Various – Jump Volume 1

May 8, 2016 in Albums

Jump Vol 1 Jump DigitalWe stay in tech-house territory now with the first-ever label comp from As I Am’s London-based imprint Jump Digital.

While it’d be fair to file the album under ‘tech-house’ generally, I should also say that there is actually some variety on offer here. Opener Baby Boo by Jesse James, for instance, comes on like a late-90s speed garage remix of Destiny’s Child or TLC, while Digital Three’s Dope has distinct echoes of Brit-house from the mid-90s. But overall, big bouncy tech-house bizniss is the general order of the day, with Argy Kay’s Answer and Behic Fellowes’ sinuous, acid-tinged Alright particularly worthy of your attention.

A great collection from a label I’ll be keeping a closer eye on in future!

Out: This week

About: You can find Jump Digital on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Digipulation – FLTR EP

May 8, 2016 in Singles

Digipulation FLTR EP Family GroovesAn energetic tech-house three-tracker here from Croatia’s ever-checkable Family Grooves.

FLTR itself is up first, which is quite dark n’ pounding in the drums department but actually quite shimmery and disco-y on top, with much use of filters – as the title implies. Rising is even more discofied and very summery, with “house music!” vocal stabs and some gorgeous tinkling ivories.

But good as both of those are, the standout for me here is Boing, which is an absolute MONSTER of a tune centred around a big, dark speed garage bassline – I’m quite fond of them, y’know – and sporting sampled reggae vox buried deep in the mix.

Out: This week

About: Find Family Grooves herehere and here.

Ariane Blank & Albena Flores – Feel The Light/Uncolored

May 5, 2016 in Singles

Ariane Blank & Albena Flores Feel The Light Shoes Bags & BoysGloriously deep house vibes on this two-tracker from Germany’s ever-checkable Shoes Bags & Boys.

On the A, Feel The Light is an unhurried, dubby affair with rolling beats, resonant piano chords and just a hint of minimal glitch. Flip it over, and Uncolored is a smoother deep house ride built to accompany you on your travels as you drift off into inner space…

Not picking a fave here cos I’m loving both!

Out: This week

About: Find Shoes Bags & Boys on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Dorival Cora – Dumptaste/Everything

April 30, 2016 in Singles

Dorival Cora Dumptaste eMBi MusicTech-house from the deeper side on this two-tracker from Spanish producer Dorival Cora, brought to you by Germany’s eMBi Music.

On the A, Dumptaste is a midpaced, chuggy affair replete with twitchy-glitchy, minimal-like sounds and topped with a spoken vocal by a rather posh British lady (or what sounds like a rather posh British lady). Over on the B, meanwhile, Everything appears to be a somewhat smoother, (deep) housier ride… but have just realised the WAV didn’t download properly and it’s kinda hard to say from the first 30 seconds!

It’s a good 30 seconds, though…

Out: This week

About: Find eMBi Music on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Max Chapman – You Just Won’t EP

April 23, 2016 in Singles

Max Chapman You Just Wont Lost RecordsSome fine chunky, funky tech-house grooves here, from a man who’s more than a little adept at such.

You Just Won’t itself fuses vintage Chi-town beats with a surging, filtered b-line that’s bang up-to-date, topping both with a male voice saying “you just won’t get it” over and over. Luca Cazal then goes into full-on nostalgia mode on his remix, applying the vocal far more sparingly while swapping out the b-line for a 303-ish one to match the drums. Both are cool, but Move Back is even better, whether you opt for the sleazy throb of the Original with its hip-house vocal or the harder-slammin’ Electric Youth Remix.

Yet to hear anything sub-par from Chapman, and this is another surefire floorburner from the lad.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Lost Records, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Andy Ho – Eyes EP

April 20, 2016 in Singles

Andy Ho Eyes Swerve DigitalDark, sinuous tech-house grooves are the order of the day on this offering from fledgling UK label Swerve Digital.

