Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Cos y'see it doesn't all have to be glacial Italo synths, slightly iffy 80s hi-camp vocals and Levan/Cowley-homaging weird bass wobbles, you know. Nu-disco can have its more thoughtful, mellow, musical side too… and that's what's showcased here. Sure, the usual suspects are all present and correct - Essa, Rudman, Tobor, Mudd and of course Kotey – but this is definitely a more chilled-out, less brash side of the nu-disco coin, with wilful experimentalism for experimentalism's sake forgone in favour of an overall vibe that's a bit less Hoxton hipster hangout and a bit more lush cocktail bar.
In other words, it's very good, and you should buy it immediately. End of.
Out: Last week, but again I was in the throes of Mega Armageddon Tooth Death at the time
About: If you need me to tell you about Bear Funk, you're probably reading the wrong blog. But cos I'm nice, here's their website, so you can go educate yourself a bit and come back when you're ready. We'll be waiting.
Monday, 28 March 2011
Friday, 25 March 2011
King Street’s Street King offshoot has come a long way since its birth as a home for shouty electrohouse, and is now turning out a fine line in bumpin’, underground house music. Check this sampler for Bergen’s forthcoming label comp if don’t believe me...
Clapz II Dogz - Clapz II Dogz EP (Glass Table, 14 Mar)
Clapz II Dogz team up with Soul Clap on this three-track EP that’s home to some seriously sleazed-out slo-mo house with a cosmic disco twist and, on The Rain, a dash of soul to boot. Forward-thinking stuff.
Desos - It’s House EP (Tokyo Red, 15 Mar)
A three-track EP of deep, underground shizzle that shouldn’t take too much explaining! All three are very good but the organs on Surrender make it an absolute killer - go seek!
DJ T - Burning (Get Physical, 14 Mar)
The midtempo opening track from the recent Pleasure Principle album gets a single release, with the remixes from Redshape and Art Department. It’s okay but I’m still not sure about the robotic vocal…
Enei - Cracker (Critical, 14 Mar)
Future D&B collides with old skool jungle riddims on this tearing two-tracker from Enei. Turn the dark up!
Flash Atkins - The In Crowd (Paper, 14 Mar)
The title track comes on like classic prog (think Guerrilla Records) slowed down to a nu-disco tempo, while Flash’s Theme is a heavy-lidded slab of blissed-out Balearica with some luvverly jazz-funk geetar.
Icicle - Breathing Again (Shogun Audio, 14 Mar)
More future D&B/dubstep. B-side Redemption has a vocal from Robert Owens, but it’s Breathing Again itself that I’m preferrring
Jobe - Deeply Agnostic (Nude Photo Music, 14 Mar)
Forward-leaning deep house, with spoken vocal samples and five mixes, of which Random Pattern’s is my fave
Little Fritter - Truth Told (Affin, 14 Mar)
More quality deep house… or is deep techno, perhaps? When it’s as good as this, and the Dirty Culture Remix is even better, I don’t think we need worry too much about what we’re going to call it
Maceo Plex - Your Style (Crosstown Rebels, 14 Mar)
Second single from his recent album, with a Maya Jane Cole refix. A bubbling and slightly twisted warm-up/afterhours gem
Onur Ozman - Helvetica EP (Cabrio, 16 Mar)
Switzerland’s deep house hero Ozman comes to Cabrio with this quality two-tracker
Steve Mills - She Stars EP (Electrik Soul, 14 Mar)
Three slabs of deep, prog-tinged tech-house on Onionz’ label
Various - Code Red Miami 2011 (Code Red, 14 Mar)
Five more traditional house cuts from Barbara Tucker, DJ Spen and a whole bunch of newbies. Keep the faith!
Thursday, 24 March 2011
The original is an atmosphere-laden cut reminiscent of a late-night drive round some futuristic, Bladerunner-esque city. It’s all a bit soundscape-y for the first half, but once the chopped-up (and slightly chipmunk’d) female vocal comes in, it develops into a more abstract, future garage-y kind of affair. A track that will grow on you after repeated smoke-fuelled listens, methinks.
Youandewan’s Warehouse Dub does what it says on the tin, really, being a sparser but bigger and more echoey take, with less of the crackles and atmos’ and drums that come on like tribal on Mogadon, while Radio Slave’s rub is more similar to the original but in more of a deep techno kinda vein.
Finally, there’s bonus cut Dead Eyes, which is more your straight-up deep houser with sampled, spoken vox, but just as good.
