So many tunes, so little time

October 5, 2015 in Singles

Due to me being ill this week, there were lots of things I wanted to blog about but didn’t get time to. So here’s just a quick round-up now…

Arnold From Mumbai Sonic Excursions EP Soupherb RecordsArnold From Mumbai – Sonic Excursions EP
We start off in deep, dark and groovy techno territory with this six-track EP from Arnold From Mumbai, which is brought to you by New Delhi-based label Soupherb Records. If you like your tech beats lo-slung and sleazy, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here, with Domination a particular standout to these ears.
Out: This week

Tim Andresen Running Around In Circles Savoir Faire MusiqueTim Andresen – Running Around In Circles
My man Tim comes to the ever-checkable Savoir Faire Musique here. His original version of Running Around In Circles is an unhurried, melodic near-instrumental that should work on a range of house floors, but my money’s actually on the B-side’s Angelo Ferreri Remix, which plumps for slightly tuffer beats and a nice squelchy synth riff all of its own.
Out: This week

Martin Waslewski Gerd EP Mother RecordingsMartin Waslewski – Gerd EP
I’ve not come across Martin Waslewski before, and I don’t think the label, Germany’s Mother Recordings, have featured on TIWWD before either. If everything they do is as good as this, though, then I’m very pleased to make both their acquaintance! Gerd itself is a very cool, jazzy affair with rolling drums and some splendid piano and geetar licks, while the B’s Never Leave You is a more straight-up houser topped with Stingily-esque falsetto vox.
Out: This week

Roni Kush Robot Noize Foreign Language RecordsRoni Kush – Robot Noize
Ministry’s Ibiza resident Roni Kush serves up some dark, sleazy house bizniss for newbie Leeds label Foreign Language Records that blend tech, disco and acid influences. Loses a point for the slightly dodgy spoken female vocal (“deep in the discoteca, these beats can make you wetter”), but gains lots for the out-and-out retro acid house vibes of the excellent Scurrilous Remix, which to these ears is easily the standout of the three rubs on offer.
Out: This week

JM The Blank Page Foreign Languag RecordsJM – The Blank Page EP
Contemporary bass-house/UKG vibes in XXL are the order of the day on this offering from French label Carton Pate Records (AKA CP Rec), which was sent to me in two parts (originals, then remixes) but I think now being released as one EP. New rubs from Tru Fonix, Jay Robinson, Nina Wilde & Abeyance and Spoils should broaden the appeal but the killer’s still Careless, an immense, dark slab of contemporary speed garage to die for.
Out: This week

Jero Nougues – Unleashed

August 29, 2015 in Singles

Jero Nougues Unleashed Savoir Faire MusiquePredictably high-calibre deep house fare here from my young Argentinian friend Jero, coming on the always on-point Savoir Faire Musique.

Just two mixes of Unleashed to choose from. Jero’s original is a smooth, drifty number with Balearic/proggy tinges, while my not-quite-so young Danish buddy Tim Andresen brings a refix that starts out a fair bit pacier and struttier, but drops down deeper as it goes along.

Liking both rubs but if pushed, Tim’s has to take top honours.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 7 September.

About: Find Savoir Faire Musique on – you guessed it – Soundcloud and Facebook.

Tim Andresen – Hidden Miracles

May 17, 2015 in Singles

Tim Andresen Hidden Miracles Savoir Faire MusiqueHere comes that man Andresen again (see nUMusic review below), this time doing the do for the always on-point Savoir Faire Musique.

Just two mixes of Hidden Miracles to choose from, but they’re all you’ll need, trust. Tim’s original is a sumptuous, rolling deep houser with a warm and funky bassline, lingering pads, string stabs, muted piano chords and snatches of treated female vocal, while on the flip, fellow Dane Brian ‘Desos’ Løgstrup serves up a killer refix that takes us into laidback, late-night territory.

Not picking a fave here cos both rubs are frankly superb… if you’re not feeling this one, you need to go sit in a corner and write out, “I don’t actually like deep house at all” 1,000 times.

Out: This week

About: Find Savoir Faire Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – nUMusic: Deep House Vol 5

May 17, 2015 in Singles

nUMusic Deep House Vol 5 UM RecordsA four-track V/A EP from UM Records here… and the last in the series, as the nUMusic name is now being used for their promo system.

Our old friend Tim Andresen is up first with Falling Down, an instrumental affair that sits right on the deep/prog cusp and has a decidedly Man With The Red Face-ish main riff. Phasen follows with Lofty 14, an uber-deep late-night gem aimed at those ladies and gentlemen who are floating in inner space. Stannis’s The Source Of Happiness is a much more dancefloor-oriented deep houser with dancer-exhorting male vox (“I want you to feel your body, your mind and your soul… no fear, no worries, no control,” etc) and bowel-churning bass, and then lastly Juanma Lopi’s Marrakech is  another quite dreamy, drifty affair with, unsurprisingly, a vaguely casbah-y, opium den kinda feel.

As usual with UM the quality’s impeccable throughout but if pushed then Phasen and Stannis take top honours for me.

