Thursday, April 24, 2014

Kruse & Nuernberg - Boom Boom Ciao - OFF Recordings

Kruse & Nuernberg - Boom Boom Ciao - OFF Recordings
Released: 21.04.14

Core roster artists Kruse & Nuernberg drop two heavy hitting ‘dance floor weapon’ (hate that phrase). The title track is just a crude sledgehammer techno track really - all hi-nrg chords and thinning dirty bass. Two Stories heads in a deep house direction. Still fairly heavy beats, chugging hi hats (if that’s what you call them?) and building to a hands in the air moment or two with looping, swirling vocals and rising chord stabs. Let’s call it deep tech house and be done with it shall we?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

UM's High 5ives - 22.04.14


Blood Groove & Kikis - Dice (Rishi K. Remix) - Spring Tube



Olej & Stereoteric ft Annuli - Spring Sky (Deep Active Sound Remix) - UM Records



Kruse & Nuernberg - Two Stories (Original Mix) - OFF Recordings



Maximiljan - Daze (Original Mix) - Leena Music



Unus Emre - Bellow (Alvaro Hylander Remix) - Series Music


Monday, April 21, 2014

Saytek - Propagation EP - Detone

Saytek - Propagation EP - Detone
Released: 20.04.14


Darren Emerson’s label with Saytek, now that could go either way I guess - either hard out scary Techno noise or a sweet housier track that you can get down to! Guess what - this two tracker goes both ways. The title track is almost lost on me, all high energy crescendo’s and dark tribally kinda beats while The Beginning is much more immersive, with a cantering bassline and aquatic elements to capture a classic groove that might have graced Emmerson’s previous label Underwater. Gotta admire Saytek’s productions though - multi layered and crafted.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dr. Yohanson & Banbaten - Marine Jazz Man - Society 3.0 Recordings

Dr. Yohanson & Banbaten - Marine Jazz Man - Society 3.0 Recordings
Released: 19.04.14


Russian DJ Alexey Sheraburov aka Dr. Yohanson & Banbaten are dubbed two of the best Russian DJ’s in the promo spiel, and who can argue? There’s so much coming out of Russia right now on the scene it’s impossible to know and easy to claim. The EP has a whopping 6 tracks, 2 originals and 2 remixes of each with Minlab, Pedro Campos, Jerry K and David R Maddocks making up the line up - again a bit of a “who?” list for me (who has a bad memory. Of the tracks The Deep Mood is by far the better, with a great bassline that stomps along, throws in some keys and a vocal snippet and whips up a real dance floor groover.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Maximiljan - Music Is - Mobilee Records

Maximiljan - Music Is - Mobilee Records
Released: 18.04.14

Mixed bag this one - two opening tracks were all hard and heavy and nearly had me skipping to the next promo, but I’m glad I stuck with it. The final two tracks are great! Daze rumbles along with jazzy keys and a late night bassline. Orignal High is a bit bouncier, with a retro flavour, but a dirty little edge to it - cracking!

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