Kaptan – While My Guitar Gently Deeps

March 13, 2016 in Singles

Kaptan While My Guitar Gently Deeps UM RecordsMoving into deeper house pastures, here we have a single-track release from New Zealand’s ever-reliable UM Records.

While My Guitar… starts out in almost Orb/System 7-ish territory, with lingering synth chords and plangent electric geetar wails. But those soon give way to an ominous dark bassline, choppy synth notes and unhurried deep house beats, the end result being an evolving, broody affair that’s tailormade for warm-up or (very) late-night play.

Classy stuff as ever from the Kiwi crew!

Out: Tomorrow (14 March)

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

Daniel Ray – Hide & Seek

October 19, 2015 in Singles

Daniel Ray Hide & Seek UM RecordsHigh quality deep house fare as always here from UM Records.

The Original mix of Hide & Seek is a lazy, meandering groove with lightly Afro/tribal-tinged drums, sumptuous piano notes and a contemplative, almost melancholy feel overall. It’s Yigit Atilla’s remix that’s floating my boat more, though, with the Turkish producer bringing the track’s dubby qualities to the fore in what is a far smoother late-night ride. Completing the package you also get Low Stratus, which is a tiny bit more upbeat than the other two but still best suited to warm-up or very late play, and whose primary charm for this reviewer lies not in its arty synthesizer top-notes but in its deceptively large bassline. Deep house purists fear not, we’re a long way from ‘bass house’ territory here, but listen closely and that bottom end packs some serious punch!

Out: Today

About: Find UM Records here, here and here.

Finest Wear – Born For You

June 6, 2015 in Singles

Finest Wear Born For You UM RecordsA two-tracker here from the ever-dependable UM Records.

On the A, Born For You itself is a hypnotic little chugger with a treated, spoken, poetic female vocal, a dubby bassline, crisp beats and insistent shakers. Over on the B, meanwhile, Wait A Minute is just a BPM or two more driving, with reversed synth sweeps and some ace old skool pianos. And both will rock those floors that actually know what deep house is without a doubt!

Not much more to say, really, except that Finest Wear is the artist formerly known as Mr Cenzo, and that I think the latter cut just nudges it for me.

Out: This week

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

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.

Phil Maher – I Need Ya

April 27, 2015 in Singles

Phil Maher I Need Ya UM RecordsIt’s a case of ‘pick your mix’ with this latest from scene stalwarts UM Records.

The Original version of I Need Ya, you see, is as ‘accessible’ a cut as we’ve heard from the Kiwi stable to date. With a soulful male vocal, nice muted pianos and a firm grasp of big room dynamics, it’s a track that’s got the potential to reach outside the deep house ghetto – who knows, maybe even into the mainstream charts. But for ‘da headz’, greater satisfaction is likely to come from the remixes. Greenfish tones down the original’s peaktime elements to provide a deeper pass that really lets those keys come into their own, but the killer for me is DJ Deeka’s remix, which ups the pace just a smidgeon, applies the vocal more sparingly and adds some lovely, lingering pads and nice squelchy synth-string stabs.

Your Love Is, a ‘deep and soulful’ house jam with both male and female vocal elements – think vintage Naked/Om and Ibiza beach bars – completes a solid package.

Out: This week

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

Rishi K – Sleeping Indigo

March 14, 2015 in Singles

Rishi K Sleeping Indigo UM RecordsAnd speaking of producers who need no introduction to TIWWD readers…

Three mixes of Sleeping Indigo to choose from, plus bonus cut Misidentify. The Original is a pace-y, bassy stomper that pays homage to classic West Coast deep house while still sounding thoroughly contemporary, and that sports chopped n’ chipmunk’d female vocal snips and some ace disco stabs. My old friend from Spain Edmund drops it down to a sultrier, more musical/soulful groove but still keeps both feet firmly on the dancefloor, while Jarquin & Cano’s remix maintains the bass-in-your-face attitude of the Original yet, like Edmund’s rub, takes things a few notches deeper. Every time I play these three mixes a different one is my fave, so I’m not gonna arbitrarily choose one now!

The hi-octane (for deep house) dancefloor bouncer that is Misidentify completes a stupidly strong package from UM Records.

Out: This week

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

Various – nuMusic: Deep House Vol 4

December 12, 2014 in Singles

NuMusic Deep House Vol 4 UM RecordsAs it’s Friday night, gonna keep things fairly upbeat this evening but we still kick off on a deep house tip, with this latest V/A offering from the always on-point UM Records.

It’s a four-track affair. Soul Academy’s Is It Maybe is chunky, chuggy and a bit floaty around the edges, and comes topped with dreamy female vocal snips. Alex M.I.F’s Golden Skyline then takes us into blissed-out, prog-tinged 5am territory, while Meloder’s Helios is a crunchier, more driving cut but still with a Balearic kinda feel, not least in the fluttering Spanish guitar sounds in the mid-section. Xavier Arak’s 99 Problems then closes the EP on a slightly lower-tempo, more meandering note, again with something of a proggy feel to the synth sounds.

All good, but Is It Maybe is the killer.

Out: This week

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

Various – UMR12-01

November 23, 2014 in Singles

Various UM12-01 UM RecordsOkay, last one for this evening/this week… and we end on a definite high note because what we have here is the first ever vinyl release from UM Records. Regular readers will know I’m a big fan of the label, and I know this is a big deal for them. It’s also a reasonably sized deal for yours truly seeing as I’m apparently one of seven people getting sent the promo, so cheers for that Richie!

Anyway, they’ve certainly not skimped on the talent for this wax debut, with tracks here from BiG AL (both with and without Rishi K in tow), Marc Cotterell and Deep Active Sound. You’ll be expecting proper deep house of the highest calibre, then – and you’d be right. Al & Rishi’s Domelo (feat Blankita on vox) is a lazy, lounge-leaning affair, Marc’s Into The Light is a soulful deep houser that nods towards that classic late 90s/early 00s west coast sound, Al’s Pero Tu Nu Sabe is percussive and vaguely Latin-tinged, and finally – and to these ears best of all – Deep Active Sound’s Back To My Roots is a bumpin’, garage-y groover tailor-made for those 5am moments when the spirit’s still willing but the legs are weary…

Very classy stuff indeed, but then we expect no less from the Kiwi stable. Also limited to 250 copies, so snaffle one up now!

Out: This week

About: You can find UM Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook and at their own website – you’re definitely gonna need the latter link cos the vinyl’s only available via their own online store.

PS: This isn’t the only UM release this week, by the way – there’s also the five-track The What EP by Tidy Daps featuring some rather fine remixes from Will Sumsuch and Yigit Atilla. But there just isn’t time to review everything…

Greenfish – Early Birds

November 1, 2014 in Singles

Greenfish Early Birds UM RecordsSome typically classy deep house grooves from UM Records to kick us off tonight.

In its original form, Early Birds is a laidback, dubby groover with a sub-aquatic, opium den kinda feel. The Phasen Remix beefs up the drums for the dancefloor somewhat and brings the funky guitar licks a little more the fore, while Yigit Atilla strips out the atmospherics and leaves us with a very late night, headnoddin’ pass centred on the lazily rolling beats and barely-there vocal fragments. Rounding out the EP is Late Night Caffee [sic], which is just a BPM or two pacier than the title cut but has a similarly languid, drifty feel overall, and some killer sci-fi/space disco stabs to boot.

Top quality stuff, but then we expect no less from UM!

Out: This week

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

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.