Roby Deep – Road To The Unknown

May 16, 2016 in Singles

Roby Deep Road To The Unknown Submarine VibesAnother European label who always come up with the deeper goods are Bosnia’s Submarine Vibes, and they don’t disappoint with this single from Slovenia’s Roby Deep.

One thing I like about Submarine Vibes is that you never know quite what particular shade of deepness you’re going to get. In the case of Road To The Unknown in its original form, we’re headed off to that place where deep house, prog and chill-out intertwine. The Yarosslav Remix opts for much more obviously danceable beats, but then confuses with a minute-long beatless breakdown, after which a hypnotic, vaguely Underworld-y half-sung/half-spoken male vocal loop joins the party.

The standout for yours truly, though, is the throbbing, dubby Hibrid Remix – sheer late-night driftaway deep house bliss…

Out: This week

About: You can find Submarine Vibes herehere and here.

Arara – Strike Three

September 22, 2015 in Singles

Arara Strike Three EP Submarine VibesMore leftfield/experimental deep grooves now courtesy of Bosnia’s Submarine Vibes label.

Three mixes of Strike Three to choose from. The original’s a sort of wonky, future lounge thang that’s one-part Roy Ayers, one-part Yellow Magic Orchestra and one-part The Man With The Red Face. Actually, that’s a pretty rubbish description so you’ll just have to hear it for yourself, which  – in a rare instance of me being arsed – you can do below.

The man like Yigit Atilla serves up a much smoother deep house remix, while German producer Wanderlust’s mix sits somewhere between the two and brings the tinkling pianos to the fore. Atilla’s rub would be the obvious choice for dancefloor play, but the original deserves props too, simply for not sounding like much anything else that’s around right now.

Out: This week

About: You can find Submarine Vibes here, here and here.

Delskiz – Soundscaper

August 27, 2015 in Singles

Delskiz Soundscaper EP Submarine VibesSome fine deep techno vibes to start with tonight courtesy of ever-checkable Bosnian label Submarine Vibes.

In its original form, Soundscaper is quite a melodic, prog-tinged affair… and very aptly named! Remix-wise, the Hibrid Remix is a chunkier, slightly darker pass than the original while the Ki.Mi. Remix takes us into dubbier pastures. Completing the package is (ahem) Split Panties, another uber-deep, dub-tinged affair with a hypnotic/amniotic/sub-aquatic kinda feel.

All good, but the Ki.Mi. Remix of the title track takes the gold.

Out: This week

About: Find Submarine Vibes on Soundcloud, on Facebook and at their own website.

Chris Robin & Jonas Saalbach – Fridge Slap

August 2, 2015 in Singles

Chris Robin & Jonas Saalbach Fridge Slap Submarine VibesFinally for tonight, some very fine, very deep house music from those ever-reliable providers of the same, Submarine Vibes, who are based over in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Three mixes of Fridge Slap to choose from. The original starts out bordering on slo-mo disco with its clappy beats and cowbell, then drifts off slowly into the late-night chillin’ zone with some lovely chorus’d female “aah-aahs” and high, fluttering synth notes. Hibrid’s remix (NB: nothing to do with veteran prog-breaks outfit Hybrid) is a more ambient-leaning take with a touch of the Northern Exposures about it, while completing the package is a slightly more floor-friendly rub from Jelly For The Babies that brings the 80s sci-fi bassline further to the fore.

The original and JFTB share top honours but as ever from Submarine Vibes this is quality stuff all round.

Out: This week

About: Find Submarine Vibes on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Jelly For The Babies & MockBeat – Stuck In A Loop EP

July 5, 2015 in Singles

Jelly For The Babies & MockBeat Stuck In A Loop EP Submarine VibesMore very fine deep grooves on this latest from Bosnia’s ever-excellent Submarine Vibes.

In its Original form, Stuck In A Loop is a midpaced deep house groover with a funky-assed bassline, a nagging, almost proggy synth riff and a downpitched spoken male vocal (“they say times have changed, and I haven’t, but that’s not true”). The man like Rishi K then supplies a more stripped-back, slightly more ‘up’ refix that largely dispenses with the proggier overtones, while the Viel Remix takes us more clearly into the late-night, post-club zone.

Whichever mix you plump for, this is the kind of tackle that’ll serve your dancefloor jiggin’ and sofa-based headnoddin’ needs equally well… and with Rishi’s rub edging towards the former and Viel’s towards the latter, you can’t really go wrong.

Out: This week

About: You can find Submarine Vibes on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Roby Deep – Going Under

June 14, 2015 in Singles

Roby Deep Going Under Submarine VibesFour mixes to choose from on this latest from ever-checkable Bosnian imprint Submarine Vibes.

