Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Saturday, 27 March 2010
Various - Remixes Part 1 (Disclosure Project Records)
This is what it’s all about – quality deep house on a label you’ve never heard of, by artists you’ve never heard of. Go seek!
Argenis Brito - Sonidos Retocados (Introduction Records)
A new label out of Edinburgh with an excellent second release of what they’re callling ‘mechanical funk’
Ben Tom - Corner Store Pimp EP (Temple Music Group)
Check the Jas Who? remixes
Cesium - Balance (Ooze)
More from Ooze in that ‘deep prog that’s actually quite all right’ vein
Daniele Papini - September Black EP (Kling Klong)
Very Berlin, and rather good
D’Zeta & Basile - Stuck (1Trax)
1Trax goes down a slightly techier path with this one
Mike Monday - Your Body (Veryverywrongindeed)
Berlin-style house/techno with a hint of acid
Ptaah - This Is Imaginary (Street King)
Bit of an 80s sheen to this but it’s one of the best things Street King have done so far, I reckon
Sabrina Johnston - Friendship (Slip N’ Slide)
The Peace songstrel of yore teams up with Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero for some no-nonsense house action
Tolga Fidan - Sexually Responsive (Freak N’ Chic)
Quite leftfield-y, very deep, rather good
Tom Lown - Love Potion (Lost My Dog)
You can always rely on Lost My Dog for some quality deep house and they don’t disappoint here!
RIGHT THEN, that's us about back up to date. Apologies to all of the above for not getting some more in-depth love… but hopefully normal This Is Why We Dance service can now be resumed. Some corkers coming up next week…
Andrew Grant - Tre Pro Quimby EP (Barraca Music)
There's a track on here called Jazz Piano Triumph. And very aptly-named it is too! Just ace.
D.U.S.K - Patience (Delecto Recordings)
Good Parts - More Rerubs EP (Star-Fi Recordings)
More cheeky re-edit type business from the Star-Fi boys
Master Cris - Magic Box EP (Save Room Records)
Ripperton - Random Violence [Joris Voorn Green Mix] (Green)
Check this even if you didn’t like the album, Voorn’s version is much better and a lot housier.
Moonface - Power People (Endemic Digital)
The Revenge - Forever In Their Debt (Home Taping)
Only the fourth release on very checkable new UK imprint Home Taping. Find 'em on MySpace here.
Tristan Garner Vs Crystal Waters - Gypsy Woman [Remixes] (Slip N’ Slide)
Better than you think it’s gonna be, I assure you.
Phonogenic & Sasse - Chi Chi EP (Dieb Audio)
Wascal - Attention Deficit (Rocstar)
One for the dubstep crew
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Right, I’m going to come right out and say it: I never rated We Are One much. Well, at all, if we’re being honest. I’m aware that lots of people love it, but the lyrics have always been a stumbling block for me – am I the only person who thinks they’re just FACILE BEYOND BELIEF? Normally I rate Blaze highly as songwriters, but that just goes to make We Are One, which sounds like it came from the Barney the Dinosaur songbook, even more of a disappointment.
So we’ll concentrate on the dubs here, shall we? Cos I’m loving those, and both the driving Look |nside Dub (which uses just a “look inside” vocal snip, and manages to toughen things up quite a bit without losing any of the musicality) AND the Viva UR Dub (a fully instrumental affair whose name describes its stripped, Detroit-influenced tack nicely) have definitely got a place in my heart.
There’s a vocal mix too but, well, you know my thoughts on the lyric. But good work Mr Navarro anyway, and yeah, check this, peeps! There’s also a Doc Martin Mix on the full release, apparently, but they’ve not sent that…
Out: Now (been out on Traxsource Promo for a few weeks, but out properly this week)
About: This is on the mighty King Street, who like Kevin Hedges and Josh Milan themselves, need no introduction from me…
“We realise Mores & Seraphine may be new names to you, but don’t let that discourage you from checking out this exciting offering,” says the press release. Bless. Actually I do check out everything I get sent… just some of it only lasts about 10 seconds*. This three-track EP certainly lasted a lot longer than that. In fact, I listened to it several times, I’ll listen to it again, I’m writing about it on here and I might even play it in public. Hah!
It’s the work of two new Polish producers, and the tracks in question (called Track 1 and Track 2, plus there’s a remix of Track 2 from the UK’s Mr Cenzo as well) basically operate in a nice chunky–but-mellow deep house arena. They lean a little towards the proggy side of things maybe, but not tediously so – only in the way that, say, some of the early Yoshitoshi stuff did. If pushed I’d go for the Mr Cenzo mix (which is the least proggy) but all cuts would be eminently playable in warm-up/post-club type scenarios.
