Mella Dee – Feel It Out

April 20, 2014 in Singles

Mella Dee Feel It Out Manucci's MistressMore garage-inflected bizniss here courtesy of London’s Manucci’s Mistress, a label who’ve not featured on here before, and Yorkshire lad Ryan Aitchison AKA Mella Dee.

Feel It Out marries contemporary house beats to a bassline that could’ve come straight off a 187 Lockdown or Baffled Republic record from 1997, topping the lot with stuttering, chipmunk’d “on the street, back on the street” vox. B-side Raptor operates in similar territory but this time with more techno-sounding drums, no vocal and some spooky, haunting synths, while fellow Yorkshireman Will Berridge serves up a slightly smoother, housier dub that nevertheless maintains the air of brooding menace.

File under “dark future garage”.

Out: This week

About: You can find Manucci’s Mistress and parent label Sccucci Manucci on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

OR’L – Confusion EP

December 30, 2012 in Singles

OR'L Confusion F*** House Music

A five-tracker here from France’s OR’L on F*** House Music that, as is often the label’s wont, fuses (deep) house and (nu) disco vibes.

Confusion itself leads the charge, a low-slung, pulsing, sleazy nu-disco groover with a wibbly, trippy synth topline reminiscent of N-Joi’s Anthem. Bougie Solitaire is house with disco edges and reminds me a bit of Direckt’s 2 Fat Guitars in a weird kinda way, while Tools 890 is a more straight-up deep/tech house jam with some jazzy, lounge-y flourishes.

Finally, you get two mixes of Disco Sluts: the original’s long on space disco synths and wukka-wukking geetars underpinned by a solid, if understated walking b-line, while Will Berridge flips the script and turns it into a dubby, afterhours excursion that for me is actually the pick of a very fine EP.

Time to get your shimmy on, peeps!

Out: This week

About: You can find F*** House Music (sister label to Sleazy Deep, dontchaknow?) on Facebook and Soundcloud, or at their own website.