Like I said, this won’t do Midland’s rep for forward-thinking deep house/deep techno any harm at all.
Out: This week
About: Don’t know much about More Music, TBH, but I THINK this is their Soundcloud page... at least, there's a link to it from Midland's
In its Original form, Marathon builds slowly and inexorably in much the same way as a Garnier opus might, from subdued, chugging groove to a full-on workout for big dancefloors in dark rooms that’s perhaps best characterised as ‘euphoric, but in a restrained, no-need-to-get-silly-about-it kinda way’. Well, that’s the best way I can describe it anyway!
Martin Eyerer’s rework doesn’t do much dramatically different, but goes go a little sooner/more directly for the tech/prog jugular, while Peter Dundov’s pass throws in a dark rumbling bass synth line reminiscent of Josh Wink, plus some spangy toplines worthy of Orbital.
You getting the idea here? If you’re gonna make big room techno, then doing so in such a fashion as to pick up Garnier, Wink and Orbital comparisons isn’t a bad way to go about it…
Out: This week
About: Kling Klong is of course part of the Great Stuff family and needs little introduction, having had plenty of love on this blog before now! But here’s their website anyway and, so you can HEAR THIS, their Soundcloud as well.
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
An absolutely superb deep house offering from Spring Tube, with six mixes to choose from
Floyd Lavine feat Ruben John - Ms Cooper (Dogmatik, 7 Mar)
A deep and moody tech-soul affair, with remixes from Tom Demac and Nocturnal Sunshine
George Pearson - The Journey EP (Hype Muzik, 8 Mar)
George Pearson is apparently only in his early 20s... how he’s already making deep house/deep techno as good as this is beyond me
Inaya Day & Ralf Gum - Lose My Worries Pt 2 (GOGO Music, 7 Mar)
Featured this real-deal soulful house nugget on the TIWWD cloudcast a few months back, and now it’s back with no less than SEVEN new mixes from Trancemicsoul and Louis Benedetti. Just lush!
Jevne - Blue Label #1 (Eight Dimension, 8 Mar)
Following The System is a deep houser with disco overtones that comes on like early Faze Action, with remixes from Da Funk and Pete Dafeet. The ethno-Balearic funk of Velvet Eyes rounds out a very strong package.
Mioxam & Evan Burke - Tunnel Series #01 (Paradigma, 8 Mar)
The original is a proper tech-house/deep techno journey of a track, while Gary Beck’s remix adds a little big room drama.
Nadastrom - Theo (Dubsided, 8 Mar)
A one-sided release from Dubsided in a kind of jazzed-up tech-house vein… wouldn’t sound out of place on the likes of Leftroom or Freerange, which gives you an idea I guess.
Oliver Deutschmann - Waterfalls (Jack Off, 9 Mar)
The original of Waterfalls Are Good is a deep house/deep techno dancefloor cut, the Patrice Scott Sitrum mix is more of a late-night affair and then Do It The Classic Way Honey takes a trip to old-skool Chi-Town, making for a strong EP all round.
Seb Skalski - Disco Galaxy (Purple Music, 4 Mar)
Deep house and nu-disco flirt outrageously on the dancefloor.
Various - Light Of Day/Still Falling (Plush Recordings, 9 Mar)
Not had any D&B on here for while it seems, so here’s a nice little fem-vocalled liquid roller for ya… or rather two nice little fem-vocalled liquid rollers, seemingly by about 17 different artists. I’m confused, but they’re both rather nice, as I believe I’ve already made clear.
Various - Stealth Miami Sampler 2011 (Stealth, 8 Mar)
Six party-hearty big room tracks from the S-Man’s label, with Prok & Fitch’s remake of Todd & Jocelyn’s ‘Something Going On’ something of a surprise treat, actually.
