Soul Perpetuity – Origins Of House

June 12, 2016 in Singles

Soul Perpetuity Origins Of House Plastik PeopleThis was always down to get reviewed but in the light of today’s tragic events in Orlando it couldn’t be much more apt right now.

On Origins Of House itself, a spoken vocal reminds us of the emergence of modern dance music in “a club called the Paradise Garage” atop a backing consisting mostly of simple, shufflin’ beats, garage-y organ chords and mournful, jazzy sax. Flip it over for Good For The Soul, another garage-y cut which features another spoken vocal, this time discussing how “This is a music to uplift your soul, to help you forget the troubles and tribulations of your life”.

Amen to that.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Albuquerque’s always on-point Plastik People, who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Kool Vibe – Basics EP

May 1, 2016 in Singles

Kool Vibe Basics EP Kool Vibe RecordsParisian producer Kool Vibe serves up a four-tracker on his own KV Records here that’ll appeal to anyone who’s fiending for those bumpin’ NY ‘house n’ garage’ vibes of yore.

Back To The Real is up first, which is all throbbing organ stabs, skippy beats and cut-up diva vox. Basics itself rides more straight-up 4/4s with stabby chords and cut-up male vox this time, Sleazy Joint (Touch It, Suck It) takes us into the realms of raw, 4am-friendly dark garage c.1995 and finally Tribute is one-part early Kerri Chandler to one-part St Germain, roughly speaking.

File under ‘proper’ 🙂

Out: This week

About: You can find KV Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Cotterell – Respect

April 24, 2016 in Singles

Cotterell Respect Plastik PeopleJust the one mix here but it’s all you’ll need, believe me!

Regular readers will know I’m a fan of Marc Cotterell’s Plastik People imprint generally – they’re flying the flag for trad-style deep house and US garage as (only a) few others are right now. But Respect, with its parping organs, skippy beats and one-word female/scatted male vocals is a jewel even in Plastik People’s already v. sparkly crown.

If you’re fiending for some proper old skool Jersey vibes, you need this record in your life, simple as that.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Plastik People on Soundcloud and Facebook, or at their own website.

P.A.M.O – Friday Night EP

February 27, 2016 in Singles

P.A.M.O Friday Night EP Bounce House RecordingsBack in house pastures but picking up the pace a little, here we have a two-track, five-mix EP from some more old TIWWD faves who haven’t featured on here for a while, Bounce House.

Friday Night itself takes up four of the five tracks, coming in bumpin’, organ-flecked, garage-tinged Original, tuffer but still garage-flavoured MVZZIK Remix, stripped, sparse and lightly jazz-tinged Cjel If Remix and more sultry n’ funkified DK Watts Remix flavas. Completing the package is Groove Crash, which starts with crowd noise and off-kilter jazz drums, then slowly builds into a late-night slow-groover with sampled (MLK?) vox, dreamy synth washes and an overall feel that nods towards classic Chi-town deepness.

All good, but the Original and MVZZIK rubs stand out for yours truly.

Out: This week

About: You can find Bounce House Recordings on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Ricky Tinez – Love EP

February 21, 2016 in Singles

Ricky Tinez Love EP Something ElseSeems like a little while since anything from the Something Different camp has featured on here so let’s rectify that right now with this superb three-tracker from Ricky Tinez.

Love itself kicks off the EP, a stripped-back, garage-leaning throbber built for 3am floors and sports the Gwen Guthrie Peanut Butter vocal that you might know better as N-Joi’s rave-era classic Anthem. There are some cool, jazzy sax doodles towards the end, too. We’re High is slightly tuffer in the drums department but quite laidback overall, with lingering pads, more parping saxomophone and a looping vocal snip that I presume is saying “we’re high”, though it’s kinda hard to make out. And then finally there’s Woke Up Like This, which again is quite Jersey-ish but only if you truly understand just how sparse and jackin’ early 00s garage could actually get!

All good stuff, but the title track has to take the gold for me, given that Anthem is possibly my favourite house record of all time (along with Reach For Me and about 374 others).

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 29 Feb.

About: This actually comes not on Something Different but on more trad-style offshoot Something Else, who you can find here and here.

PS Oh and Woke Up… loses a point for having a ringing telephone in it, which someone, inevitably, tried to answer, like an idiot 🙂

Keepin’ Soul – Deep Basics EP

February 9, 2016 in Singles

Keepin' Soul Deep Basics EP Pocket Money RecordsNext tonight we have some good old-fashioned deep ‘n’ soulful house grooves, coming from the aptly named Keepin’ Soul in the form of the equally aptly named Deep Basics EP.

