Subtron – Schön Schmuddel

September 5, 2015 in Singles

Subtron Schön Schmuddel Ritmik RecordsMixes to suit a range of moods on this three-track offering from Miami’s Ritmik Records, which is the work of label boss Maurizio Ruggiero, AKA Subtron.

In its original form, Schön Schmuddel (roughly, “a beautiful mess”) operates in the very deepest of house/techno territory, with a lilting, resonant bassline, delicate synth sweeps, lingering piano chords and an almost ambient feel overall. Terry Vernixx’s remix, though, flips the script completely with fierce tech-house drums, an urgent ass-shakin’ bassline and proggy synth sparkles, while Dexter Ford keeps the tinkling ivories from the original but underpins them with an ominous throbbing b-line and moody FX.

Top honours go to Mr Ford this time out for me.

Out: This week

About: You can find Ritmik Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Tony S – Flight Of Ideas EP

March 8, 2015 in Singles

Tony S Flight Of Ideas EP Headset RecordingsA three-tracker here from a producer who should need no introduction to TIWWD readers, coming to you courtesy of San Francisco label Headset Recordings.

Flight Of Ideas itself is up first, which opens with simple beats and throbbing bassline, then adds tinkly pads, female vocal wails and some wibbly analogue-sounding synth action. After The Fact, which follows, is a slightly techier affair with two competing female vocal elements (one saying “tick-tock”, the other an extended “ye-eaah”) doing battle above Middle Eastern sounds, busy top-end percussion and hefty but muted bass, the end result being a hypnotic track made for locked-on 4am floors. The standout for yours truly, though – sorry Tony! – is the Terry Vernixx Remix of the title track, which is somewhat livelier than the original but nonetheless has a dubby, deep garage feel.

Out: This week

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

Alex Amster – Vanity Rush

February 21, 2015 in Singles

Alex Amster Vanity Rush Deep Site SpaceFour quite varied mixes to choose from of this latest from the ever-checkable Deep Site Space.

In its Original form, Vanity Rush is a big, booming Saturday night M1 throbber sporting that familiar spoken female “they said I was wrong, cos they couldn’t turn me on” vocal. The Feathericci Remix leans towards the tech/prog side, while Rory Cochrane’s remix treads a deeper, dreamier path but is also quite prog-tinged. Rounding out the EP, Terry Vernixx serves up a remix that sticks largely to the blueprint of the original but gives it a rougher-edged UK twist.

For me personally it’s a toss-up between the Vernixx and Original rubs, but between the four mixes lots of different DJs should be able to find a place for this in their sets.

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep Site Recordings/Deep Site Space on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Ra-Soul – Deep Site Sessions

November 15, 2014 in Albums

Ra-Soul Deep Site Sessions Deep Site RecordingsCroatia’s ever-excellent Deep Site label pull off something of a coup for their 30th release, drafting in US deep house veteran DJ Ra-Soul to mix what is, I believe, their first label comp.

With tracks and remixes from the likes of Deephope, Tony S, Anthony Mea, Terry Vernixx, Marc Cotterell and Deep Spelle… and given the number of Deep Site releases that have previously received glowing reviews on this very blog… and given that Ra-Soul’s at the helm… you shouldn’t really need me to break down every single track to know what to expect. So I won’t. Instead I’ll just say that you get both a 54-minute mixed version by Ra-Soul plus 15 tracks in all their full-length unmixed glory (at least I think you get both, the hype sheet isn’t very clear), taking in various shades of deep house from the near-ambient, to the jazzy and soulful, to the more bouncy and tech-tinged, but with the mix overall having a slow-building, dreamy kinda feel.

Oh, and that Deephope’s remix of Felipe L’s When Night Sounds is one of the best things to happen to ears in a long while. And that you should buy this album immediately.

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep Site Recordings here, here and here.

Terry Vernixx – Galatea EP

November 6, 2013 in Singles

Terry Vernixx Galatea EP Deep Site SpaceThis, on the other hand, definitely ISN’T a disco EP, as Terry Vernixx, who’s featured on here previously only as a remixer, cooks up some seriously deep vibes coming from that place where deep house, deep techno and ambient electronica collide.

The Original of Galatea is all sweeping, ARP-like synths and flotation tank/rain forest sounds, underpinned by gently shuffling house beats. Remix-wise Lowercase Tres gives us essentially a variation on the same theme, while Brett Johnson’s rub adds a more driving, tripped-out mid-section, but the gold goes to Marc Cotterell for his more overtly ‘deep house’ refix.

