Yigit Atilla – State Of Mind

March 15, 2015 in Singles

Yigit Atilla State Of Mind La Pitti RecordsLast one for tonight, and we’ll sign off back in deep house territory with this predictably fine three-tracker from Yigit Atilla, coming on Vincenzo De Robertis’s La Pitti Records.

State Of Mind itself is up first, an unhurried headnodder with proggy tinges around the edges and some jazz-funk-ish geetar to boot. Echoes, which follows, is a sumptuous, dubby late-night groove wherein warm, luxuriant pads, sub-aquatic FX and heavily reverbed synth notes combine to ease you into a state of bliss, dropping down to a full minute and a half of midsection ambience before being joined in the final two minutes by soothing, spoken male vox. And then, just before you nod off completely, there’s Submantra’s remix of the title track, which – with livelier percussion, a jauntier bassline and handclaps – is by far the most floor-friendly of the three tracks. Still wouldn’t try playing it down your local Oceana, mind…

Very classy stuff, as we’ve come to expect from both producer and label!

Out: This week

About: You can find La Pitti Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Submantra & DJ Umbi – One Night EP

October 5, 2014 in Singles

Submantra & DJ Umbi One Night EP Soul DeepartureA four-tracker here from Soul Deeparture that will please those who like it – as the label name suggests! – deep and soulful.

In its original form, One Night itself marries a deep-voiced male vocal and New Jersey-ish keys with skippy beats and a nice squelchy synth b-line, while the Zulu’s At Work Late Night Mix tones down the keys for a more afterhours kinda feel. The other original here, Feel So High, is slightly pacier and rides more straightforward 4/4s, but otherwise retains the classic garage vibe, and comes accompanied by a Dimkal Renaissance Mix that again strips things back, but in this instance retains the sumptuous piano chords.

Proper garage vibes for those that know…

Out: This week

About: You can find Soul Deeparture on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Soul Deeparture In Summer

August 10, 2014 in Albums

Soul Deeparture In SummerOur second compilation of the evening comes from Italy’s Soul Deeparture… a label that I don’t think have featured on TIWWD before, though label owners DJ Umbi and Submantra certainly have.

As you’d expect, both from the name of the label and from those behind it, compared to the Different Attitudes comp below we’re dealing in a more traditional-style, soul-infused take on deep house with this collection. From the label bosses’ opener Everything Has A Meaning (as remixed by Rishi K) onwards, the emphasis is on sultry, slinky vibes, with highlights for yours truly including the Naked-esque, brass-toting swing of Sweet Thinking (Submantra & Umbi again, feat Francesca on vocals), Pavi’s deep, garage-leaning My Perception Of Music (as remixed by Portofino Sunrise) and the more contemporary-style deepness of Jero Nougues’ Castaway with its cavernous production and downpitched male vocal.

Karmine Rosciano’s sparse, jacking remix of Portofino Sunrise’s Burning Baby with its rave-y stabs, and Submantra & Umbi’s closing Bring Back The Drumz provide some welcome tuffer moments but on the whole, this is a treat for those in search of smoother grooves.

Out: This week

About: You can find Soul Deeparture on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Craig Stewart – Muon

March 26, 2014 in Singles

Craig Stewart Muon Flatgroove RecordsGreece’s Flatgroove Records haven’t made an appearance on TIWWD for quite some time (since August, in fact), but here they are again with a fine deep house slab from DCS Trax boss Craig Stewart.

In its original form, Muon features some lovely jazzy keys and trippy space disco FX sitting atop quite busy, techy percussion and a funky but understated bassline. A remix from Greek producer Nick Tsitlakidis AKA Distant Fragment heads deeper, losing the frenetic percussion and letting the b-line shine through, while finally Submantra’s Hypnotic Deep Remix has a similarly lush, late-night feel to Distant Fragment’s, but in this case underpinned by solid, thumping 4/4s throughout.

The latter rub just nudges it for yours truly, but Distant Fragment isn’t far behind.

Out: Friday (28 March)

About: You can find Flatgroove here, here and here.

Various – nUMusic Vol 2

December 7, 2013 in Singles

numusic vol 2 UM RecordsOnce again it’s the weekend and I find myself with a ton of catching up to do… so gonna keep things brief today.

To which end I’ll simply tell you that this is a new sampler EP from UM Records featuring tracks from Dilby, Submantra, Tim Andresen, Santiago Santamaria, Big AL, Jon Salem and Portofino Sunrise… and if that hasn’t got you salivating already then you’re probably reading the wrong blog, frankly. Dilby’s Starting Over – an unashamed homage to Alexander O’Neal’s Criticize – and the deep n’ dreamy vibes of Santiago Santamaria’s City Groove are particular standouts for yours truly, but you’ll have your own favourites I’m sure…

Out: This week

About: You can find Richie Hartness’s New Zealand-based UM Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Submantra & DJ Umbi – Give It Up EP

May 29, 2013 in Singles

Submantra & DJ Umbi Give It Up EP Savoir Faire MusiqueNext up we keep it nice and deep but on a more musical/soulful tip, with the latest from Savoir Faire Musique.

