Friday, 31 December 2010
Thursday, 30 December 2010
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Then, flip it over and we're back to the quality deepness we've come to expect from Acryl, with Addex delivering a lean and mean 4am hip-shaker that wouldn't have sounded out of place in a Terrence Parker set circa 1994, and Pablo Fierro dropping some pad-tastic dub science for those more horizontal moments.
All told: it's groovy, baby.
Out: This week
About: Acryl are ace, as I've told you lots of times. And definitely NOT German, which it seems I might accidentally have told you a few times. Sorry Dan.
80s pop and 70s psycholinguistics references aside, this is a pleasantly chugging slab of poppy-ish house/dance (or is it all-out pop?) that's probably one for the younger floors* rather than aging house diehards. Like, er, me. But it's got enough energy to do the do, and enough character to do it in a rather likeable way. I'd suggest the Rob Clarke mix might be the best for club play.
Monday, 27 December 2010
Saturday, 25 December 2010
Friday, 24 December 2010
Based around a "all the freaks get on the dancefloor" vocal sample, a jaunty walking b-line and looping disco brass, Freaks… is an uptempo partytime stomper and no mistake, guv'nor. Vaguely reminiscent of DJ Sneak, only a bit more full-on, it'll get those freaks on the dancefloor for sure.
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Monday, 20 December 2010
For anyone under the age of 40, that's a joke about record players that you wouldn't understand. Don't worry about it.
Anyway, enough of my crap quasi-humour and on to this record, which is more of the very now-sounding and very polished house/techno that the Shonky one is so good at. There are four original tracks (ie no remixes): Les Shonkettes is deep but upbeat and a little bit discofied, Obelix is a little more soulfully inclined but still with balls, Crapulerie is pure Chi-town bass squelch… and then the almighty beast of a tune that is Conquistador comes along with its big throbbing organ and techy tinges, and it's game over.
All told, an excellent EP that's further proof, as if any were required, that proper jackin' house music is alive and well as yet another decade gets into gear. Go seek.
Out: This week
About: This is on Contexterrior, which is one of Jay Haze's labels, and a regular home for the Shonkmeister. Find 'em online here.
So, yes, here he comes again, this time in collaboration with one LukeZ – a new name to me – and, for once, not on Tokyo Red, but rather on Nightshade Music. Actually, & I is a tad more commercial/main room-sounding than most of the Tokyo Red output, but not so much so as to not be worth bothering with. It's just, with that rather polished, pop-style vocal, you might want to play it on an Ibiza terrace more than at some deep house free party in a squat, is all I'm saying.
Randall Jones supplies a remix but it doesn't do a huge amount different, albeit his rub is perhaps a little bit deeper and proggier. So either will work when you need to reach for something that's accessible, that's got bags of energy, but that won't curdle milk at 50 paces.
About: Nightshade Music is a label based in Houston, Texas – find out more here.
With a meeting of minds like that – one legend of the old school, one leading light of the new school – you'd expect something pretty good, and Limmo doesn't disappoint. It's a simple chugging tech-house groove, topped off with a spoken vocal (that I'm guessing comes from Pullen himself, though I could be wrong), but it's very, very effective.
More mixes wouldn't have gone amiss (there's only one promo'd here), but hey.
Out: Now (only for a few days, but we've gone into tomorrow now, so from now on up, 'this week' is back to meaning 'this week coming')
About: This is on Nic's own Saved Records, who you can visit online here, if you've a mind to.
You're surely familiar with LMD's bumping, East Midlands-influenced take on deep house by now, and all I'd add specifically about this track is that, thanks to the inclusion of some female vocal snippets, it's perhaps just a little more soul-infused than some of the previous LMD output. So I'm not sure how much else there is to say about it, except that the EP's got five tracks in total: the original of In Flux itself, two rerubs from Atjazz, and bonus cuts Think It Through and Future You. The latter goes down a slightly techier/proggier route, while Think It Through is in a similar vein, but again with cut-up vox that push it in the vague direction of tech soul or even future garage territory. A bit, but it's still in yer typical LMD deep house vein, essentially – which is no bad thing at all, cos that's what we love 'em for.
