Thursday, April 17, 2014

VA - Collected Works - OFFSPIN

VA - Collected Works - OFFSPIN
Released: Out Now

Four tracks from OFF sub label OFFSPIN, Vanilla Ace, Hector Couto, Raffa FL & Ruben Mandolini and ICS supplying the tracks. It’s a tech heavy EP with plenty of big name drops to their credit amongst them it’s sure to get plenty of attention. Couto samples a classic “watch yer bass bins I’m telling ya” amongst his old school rave tune. It made me smile! And that kind of sums up the entire Ep for me - plenty of mid tempo plodding, lashings of retro touches but nothing that made me wanna play it again.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Moti Brothers - Made In Hungary Vol.2 - Ready Mix Records

Moti Brothers - Made In Hungary Vol.2 - Ready Mix Records
Release Date: 15.04.14

Deep house albums are few and far between and in Moti Brothers and Ready Mix Records you have a combination that are sure to deliver, despite being on their Soundcloud page for a year it's great to finally see this out. BiG AL’s label have a knack of delivering, for me anyway, and this is no different. Ten tracks to check out, with highlight for me being New Love Ending, with it’s drifting ambience and soft, warm, oozey bassline. Sunlight with vocals from Zsofia Trecsko is another blissful track that you get lost in the swirling mood of. As things progress Get Down lifts the tempo a little with vocal stabs and some more typical Moti Brothers boldness to the sound. It’s an album made like a set for me, dreamy, drifting and mellow throughout. 

New Love Ending is the pick of the crop for me with Sunlight - I just wish they’d been more vocals used to really draw you in time and time again.

Arian Darko - Summervision EP - Itom Records

Arian Doko - Summervision EP - Itom Records 
Released: 15.04.14

Synonymous with quality in my mind, Itom’s latest comes from 19 year old Arian Doko hailing from Sweden. Summervision opens with a moody hypotic flow, eerie in places but washing over you with supreme warmth and ambience - a track to chill to. Hard To Catch is a tad chunkier but continues in a great vein, probably the track that’ll find it’s way into Dj sets. Two further tracks add to the EP with the closing track reaching some impressive heights, again full of moody ambience and warmth.

As debuts go, they don’t get much more impressive from the young Swede. Summervision and Eclipse both stunning, mellower deep house that so many find hard to producer with such elegance.

Chi Thanh - Stone - OFF Recordings

Chi Thanh - Stone - OFF Recordings
Released: 15.04.2104

Never sure which side of the coin you’ll get with OFF, sometimes they nail it and others just seem throw away. Chi Thanh maybe a newcomer, but what a mood! hypnotic house, with haunting vocals (very London Grammar tonally) on the title track. Hotel d’Amour goes all deep and throbbing with a nice rhodes building a warm groove. The robotic voice used isn’t a captivating as the previous track, but it’s a decent tune, one I’ll play. Third and final track Nocturn is a bit like background movie music - oppy, synth laden and all a bit forgettable. 

Stone’s the track to watch out for here, but Hotel D’Amour runs it close!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

UM's High 5ives - 15.04.14

Marc Cotterell, Marck Jamz - Takin It Back (santiago Santamaria Remix) - Plastik People

Dee C'rell - Edifs Tale Featuring Lost Room (Original Mix) - DeepWit Recordings

Tim Andresen - Can You Feel It - DeepWit Recordings

Roland Clark, Rafael Yapudjian, Marcelo Nassi - This Life (Rishi K. Remix) - iRecords

Marvin Zeyss - Farewell (Original Mix) - MARVIN

Christian Nielsen - Fembot (Original Mix) - 8Bit

Audio Units - Pandoras Box EP - DeepClass Records

Audio Units - Pandoras Box EP - DeepClass Records 
Released: 14.04.14

DeepClass introduce a new producer in Audio Units. Three original tracks on the EP - opening with he title track brimming with floaty vocals and spacey pads flowing on a groovy bassline. It’s got a hint of disco in there somewhere, the kind of track that the female deep housers will be drawn to, emotive and uplifting. The other tracks continue the same kind of uplift, disco, hand clapping, floor filling essence but just don’t reach the heights of the opening track.

VA - Spring Moods Vol.3 - DeepWit Recordings

VA - Spring Moods Vol.3 - DeepWit Recordings
Dee C’rell, Bourne, Distortion Inc., Jarquin & Cano, Tim Andresen
Released: 14.04.14

DeepWit’s season series continues with Spring Moods Vol.3. 5 tracks from the likes of Dee C’rell, Bourne, Distortion Inc., Jarquin & Cano and Tim Andresen. I’ve loved DeepWit for long time, not least as Alvaro and Sierra are just so great as people but after a quite period when life took over the pair have bounced back with some great sounds and this is not different. From the scratchy lounge sound and killer vocals on Dee C’rell to moody hypnotics of Bourne. Distortion Inc deliver more sounds to loose yourself in while Jarquin & Cano go all bouncy deep house on proceedings and it’s very reminiscent of lots of things right now, leaving it to Tim Andresen to close our the sampler with a luscious groove that’s uplifting and the perfect ending.

So hard to pick one of two here, Dee C’rell for simply being so entrancing, Tim for a rolling groove to submerge in or Distortion Inc - oh hell, they’re all quality.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sebo K - Avalanche - Mobilee

Sebo K - Avalanche - Mobilee
Released: 11.04.14

Two tracks on Mobilee from Sebo K - the opener a bit hard and crazy for me but the second track - It’s Alright ticks the boxes. Solid bassline, quality percussion and a nice vocal loop whip up a frenzied air without killing, the track builds and rolls and thumps away at your core. A solid set builder.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jero Nougues - The Traveler - 5 and Dime Recordings

Jero Nougues - The Traveler - 5 and Dime Recordings
Released: 09.04.14

Argentina’s Jero Nougues becomes the 30th release on 5 and Dime with two originals and remixes from Nacho Riveros, Tom Lown and Portofino-Sunrise. The originals are pretty similar sounds, light, bouncy deep)isn) dance floor tracks that bump along at a decent tempo with good breakdowns and rises for mixing. Riveros’ remix is again pretty similar in mood and sound, just a but dirtier with the bass. Tom Lown takes a more electronica view of the track, dropping a more cinematic mood and creating a track you could sit back and immerse yourself in. Portofino-Sunrise’s is the pick for me though, much lazier Ibiza style sound, chilled but a bassline that caresses you, very impressive.

Tom and Portofino showing how it’s done on the back of solid originals.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

UM's High 5ives - 09.04.14

Spoke too soon! After many, many quiet weeks it's all kicked off this week with a deluge of new music to check out - all the more reason for your essential guide to the very best 5 worth parting with your hard earned cash for!

BiG AL - Grace (Original Mix) - nUMusic: Deep House Vol.3 - UM Records

Tim Andresen - You (Original Mix) - What Happens

Tamandua Twist - Jubuticaba 3.0 - Ready Mix Records

Loz Goddard - Looking Back (Dual T Remix) - Savoir Faire Musique

Deephope - The Childhood (Deep Active Sound Remix) - iRecords