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Jose Souze - Camarera EP (Erase, 28 Feb)
A Latin-infused tech-houser from Wasabi’s label, with a more driving mix from Outcode
Mat Le Star - Life After (Techno Therapy, Mar 1)
Spacey techno with a hint of Italo, plus a more downtempo refix from Treble
Max Duke - This Is Blue EP (Smiley Fngers, 28 Feb)
Quality tech-house as we’ve come to expect from SF, with a little added ethnic flava
Mendo & SM - I Like It Remix EP (Cray1 LabWorks, 2 Mar)
Percussion-led rubs from Julian Chaptal and Wally Lopez & Ismael Rivas, but it’s the deeper pass from Oren Bi that’s working for me
Namespace - Sentinel (Stripped Recordings, 3 Mar)
More of a prog thing, really, but could work in deeper sets as well
Nick Daring - Decomposition Of The Past EP (Kiara Records, 5 Mar)
Four cuts of slightly leftfield-ish and hard-to-classify deep/prog/tech bizniss from this relative newcomer, but it’s the jazzed-up deep of David Labeij’s remix of Paint On Desh I suggest you seek out
Paul Francini - Paul Francini EP (Mutated Audio, 1 Mar)
If you like it on the minimal, glitchy side, check this
Samuel L Session - Broken Floor EP (Ground Factory, 28 Feb)
Deep, freaky techno for those twisted 4am moments in dark rooms
Tazz - Underground (Tsuba Limited, 6 Mar)
Two slabs of defiantly sparse underground tech-house on Tsuba’s vinyl-only sub-label… be quick cos they usually sell out fast
Thodoros Triantafillou & CJ Jeff - Not Only U (Rhythmetic, 4 Mar)
Not sure about the slightly Underworld-y white man’s blues of the vocal, but there are some nice old-skool house sounds on the Roberto Rodriguez Remix
Various - Schlack Purple 003 (Schlack Records, 4 Mar)
A six-track V/A sampler from this French tech-house label. Some of it’s a bit glitchy for me but check Tom Ap & Ferro’s Everybody for a housier vibe.
Vogue & Stein - Here To Move (Wired Music, 4 Mar)
Deep house on the original, tech-house on the Gabriel & Castellon Remix, so take your pick!
With releases on four:twenty, Plastic City and several other labels in the past year, plus countless remixes, German producer Wollion is definitely an up-and-comer on the tech house scene right now. This latest offering, for Breakoutaudio, will do little to damage his burgeoning rep.
The original version of You Got comes from the deep house end of the deep/tech spectrum, with vocal snips and a raw kick that make it reminiscent of, say, an early Kerri Chandler cut on Madhouse. Fellow Germans Dualton* supply a dub that’s got more of a dark, rolling, techy vibe, as befits a track record that takes in releases for the likes of ViVA and Systematic, while Greece’s Detlef supplies a more stripped-down, more overtly techy rub.
The original is the one for me here, for sure, but it’s a strong package overall that should suit a range of DJs.
Out: This week
About: Darius Syrossian is the man behind Breakoutaudio, who are based in Leeds. Find out more here.
64 seems quite young, but hopefully Loleatta's family and friends can take some solace in knowing she had - still has - countless fans all over the world. Anyway, what can I say? So not gonna bang on, but RESPECT is most definitely due.
Oh, and in case this is actually news to anyone this late in the day, here's what BBC News had to say about it. I do quibble with the fact they've reduced her illustrious career to 'was sampled by Black Box' but at least she made the front page.
Monday, 21 March 2011
For those that don't know, Henry Street Music was a mid-late 90s house label outta Brooklyn. Big on disco cut-ups but taking in a variety of flavas in their time, in much the same way Strictly did but without the horrible 'licensing Vengaboys' bit at the end, they hit biggest with Bucketheads' The Bomb but as well as that chart-busting, Chicago-sampling classic, they put out a hella lot more, er, deep, funky and jazzy house to boot. Come check my vinyl shelves if ya don't believe! The list of artists who released on the label is like a Who's Who of 90s US house: Armand Van Helden, DJ Sneak, DJ Duke, 95 North, Mike Delgado, Davidson Ospina, Scotti Deep, Todd Terry, Mateo & Matos, That Kid Chris, E-Smoove… ah, happy days! Sigh.
BBE put out a Henry Street comp called The Story So Far: 1993-1999, back when the label was still going, so it seems only fitting they're behind this retrospective collection comprised mostly, as far as I can tell without spending ages A-B'ing tracklists, of cuts that haven't featured on any of the previous Henry Street albums. Some of them coming from some of those big-hitters I just mentioned, but many of them more obscure nuggets.
So, like I said: a trip down memory lane for some, an education for others… and pretty unmissable whichever one of those applies to you. This was how we did it, as Montell Jordan once sang, sort of.
Out: Now (but again, only since last week)
About: If you want to find out more about Henry Street, you can start with their Discogs entry. BBE, meanwhile, can be found online here.
