Reviews: 156

Beesmunt Soundsystem
Raindance
Pets Recordings

David van der Leeuw and Luigi Vittorio Jansen aka Beesmunt Soundsystem deliver what can only be called kick-ass House Music with this latest outing from Pets Recordings. Matters ignite in fine style with the irrepressible Searchin’ feeling frisky with its blaze of fiery drum machines sounding classically tuned yet remotely fresh all at the same time. The stripped back arrangement allows the vocal space to breath along with a nagging, agitated synth line plus occasional effects. Borrowed Identity supply a tough remix via pounding drums contrasted nicely by more subtle, soulful chords. The equally demanding Raindance is next with another round of timeless drums hitting the repeat button alongside irresistible bass and atmospheric electronics filling in the spaces. Finally, the excellent Ominous ends on slightly sleazy syncopation which is soon joined by gritty (to put it mildly) accompanying synthesizer lines sizzling with possibilities.

Release: July 31
https://www.facebook.com/beesmunt
http://pets-recordings.com

Piers Crozier
TNT EP
Resonance Records

The man behind the North West’s infamous Cheshire Garden Party gets deep, down and dirty with this excellent production for Resonance. I’ve been playing this for a while now on my DeepHouse-Radio show and still sounds just as addictive with its funky combination of rolling bass, shuffling drums and most notably the spoken words with a message adding spice to the mix. Try the original version for all this and more. Remixes come from a frisky sounding Max Chapman who adds a distinct sting with rattling percussion and low-end bass pulverising the grooves, plus from an edgier and on-point Leftwing & Kody. Second original, Someone again hits you with a neat bassline and vocals adding the human touch, while third track ‘One, Two’ joins Chicago styled vocal stabs together with more rough, tough drums and bass to only further the experience.

Release: August 3
https://www.facebook.com/piers.crozier
http://resonancerecords.co.uk

Santosh Khan
Mind In The Clouds EP
Etia Creations

You start off thinking this is cool, then the drum break drops and then the dark gorgeous bassline goes and introduces itself amid the ethereal hypnotic voices. If you like things moody and very late night then this is most probably/ most definitely for you. The great Steve Mac then remixes with big splashing hi-hats driving it all into distraction alongside a suitably striking arrangement set primed for the dancefloor to explode.

Release: July 24
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Santosh-Khan/115831508470298
http://etiacreations.com

Werner Niedermeier
Escaping
Ayeko Records

This is a great EP from Werner Niedermeier and incidentally his second for the label. There is a first-rate combination of ideas going on in the title track, Escaping with a flourish of Disco percussion fueling a hot rhythm section, that is offset by warmer chords and contrasted further by dark low-end theory and suitably smoky vocals. Easy Peeler, follows with distinctively pulsating beats plus a P-funked bassline and an irresistible sense of rhythm. The excellent, ‘Tansan’ is up next with addictive Acid lines demanding being turned up to eleven and then repeated, while Puzzled gets twisted amid a sea of inviting deepness to end.

Release: July 24
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Werner-Niedermeier/208516612553461?sk=timeline
http://ayeko.com/releases

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Nathan Barato
The Sub Of Queen West EP
Blackflag Recordings

Toronto’s Nathan Barato’s debut release on Stacey Pullen’s imprint is so good it hurts. Good that is you like deep, pounding rhythms and dark atmospheres programmed with a serious amount of shade. Energetic snares and pulsating sub-bass power this as various vocal snippets ingratiate themselves firmly into the groove on the very aptly titled Can You Hear Me? The Mitchell Rhythm on the other hand demonstrates even more percussive ability with sassy cowbells and twisted voices all feeling uneasy, yet completely engaging at the same time.

release: December 10

https://www.facebook.com/nathan.barato.fanpage

https://soundcloud.com/nathanbarato

 

 

Mike Dunn meets Victor Simonelli & Luis Radio
Nothing Stays The Same
Systematic Recordings

Number three in Marc Romboy’s Lost Treasures series sees this tasty House cut from 1997 got a timely reworking. And when you listen to the original version it’s all the more impressive that this doesn’t simply copy and paste into 2012 but adds its own distinct flavour to Mike Dunn’s cool spoken vocal. F.E.X remixes with a striking array of toms and beats spelling out funk, while holding back the rewarding soulful keys right until the fifth minute. Next is Melon who adds juicier bass and cowbell to his Chicago inspired reworking which feels more retro than F.E.X but every bit as good.

release: 10/12/12 – 10″ Vinyl

http://www.systematic-recordings.com/2011/index.html

The Original Victor Simonelli version…

 

PITTO
RICHKLAP
Wolfskuil Ltd

Love the way this builds your sense of anticipation as it deftly develops the instrumentation into a peak around the half way mark. And then proceeds to do it all over again. It’s a combination of what sounds like reversed Brass and moody chords that feel spellbound and most addictive on Dusty. RICHKLAP on the other hand features delicious, bluesy vocals over heavier rhythms and stabs, and once again is hard to resist. Both the Jackmate and the Viola remixes replay the elements with the later adding Fiddle and big-time breaks to what is certainly a refreshing angle.

http://www.decks.de/index.php

http://www.wolfskuilrecords.com

https://www.facebook.com/wolfskuilrecords

 

 

 

Vincent Kwok
Aura
Transport Recordings

This is outstanding work from Vincent Kwok who ends the year on an all-time high with this latest release from Transport. In fact, this easily surpasses the feelings generated with joyous, shimmering synths and a feel good rhythm section that all add up to peak-time business. Plus, with generous hints of melody and constantly evolving keyboard flourishes it’s quite possibly his finest to date. The following It Goes Around version then strips it all down to reinvent the parts on what sounds like classic early nineties styled chords progressions.

http://www.traxsource.com/index.php?act=show&fc=tpage&cr=titles&cv=192886&alias=upfront

https://soundcloud.com/8dpromo/vincent-kwok-aura-transport

http://www.transportrecordings.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vincent-Kwok/15264243813

 

 

Nathan Rivers
Not Afraid EP
Resonance Records

Great to see and hear this raft of new producers so obviously inspired by House Music from decades ago, yet firing it up with their own take on the sound. Sometimes imitation is the best form of flattery, although in this case opening number What’s Going On has a very definite 2012/13 twist to it. Driven by head-nodding beats and accompanied by sparse organ chords plus classy vocals this does the job nicely. The title track then ironically sounds much fresher with pulsating basslines and deeper moods, while the remaining Raw Moves and the standout Feel The Vibe rework the formula very effectively indeed.

http://www.beatport.com/release/not-afraid-ep/1006907

https://soundcloud.com/resonancerecords/sets/rr007-nathan-rivers-not-afraid

http://www.resonancerecords.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/nathanriverslondon

 

East End Dubs
She Loves It EP
Act Natural Records

Perhaps not to surprisingly East End Dubs define a time and place with their emphasis pretty much all on the Dub aspect. Four relatively stripped back grooves go to make up this EP with the pounding title track and much darker Charlie Foxtrot being the most notable. It’s pretty much down to the strength, and quality, of the hard-hitting production that makes these minimal grooves sound so good. Play either at the right moment to ensure a fevered reaction.

release: 10.01.13 (Vinyl) 24.01.13 (Digital).

https://soundcloud.com/eastenddubs/sets/east-end-dubs-act-natural

http://www.actnaturalrecords.com/

 

 

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