Out: Yesterday

About: This comes on Deep Site Space, which is part of Croatia’s Deep Site Recordings but has its very own Soundcloud and Facebook pages, bless it.

Gesus LPZ – Off

June 29, 2013 in Singles

Gesus LPZ Off Deep8A useful, tracky lil’ deep/tech houser now courtesy of Gesus LPZ.

The original is a midtempo groover that combines the insistent, rolling percussion of tech-house with warmer, more musical sounds, and that will sound great on outdoor systems this summer. Terry Vernixx supplies a dubbier, more heads-down rub that’s oriented more towards warehouses and afterparties, while finally James Barnsley also goes deeper on his Off The Lead Remix and adds a little garage-y flava for good measure.

Mixes to suit a range of floors/times/moods then, which is always good.

Out: This week

About: This one comes on London’s Deep8 – here’s the website, Facebook and Soundcloud links you’ll be wanting.

Ze Chezz – Vip Pass

April 7, 2013 in Singles

Ze Chezz VIP Pass Deep Site SpaceLast one for tonight, and what finer way to bring the week to a close with some dubbed-out, driftaway, deeper-than-deep house vibes?

Enter Spanish producer Ze Chezz, and Croatia’s Deep Site Recordings, who together with remixers Felipe L, Funtom (who also happens to be label boss Tom Krizic) and Terry Vernixx bring you what’s most definitely a treat for those that like it, well, deep n’ dubby!

Remix-wise, Felipe L’s flirts with prog-balearic-ambient moods, Funtom’s Orbital Dub is just one or two notches more driving while Terry Vernixx’s High Desert Remix is a more overtly floor-friendly in a techy kinda way. I think if forced to pick a fave I’d go for the original, with the Felipe L pass coming a close second, but I’d rather not have to say cos I’m very much enjoying all four, to be honest.

Out: This week

About: You can find Deep Site Recordings on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website, though do note that this actually comes on Deep Site Space, which I’m guessing is a new more chilled-out offshoot label or some such. No-one tells me anything y’know.

Tony S – Stress Response EP

March 27, 2013 in Singles

Tony S Stress Response EP Deep SiteFinally for tonight – cos I’m gonna run out of Wednesday soon – we have this latest offering from a producer who crops up a lot on TIWWD these days, Tony S. Two tracks, four mixes, and between ’em they cover various bases, all of which are marked ‘deep’.

For ‘deep, atmospheric and a wee bit Afro-inflected’, head for Tell Me. For ‘straight-up deep 5am jackin”, may I suggest the Terry Vernixx High Desert Remix of the same. For ‘deep n’ dubby’, it’s the Igor Brzovic Remix of the title track you’ll be wanting. But they chose that title cut wisely, cos the standout here for me is in fact the Original Mix of Stress Response, which sits fair and square on the base marked ‘deep and jazzy’ with its looping double bass, melancholic minor chord piano stabs, shuffling percussion and tribal-sounding vocal loop that actually fit into the whole caboodle surprisingly well.

Out: This week

About: This comes to you courtesy of Croatia’s Deep Site Recordings, who can be found on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website. They’re pretty new (this is number eight, by my reckoning) so show some love!

Ruben F – On The Dancefloor

August 5, 2012 in Singles

Ruben F On The Dancefloor 3am Recordings

Something of a ‘usual suspects’ feel to the blog tonight, with three labels representing who get a LOT of TIWWD love I know, but when they keep putting out records as good as these what’s a boy to do?*

So this one, then, comes on Al Bradley’s 3am and features three mixes of Groovin’ plus bonus cut The Man Machine. Groovin’ starts life as a garage-y organ groove, gets a slightly more contemporary-sounding refix from Poussez Vs Toast Burglars (!) that features elements of both tech-house and nu-disco, then on the Terry Vernixx High Desert Remix becomes a more percussive affair that’d be suited to terrace play, but without losing the deep/soulful timbre of the original. The Man Machine rounds out the EP on a deeper techy tip, with disembodied sample speech and a simple nagging organ/synth riff.

And between ’em, any DJ who plays deep house should find at least something to spin here.

Out: This week

About: You can find 3am Recordings on Soundcloud and Facebook.

*Actually I think you’re supposed to build ’em up for six months then knock ’em down to make yourself look ‘clever’ and ‘cool’, that seems to be what a lot of dance music magazines/blog/etc take great delight in doing… but I’ve never played that. Never felt the need…