Hector Moralez – Scrambled Rhythms EP

November 13, 2015 in Singles

Hector Moralez Scrambled Rhythms EP RoushSome very solid floor-moving house grooves on this two-track, four-mix EP from Hector Moralez.

On the A, Scrambled Rhythms itself is in its Original form a driving lil’ tech-leaning houser with a fat walking bassline, nagging stabs/chords, a looped “your day” male vocal and a touch of acid squelch. Tuccillo’s refix then takes us into disco-tinged deep house territory, while keeping the acid intact. The other original cut is Ten 30 One 33, a perfectly playable but fairly unexceptional tech chugger that benefits immensely from a fierce, firing and acidic DJ Sneak Remix.

Out: This week

About: A case of Hectors sticking together here – this comes on Hector Couto’s Roush label, who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

tlJN & Dudley Strangeways – I Can’t Cope

September 5, 2015 in Singles

tlJN & Dudley Strangeways I Can't Cope Frole RecordsPicking up the pace a little now we have this garage-y three-tracker from Italy’s Frole Records.

The original mix of I Can’t Cope starts out in hazy, druggy deep house territory with looped vocal snips, before at around the two-minute mark the full female vocal and piano chords bring the light. Tuccillo’s remix takes us into tribal/tech territory without getting all up in your face about it, but the pick of the crop for yours truly is the final mix from the mighty Terrence Parker, which is every bit as uplifting, joyous and organ- and piano-laden as you’d expect.

I’m sure I probably do own some record somewhere where the Terrence Parker mix isn’t the best one, but I couldn’t tell you what it might be…

Out: This week

About: You can find Frole Records here, here and here.

Various – 5 Years Of Gruuv EP 4

July 27, 2015 in Singles

5 Years Of Gruuv EP4Another week, another 5 Years Of Gruuv EP… and another glowing review from me.

Audiojack & Kevin Knapp’s On The Record gets the ball rolling, a heads-down chugger with bass that makes your ears go funny and a looped, spoken vocal saying “what the rhythms say from the record”, or possibly “let the rhythm sing from the record”? Hard to say but it’s good. David Pher’s driving Wild Eyes starts out all tuff n’ techy, but then introduces hand percussion and spoken poetic vocals that lighten the mood somewhat. Paul C & Paolo Martini then give us Big Black Car, a percussive roller that’s got ‘Ibiza terrace’ written all over it, while finally Tuccillo’s Aftertrack is another quite percussive, eyes-down kinda cut augmented by male vocal snips and nice big, chunky bass.

On The Record takes the gold for me here, but the quality standard’s high throughout yet again.

Out: Now

About: You can find Gruuv on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Square Pegs Round Holes: 5 Years Of Snatch!

May 27, 2015 in Albums

Various Square Pegs Round Holes Snatch!And speaking of labels who haven’t graced TIWWD for a while… I do really like Riva Starr’s Snatch! label, and they do send me stuff… it’s just that they never, EVER include a release date. So I can’t review their releases because I have no idea whether what they’ve sent came out two weeks ago or isn’t out for another three months. Luckily, though, they’ve entrusted this ‘best of’ set to the Defected empire (specifically sub-label ITH), who do grasp the basics of promo… so finally Snatch! can get some TIWWD love.

So, Square Pegs Round Holes, then. It’s a two-disc affair, with one disc home to 15 gems from the back catalogue and the other containing 15 previously unreleased and/or forthcoming nuggets, all lovingly blended together by Riva Starr himself. With the promo mixes not trackmarked, it’s hard to tell exactly which track is which, but better-known names involved include Santos, Pirupa, Tuccillo, &ME, Deepshakerz, Sascha Sonido, Kaiserdisco and David Keno, while the music runs the house gamut from deep to tech to acid… with the emphasis on jackin’ party vibes, with nary a slip on the quality front along the way, and with both mixes flowing smoothly from start to finish.

It’s a pity there’s no unmixed version, but still, a finer 2hrs 35mins of non-stop house goodness you’ll be pushed to find this month.

Out: Last week

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

Karen Pollard – Reach Out To Me [Remixes]

November 9, 2014 in Singles

Karen Pollard Reach Out To Me Hard TimesOnly the second release here from the recently relaunched Hard Times label, and like the H Foundation single below it’s something of a megabumper package, with a whopping eight mixes to choose from again.

For anyone that doesn’t know, back in the 90s few clubs/labels did more to push the sound of vocal US house and garage in the UK than Hard Times. Reach Out To Me itself, in fact, originally dates back to 1995, and accordingly several of the mixes here – Angel’s Bella Remix, the DJ Spen & Soulfuledge Remix and the Kayper Remix – tread a fairly straight-up, peaktime vocal house path, with Spen & Soulfuledge’s organ-pulsed rub probably my pick of those three. For those who ARE in search of trad-style grooves, though, then to these ears it’s the far deeper Louis Bailey 95 Vibe Mix or the bumpin’ deep n’ soulful grooves of the Paperboys Remix that you should head for first.