Three mixes to choose from. In its Original form, Eyes leans towards progressive house, with chugging beats, shimmering keys and long, melancholy synth sweeps that are vaguely reminiscent, to these old ears at least, of The Grid’s Texas Cowboys. The Jake Twell Mix tones down the synths and tuffens up the beats somewhat, while the RS4 Remix opts for an old-school Chicago feel in the drums and bass department and a more stripped-back, jackin’ feel overall.

RS4 takes the gold here for me but liking the other two as well.

Out: This week

About: Based in London, Swerve Digital is headed up by Nik Syr and Shaun Wookieboy, and this is the label’s fifth release. Find ’em on Soundcloud and Facebook, or at their own website.

GrooveANDyes – Suicidal Trend

April 18, 2016 in Singles

GrooveANDyes Suicidal Trend Bassics RecordsArgentinian label Bassics Records make their TIWWD debut tonight, with a release that’s likely to find friends in both the house and techno camps.

For the househeads, it’s the Original mix of Suicidal Trend you’ll want to head for, with its stripped-back but nonetheless hip-swayin’ beats, party/crowd noise and obscenely squelchy slap bassline. For the techno lovers, Felix Rusconi’s remix takes the track to a darker, trippier place, while finally Cruster’s rub sits somewhere between the two and as such is likely to find favour with both camps.

All good stuff, but no prizes for guessing it’s the Original yours truly is feeling the most.

Out: Friday (22 April)

About: Bassics Records are based in Buenos Aires. This is the label’s 19th release, and you can find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Demuir – Jacktified

March 19, 2016 in Singles

Demuir Jacktified I'm A House GangsterA pleasingly varied five-tracker here from I’m A House Gangster.

Rise Of The Sagittarian is up first, a boompty-jazz affair with rollin’ beats, tinkling ivories and sampled, spoken jazzman vox. Talkn Bout Gangsta treads a slightly more familiar strutty tech/G-house path for IAHG, but if the gangsta/hip-hop vox are too much for you it’s accompanied by a Dub that lets the funk of the track’s underlying groove shine through. Completing the EP is Raw N Crazy, another distinctly jazzual affair – and one where you might be glad there’s a Clean version included cos the spoken female vocal on the original may be just a little, ahem, ‘frank’ for some tastes…

All good, but Rise… takes the gold for me.

Out: This week

About: Find I’m A House Gangster on Soundcloud, on Facebook and at their own website.

Riki Inocente – The Northern Rose Remixes Pt 1

March 13, 2016 in Singles

Riki Inocent The Northern Rose Remixes Pt 1 RejektsWe ended last night in quite ‘up’ territory, so let’s kick off there again tonight with this superb three-tracker from Iain Taylor’s Rejekts label.

First out in October last year, here Riki Inocente’s Northern Rose EP gets the remix treatment on this first EP in a series of two. Jamie Trench’s No Horn Dub takes The Journey into squelchy, bassy 3am territory, while Jem Haynes’ rerub of Mood 5 has something of a late-90s Nite Grooves kinda feel; both are quality, but the standout comes in the form of the label boss’s take on The Journey, which sees the track transformed into an unholy and utterly devastating cocktail of a dark, rumbling speed garage bassline and warping, spacey atmospheric synths.

Outstanding stuff that’ll rock any house floor worthy of the name.

Out: This week

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

Cass – Mortal

March 13, 2016 in Singles

Cass Mortal Old School DepartmentSwitzerland’s Old School Department come up with the floor-rockin’ house vibes once again here.

Cass is described as a ‘UK talent’ – it’s not clear if it’s the same Cass of Cass & Slide/Cass & Mangan fame (AKA Christopher Cutbush) but I’m guessing not, though I could be wrong. Doesn’t really matter though cos Mortal is an energetic peaktime tech-house stomper whoever’s made it, sporting a dark, rumbling b-line, rave-y stabs and an ominous “you’ve annihilated the world before your very ears, and utterly destroyed mine” spoken male vocal. It’s not for the faint-hearted but it’ll destroy the floors it’s aimed at, with the overall vibe not dissimilar to Underground Sound Of Lisbon’s So Get Up.

If that’s a bit much for you, though, then flip it over for the Mike Denitz remix, a smoother, less in-your-face pass.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: You can find Old School Department on Soundcloud and Facebook.