Phasen – Hang On A Second

August 25, 2015 in Singles

Phasen Hang On A Second Unrivaled MusicLet’s finish in deeper house waters with this latest from Florida’s Ryan ‘Phasen’ Parmer, a name that should be familiar to TIWWD readers by now thanks to previous releases (either solo or with sometime partner-in-crime Refurb) on UM Records, What Happens, Blackroom, Haute Musiqe, 5 And Dime and more.

Just the two mixes of Hang On A Second to choose from. On the A, the original is all lightly rolling beats with an almost rain-like feel, sumptuous garage-y chords and, in the midsection only, a filtered/muted male voice intoning the title repeatedly. The remix comes from another familiar name, Greenfish, who opts for deep tribal beats, the tiniest of vocal snips and an overall ‘5am in NYC’ kinda vibe.

Liking both mixes here but I think Greenfish’s rub just nudges it.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Unrivaled Music, which as I’m sure you know is now part of the Krafted Music stable and can also be found on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Vincenzo De Robertis – Passion EP

April 30, 2015 in Singles

Vincenzo De Robertis Passion EP Unrivaled MusicIn which Signore De Robertis takes time out from running his La Pitti Records imprint to deliver a fine deep house two-tracker for Unrivaled Music.

Passion itself is up first, a meandering, atmospheric affair underpinned by rock-solid but warm kicks and topped with a “what’s your passion?” spoken male vocal. My personal pick though would be the B-side’s Loving You, an unhurried dubbed-out chugger with cut-up, jazz diva-style “gotta be in love with you” fem vox.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Unrivaled Music, who as ever can be found here, here and here.

rawBeetz & Julien Guzz – My Life EP

April 19, 2015 in Singles

rawBeetz & Julien Guzz My Life EP Unrivaled Music2015-style techy, bassy deep house grooves at their finest on this four-tracker from Unrivaled Music.

Eleven gets the ball rolling, all ruff-edged bass and chopped n’ looped female vocal snips, augmented by some soulful male vocal snatches, too. Endless Estate has beats that nod just slightly towards the UK funky style, even ruder bass than Eleven, trippy warping synth chords and a looping “all promises will be broken” male vocal. My Life is a much more trad-style, garage-y affair that’d play nicely with the Mr Kavalicious release below, while finally Similar Feelings is based around slightly more driving 4/4s, old skool-sounding pianos and looping soulful vocal snips.

All good, but Eleven and My Life stand out for yours truly.

Out: This week

About: Find Unrivaled Music on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at the website of Krafted Music Group.

Soultrak – Feel You

April 4, 2015 in Singles

Soultrak Feel You Unrivaled MusicAnd from one ‘old fave’ label to another, as we turn our attention to the latest from Unrivaled Music.

With understated drums, a simple “I wanna feel you” vocal that’s quite sparingly applied, synth washes/pads that go on forever and much use of filters and FX to add texture to a fairly simple sound palette, there’s a definite hypnotic, trance-y (as in the mental state, not the godawful music) quality to the deep/tech/prog jam that is Feel You that should ensure it sees plenty of action in warm-up sets or as post-club listening over the coming months.

Just the one mix, so not much more to tell you really!

Out: This week

About: Find Unrivaled Music on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at the website of umbrella company Krafted Music Group.

Roberto Ficco – Out Of Time

February 8, 2015 in Singles

Roberto Ficco Out Of Time Unrivaled MusicSeems like ages since we had anything from the Endemic/Krafted camp on here, so let’s rectify that right now with this killer deep house groover from Unrivaled Music.

Just the two mixes to choose from. The original is a deep-as-you-like, bottom-heavy 4am throbber with some cool vintage Chi-town drums and a spoken vocal featuring an American guy talking about, I dunno, the nature of reality or wormholes or something. A second spoken vocal then has some Aussie dude explaining how stereo works… yes, it’s all a bit odd but it’s an absolute GEM of a tune, trust!

It’s accompanied by a Dub that TBH isn’t hugely different – it still features both vocals, for starters – so a few more mixes might not have gone amiss. But then if it ain’t broke, etc…

Out: This week

About: You can find Unrivaled Music on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at the Krafted Music website.

Massmass ft DonatelloD – Young Revelations

October 30, 2014 in Singles

Massmass ft DonatelloD Young Revelations EP Unrivaled MusicJust two tracks to choose from on this latest offering from Unrivaled Music… and to be honest, to these ears even that’s not gonna be a tough decision.

Don’t get me wrong… Just Come Down is perfectly playable, opening with a full minute of fierce tribal percussion before in come rough-edged, minor key synth stabs and then the rather arty, Germanic-sounding half-sung/half-spoken female vocal from DonatelloD.

