Tony Lionni feat Maria Marcial – Do You Believe EP

April 30, 2014 in Singles

Tony Lionni Do You Believe Madhouse RecordsManc producer Tony Lionni, who lives in Berlin these days, returns to Kerri Chandler’s Madhouse Records for this three-track EP.

The title cut, in its original form, is a mellow, trad-style soulful houser that recalls the likes of Ananda Project or Stephanie Cooke, albeit its sweetly tinkling ivories and even sweeter full vocal from Ms Marcial are accompanied by a ruff-edged Chi-town bassline that gives the track that little extra bite. Francois Dubois, AKA Funk D’Void, gives us a helpfully-titled Francois Dubois AKA Funk D’Void Remix that, with its sparser, techier production and downpitched vocal, is aimed straight at the afterhours floors, while rounding out the package is the instrumental Black Orchid, presented here in Martin Patino Remix form – a considerably pacier affair than …Believe with lively, skippy beats reminiscent of early UKG.

It’s the Funk D’Void mix that takes top honours for me, but all three cuts are quality for sure.

Out: This week

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

Some albums, quickly…

December 2, 2013 in Albums

After frankly getting overwhelmed by the sheer volume of releases last week, there’s still just a few bits n’ bobs I wanna tell you about before we move on to this week’s crop, starting with a handful of long-players that are deserving of your attention…

Tony Lionni Just A Little More Madhouse RecordsTony Lionni – Just A Little More
It may be spin-off label MadTech that’s getting all the hipster love at the moment but Kerri Chandler’s original label Madhouse Records is also well and truly back in the game. Today (or rather last week) they bring us the second full-length from British producer Tony Lionni, and fans of more traditional house sounds will find little to grumble about. ‘Deep and soulful’ would be the general idea here, with many of the tracks featuring guest vocalists – including one Robert Owens on Time Stands Still – while Shining Bright and Positive Vibration close the album on a suitably euphoric, blissed-out note.

Danny Howells Balance 24Danny Howells – Balance 24
The latest in the long-running Balance series sees Hastings’ favourite son mixing up two CDs’ worth of downtempo electronica, broken beats, Balearica, hazy nu-disco and the very deepest of progressive house and techno. For this set, Danny keeps the tempo low for the whole two discs, making this more of a home listening proposition than a Saturday night party-starter, but it’s an album that’ll repay repeated listening for sure, featuring cuts from Four Tet, Michael Mayer, Jimpster, Ian Pooley, Alland Byallo, Shur-I-Kan and many more.

fsrcd101Craig Charles – The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Vol 2
Something of surprise from Mr Charles here as he takes time out from spinning those well-loved funk and soul classics to bring you a whole album culled from the cream of today’s artists. The Perceptions, Dr Rubberfunk, Lack Of Afro, Omar and The James Taylor Quartet all make an appearance, alongside a host of lesser-known names, and while you can keep Hot 8 Brass Band’s gypsy-jazz massacring of Ghost Town for my money, this is still worth picking up for Cookin’ On 3 Burners’ ace funked-up take on Gary Numan’s Cars alone. Oh yeah, and it comes on Freestyle Records.

The Big Event Alan Gray MusicVarious – The Big Event
As I’ve said on several occasions, few things make TIWWD happier than getting sent a whole album of quality underground house grooves, by artists I’ve never heard of, on a label I’ve never heard of. Well, it’s happened again! In this instance, Russia’s Alan Gray Music is the label in question, and the 11 tracks cover a range of deep and tech house styles, with Underground Dance Music from MiDiMan (who I have heard of, but never mind) and Smokeless Soul’s On My Own among the highlights.

Tony Lionni – Loving You EP

September 28, 2012 in Singles

Tony Lionni Loving You EP Apt International

Some house now from the contemporary end of the spectrum courtesy of Tony Lionni and Japanese label Apt. International*.

There are three tracks making up the EP. Loving You itself is an interesting fusion: with rave-y piano/synths, garage-y male vox and bang-up-to-date kicks, it manages to sound like 1992 and 2012 same time. Afterhours starts out throbbing, proggy and heads-down then builds with Detroitian string stabs, and then finally Anubis is seriously deep, dark and pulsating and equally well served on the most mangled of very late floors, or in the comfort of your own headphones.

If you’re after some now-sounding house that’s still got a sense of history, this will serve you well.

Out: This week

About: You can find Apt. International on Soundcloud or at the New World Records website.

*Don’t ask me how the whole Apt. International/Tokyo House Underrground thing works, by the way, in case you’re looking at the cover. I’m as confused as you are. More so, probably.