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Don’t know a huge amount about this one - for one thing, I can’t remember who sent it – but for what it’s worth, Sunshade is a pretty decent slab of deep house in that post-minimal kinda stylee.
There’s four mixes on offer: the Original (which I’ve just said about as much about I as I can, really), plus one from Echofusions and two from Ryan Luciano. The latter’s Deeper Mix is described by the hype sheet as “a deep house marathon”… but it’s more like a prog epic, if you ask me, so I’d stick to his Remix instead, which is also quite proggy but brings in some nice wikky-wakky guitar licks. And doesn’t go on quite so long. Finally, Echofusion’s Deep Cut Remix, and here it’s back to the post-minimal feel, only this time out the b-line’s brought forward a notch and the breakdowns are drawn out, for a slightly more textured kinda ride.
About: This is on Unrivaled Music, they're a new London-based label and it’s their second release. That’s about all I know right now… have a look at their MySpace and you'll get the idea they're really very new cos they've still got 'Tom' as a top friend!
Sunday, 8 November 2009
A very aptly-titled release, this, as it really is nothing more than a simple and v. 'chunky' tech-house groove in its Original Mix form. The Haus Mix adds some more shuffly percussion, and then Alix Alvarez delivers a rub that really brings the track’s moody qualities to the fore.
That’s about all there is to say, really. It's just a now-sounding piece of house music designed to keep floors moving, end of. Oh, and I guess I should mention that it’s OUT THIS WEEK, too.
About: Hauswerks is known to his mum as Colin Barrett, and this is on 1Trax, an offshoot of the MN2S stable concentrating (these days) on darker, techier house styles. Click here for more info on all of MN2S's shenanigans.
Pani Chacha starts out as yet another slab of chuggy tech-house, albeit this time with a little carnival/Latin-type flavour thanks to the use of some very understated horn sounds. It then takes on a strange Balkan/gypsy-type twist halfway through, which makes sense given that it’s apparently named after a drink from Georgia that’s popular among the Romany.
Given the current obsession with all things gypsy, I can see this going down well. There’s also a remix from SCSI-9, which is slightly more subtle, and eschews most of the gypsy elements in favour of creating a simple looping groove. BTW you can HEAR THIS at their MySpace.
About: This is on Pro-Tez, which is a new label to me… so here’s their MySpace and we can go on a voyage of discovery together. Or something.
Another very solid three-track deep house EP. Title track Diana Legal itself comes two mixes: the Original has a stripped-down, New Jersey kinda feel and jazzy flourishes, while DJ Yellow turns in a Mindz Kontrol Ultra Remix that’s not hugely dissimilar, except it ditches the jazz touches in favour of some insistent (but not too in your face) samba percussion. Marimbas and shakers ahoy!
Meanwhile, I’m a bit of a sucker for unlikely-sounding spoken vocals, so bonus track Beyond The River had me hooked from the get-go. It’s led by sampled speech which sounds like Garrison Keiler or some other US chap prone to gentle nostalgia; the backing is fairly standard deep house with the teensiest hint of jazz, but it’s all about the vocal on this one.
About: Timid Boy is a young guy from France who’s had previously had stuff out on the hip and happenin’ Time Is Now label. This, however, comes atcha on Monique Musique, which is a Canadian imprint. Here's their MySpace and here's a little more info at Resident Advisor.
You might quibble that there’s nothing particularly original about the preacherman-style vocal here – and you’d be right – but all the same, I Am An Original is an okay slab of house in its Original Mix form… tuff enough to work a big floor but not stupid, not devoid of soul but not drippy, either… even if it does sound like something Fluential might have put out circa 2002.
The reason it’s here, though, isn’t the Original Mix but the rather jaunty remix from Magic Fly, AKA one Rob Watson (who also records as Doktor Watson and Wicked Devil. it says here). In Magic Fly’s hands, I Am An Original is turned into an uptempo breakbeat/ska romp that recalls the not-shit side of (whisper it) big beat. Like Rock The Funky Beat for instance (of which more soon, BTW).
About: This is out on November 16, and it’s on a new label outta Nottingham called Unpopular Music, whose electic roster of artists I notice includes San Fran house bods Andrew Phelan & Origami as well as local indie kids Brown and Brighton boy Warm. “The concept of the label is non-genre-specific, with no niche pandered to and no style written off.” Jolly good, then.
For proof that the deep house scene is alive and well in the UK, look no further than this, the latest in a series of mysterious EPs emanating, I believe, from Manchesterford-On-Sea.
The best way I can describe lead cut Deep Under is, imagine that slightly garage-y/disco-y deep houser you heard at the best DiY or Smokescreen rave you never went to, just as the d***gs finally took their toll and you had to go curl up in a warm, fuzzy ball somewhere. Get the idea? Good, now fast forward a couple of hours… till the sun’s come up and it’s a bright sunny dawn, and there’s still half a dozen stragglers dancing in a somewhat weary and spangled fashion, while more sensible, mumsy hippy women are handing out cups of tea… and there, that’s what Check 1 sounds like.
The Balearic, E2/E4-aping Pacific Rim isn’t quite up to the standard of the other two, IMHO, but it’s still a solid bet for free party soundsystem action. All told, then, for lovers of underground UK deep house this is sheer quality you don’t wanna miss.
About: Ha ha, don’t know… there’s not even a proper artist name given. How underground you want it?! All I know is the Output series comes from a guy called Matt…
This Japanese duo have been making quite a name for themselves over the past few years, and this is their fifth release for King Street’s sub-label Nite Grooves.
“Who’s got a dark techy secret? Dazzle Drums do!” reads the hype sheet, and it’s certainly true to say this is a techier offering than you’d maybe expect from the pair. Meteor Shower is all about the big dark room drama, and makes interesting use of some very glacial, European-sounding synths. Express 4000 is equally big ’n’ dramatic, but this time with a little more house sash-ay to its big throbbing bassline and militaristic snares. Just a little, mind.
About: Nite Grooves hasn’t had a mention on here before I don’t think but it’s basically just another name for King Street, which is of course one of the best-established, best-loved and, well, best of all US house labels. Now click here to surf to their pages of web, whydontcha?