Rene Beer – Leaving Memories

September 6, 2012 in Singles

Rene Beer Leaving Memories Zipped Records

Upping the pace a little next with this deep tech-house offering from rising Croatian producer Rene Beer, brought to you by the UK’s Zipped Records.

It’s a three-track affair. Leaving Memories itself is a lively little pulser in its original form: it’s the kind of dark, sinuous groove you associate with Steve Lawler, only without going OTT on the drums. The Kephee Remix of the same brings a little more light, boasting some cool sounds that say “vintage NY/NJ style” to me without descending into mere pastiche, while finally bonus cut Broken Heart is a notch more techno-fied perhaps but just as groovy.

I’ll be brutally honest, sometimes Zipped – much as I appreciate their support for TIWWD, which has been unflagging! – can go a little too experimental/abstract for me. But when they get it right, they get it oh-so-right and this time out, I’m happy to say, they get it very right indeed.

Out: This week

About: You can find out all you need to know about Rene Beer from his website, while Zipped can be found on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Vibah – Trapped In My World EP

April 15, 2012 in Singles

A brand new four-tracker here from the UK’s fledgling Zipped Records.

“Deep techno/minimal house” is how they’re billing it on the hype sheet, and that certainly works for the originals of both Bad Neighbour and Leave Me Alone – two tracks for those who like it sparse, bleepy and a little bit off-kilter.
When it comes to the remixes, though, it’s a different story. Both DJ Saint Louis (in the case of Leave Me Alone) and Deadb8 (Bad Neighbour) tone down the ketamine wonk and smooth over the rough edges, such that Leave Me Alone ends up as a muscular, throbbing slab of club techno while Bad Neighbour, with its extended breakdowns and long builds, moves towards progressive house territory.
Overall then, this is very solid stuff, with mixes to suit a range of floors.
Out: This week
About: Zac Cawdron’s Zipped Records can be found on Facebook and Soundcloud, and since we last covered anything of theirs they’ve got their actual website up and running properly too so have a peep!

MicrO – Lick The Battery

March 6, 2012 in Singles

And while we’re on the subject of decent progressive house records, here’s another one… this time courtesy of fledgling UK label Zipped Records.

There’s just the one mix of Lick The Battery, so I needn’t detain you long, but with its chugging, looping backbone, Strings Of Life-esque string stabs and sense of vague disquiet, this is dark brooding prog the way it SHOULD be done.
Out: Last week actually – March 1 to be precise, but cos it was March it slipped into this week’s folder by mistake. My bad.
About: Zipped Records are based in TIWWD’s old adopted home town of sunny Manchesterford-On-Sea, and can be found on at their own website, and on Facebook and Soundcloud. Show some love, people! They don’t just do prog, I should add – they do a neat line in weirdy abstract techno too…

Owen Howells – Zipped Up EP

January 29, 2012 in Singles

Fans of deep/glitchy/minimal techno step right this way, as Owen Howells serves up this three-tracker for Zipped Records.

I’ll be honest and say the Stanky Remix of Deptford isn’t for me – too glitchy by half I’m afraid. But never mind, because you also get Bam, which somehow manages to infuse its spastic techno rhythms and disconcerting (backwards?) vocal samples with something of the spirit of classic b-boy electro. And more importantly, you also get It’s All Kicked Off Now.
Easily overlooked if you don’t give it a chance to linger, the latter turns out to be as fine a piece of sparse, dubbed-out deep techno as you’ll hear this week. Skin up, sit back and enjoy…
Out: This week
About: You can find Zipped Records on Facebook, and you can currently HEAR THIS on their Soundcloud page

William Heath – Minimal Subliminal

December 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

Well now, here’s a confusingly titled record… cos it isn’t particularly minimal, and it certainly doesn’t sound like anything on Subliminal either. It is rather good, though.

Actually, I guess Minimal Subliminal is a little bit ‘minimal’-ish in its sound palette – lots of random blips and clicks. But there’s not, y’know, one of the above every 20 seconds and that’s it, or anything. Instead, I’d say the overall vibe is deep-ish techno, but with a definite spring in its step… so more of a dancefloor cut than the phrase ‘deep techno’ often implies, I guess.

But then what do I know? I never claimed to be any great expert on techno, I’m a house boy! “I don’t know about techno but I know what I like,” to coin a phrase. And I like this.
Just the one mix so that’s all I’ve got to say, really.
Out: This week
About: This is on Manchester-based label Zipped Records, run by Zac Cawdron who’s been a big supporter of the TIWWD Facebook page since it started, so thanks for that Zac! There are plenty more goodies from Zipped coming soon so keep an eye on their Facebook, Soundcloud and MySpace pages.

Smoof – Uncomplicated EP

October 30, 2011 in Singles

A three-track EP from Smoof here that sits somewhere between deep techno and progressive house, and is musical and melodic enough that it could also have broader appeal, particularly for afterhours parties, Sunday sessions, radio shows and the like.

Dreaming Of Unkissed Waters
mingles deep house, deep techno and Balearic influences. Minion is a more straight-up deep techno cut with a dramatic feel that should appeal to the progressive house DJs, while Uncomplicated is another track that’s in a proggy vein, only this time it’s not so much drama’d up as zonked out… just eight minutes of electronic grooves to put you in a trance. The good sort of trance, that is… not, y’know, the trance sort!

A decent bet, then, for lovers of that whole ‘well-crafted soundscapes’ kinda vibe.

Out: This week

About: This is the latest from the UK’s Zipped Records – relative newcomers to the scene but turning out some good stuff for sure (and always so polite in their emails, too, not to mention being based in TIWWD’s old home town of Manchesterford-On-Sea)