Jean Agoriia – Annabella EP

June 14, 2016 in Singles

Jean Agoriia Annabella EP Airtaxi RecordsTwo techno slabs from last week to catch up on before we crack on with this week’s releases, and it’s something of a red corner/blue corner situation as the two couldn’t be much more different.

In the red corner, we have this offering from Hungary’s Airtaxi Records, representing the more menacing end of the techno spectrum. Agoriia’s original of Annabella itself is all intricately rolling beats, dark surging bassline and horrorshow distorted male spoken vocal fragments, while remixes from Carlos Monsalve & Felipe G and Saulo Paul are essentially variations on the theme. One to reach for in those 3am moments when the floor’s truly locked-on and not ready to slow down yet!

Bonus cut Emulasion [sic], meanwhile, has a slightly lighter touch and is probably best describe as tech-house rather than straight-up techno, but lacks none of the A-side’s dancefloor punch.

Out: Now

About: Find Airtaxi Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

David Grant – Crookies

May 15, 2016 in Singles

David Grant Crookies 18-09 RecordsI did say tonight’s selection was gonna be ‘up’… though billed as tech-house on the hype sheet, this single-track release from Scottish label 18-09 Records is as close to slammin’ techno as TIWWD ever gets! Still good, though.

The key here is that, while Crookies may sport fierce synths straight out of the darkest corners of 1992 rave, and while those synths may build into a full-on acid assault as the track progresses, the BPM count is kept to a sensible 123 and the jaunty bassline that accompanies them has plenty of roll in its hips. The result is a track that’ll do damage on tech-house, techno and tuffer house floors alike.

Out: This week

About: You can find 18-09 Records on Soundcloud, on 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.

Ronnie Spiteri – Shake A Leg

February 27, 2016 in Singles

Ronnie Spiteri Shake A Leg EP Kenja RecordsMore contemporary-style house bizniss on this latest from Southampton’s Kenja Records.

Label boss Ronnie Spiteri is the man at the controls once more, with his Original of Shake A Leg a bassy lil’ floormover with a man’s voice intoning the title over and over, though not so much that it gets annoying. The Dub tuffens things up a notch while also dropping the vocal (obvs), while remix duties this time out are taken care of by Reset Robot, who turn in a driving, techno-leaning rub that’s still get enough funk flowing through its veins to work on house floors, too.

The Original would be my pick but all three mixes are plenty playable.

Out: Yesterday

About: You can find Kenja Records – from whom this is only the ninth release, BTW – on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Luca De Negri – Mind Harbor EP

January 31, 2016 in Singles

Luca De Negri Mind Harbor EP AquasoundSeems like a while since any of the Liquid Music labels cropped up on TIWWD… not entirely sure why, but anyway here comes a three-track EP from Italian producer De Negri on Aquasound to redress the balance.

What’s most striking about the EP is its sheer diversity. It opens with Dimension, a fairly laidback deep house groover with midrange synth drones, vocal microsnips and vaguely Latin/Balearic overtones. Harbor, which is up next, couldn’t be much more different, being a dark n’ driving techno cut built to rock bodies in dark rooms during the wee small hours. And then finally Mind, a rolling tech-house jam with a surging, pulsing bassline and 909-like drum hits, sits somewhere between the two.

Dimension stands out for me, with Mind not far behind. But De Negri deserves props for serving up an EP packed with the kind of stylistic variety we too rarely hear from any one producer these days.

Out: This week

About: You can find Aquasound, which as stated above is part of the Miami-based Liquid Music stable, on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Kozy – Sensory Deprivation

January 10, 2016 in Singles

Kozy Sensory Deprivation DKRA real mixed bag for you tonight, starting with some nice crunchy tech vibes from Manchester label DKR, aka Digital Killers Records.

Just the two mixes of Sensory Deprivation to choose from. Kozy’s original sits right on the tech-house/techno cusp, with pounding but muted kicks, cavernous bass drops, a jaunty little two-note synth hook and atmospheric FX a-gogo, all topped with a spoken vocal about sensory deprivation experiments carried out by the US Air Force in 1947. Flip it over for the Rivet Spinners Remix, a darker, harder pass that takes us into straight-up techno territory.

The latter will work on techno floors without a doubt but for TIWWD’s purposes it’s the Original that’s the star here.

Out: This week

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

David Kinnard – PAM (Let’s Get Do It)

January 2, 2016 in Singles

David Kinnard PAM Lets Get Do It 76 RecordingsMore driving tech-house/techno vibes on this simple one-track release from Mexico’s 76 Recordings.

And not only is it a simple one-tracker, that one track is pretty simple, too! Take one lolloping tech-house rhythm, add a warping, filtered bassline and some sparingly applied industrial-style FX, then put the spoken bit from Madonna’s Vogue over the top (y’know, the “Rita Heywood gave good face” bit). Actually, I think the lyric may have been revoiced rather than it being an actual sample, but the same rules apply: slammin’ beats + familiar vocal =  dancefloor slayer!

Not much more I can say, really.

Out: This week

About: Find 76 Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Acid AJ – Housewives On Acid

December 20, 2015 in Singles

Acid AJ Housewives On Acid 18-09 RecordsIt’s been a shoddy week for blogging, I admit. In my defence though, I have been kinda busy bringing iDJ magazine back to life!