16 tracks on offer, again mostly from new names, though you should know a few of the artists involved (Timo Garcia and City Soul Project, for starters). And what I'm liking most about this comp is just how varied it is: rather than 16 samey cuts you get assorted shades of deep/tech house from soulful, to disco-fied, to minimal/glitchy, to proggy. But all with plenty of dancefloor energy, and with absolute NO eyes on commercial/crossover appeal whatsoever.
Again, let's just call it quality jacking underground house music and leave it there.
Out: Last week, but I'm guessing some of the cuts featured will be getting single releases as well at some point?
About: Again, Endemic have had loads of love on here so here's just a quick website link.
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
The Bright Side (Original Mix) by Apt. International
Monday, 14 March 2011
Day One is a midtempo deep, soulful house groover, sprinkled with some lovely jazzy sax licks and topped off with some sampled spoken word that sounds like it might come from a Noam Chomsky lecture or suchlike. Human Body Food is a more driving, dancefloor kind of affair with some sprightly piano action to bring a smile to the face of old-timers like me, that then moves towards jazz-funk territory with some nifty guitar work later on. And finally Funkified Future is another stomper, coming on like tech-house gone space disco and sporting the most pecular of hip-wigglin' synth riffs that could make a dead man dance.
On one level, there's nothing especially clever or groundbreaking going on here. It's just funk-fuelled deep/soulful house done properly (ie with some balls and energy, as opposed to all that limp, "ooh look at us, we're a proper band and we really like Roy Ayers" bizniss). But whack it on, pump it up and try and sit still. I dare ya.
About: Right, I'm flying blind here... but a quick Google throws up D-Reflection's Soundcloud, MySpace and Facebook pages, based on which I can tell you he's Dutch, his real name's Dennis Molema and he's worked with the likes of Soulfuric Records, Sean McCabe, The Sunburst Band and Aaron Ross. Not bad!
Sunday, 13 March 2011
Friday, 11 March 2011
There's three very different mixes to choose from. The original Liquatech Mix of Gliding comes on like the deepest of Detroit techno gone Balearic, or maybe like Hybrid-style prog-breaks set to an 808 kick, or… dunno, it's hard to describe really but it's good, a proper driftaway delight. According to the hype sheet, "Tom and [partner-in-crime] Lars have christened this style 'liquatech' as it fuses the best of the deep end of D&B productions with refined deep/tech house grooves. A connoisseur's blend." Yeah, something like that.
Thursday, 10 March 2011
On the remix front, Lazaro Casanova's Haunted Vocal Mix makes more of both the tribal whoops and the house piano line, while also toning down the freaky riddim a tad in favour of some fast and furious hand percussion. And then finally the Rainy Night Mix, also from Casanova, is more of a deep house take, albeit with those tribal elements not dispensed with entirely.
All told, like I said, it's an interesting and somewhat unusual release… and let's hope it does will cos he's a good lad is our Lee.
Out: This week
About: This is on Matt Tolfrey's Leftroom Records… a label that's never afraid to push the house envelope a little so this is right at home! For more on the label, see their website.
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Dee Keepers, as you may or may not know, are Hernan Cerbello and Leo Donato, two Argetinian producers who've both seen some considerable success individually. Teamed up as Dee Keepers, they've had a previous release out on SF, the Funky Talk EP, and now they return with two more deep house stompers. Boogaloo itself, despite the name, is actually a skanking, reggae-tinged number, while The Woman In Red is more of a rumbling, heads-down affair. But both are excellent, making this, as I said, another winner for Smiley Fingers.
Just two mixes to choose from - Original and Yam Who? - but then, as either will move your floor nicely, you don't really need any more.
Out: It just says 'March' so that's as much as I can tell you.
About: Is anyone else confused about the whole Paper/We Are Woodville situation? I certainly am. But never mind that for now, here's the Paper Recordings Soundcloud and blog.
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Sunday, 6 March 2011
So what a pleasure it was, then, to chance upon this four-tracker from HoS which I'd nearly overlooked. Cos instead of same-y tech-house, what we have here are four slabs of good old-fashioned deep(ish) house bump. Funked-up, acid-ified medication for your glitched-out soul.
It's not post-minimal… it's not from Berlin… but it's f**kin' havin' it*. Go seek.