Elsewhere and on a more contemporary note, Mat Playford strips things down and tuffens ’em up, Mineo heads down a very now-sounding, bassy route, while Ralph Lawson & Tuccillo team up for a deep, dark n’ groovy afterhours rub that’s also a little bit special.

An astoundingly strong set here that should help put Hard Times well and truly back on the map.

Out: Actually not till tomorrow, I’ve just realised, but what’s a day between friends?

About: You can find Hard Times on Soundcloud and Facebook. There’s an interview with main man Steve Raine on Traxsource, too.

Doublet – Synthonic EP

August 10, 2013 in Singles

Doublet Synthonic EP Holic TraxNumber six from London label Holic Trax (est. 2012) sees label boss Tomoki Tamura teaming up with Tuccillo, a name that’ll be very familiar to TIWWD readers by now, as Doublet.

Three tracks in a total of four mixes here. Synthonic marries no-nonsense Chicago-esque percussion with an ominous looping bass riff and the merest suggestion of a Stingily-esque falsetto vocal, Discovered Night is a deeper house cut with some gorgeous pads sitting atop crisp kicks and some nice throbby, pulse-y bass, all topped with another barely-there vocal (but female this time, and not as constant a presence as the vocal on Synthonic), while Cosmic Sign operates in similar territory but in slightly trippier, more wibbly fashion… one for the very late hours, this.

Those buying this digitally also get a ‘reprise’-like Pad Export mix of Cosmic Sign – which really is just the pads, basically – while those buying the vinyl get the satisfaction of owning one of 500 limited edition coloured slates. You pays your money, etc…

Out: This week

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

Last week I wasn’t around, here’s what we missed

January 17, 2011 in Singles

Okay, firstly a big apology that it’s been a whole week since I last wrote on here! What can I tell you, a combination of things have been conspiring against me: toothache, iDJ singles deadlines and, oh yes, actually going out on a Saturday night for once (to see Simon Lee from Faze Action play a killer disco/boogie set @ The Big Chill in Bristol). Which was nice (the going out dancing bit, I mean – not the toothache and deadlines bit so much)

But anyway, we’re back now, so let’s quickly round-up some of last week’s best releases…

B-Max

My Angel
A lovely little joint sitting somewhere between deep house and nu-disco, with remixes from Andrew Benson, Domestic Technology and (my pick) Claas Rosen.

Out: Last week
About: This comes atcha on Spring Tube Records, who from a guick web search would appear to be a prog-inclined label run by some Russians in New York. Can’t see to find a website but you can hear their radio show on Di.FM.

Tuccillo

Shell Obsession EP
A three-tracker featuring the cuts C’Mon Babe, Gold Curtain and Salty Shell. Think the kind of drummy, tech-informed house that comes from Berlin and works well in Ibiza, and you’re definitely warm, but there are touches here and there (the acid squelches on Gold Curtain, the hint of Vasquez-ish NY tribal garage on C’Mon Babe) that elevate this EP above the purely functional.

Out: Last week

About: This is on Tania Vulcano and Tato’s label Isgud Records. Find out more at the Isgud website or MySpace.

Tracks
Long Train Running
This early 80s take on the Doobie Brothers classic gets a housed-up refix from Misteralf (or rather three of ’em), in a suprisingly deep and non-cheesy fashion. Label boss Jamie Lewis provides a remix that’s like synthy nu-disco gone all jackin’, and that.
Out: Last week

About: Switzerland’s Purple Music, Inc are of course one of Europe’s longest-running providers of traditional vocal house and garage, so need little intro. But I should stress this is nowhere near as ‘funky house’-tastic as you might expect!

 

D00SH
Sounds of Juan EP
Oliver
in its Original form is more of the kind of rolling, tech house vibes that’ve been floating TIWWD’s boat so enjoyably this past year or two: a proper dancefloor workout for those ‘lost in music, in a basement, circa 4am’ moments. I’d dig Rye Paw’s slightly techier refix more if it didn’t do frankly unnecessary things with a ring mod halfway through, while bonus cut Nights Of Freedom is also very playable, with a slightly proggier vibe.
Out: Last week

About: This is the very first release from Sounds of Juan, a new label under the Endemic umbrella which promises to cater for “all ‘tech’ from tech-house to hard techno”. Well, hard techno isn’t really TIWWD’s bag, as you may have guessed by now, but good luck to ’em anyway!

Right, that’ll do it for this evening I think – another quick ‘last week’ round-up thing tomorrow and then we’ll be back up to speed.