Not got huge amounts to say about it beyond that really but it’s good. So if Mores & Serephine are new names to you, don’t let that… etc.
Out: Now (but only just)
About: This is on Nightbird Music, which is a new-ish label (this is NB004) from Groningen in Holland, run by Sebastian Davidson, who you may recall once had a single of the same name on Seamless (among 40 or so other releases in the past four years). More info (and HEAR THIS) at their MySpace and at Sebastian's own website.
*There are certain nasty synth sounds (or a certain way of rapping in a London accent about what it’s like being a teenager) that will pretty much guarantee that.
A bit late on this one, but it was just too good to ignore… and anyway I’ve promised them, now. So forgive me that it’s been out a few weeks, eh?
The original mix of Ride The Horse is a techy-ish houser with a hip-twisting main riff and – a first in house music that I can remember – a sample of a horse whinnying. Or neighing, or whatever it is that horses do. It sounds a bit daft… well, I suppose it is a bit daft, but it reminds me of days back in the ’90s when we were all a bit less snobbish and chin-strokey, and I like it. So there.
And then you’ve got four remixes to choose from. Robytek & Ralf Armani go all big dark room, with whooshy kicks and maximum loopage; UGLH & Federico Locchi take the track down a more discofied kinda route, and Doomwork deliver a stripped-down pass that owes a little to techno, but only techno in its purest Detroitiest form, with a neat little jazz trumpet riff thrown in for good measure. To round out the EP, Aki Bergen takes us into the very lushest of deep house pastures, with a rub that you could POSSIBLY describe as a bit generic deep, except that it’s just so damn GOOD – up enough for the floor, mellow enough for home, just the way we like it.
So yeah, a pretty spiffing EP all round, then, with a varied set of mixes to appeal to a range of jocks and/or suit a range of moods/times/settings.
Out: For a few weeks now, but like I said it was too good to leave unsung!
About: This is on Italian label Starlight Records, about whom I know very little but here’s their website. Likewise I’m not that clued up on Herr Weichhold, but here’s his MySpace (where you can currently HEAR Ride The Horse for yourself)
Tim Andresen’s an old friend of iDJ’s – he used to write a column for us on dance music goings-on in Denmark. He’s also one Denmark’s leading house DJs and a pretty dab hand in the studio himself.
Crash Box is a midpaced instrumental from that deep/prog kinda border. It’s not massively groundbreaking or anything – nor is it the kind of thing you’ll be humming all day – but I do like the way the synths spiral off into outer space. No doubt taking many a mind with them!
It’s accompanied by the Alex & Fillip Techbox Remix, a tougher take by far - the kind of house that could appeal equally to Italian techno fans at Cocoon, or something. It’s okay but the Original is the one for me here.
About: This is on What Happens, which is Tim’s own label and pretty well established by now. Find out more at their website.
One of two bits I got sent from Artizan this month – there’s an excellent Poussez single forthcoming as well but that’s not out till April. For now, there’s this.
“This” being a three-tracker of (almost) instrumental house music in various flavas. The original of Yes Weekend is uptempo deep house with a funky/disco kinda feel, the WC10 Remix isn’t hugely different but with more of a proggy/techy kinda vibe, and then there’s bonus cut Who Knows, which is eight and a half minutes of driving deep, techy prog that is remarkably similar in sound to classics like Plastic Dreams and The Man WIth The Red Face. But then since when was that a bad thing?
Three solid cuts then. If forced to pick, then for me it’s between the original of Yes Weekend for da funk, or Who Knows, which is derivative but which will do its job for sure.
About: This is the latest from Artizan Music, the label run by Jafar and Maxime Cescau from their bases in London and Sweden respectively. More info at their website.
Sorry, but the A-side here is just awful, the very worst kind of ‘cheesy house meets electro meets a rap vocal’. Mere words can’t describe how bad it is, in fact. But it’s made up for by the B-side.
Actually, ‘Windy City’ is pretty cheesy itself. But it’s cheesy in a gloriously camp OTT disco stylee, sounding like some lost rollerdisco anthem from Private Stock records. That multitracked “in old Chicago town” chorus is one step short of sounding like Boney M… but the overall effect is quite pleasing.
Assuming you've got a soft spot for cheesy OTT disco, that is. If you’re here for the deep tech and minimal then I’d move swiftly on if I were you…
Out: Now (since Friday)
About: This is on Play, a curious label from Toronto that over the years has released everthing from ultra-deep house to the campest of kitsch disco-pop. Play is also home to underrated glitterball queen Melleny Melody AKA Melleefresh - think a Lady Miss Kier for the ’00s – and you can find out more here.