Deep Basics itself gets the ball rolling, an unhurried lil’ groover with lingering pads, tinkling ivories and spacey synths. There’s some nice understated Hammond-like organ action in the mid-section, too. I Can’t Stop is a little more driving in the beats department but just as laidback in terms of the overall feel, with barely-there snatches of soulful male vocal, while Sun’s Gonna Rise is a more bumpin’, floor-friendly cut with a nice phat bottom-end and jazzy sax parps. Completing the EP is Love Is, which ploughs a more overtly old-skool US garage/soulful house furrow with its organ stabs and chorus’d fem vox.

The latter two stand out for yours truly but the EP as a whole should satisfy anyone  in search of more ‘traditional’ deep house goodness.

Out: Now

About: This comes on Pocket Money Records, a new (this is PMR003) vinyl label based in Manchester who make their TIWWD debut tonight, and who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Groove Riddim – Jerzeyy Cat Undaground Cutz EP

January 22, 2016 in Singles

Groove Riddim Jerzeyy Cat Undaground Cutz EP Gents & Dandy'sOne of Jerzeyy Boys goes solo as Groove Riddim here.

Y’know I was just on about the wonky, off-kilter Jersey garage Madhouse used to specialise in (see Brad Coleman review, below)? Well that wouldn’t be a bad point of reference for opener here Give It Up, either, what with its reversed synth/organ sounds, busy shuffling beats and heavily filtered male and female soulful vocal bites. Cat’s Theme, too, rides a twitchy, stuttering rhythm, albeit a much more stripped-back one this time, topping same with old-school cascading pianos, a hip-swaying b-line and female “New Jersey!” shouts. And finally Mind Is Free is a slightly smoother, mellower, organ-fuelled jam with driving 4/4s and spoken, self-help-y male vox.

The latter takes the gold for me, but fans of dat raw Jersey shit are strongly advised to check all three!

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 5 Feb.

About: This is brought to you by the always reliable Gents & Dandy’s – find ’em on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Eugene Glasgow – Someday EP

December 27, 2015 in Singles

Eugene Glasgow Someday EP MustHaveSoulFinally for tonight, we have some raw, 90s-style vocal house bizniss coming courtesy of Dubai’s MustHaveSoul – this being the label’s very first release.

On the A, Someday itself starts out with a full minute-and-a-half of intro consisisting of just drums and a piercing synth note, before eventually adding first parping garage-y keys and then looping diva vox, the end result being a cut that wouldn’t have disgraced the mighty Serious Grooves label back in the glory days. It’s accompanied by I’ll Do Anything, which tops a no-nonsense lolloping rhythm with deep-voiced, half-spoken-half-sung male vox, looped “come on!” shouts and some very fine jazz organ work.

File under “real deal shiznit that’ll delight househeads of a certain age”.

Out: This week

About: You can find MustHaveSoul – which is the new record label arm of a long-running club brand – on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

BiG AL – Deep Into Space EP

December 27, 2015 in Singles

BiG AL Deep Into Space EP Different AttitudesTypically fine deep house grooves here from my man Adel ‘BiG AL’ Ghandour, coming this time not on his own Ready Mix Records or Haute Musique, but on a UK label TIWWD readers just might have come across before… Different Attitudes.

It’s a two-track affair. Deep Into Space itself is quite a trad-style deep house dancefloor jam, with a bumpin’, garage-y feel that’s augmented by chipmunk’d female “deep in love” vocal snips. Flip it over and you’ll find Woodstock Love, a much more uptempo, driving cut that’s clearly aimed at peaktime play and that sports jazzy trumpet fanfares and micro-snatches of soulful male vocal.

S’good, but Deep Into Space takes the gold for me.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from 4 Jan.

About: Find Different Attitudes on Soundcloud and Facebook, why don’t you?

Nacho Marco – Outside/Tunnels

December 20, 2015 in Singles

Nacho Marco Outside:Tunnels Madhouse RecordsA nice simple-two tracker here from Spanish producer Nacho Marco, coming on Kerri Chandler’s Madhouse Records.

On the A, Outside sports a cool, throbbing 303-ish bassline which it marries to cut-up fem vox, exuberant stabby pianos and nice shuffly Jersey beats, the end result being a track that’ll slay ’em on the more traditionally-minded dancefloors. Flip it over to find Tunnels, an instrumental affair that starts out a little darker but soon adds more lush garage-y keys and then, later on, some soaring, parping sax.

Think the classic Jersey garage sound given a 2015 makeover and you’ve pretty much got the idea here… quality stuff!

Out: This week

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