Out: This week
About: As I said, you should know all about LMD by now, but if you've just come in, here's their website…
Sunday, 19 December 2010
Here, then, are five of the tracks with which Mr Sanchez has been rocking said floors of late. It's fair to say the overall vibe is big room rather than cool, hip and underground, but the worst electro/cheese excesses are avoided – well, I'd say they are, but I guess that depends where you stand on Prok & Fitch and Guy Williams' wholesale lifting of the classic 'Fascinated' riff for their contribution, Yalla. Geoff M & Terrence T's Bang! perhaps has too much of a foot in the nu-rave for comfort, but the other four tracks (Yalla included) will serve non-elitist house floors nicely, with Tangula's Boys Don't Dance a personal highlight.
Good old Rog, eh?
Out: This week
About: This is on Stealth Records, which is of course Sanchez's own label, based in the Netherlands where he now resides. Visit their website here.
On a slightly less relevant note, Roger Sanchez once kissed my girlfriend, and she got a bit swoony and had to have a bit of a sit-down. I didn't mind, though: it was only a friendly mwah-mwah peck on the cheek, and it's an understandable reaction I guess. And he was paying for dinner, after all…
But seriously, folks… this is a pretty cool EP, especially if you like your nu disco from that floaty, proggy and somewhat epic end of the spectrum where you suspect it secretly wants to be the middle bit from The Man With The Red Face. The rather ’80s-sounding vocal isn't really my cup of tea but lots of you don't seem to mind that sort of thing, and it's easy to imagine this going down well with fans of Trentemøller, Lindstromm and other Scandolearic faves.
In total there are four mixes of We Are Ready itself – of which I personally would plump for the Max Essa Disco Dub – plus bonus cut Dance Above, which is a bit less floaty, a bit more funky, and all the better for it.
Out: This week
About: This is on Nang Records, who of course have had TONS of love on this blog so here's their website and let's move on…
That said, like most of Lutzenkirchen's output this is straight techno of the loopy variety that's got enough groove to it to appeal to your average househead, too. There are just two mixes on offer, the original and a rerub from label bosses Act.Sense. And it's their remix I'm going to plump for, as it's just a tad less bombastic, and a tad funkier, than Lutzenkirchen's original… though both are playable.
Out: This week
About: This is on a new Brazilian label, Off Axis, which is owned and run by the aforesaid Act.Sense themselves. Act.Sense go by the names of Felipe Charret and André Dias in real life, in case you were wondering. Can't find a website, again, but you can HEAR THIS on Soundcloud which is something!
Crystals is a dark-ish, heads-down rumbler of a tune, coming from the deeper end of the prog spectrum. It's big, it's dramatic, it's brooding and exhilarating by turns… and it needs you to hear it, really, cos this kind of texture-based prog stuff is hard to describe in words.
S'good, though. So you see, we never did need those extra nine mixes!
Out: This week (NB: with everything posted today, 'this week' means 'in the week just gone' not 'in the week coming up'. Just so's we're clear)
About: This is on Stripped Recordings, who are always a solid bet for the tuffer/techier/proggier stuff that's nevertheless still definitely within the house arena. Find 'em online target="blank">here. Deepfunk, BTW, is apparently from Malta, though that's about as much as I can tell you.
That being the case, you could hardly call the Wild Lovin' EP the month's most groundbreaking release – in fact, let's be honest, it's 'archetypal', which is another way of saying 'formulaic', and it does have a slight whiff of cheese about it in parts.
BUT there's really rank, stinking cheese, and there's quite pleasant cheese. And if you cast your mind back to the late-90s, I think you'll find some of us were out in clubland having a blast while most of today's Shoreditch hipsters and too-cool-for school blognoscenti were still sitting around in their Postman Pat pyjamas playing on their GameBoys and listening to their Aqua CD. So fuck 'em. The five tracks here thankfully eschew the kind of electro snarls or horrible Dutch squeals that befoul much similar material these days, so they're all right in TIWWD's books… file this alongside the likes of Duck Sauce as 'good clean dancefloor fun'.
