reviews:57

Ten Story
The Ten Story EP
Extended Play

Ten Story aka Stephen Guy and Dan Gleeson’s debut for the Belfast label continues their defining sound reassuringly so. That is deep, thought provoking House music that’s built to delight a dancefloor as much as it engages with your emotions. Keep On, digs deeper with fuzzy chords and perky hi-hats set against undulating vocal snippets from yesteryear. Simple, yet very clearly effective – just like the video below. Bubba supply the remix easing the tempo and indulging you with funkier rhythms, which immediately satisfy both your mind and soul. Found Out and Time Inside develop the settings with further exploration into the deep as the latter’s moody chord structure and atmospheric vibes prove to be the more tempting.

release: August 6

http://soundcloud.com/extended-play

https://www.facebook.com/extndply

https://www.facebook.com/wearetenstory


 

Rico Puestel
Voeyage
Mothership

Second label debut this week sees German artist Rico Puestel’s beautiful melancholy production envelope you in warm layers of looped sound, which pitch themselves together like a dream. From the stirring piano to the edgy beats this intriguing combination of moods is one of the more imaginative this week, and should reflect something movingly ambient right back at you. Plumb The Depths then defies that logic with something more energetic with invigorating piano and a mind of its own, though not quite sure if this just pales in comparison to such a moving composition.

release: August 5

http://www.ricopuestel.com/releases.php

 

Carl Bias
Spike Rebel E.P
SoulDeep Inc

With a pedigree that stretches way back to Chicago and the eighties, it’s about that time for some of the real deal. Taking its cue from that era the music plays across four tracks with the opening, Hold Me by far the most effective with its swirling atmospheres and classic drums feeling vibrant alongside the instantaneous, and just as exciting, bassline. Big Papa follows with shuffling piano and typically pumping Chi-town beats, with Mystic’s sizzling hi-hats and soulful vocal providing a tasteful compliment. You!!! finishes with an exclamation of sweeping sound fx and funky, deep beats which again work effectively.

release: Traxsource July 30

http://soundcloud.com/dave-t/sets/carl-bias-spike-rebel-e-p/

https://www.facebook.com/carl.bias

SoulDeep Inc. http://soundcloud.com/dave-t/

 

Pablo Nouvelle
You Do Me Wrong

Pablo Nouvelle’s second self relased single sounds even more stunning with each proceeding listen, and that’s always a good sign. His voice captures the moment perfectly with a deeply soulful refrain that glides elegantly across warm Rhodes and arresting, acoustic guitar. Perhaps it’s just me but I’m thinking along the lines of beautiful beach and sunshine, or night-time and poolside (bar). True To Me, continues in the same vein, and although not quite as strong it still makes you inquire about an albums’ worth of this.

release: July 30

http://soundcloud.com/pablo-nouvelle/you-do-me-wrong

 

Climbers
2 Come Back
Culprit

Following urgently on from their superlative Law Of Attraction EP comes this equally great release. With trademark content intact you get more in the way of super-funky bass and crisp, shuffling percussion, plus this time with the added bonus of a ‘Work that body, move that body’ vocal loop to raise the temperature. Miguel Campbell’s remix imagines Imagination’s Ashley Ingram playing bass and of course feels effortlessly funky, while also stripping back the track to reveal yet another killer production. The impressive Fur Coat then get twisted with edgier synths and darker notes alongside some great vocal treatments to finish.

http://soundcloud.com/climbers/climbers-2-come-back-original

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miguel-Campbell/258461267501161

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fur-Coat/201228743228492

 

Slok/ Djuma SOundsystem
Lonely Child/ Come Together
My Favorite Robot Records

Two artists, two tracks. First is Italy’s Slok whose Lonely Child (from his 2005 release on SAW Recordings) now features here with this superb remix for My Favorite Robot. Feeling fresh with that smoky vocal remaining thankfully intact the music now gets that bit deeper with haunting and pulsating electronics filling in the spaces. Next Norwegian producer Djuma SOundsystem delivers another cool piece of music with clever, funky drum programming and spacey, vocoder vocals intoning: It’s all gonna come together. Music is such a pleasure.

release: August 6

http://soundcloud.com/my-favorite-robot-records/sets/mfr056-slok-djuma-soundsystem/

http://www.myfavoriterobotrecords.com/

 

Petite Noir
Till We Ghosts
Bad Life

The debut single from Capetown based producer Yannick Iluga aka Petite Noir is called Till We Ghosts. It’s good, at the very least. Very good, at best. Great video to accompany the booming beats and warped sounds too…shame it fades away so soon…

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Angus Jefford
‘Moves Revived’
Kaluki Musik

If House Music wasn’t alive and kicking in 2011 then you wouldn’t have records like this being produced. Title track, Moves Revived has the sort of Kick drum sound systems are tested by with its heavy-duty beat and hypnotic voices setting you up for an array of aurally assaulting acid bass and rapid-fire snares. Flex feels sparser with prickly organ notes and insistent vocals leaving room for the Ellesse & Jacob Who remix to trip it out with electro toms and impressively moody sounds. Juan Kidd revisits Moves although this time adds bonus intensity care of delicious bass and excellent oddball keyboard combinations. All night long…  9

release: 8 Nov 2011

http://www.juno.co.uk/ppps/products/1843354-02.htm

                                              

Oliver Huntemann
‘Paranoia’
Ideal Audio

What is inescapable on Oliver Huntemann’s fourth studio album is the sheer breadth of technology and alongside co-producer Andre Winter the skill with which it has been engaged. Never afraid to tweak the elements that one stage further to produce a desired effect, such as on the devilish electronics of Delirium one moment, sounds are then replayed in a different vein the next with Robert Owens robustly intoning on Hope. In between the experience ranges from fierce electronica you can dance too – albeit horizontally challenged – to moodier classically inclined soundtracks which traverse the light fantastic succulently as on the finale, The End. 7

release: 2 Nov 2011

http://www.juno.co.uk/ppps/products/1849196-02.htm

 

Ivan Garci
‘El Sonido Del Mar e.p’
Epoque Music Label

I like the way the music engages you on this release even when played at a low volume. That’s to do with the almost gentle though somewhat melancholy feel to the Original version which plays easy going keys off relaxed percussion and atmospheric synths to, it has to be said, pleasing effect. The John Dare mix turns up the volume with pacier drums and tighter bassline though retains the delicate sprinkling of piano, while the SoulDeep Inc version lifts to the next level with a stronger rhythm section providing extra energy and a welcome touch of Latin swing. 7

release: 1 Nov 2011 (Beatport)

http://www.beatport.com/#release/el-sonido-del-mar-ep/823754

 

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