In its Original form, Going Under has muted kicks, scratchy top-end percussion, distorted male vox and what sounds like a warped trombone sample. It’s probably most easily lumped into the ‘deep techno’ category but really its druggy, dubby vibes should appeal to lovers of the deep from across the house/techno spectrum. Addex uses a different, quite poetic spoken male vocal on his smoother, housier rub, while the Chrono Remix is a nice understated tech-house groover and finally Dustin Nantais serves up a lolloping, late-night deep house take.

Nantais and Addex share top honours for me, perhaps unsurprisingly, but the whole EP’s something of a headnodder’s delight.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Submarine Vibes on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Arara – Art In Quadrat

February 22, 2015 in Singles

Arara Art In Quadrat Submarine VibesLast one for tonight, and we stay in uber-deep mode but in a slightly housier kinda way with this latest from Sarajevo’s ever on-point Submarine Vibes.

In its original form, Art In Quadrat has quite tuff, techy beats but otherwise, with its dubby bassline and gently tinkling jazzy ivories, wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Boulevard. Remix-wise, Ki.Mi adds crowd noise and goes for a slightly more laidback and lilting feel, the Powel Remix adds musical warmth in the form of strings and extra layers of piano in a lower register, making this perhaps your best bet for very late-night play, while Sergio Sergi heads in the other direction with a strutty dancefloor mix that nods to vintage soul and funk.

Powel and the original share top honours for me, but whatever mix you choose it’s another winner from Submarine Vibes.

Out: This week

About: Find Submarine Vibes here, here and here. This is the label’s 12th release.

MockBeat – Should’ve Known

January 30, 2015 in Singles

MockBeat Should've Known Submarine VibesSarajevo’s Submarine Vibes made their first appearance on this blog with their From The Bottom Of The Ocean… compilation only last month. That album impressed, as did a single from Jelly For The Babies a few weeks back. But this latest offering is frankly just STUPIDLY good.

Three mixes of Should’ve Known to choose from. The original starts out with simple, warm kicks, wobbly organs and birdsong. A looping female “should’ve known from the start” vocal and a phat, hip-swaying bassline then join the party, followed by raw piano chords and then, at around the two-minute mark, some cheeky/jaunty synth bleeps. If you’re a lover of more traditional deep house/garage sounds, you’re gonna love this!

But the fun doesn’t stop there. The Tommy Mc Remix strips out some of the atmospherics, ditches the birdsong and bleeps, brings the piano to the fore and, most importantly, adds a ton of ruff, 2015-style bass, while the Night Creatures Remix, by way of complete contrast, drops the tempo by a few BPM and transforms the track into a thing of late-night, zoned-out beauty.

Not picking a fave here, I’m loving all three, not least because that sultry vocal is sheer class, even if it is only one line. MORE PLEASE!

Out: This week

About: Find Submarine Vibe on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Jelly For The Babies – Down Low

January 10, 2015 in Singles

Jelly For The Babies Down Low Submarine VibesDeeper but still very floor-friendly house vibes now from Sarajevo-based label Submarine Vibes.

In its original form, Down Low is a mid-paced chugger predicated around a nagging synth/piano riff, barely-there fragments of female vocal, insistent top-end percussion and warm, understated but nonetheless enveloping bass. Canada’s Dustin Nantais heads deeper, dropping the superfluous percussion and opting instead for mournful trumpets and a hefty sample from a Gandhi speech, while Serbia’s Kristina Lalic goes in the opposite direction and serves up a pounding techno refix.

The latter’s a good example of its genre but not really for this blog. The other two rubs certainly are, though – Dustin’s mix especially.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 21 Jan.

About: You can find Submarine Vibes – who are just 10 releases old, including this one – on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Various – From The Bottom Of The Ocean Up To The Moon

December 17, 2014 in Albums

From The Bottom Of The Ocean Submarine VibesLast one for tonight, and the last ‘catch-up’ review before, tomorrow, we’ll finally crack on with THIS week’s releases.

So, what we have here is a 12-track compilation from Submarine Vibes, a fledgling label collective based in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Whether you’ll have heard of many of the artists involved is in doubt – certainly Ill Cows and Jelly For The Babies are the only names to have cropped up on TIWWD previously – but the quality of the music isn’t. Deep and tech house vibes are the general order of the day, with a couple of excursions into straight-up techno and more downtempo pastures, and while Carlos Francisco’s Jericoara with its layered percussion, understated bass wobbles and mission control dialogue samples is a clear stand-out, the calibre generally is impressively high for such a young imprint.

Out: Last week (but only on Friday so we’re not too far behind!)

About: Apart from this compilation, Submarine Vibes have put out just nine releases to date. Get the full skinny from their Soundcloud and Facebook pages or at their own website.