Out: This week
About: Stardust Records, as stated above, is a new label run by DJ EQ. Can't seem to find a website but here they are on Soundcloud
Sticking with the D&B vibes a minute, and here's the latest from a label I certainly have come across before: the excellent Vibration Records, the Essex boys (I think) who are doing a sterling job of keeping proper musical D&B alive in the face of so much post-Pendulum/Chase & Status noisy kiddy electro trance rawk stadium bollocks. There, I said it ;-)
The EP is made up of four tracks from four artists: Dave Owen & Sconeboy, Undersound, Blue Motion, and ATP & Calculon. All four tracks follow a deep, musical, liquid-y kinda vibe, and all four are strong, but if pushed I think it's Owen & Sconeboy's jazz-tinged Coming Apart, with its echoes of classic DJ Krust material, that's working the best for me. It's a close call, though, cos as I said: this is a very strong EP all round.
Out: This week
About: Find Vibration Records online here.
Mostly if you say 'techy' in a drum & bass context, it makes you think of horrible in-your-face Ed Rush/Optical/Bad Company boys' noise fodder. This, though, is techy for sure, but not horrible or in-your-face In the least.
Y'know how liquid funk could sort of be described as 'housey drum & bass'? And you know how house has gotten a lot techier in the past couple of years? Well then. Think a techier, slightly darker take on liquid and you get something like these two cuts. Graham's Tunnel is the noisier of the two and perhaps owes a slight debt to dubstep in terms of its structure; I'm liking Graham's Tunnel but I'm loving Bullet.
Out: This week. And apparently already big with the likes of Marcus Intalex, Doc Scott and dBridge, if thatt's any help.
About: This is on a label called Audio Tactics, which I'll confess I don't think I've come across before. Their website is 'coming soon' but here they are on MySpace.
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Thursday, 16 December 2010
If you imagine a Freestylers or Dub Pistols only in a more 2010 kinda style, you're somewhere in the right ballpark. As such I'm liking this, rather than loving it loving it loving it, because inherent in such an MO are traces of the kiddie crunk electro with noo wave attitood or whatever you want to call it that blights 50% of the Top 40 these days. Particularly on the track Bum Bum Bum. But I did say 'traces', because when this EP's not strutting around in a stupid trucker's cap and too-bright trainers, it spends quite a lot of time windin' up its waist to gut-wrenching basslines, skankin' riddims and ragga chat. And that's always a good thing.
Oh yeah, and you get a blast of disco too, in the form of Owen's own remix of Boogaloo, which also comes with a skanking-as-above Riccicomoto DubClub Session mix that sits somewhere between bassline, dubstep and breaks, and a Cottonmouth Remix that's like housed-up dubstep, or maybe dubstep-tinged house. You decide.
All told, then, Two is a little bit more raucous and teenage and Prodigy-ish (see Tension) than might normally feature on TIWWD. But it's also… yknow, pretty good, actually.
Out: This week
About: This is on Permanent Damage, who you can visit in cyberspace by clicking here.
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Four tracks, plus a seriously saxed-up remix of ‘Higher’. ‘Special Things’ itself is non-drippy, jazzed-up west coast of the highest order, ‘Moody Groove’ brings some live slap bass to the party, ‘Dancin’ has a phat-ass Harlem loft party vibe and… well, you get the idea. As absurdly funky and bumpin’ as we’ve come to expect from Salted.
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Waking Up Benirras, then, is a moody, broody kind of affair, the kind of thing that dark corners of The End at 4am were (or rather used to be) made for. You've got two mixes to choose from: I'm preferring Remix One as it's got a little more funk in its veins, but if you're playing to crowds of lads with their shirts off, then the darker, more heads-down Remix Two may serve you better.
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
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