from Scientific Funk… back on a deep house tip Smok‘s rather fine three-track Serenity EP would probably have got a full review had Phat Elephant not sent it across at the very last minute… and speaking of rather fine deep house, DO check out Souldate‘s Dreaming EP on Depaart, particularly the title track… Sushi Darling from The Cucarachas is a rollin’, tuff-but-funky (tech) houser coming complete with a Honey Dijon remix on Kinetika Records… Kerri Chandler’s Madtech give us the three-track Heaven EP, wherein Walter Ego  serves up some forward-thinking grooves that sit in some hard-to-define place somewhere between tech-house and future garage… and there are more very contemporary, genre-mashing house sounds courtesy of Southern Fried, with the Get Deeper EP from YoungTEE… and finally we come to those pesky “various artists”. Jack Steinel, JP Chronic and Mobius Strum are among those dishing out the chunky, good-time tech-house grooves for Chronovision‘s two-part Ibiza Sampler 2013…  much tuffer tech-house and techno vibes can be found on 1605 Music Therapy‘s Platform Vol 12 EP, with Vlada Asanin‘s Gangsta Shit and Max Bett & Tesla‘s speed garage-y Bassline Heaven the standouts for yours truly… and we play out still on a tuff, rollin’ tech-house tip with the Street’s Stuff Vol 5 EP from the ever-checkable Deeperfect, featuring cuts from Mihalis Safras, Balthazar & Jack Rock and more.


Like I said, that’s just some of this week’s highlights cos if there’d been time I’d also have told you about new releases from Afrobeat, Alias Rhythm, Andrade, Andy Slate, Arjun Vagale, Darko De Jan, Frankyeffe, Grunbox, Jay Riordan, Joelle Atkins, Lissat & Voltax, Mark Holmes & Mindform, Mikee, Pan Demic, PIEK, Rhythm Plate, Ronan Scullion, Roy RosenfelD, Senny Rollings, Serfafimoff, Spettro & Trent Johnson, Spiros Kaloumenos, Sun7, The Deepshakerz, Thomas La Salle and Vincento AKA Synth Project. If there’d been time. But there wasn’t. Sorry.