Give It Up itself is a lively, percussive affair with jazzy keys and a male “oo-oo-ooh house music” vocal, that you can imagine working on the soulful as well as the deep house floors. It’s actually B-side Big Class that’s my fave here, though. A dreamy, drifty affair with lingering chords and floaty female vocal snips in its original form, it comes complete with a remix from Lost My Dog regular Tom Lown, who gives the track a somewhat more ‘epic’ feel while simultaneously embracing elements of (nu) disco.

Smooth grooves that’ll be equally at home in warm-up sets or on weary 6am floors.

Out: This week

About: You can find Savoir Faire Musique on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Sunner Soul – Scream EP

November 24, 2012 in Singles

Sunner Soul Scream EP Acryl Music

More S-based deep house goodness, again from a label that have featured on TIWWD many times but again, standing out even when compared to their already impressive back catalogue.

There are three tracks and four mixes in total. April and Scream are by Sunner Soul on his own, the former a warm and bass-y late-night sofa surfer with the very lightest of prog tinges, the latter a more uptempo jaunt into old-skool house territory (check those pianos!). Desperado meanwhile is a joint effort with another S-man, Sergey Silvertone, coming in dreamy, melodic and again slightly proggy Original, or slightly more uptempo, Balearic and floaty Submantra mixes.

With just enough variety to be interesting while remaining coherent as an EP, these are four great tracks don’t just satisfy on the musical front, but pack in lots of S’s as well. We’re all about the S’s today.

Out: This week

About: You can find Acryl Music on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Submantra – I See You Dancing

August 31, 2012 in Singles

Submantra I See You Dancing Savoir Faire Musique

Several of TIWWD’s “regular” labels have new bits n’ pieces out this week… here’s the first, coming courtesy of Savoir Faire Musique.

There are three mixes of I See You Dancing on offer. The Original is a deep, bumpin’ houser with organ sounds that are warmer and richer than a banker in a sauna, and one of those gems that will suit club or post-club play equally well. The Dual T Acid Remix is less 303-drenched than you might expect but will still serve you well for those twisted 4am sessions, while Deepwit boss Alvaro Hylander comes with a rub that’s got slightly more frenetic percussion, yet a dubbier, more spaced-out feel than the original despite that.

I think it’s the Original that does it best for me – y’know me and organs – but all three mixes are very playable so you can’t go wrong really!

Out: This week

About: As ever, you can find Savoir Faire on Soundcloud or Facebook.

Submantra & DJ Umbi – 707 EP

April 24, 2012 in Singles

You can’t fault DCS Trax on the value-for-money front with this latest release, its two tracks coming in a whopping six mixes.

First up is 707 itself. The original’s a late-night deep house groover with disembodied vocals floating atop a chunky synth bassline and crisp percussion, and with something of a blissed-out, Balearic feeling overall. The Sleeper Remix beefs up the beats and emphasises the track’s trippy, dreamy qualities, making this a perfect heads-down cut for afterhours floors, while Holland’s Mark Mywords takes us on a funkier, subaquatic kinda ride.

Lurking on the B, meanwhile, you’ll find Give Me Your Love. In its Original form, this is a midtempo, soulfully-inclined deep houser with a full-phat b-line, that’s equally well suited to dancefloor play or home listening. The Universal Solution Remix busies up the top-end in a more head-y, driftaway and at times slightly proggy take, while the Alex V Remix goes in the opposite direction, stripping back the beats to turn the track into a sparse-but-sumptuous bass-heavy eyes-wide-shut 4am groover.

A quality package all round, with Mark Mywords’ mix of 707 just taking the gold for me and Alex V’s take on Give Me Your Love a close second.

Out: Today

About: Run by Craig Stewart, DCS Trax is part of the Universe Media family and can be found online here and here (website/Soundcloud)


Submantra – Calinda

May 16, 2011 in Singles

Submantra CalindaJust in case you thought TIWWD had had a stroke or something… after the HK release below let’s go straight back to the deeper end of the spectrum, with this latest from Craig Stewart’s DCS Trax imprint.

For this one, we’re talking proper dreamy soulful garage goodness in an NJ kinda style, like we used to y’know? Not much else to be said, this is the real deal! Seven mixes in total – it’s all about the Soul Minority Remix if you ask me, but the rest come from K-Bana, Matt Flores and Q-Musse, the latter’s very, very deep Instrumental picking up the TIWWD silver.
Out: This week
About: As stated this is on DCS Trax, based in the UK and run by Craig Stewart. Find ’em online here.