But there’s ‘perfectly playable’, and there’s ‘utterly bastard essential’… and if your tastes are anything like mine, then it’s under the latter heading that you’ll be filing Alcoholic Dancer with its clappy beats, occasional Morricone-ish whistling and, most importantly, insistent parping Hammond organ throughout.

Out: This week

About: You can find Unrivaled Music here and here.

Oz-E – My Love For You

September 6, 2014 in Singles

Oz-E My Love For You Unrivaled MusicLast one for tonight, and it comes from another label who, like Different Attitudes, have featured on TIWWD once or twice before…

Unrivaled Music is the label in question, and Turkish producer Özay Baş, AKA Oz-E, is the man at the controls. On the A, My Love For You is a laidback, atmospheric deep houser with Balearic overtones, underpinned by a solid chugging bassline and topped with ethereal female vocal wails. It’s nice – very nice, in fact – but it’s pipped to the post to these ears by the B-side. Electric Beer starts out with tribal drums and Afro-y chants; then, as looping female “get up!” vocal snips, luxuriant chords and soaring disco-lounge synths join the party, it slowly builds into the kind of summery, soulful house workout that wouldn’t disgrace the Z Records catalogue.

Out: This week

About: Ooh, now, here’s a thing… Unrivaled Music have got their own Soundcloud and Facebook pages now instead of sharing with sister label Endemic. Not sure how long that’s been the case, but they have.

Vincent Groove – Deep Inside EP

August 16, 2014 in Singles

Vincent Groove Deep Inside EP Unrivaled MusicNext up tonight we have this three-tracker from our old friends at Unrivaled Music.

Both the artist’s name and the EP title are highly apt because seriously deep grooves are the order of the day here. First Floor has the hardest kicks of the three, Rhodes flirts with more exotic rhythms, Second Floor is arguably the most ‘accessible’. But beyond that, all three tracks fit the same basic blueprint: extended, evolving deep house jams made for weary (or not-so-weary) 5am dancefloors, pretty much all-instrumental and no I’m not gonna describe every individual twist n’ turn cos where’s the fun in that?

Next time someone tells you they’re into “deep house… y’know, like Disclosure and Klangkarussell,” take this record and use it to saw their head off.*

Out: This week

About: You can find Unrivaled here, but then you knew that.

*Don’t actually do that. Not only would sawing someone’s head off be a truly horrible thing to do, it wouldn’t be very practical with a record, unless you broke the record in two, and that’d be stupid cos then you wouldn’t have a record anymore. I know lots of reviews used to say “buy two copies!” but I don’t think that’s what they were on about. Plus, I’m not even sure this is out on vinyl. In fact, looking back, this was probably the worst piece of advice I’ve ever given. But you know what I mean.

Stefan Kaye – The Next Phase EP

August 9, 2014 in Singles

Stefan Kaye Next Phase EP Unrivaled MusicLastly for tonight we have this five-track EP from a producer who needs no introduction to TIWWD readers, Stefan Kaye.

Level Up opens proceedings, something of a ‘journey’ track with both progressive (the pushing, pulsing synths) and Balearic (the fluttering Spanish guitars) tinges. On The Pier is another prog-tinged cut sporting mournful sax and heavily treated, chorus’d female vocal snips, while Panoramic takes us into more drummy, heads-down, afterhours territory, albeit in a slightly more understated way than that description might lead you to expect. Some nice lilting Rhodes in there, too. Speed Boat is a more thoughtful, late-night, blissed-out kinda thang, while finally the slightly groovier The Next Phase itself is the most obvious call to wind up your waist of the whole EP.

If you’re looking for some quality deep house on the more epic/melodic/proggy side, this EP’s a must.

Out: This week

About: This comes atcha via our old friends at Unrivaled Music.

Oz-E – Unfinished Ceremony EP

June 22, 2014 in Singles

Oz-E Unfinished Ceremony EP Unrivaled MusicSome proper soulful, garage-y grooves here courtesy of Unrivaled Music and Turkish producer Oz-E.

Just two tracks make up the EP. Unfinished Ceremony itself is a liltingly musical affair, with lingering piano chords, organ stabs and a warm walking bassline underpinned by crisp 4/4s and topped my multitracked male falsetto “aww baby” vox, with some lush Spanish geetar joining the party from the halfway mark. Flip it over, and The Fifth Season is in a very similar vein… and every bit as pleasing.

Very classy stuff that provides a sweet n’ smooth counterfoil to all the tuff, techy bizniss featured here on TIWWD lately.

Out: This week

About: Unrivaled is of course part of the Endemic stable.