Rishi K – Psyonica EP

November 14, 2015 in Singles

Rishi K Psyonica EP Deep ClicksSomeone else who can always be relied on to come up with the deep house goods is San Francisco’s Rishi K, and he certainly doesn’t disappoint here.

In its original form, Psyonica is quite a lively deep houser, centred around a warm, strutty bassline and chopped soulful male vox and aimed fair and square at the dancefloor. It comes accompanied by two remixes: a deeper pass from Koala and an even deeper, driftier one from Yigit Atilla. Think the original for 1am, Koala for 5am and Atilla for the sofa when you get in! Completing the package is Equinox, a more uptempo, prog-tinged affair that mixes up Yellow Magic Orchestra-ish synths and garage-y female vocal snips.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 23 November.

About: This is brought to you by Spain’s Deep Clicks, who you can find herehere and here.

Yigit Atilla – Neverending

October 25, 2015 in Singles

Yigit Atilla Neverending Ready Mix RecordsSeeing as it’s Sunday night, let’s end on a deeper tip in the company of that ever-reliable provider of deep house goodness, Yigit Atilla.

There are three mixes of Neverending to choose from. In its Original form, it’s a sumptuous, lightly prog-tinged instrumental with nice warm, solid kicks, nagging Rhodes and a blissed-out, end-of-night/sofa surfing feel overall.  The Greenfish Remix is much more stripped-down and dubby, while Spanish producer Hraach brings us a remix also opts for a dub bassline but retains the smooth, mellifluous feel of the original.

In fact, it’s Hraach’s rub that for me is the standout of an admittedly fine set all round.

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 2 November.

About: This is brought to you by Ready Mix Records, who as ever can be found on Soundcloud and Facebook.

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.

Arara – Strike Three

September 22, 2015 in Singles

Arara Strike Three EP Submarine VibesMore leftfield/experimental deep grooves now courtesy of Bosnia’s Submarine Vibes label.

Three mixes of Strike Three to choose from. The original’s a sort of wonky, future lounge thang that’s one-part Roy Ayers, one-part Yellow Magic Orchestra and one-part The Man With The Red Face. Actually, that’s a pretty rubbish description so you’ll just have to hear it for yourself, which  – in a rare instance of me being arsed – you can do below.

The man like Yigit Atilla serves up a much smoother deep house remix, while German producer Wanderlust’s mix sits somewhere between the two and brings the tinkling pianos to the fore. Atilla’s rub would be the obvious choice for dancefloor play, but the original deserves props too, simply for not sounding like much anything else that’s around right now.

Out: This week

About: You can find Submarine Vibes here, here and here.

Soul Academy – Your Love Keeps

September 4, 2015 in Singles

Soul Academy Your Love Keeps Haute MusiqueDeep house from, unsurprisingly, the soulful side on this latest from Canada’s Haute Musique.

Four mixes of Your Love Keeps to choose from. The original’s an unhurried affair, with synth sounds that hark back to the earliest Chicago deep house à la Mr Fingers, sax parps and a soulful male “your love keeps” vocal. Yigit Atilla’s remix doesn’t flip the script massively but does tuffen up the drums and adds some now-sounding bass throb, Tony S funks things up with some hefty slap bass, and then finally Moe Turk & Joe Mitri take us into more blissed-out, ‘Beefa-friendly territory while also pitching down the vocal slightly.

All good, but Tony and Yigit share top honours for me.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: Find Haute Musique on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Savvas – Running Out Of My Heart

June 4, 2015 in Singles

Savvas Running Out Of My Mind Ready Mix RecordsTo start us off tonight, some typically high-quality deep house vibes from Canada’s Ready Mix Records.

Five mixes of Running Out Of My Heart to choose from. The original’s a pulsing midtempo affair with a soulful male “running just as fast as you can” vocal and a Balearic-ish feel overall. Anthony Mea tuffens up the drums and uses the vocal more sparingly, on a mix built with weary 4am dancefloors in mind*. Forteba’s rub is a little more lilting, with shuffly drums, and as such should find favour with those on a “deep and soulful” tip, Pion’s operates in that deep/progressive hinterland and finally Yigit Atilla takes us into proper amniotic, late-night territory.

The Mea rub is working best for me but our old friend Yigit’s not far behind.