Lots to catch up on tonight though, so without further ado, here we have a two-tracker from Scottish label 18-09 Records. On the A, the original version of Housewives On Acid is driven along by pounding technoid kicks and a walking bassline, atop which sit shufflin’ hi-hats, some throbbing rave-y synths and sampled speech taken from what appears to be a public information film about LSD, with a guy explaining about doses and then a woman talking about how she can see air molecules n’ stuff. Over on the flip, meanwhile, the Fake Self Remix opts for a slightly smoother, housier approach centred around a pulsing bass-synth.

Liking both mixes but for sheer jacking energy the Original just nudges it.

Out: This week

About: Find 18-09 Records, who launched just last year, on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Rennie Foster – With Abandon

December 6, 2015 in Singles

Rennie Foster With Abandon RF TraxEarlier this week, Canadian house and techno producer Rennie Foster got in touch and sent me a bundle of his recent productions. They were landing a little bit late but after he’d gone to all the trouble, it seemed churlish not to give the guy a shout!

Pick of the crop for me was this cut on his own RF Trax, which blends techno and jazz/soul influences to great effect. In its Original form, With Abandon strews scat fem vox liberally over driving beats, warping synth/organ chords and various tripped-out FX, the end result being a track that doesn’t sound like much else out there and is sure to prick up ears on the dancefloor.  Antwon Faulkner’s remix is a touch (tech) housier, Stephen Brown does the glitch techno thing while Cloudmaster Weed takes us into wonked-out, beatdown territory.

It’s the Original and Faulkner remixes I’d head for first.

Out: Now (but only for a week or so)

About: This is only the second release from RF Trax, who you can find at Rennie’s own Soundcloud, Facebook and website.

Some albums, quickly…

November 30, 2015 in Albums

Time once again tonight to catch up with some album releases from the past couple of weeks that I didn’t quite get around to… all are out now but still fresh!

Various – Ten Years Of Leftroom
Ten Years Of LeftroomHard to believe Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom label has been in business for an entire decade but such, seemingly, is the case. To mark this landmark, they’re releasing this 10-track collection which takes in old favourites, some new remixes and a clutch of new material as well. Tolfrey himself either provides, collaborates on or remixes a full 50% of ’em, while his partners-in-crime include the likes of Route 94, Audiojack, Kate Simko, Jay Haze and Laura Jones. Together, they serve up a heady cocktail of meaty house and sinuous techno that’s dark, often trippy, and perfectly in keeping with the label’s always forward-looking remit. Oh, and you get a 37-minute mixed version thrown in as well. More info here.

Danny M – Deeper Vol 1
Danny M Deeper Vol 1 New Politics RecordsThe New Politics Records stalwart comes with his debut artist full-length here. If you know the label, you’ll already have a pretty good idea what to expect and sure enough, contemporary-style ‘bass house’ with strong nods to both vintage UK/speed garage and the mid-00s bassline house era is pretty much the order of the day throughout. If you’re not a fan of the style, then it’s fair to say this won’t be the album to change your mind, but if you are then cuts like the dreamy Need You, or the big n’ strutty Rock The Disco with its familiar vocal sample, will more than satisfy. More info here.

Various – Ekletik Beats Vol 004
Eklektik Beats Vol 004 EDM UndergroundAnother label comp here, this one coming from Greece’s unfortunately named EDM Underground, who for those that don’t know them have nothing to do with cake-throwing, pyrotechnics and electotraptrancestep, and everything to do with quality underground house music. Across this 17-track collection you’ll find deep and tech vibes ranging from the laidback and jazzy to the peaktime and stompy, and while some names – BiG AL, Pano Manara, Vincenzo De Robertis, label boss Analog Trip – should be familiar to TIWWD readers, most of it’s been made by relative newcomers – making the high quality standard throughout all the more impressive. More info here.

Various – Jazzy Best Pt 6
Jazzy Best Vol 6 Apparel MusicAnd from a label called EDM that have very little to do with EDM, we move on to a compilation called Jazzy Best that has very little to do with jazz! Okay, there’s a brushed snare here, a mournful sax parp there, I’ll grant you. But a Peterson-esque noodlefest this definitely isn’t; instead expect 20 tracks of the finest underground house music – mostly on a deep dancefloor tip but with one or two techier moments and a few more downtempo excursions – coming from the likes of Echonomist, Sarp Yilmaz, Sek and a raft of lesser-known names. ‘Jazzy’ it may not be, but ‘best’? Not far off, I’d say… More info here.

Various – Krafted Vol 1
Krafted Vol 1 Krafted MusicLastly for tonight’s little round-up but by no means least, we have this first-ever label comp from Krafted Music, which consists of 13 full-length tracks plus a continuous mix by Paul Moore of Soultrak. Ger Gleeson, Danny Satori and Christ Burstein are probably the best-known names that feature but as with the comps above, this isn’t about big names, it’s about quality house tuneage. And on that count these 13 slices of underground deep and tech goodness certainly deliver, with Prudence’s Notice Me and Sean Grainger’s Climax – MONSTER tunes, the pair of ’em – worth the price of admission on their own. More info here.

As ever with these round-up thingummies, sorry to all concerned that each of these albums didn’t get a little more in-depth love but there’s only so many hours in the day!