Sunday, 18 December 2011

So many tunes, so little time 3

Time once again for a round-up of all the other good stuff I didn't manage to get around to – and there's a lot of it this week!

Alex Flatner – Break House
Tuff, chunky tech-house on Munich's Circle Music, with a vocal inspired by a certain Commodores funk classic. Remixes come from Martinek, Warren Fellows and Deepgroove, the latter just pipping it for me though the Original's also very cool.
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Andrea Mattoli & Danilo Cris – Shoot EP
More tech-house vibes on this three-track EP from Italy's Diva Records (which is Mattoli's own label). The emphasis is mostly on the tech side of the equation but Reflex should suit house jocks nicely while Staker mixes a techno backdrop with a house vocal.
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Dmarco – Roots EP
Retro piano house is the order of the day on the title track, as Dmarco revisits uplifting rave-y sounds of yore. B-side 3.15 is proggier and a bit too Dutch-sounding for me but the A's a killer.
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Gianlucca Peruzzi ft Romero MC – La Ritmo
Our second of the week from 3am Recordings is, as the name suggests, a heads-down, drummy affair, garnished with a spoken Afro vocal and some of those currently en vogue old skool Chi-town sounds. Remixes come from Gareth Whitehead (my pick) and Matteo Floris.
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Graham Laverty – Speaking Of You EP
More quality from Martijn's Deep Edition stable! Speaking Of You itself is a meandering Balearic cut with another 303 bassline and comes with a slightly more floor-friendly remix from Nikola Gala, while Martijn himself supplies a remix of the more sparse and abstract Mainline.
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Greg Delon – Soul Down
Based in the south of France, Greg Delon delivers this slab of brooding, atmospheric deep/progressive house on his own Woh Lab label. Just the one mix promo'd but it's worth checking for sure.
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Maceo Plex – Under The Sheets
Crosstown Rebels star Eric 'Maceo Plex' Estornel offers up a slow-building (and slow-moving generally) slice of contemporary-sounding leftfield house on Canada's No 19 Music.
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Marko Nastic – Belgrade Connection EP
A total of three tracks and nine mixes on this value-packed EP from Brazil's Clash Music, courtesy of Serbian techno mainstay Nastic. Expect a mix of driving tech and dubby deepness.
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Nick Turner – InnerVisions EP
Some homegrown deep house goodness from Middlesborough's Nick Turner, plus remixers Basic Soul Unit, Arttu and Djebali The J. If you like your house so laidback it's horizontal, you'll enjoy the five sofa-surfing gems here greatly.
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Optim & Walken – Lost EP
Slightly experimental/leftfield house vibes on this split/collaborative EP on Electric Sheep Recordings, particularly on the standout Spell Therapy by Gary Optim, which comes on like Harold Budd trying his hand at deep house.
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Presslaboys – Enjoy The Sound
Some disco-flavoured house vibes on Factoria here, underpinned by glitchy, techy beats on the original and Rainbox & Omar J rubs, or a more crowd-friendly 4/4 thump on the Hamza Remix.
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Wez Saunders – My House EP
In the same week as the startlingly good Endemic Digital comp drops, label boss Wez somehow has also found time to put together four deep/tech house chuggers for fellow Essex label Hype Muzik. All four will do the do but the fat n' squelchy What About It and You lead the pack.
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Thanks also to Bison, CJ Styles, D-Unity, DJ Wild, Djamel, George Pear, Giorgio Luceri, Kenny Ground, Jon Fitz & Andy Mason, Lala By, Mak & Pasteman, Makka & Howard Sessions, Mike Duz, Ohm Hourani, Scope and Taso, for all the other bits n' bobs I got sent this week – sorry guys there's just not time to cover everything!

And finally, hello to new Manchester label State Records, who make their debut this week with Sonny Wharton & Sick Electrick's tough, driving tech-houser Blagger.

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