S-Man feat Mr V – 6AM

January 31, 2016 in Singles

S-Man ft Mr V 6AM Undr The RadrIn which Mr V waxes poetic over tuff house beats supplied by the legendary Mr Sanchez, on his own Undr The Radr label.

Six mixes to choose from. The original is the kind of ‘big dark room’ house music that Rog does better than almost anyone, propelled by a sinuous bassline and tuff-but-not-stoopid 4/4s, with some brain-frying rising synths thrown in for good measure. But it’s the lyric that’s most striking… at first you think he’s talking about some girl, but eventually you realise that 6AM is really a love song to house music itself.

Mixwise, the original’s accompanied by a matching Dub, prolific Romanian tech-house hero Horatio (try saying that at 6am!) supplies a remix and dub for the relevant floors, Dario D’Attis takes us down slightly darker, more driving pass and finally there’s an acapella for the creative jocks.

Out: This week

About: Find Undr The Radr on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Radr Aktvt Vol 1

October 31, 2015 in Singles

Radr Aktvt Vol 1 Undr The RadrMoving into struttier house territory now we have this five-track V/A offering from Roger Sanchez’s Undr The Radr imprint.

S.Chu is first up to the plate with Feel Good, a rollicking lil’ house jam with a soulful male vocal sample (possibly James Brown, though if it is it’s not the obvious one), tuff drums and a very now-sounding (yet also quite retro rave-y) big, buzzy bassline, all augmented with some fine boompty-ish sax parp. Nathan Dalton brings us ICU, a slightly more leftfield houser with cavernous bass drops and a looped “I see you” male vocal. Cyrus The Great from De$isgnated is more prog/tech-leaning affair with a wailing, Ofra Haza-ish vocal, Riddim Commision’s DaDaDa rocks pounding 4/4s, disco stabs and cut-up vox and has a ‘3am, deep in the zone’ kinda feel overall, while finally Lex Luca’s Awake starts out with a drum intro not dissimilar to Funky Green Dogs’ classic Reach For Me, then gets busy with dramatic analogue synths and hefty rumbling bass.

S.Chu and Riddim Commission share top honours for me.

Out: This week

About: Find Undr The Radr on Soundcloud and Facebook.

S-Man & Man Without A Clue – Drop The Needle

September 12, 2015 in Singles

S-Man & Man Without A Clue Drop The Needle Undr The RadrOld school meets new school here as Roger Sanchez teams up with Holland’s Man Without A Clue.

In its Main Mix form, Drop The Needle is a muscular main room houser with spoken male “what you trying to do… that’s what house is… drop the needle on it” vox and a lo-slung, snaking bassline. Kevin Knapp’s more stripped-back remix warps up the bass and adds trippy FX for a 4am, deep-in-the-zone kinda pass, while the EP’s completed by simple Dub and Acapella mixes.

I’ve said it before, I know, but no-one does dark, big room house like Rog… go seek!

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Roger’s own NYC-based Undr The Radr imprint, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

S-Man & Tom Flynn feat Cevin Fisher – New Evolution

May 30, 2015 in Singles

S-Man & Tom Flynn New Evolution Undr The RadrIn which the man like Sanchez forgets all that Dutch-inspired EDM/electrohouse nonsense and gets back to doing what he does best…

In its Original form, New Evolution is a dark, chugging and (very lightly) tribal-tinged houser topped with a sing-song spoken vocal from Mr Fisher – “Minimalistic shapes and sounds/abstract, flowing in the underground/pushing the boundaries of your mind/it’s a new revolution, it’s a new evolution”. Remix-wise, things are kept simple with just an instrumental and a full-length acapella.

Big room house done as only Rog can!

Out: This week

About: This is the fifth release from Roger’s own NYC-based Undr The Radr, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.