Out: This week (on general release)

About: You can find Ready Mix on Soundcloud and Facebook.

* I say that, but obviously I have no idea what Mr Mea had in mind when he was making it. He was mostly thinking about tractors and Hershey bars, for all I know. But you know what I mean.

Various – Miami WMC 2015 Sampler

March 23, 2015 in Singles

Miami WMC 2015 Sampler Ready Mix RecordsFinally for tonight (and speaking of BiG AL – see below), we have this prosaically titled but predictably high-quality sampler from Ready Mix Records.

There are seven tracks in total, and it’s nearly midnight and I’m tired, so I’m not going into each one individually. But the musical gamut runs from Mattik & No Rabbitz’s chunky, bassy This Is House to the twitchy, dubby minimalism of Pano Manara’s Hommage An Karl, via the classic-style left coast deepness of Rishi K’s Loud & Clear and the sumptuous late-night, piano-flecked vibes of Yigit Atilla’s Neverending.

For readers of this blog, this is safely file-able under ‘must check’, nuff said!

Out: Last week

About: Find Ready Mix Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Yigit Atilla – State Of Mind

March 15, 2015 in Singles

Yigit Atilla State Of Mind La Pitti RecordsLast one for tonight, and we’ll sign off back in deep house territory with this predictably fine three-tracker from Yigit Atilla, coming on Vincenzo De Robertis’s La Pitti Records.

State Of Mind itself is up first, an unhurried headnodder with proggy tinges around the edges and some jazz-funk-ish geetar to boot. Echoes, which follows, is a sumptuous, dubby late-night groove wherein warm, luxuriant pads, sub-aquatic FX and heavily reverbed synth notes combine to ease you into a state of bliss, dropping down to a full minute and a half of midsection ambience before being joined in the final two minutes by soothing, spoken male vox. And then, just before you nod off completely, there’s Submantra’s remix of the title track, which – with livelier percussion, a jauntier bassline and handclaps – is by far the most floor-friendly of the three tracks. Still wouldn’t try playing it down your local Oceana, mind…

Very classy stuff, as we’ve come to expect from both producer and label!

Out: This week

About: You can find La Pitti Records on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – What Happens 100

February 9, 2015 in Albums

Various What Happens 100Much as I do like the Innocent and Noise Music comps below (I wouldn’t have bothered reviewing them otherwise) it’s definitely a case of “best till last” tonight as we turn our attention to this 100th release from Denmark’s What Happens stable.

In the interests of transparency and full disclosure and all that, I should probably point out that I’ve known What Happens label boss Tim Andresen for well over 10 years, probably more like 15, ever since he used to be iDJ’s Danish correspondent for our Around The World section. But, y’know, it’s not like we go on holiday together or anything, and the reason What Happens? get a lot of love from TIWWD is really nothing to do with that, and everything to do with the label consistently turning out top-quality deep and tech house over the years… as this compilation demonstrates. Because with 11 all-new cuts from the likes of Alvaro Hylander, Yigit Atilla, BiG AL, Angelo Draetta, Jon Sweetname and of course Tim himself, plus some lesser-known names, What Happens 100 is as fine a house collection as you’ll hear this week. Or even last.

You know what to do…

Out: Last week

About: You can find What Happens on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Jero Nougues – Blacklight

January 31, 2015 in Singles

Jero Nougues Blacklight Haute MusiqueFour mixes to choose from of this latest offering from Argentinian wunderkind Jero Nougues.

In its original form, Blacklight tops lively, rolling drums with barely-there female vocal snips, insistent shakers, trumpet and sax parps, a spoken/whispered male lead vocal (“I here the rhythm/I feel the bass/I touch the blacklight/I see your face”) and what sounds like some kind of woodblock percussion instrument (xylophone? marimba?). The overall effect is one-part lounge, one-part Latin, one-part tribal… and 100% “5am at Shelter”. Deephope’s remix is essentially very similar but eschews the tribal percussion in favour of simple warm 4/4s, the Phasen Remix has a lil’ more disco swing in its veins, while Yigit Atilla heads seriously deep on his stripped-back, late-night refix.

Just that remix line-up should have the deep heads salivating already anyway, so suffice to say this won’t disappoint, with Deephope and Yigit sharing top honours for me.

Out: This week

About: This comes to you courtesy of the ever-checkable Haute Musique, who you can find here and here.