Out: This week
About: Oh yeah, and this is also the debut release on House Of Stank's own brand-new label, Get Up Recordings. Artists with Get Up Recordings already in the pipeline include, we're told, Honey Dijon, Tedd Patterson, David Harness, Jonny Fiasco and Rob Rives, so it should be one to keep an eye on if you still like house music done the good ol' US of A way... they don't seem to have a website yet that I can find but here's House of Stank's own MySpace and Soundcloud page... at time of writing you can HEAR the four tracks on this EP (Guilty Pleasures, Still Waiting and two rubs of Waiting) at the latter
Here's the full list of available tracks (all at 320Kbps)
laidbackluke [RIVA STARR RE:CHUNK]
daft chunk [RIVA STARR RE:CHUNK]
in the groove [RIVA STARR RE:CHUNK]
thomas schumacher - bandera (dub mix)
riva starr - i was drunk (soular remix)
riva starr - fanfarone
prince club - i know
jet project - girlfriend
…and here's where to get 'em:
Saturday, 5 March 2011
The headline for many will be an appearance by Red Rack 'Em AKA Hot Coins, who serves up a slab of slo-mo deep house informed by disco in its use of brass and string sounds called Fellini, but elsewhere you also get rattling tech percussion crossing swords with classic house piano sounds on James Duncan's Feel The Sky, more slo-mo and slightly experimental vibes from Native Sound on Feel The Sky and, the best of the bunch for me, the funky-assed roll of Alex Agore's Pimp Stomp, which is like that bit in a ’70s NY cop film where the detective drives through the city streets late at night contemplating stuff.
All told, this is well worth checking if you like your slightly more leftfield vibes.
Out: This week
About: As stated, this comes on the brand spanking new Cortelyou Rd Recordings. Here's their very own blog, and let's hope there's plenty more to come.
Not got huge amounts to say about it, but it's good. One for that head-down jackin' zone circa 4am when the tourists have gone home and the dancefloor's properly locked into the groove.
Out: Last week, but I forgot to include it and it was too good to ignore!
About: This comes atcha on Cubism, which is Tony Thomas's label. Their output is quite varied and hence not always for these ears, but when they hit the spot they hit the spot for sure! Visit them online here, whydon'tcha?
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
The artists in question are JM Abooga & Danny Fiddo, Fabio Gianelli, Domy and Larsson. In Evil Intentions, Valencians Abooga & Fiddo serve up a slab of deep, organ-driven garage that’ll have the vintage Jersey heads in raptures (well, it’s got this vintage Jersey head in raptures, anyway). Gianelli’s Leitmotiv is a more contemporary-sounding deep houser with treated, not-quite-there stabs of male vocal that for some reason make me think of Timmy Thomas’s Why Can’t We Live Together? Fellow Italian Domy then goes seriously deep and driving on Go On, a track that doesn’t ‘do’ a lot but is nonetheless (or rather, is hence) another treat for the proverbial ‘heads’, before Germany’s Larsson brings the EP to a close with All By Myself, a slightly more drifty, leftfield affair with hand percussion a-gogo and the merest, most snippety of vocal snippets.
So that’s two Spaniards, two Italians and a German, on a French label… that’s how they do it. Deep house pan-Europeanism is clearly the way ahead! And here's the player thingummy, cos you SO need to hear this…
About: Like I said, Bass Culture hasn’t put a foot wrong yet, for me, Here’s their MySpace.
France’s M. Bonelli steps up with a rolling tech-houser here, inflected with a little gypsy-Italo swing. Y’know the wedding scene at the start of The Godfather? Well, imagine they’d held the wedding at Fabric. You get the kind of idea.
Brahms and (Seamless dude) Graham Sahara supply remixes, though to be honest neither of them do huge amounts different from the Original, so I’m actually more intrigued by the title… if A-Level French serves me correctly that’d be something like Smuggler’s Horse? Or is it Smugglers’ Train? Something to do with smuggling and modes of transport, anyway… I’d look it up, but I’m sat on a train right now.*
But yeah, a solid outing that’ll move the floor for sure.
Out: This week
About: This is on Claude Monnet’s Analog Recordings label - they don't seem to have a label website but here’s the Claude Monnet site. It's got a podcast you can sign up to, plus a picture of a robot that I can't identify, but that looks like an early 80s Tomy product to me (for the benefit of any fellow toy robot collectors out there)
*Which IS definitely a train, incidentally. Not a horse.
PS I looked it up later, and it's actually 'way', as in 'road'. So I was sort of half-right, with 'mode of transport'. I find this is often the case. (Ie, I'm often wrong, but find a way of convincing myself that I was half-right...)
PPS I also wasn't looking at the label picture when I wrote that… although if I had been, I'd have probably just have gone down the horse, er, road. Oh god this is confusing. Note to self: try and write a blog about music, not one full of random stream of consciousness drivel.