Out: This week

About: Find UM Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Tim Andresen – Daydreamer EP

March 13, 2015 in Singles

Tim Andresen Daydreamer EP What HappensAnother very checkable two-tracker here, this one coming from my old friend Tim Andresen on his own What Happens imprint.

On the A, Daydreamer itself is a fairly lively, chuggy affair predicated around a jaunty, hip-swayin’ bassline, crisp beats, nagging muted synth chords and warping pads. On the flip, Dark Illusion rides no-nonsense tech-house beats with dubwise FX, intricate percussion, cinematic synth trills and menacing bass stabs.

Two solid heads-down cuts made to keep bodies moving through till sunrise.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 23 March

About: You can find What Happens on Soundcloud, on Facebook and at their own website.

Various – What Happens 100

February 9, 2015 in Albums

Various What Happens 100Much as I do like the Innocent and Noise Music comps below (I wouldn’t have bothered reviewing them otherwise) it’s definitely a case of “best till last” tonight as we turn our attention to this 100th release from Denmark’s What Happens stable.

In the interests of transparency and full disclosure and all that, I should probably point out that I’ve known What Happens label boss Tim Andresen for well over 10 years, probably more like 15, ever since he used to be iDJ’s Danish correspondent for our Around The World section. But, y’know, it’s not like we go on holiday together or anything, and the reason What Happens? get a lot of love from TIWWD is really nothing to do with that, and everything to do with the label consistently turning out top-quality deep and tech house over the years… as this compilation demonstrates. Because with 11 all-new cuts from the likes of Alvaro Hylander, Yigit Atilla, BiG AL, Angelo Draetta, Jon Sweetname and of course Tim himself, plus some lesser-known names, What Happens 100 is as fine a house collection as you’ll hear this week. Or even last.

You know what to do…

Out: Last week

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

Tim Andresen – Almost Done

December 6, 2014 in Singles

Tim Andresen Almost Done What HappensMy old friend Mr Andresen comes with a two-tracker on his own What Happens label.

In its original form, Almost Done is a deep, drummy and quite slow-moving affair, with an atmospheric spoken vocal saying “dawn… the night is almost done”. It’s a track probably best suited to warm-up or very late play, while Ben Teufel ups the tempo and beefs up the beats on his more tech-tinged remix.

The original gets my vote but you can see the Teufel remix getting plenty of dancefloor love, too.

Out: This week

About: Find What Happens on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Tim Andresen – It Up

October 12, 2014 in Singles

Tim Andresen It Up UM RecordsFinally tonight, we have the latest from UM Records, which stars my old Danish buddy Tim Andresen.

It Up comes in three mixes. The original chugs along in lazy, dreamy fashion, with synth washes that sweep across the room and, just occasionally, a male voice intoning the title – I’m guessing sampled from something that originally said “pump it up” or something but as I said, I’m guessing! Deep Spelle’s refix is just a little more heads-down and driving (just a little, mind), whereas the Blakkat Remix tuffens up the drums considerably and adds some Detroit-y synths n’ strings.

The original is probably my fave, with Deep Spelle a close second, but all three are beaten to the gold by bonus cut Alone, a smooth late-night groove whose wobbly, warbling “you’re not alone” vocal adds just the right amount of drug-addled 7am weirdness.

Out: This week

About: Find UM Records here, here and here.

Yigit Atilla – Cornerstone

August 29, 2014 in Singles

Yigit Atilla Cornerstone UM RecordsWe end tonight back in more familiar deep house territory, with this latest from the ever on-point UM Records.

In its Original form, Cornerstone is a midtempo chugger with a spoken vocal eulogising the unifying powers of house music – “We made our space and found our freedom/we lined the streets and danced like children/we made our place and shared our home/house in our hearts, our cornerstone”. The Meloder Remix is a bit ‘busier’ and more dramatic, with swirling synths, hefty bass and robotic vox, while TIWWD’s old buddy Tim Andresen serves up a drummier, terrace-friendly refix. Rounding out the EP is Colours And Textures, a more dubby, late-night affair with treated soulful vox and some lovely garage-y organ stabs.

The latter cut would actually be my pick, if pushed, but to be fair the whole EP’s pretty damn good.

Out: This week

About: UM Records can be found here, here and here.

Various – Spring Moods Vol 3

April 16, 2014 in Singles

DeepWit Spring Moods 3Another label who can pretty much always be relied on to come up with the deep house goods are Denmark’s DeepWit. Here, they bring us the third in what’s now their annual series of spring samplers.

It’s a pretty varied affair, as well. Dee C’rell’s Edif’s Tale kicks things off on a dusty, downtempo tip, before Bourne’s ambient/prog-tinged Feelings Are Weapons moves us into the very deepest of house territory. Distortion Inc’s Thinking Of You is in a similar vein to the Bourne cut but with more floor-friendly beats, before Jarquin & Cano serve up what for me is the EP’s finest moment, the sultry, afterhours groove that is El Deep. Fellow Dane Tim Andresen then brings the EP to a close with the laidback, late-night vibes of Can You Feel It.

That’s quite a lot of musical ground to cover in a mere five-track EP, but the collected talents gathered here pull it off with aplomb.

Out: This week

About: Find DeepWit Recordings here, here and here