Archive for the 'Tech House' Category

Use Your Illusion Mix- July 2013

Summer is truly here and, as I look forward to the Illusion all day party at The Birdcage, I thought I’d put together a short mix of summer sounds. A collection of house, deep and tech feelgood old favourites and new releases. Hope you all enjoy it here!

Ella Fitzgerald – Blue Skies (Maya Jane Coles Remix) – Verve Records

P-Mayer – Lost Soul (Original Mix) – UM Records

The Cube Guys – Apache (Original Mix) – Almibar

Dario Nunez, Montxo – Wordy Rappinghood (2k13 Mix) – Soleado Recordings

Federico Scavo – Funky Nassau (Original Mix) – d:vision

Luca Cassani – Gluttony (Original Mix) – Starside Records

Ruben F – Music Set Me Free (Original Mix) – UM Records

Sidney Charles – Soul Station (Original Mix) – Off Recordings

Yoshitaca – Dry Coop (Original Mix) – Gastspiel Records

Stefano Noferini – The End (Club Mix) – Spinnin Records

Giom – Together (Original Mix) – Amenti Music

Alix Alvarez – Treat Me (Original Mix) – Ovum Recordings

Sebb Aston – Milkshake (Original Mix) – Blue Orb Records

Ross Evans – Resonate (Original Mix) – Noir Music

Groove Terrierism- Deep Beats at The City Cafe

The wonderfully excellent Red Dog Music is throwing what is sure to be a wonderfully excellent night of tunes at the equally wonderfully excellent City Cafe in Edinburgh, from 7pm on Thursday 18th April. Full line up TBC, but I’ll be there spinning some deep grooves.

Get this one in your diary folks!

Red Dog Music presents Groove Terrierism

Where- The City Cafe, 19 Blair Street, Edinburgh

When- 7pm-12.30am, Thursday 18th April

Entry- Free

More details will undoubtedly follow!

Playedoh Records Label Showcase – 21st December 2012

Thanks to the wonderful folks of Playedoh and the fantastic crowd of Dunstable, here are some of the highlights from last week’s night out!

Playedoh Records Label Showcase, Bar Chameleon December 2012- Tracklist

Thanks again to all at Playedoh Records and Bar Chameleon for a great night last Friday; and a huge shout to all the people of Dunstable who made it such a great night!

Miles Away (Original Mix) – Linkwood Family – Firecracker

Together (Original Mix) – Giom – Amenti Music

Tell Me (Instrumental) – Andre Crom – Freerange Records

No Sympathy (Original Mix) – Maya Jane Coles – Elite Records

Can Get Witcha (Original Mix) – Dimitry Liss – Eyepatch Recordings

Moruno (Original Mix) – Amyi – Deep Nota

In The City (Original Mix) – Andre Crom, Martin Dawson – Off

Knee Deep in Louise (Shadow Child Remix) – Hot Since 82 – Moda Black

Vampires (Afrolicious and Rob Garza Remix) – Thievery Corporation – ESL Music

Rhythm Turns Me On (Craig Stewart Remix) – Steve K, Yogi (Random Soul) – Universe Media

Frutas Y Leche (Original Mix) – Victor Polo – 808 Recordings

Underground (Dennis Ferrer Remix) – Nick Curly – Defected

NYC Sunset (CRAM Remix) – Jonny Bee – UM Records

I Never Knew feat. Matthew Yates – Andy Soul – Kula Records

Funking (Original Mix) – Gion – Minimo Records

Do You Want Me Baby (Dusky Dub) – Cloud 9 – Toolroom Records

Dharbour (Original Mix) – Animal Picnic – Delicious Recordings

Carnival (Original Mix) – Microphunk – Deeper Shades Recordings

C.U. (Original Mix) – Subsonic Park – Elux Records

Release Yourself – Original Mix – Evren Ulusoy – Kote Records

Chip Chip (Original Mix) – Superlounge, Alex Niggemann – Strictly Chosen

Cicadas (Maya Jane Coles Remix) – Tom Middleton – Lo:Rise

The Tech End of Deep

Back in about 2003 or so, deep house was the genre that really got me into dance music, made me pick up my first pair of turntables and spend every penny I earned on building up my vinyl collection.

Before that, I was mostly a guitar guy: I liked my indie, my blues and my jazz. Then, almost overnight, I discovered a whole new group of musical heroes: to Johnny Marr, SRV and Joe Pass, I added Soularis, Johnny Fiasco and Kevin Yost, with many more to follow.

I think what appealed to me most about deep house at that time, was the underlying jazz influence. It was music you could just put your feet up and listen to. It worked in bars and restaurants as well as clubs, and even made listenable the smooth jazz tracks that were often sampled.

The tunes were full of filtered Rhodes pianos, muted trumpets and guitars playing finger-stretching jazz chords; even an occasional vibraphone for a bit of variety. These days though, I’m finding it harder to differentiate some of the songs that often make it into Beatport’s top ten deep house chart from some tech-house. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing: some deep house sounds can end up a bit too smooth even for me; I’m not sure I could play them out without cringing slightly.

Maybe it’s just where I happen to live, but I wonder if there is the same type of ‘bar culture’ that used to exist 10 years ago. It seems as though a night out these days involves hitting a cheap pub to get a few in, before heading on to the club. The upscale bar with its comfortable seats, small dancefloor in the corner and a barman who knows that a martini is made with gin and not vodka doesn’t seem to be around as much anymore, at least not outside of hotel bars filled with people still in their suits after a day of meetings. For those type of bars, deep house was the perfect soundtrack. Maybe I need to get back to Clapham again…

I think the deep house sound that first hooked me was just so versatile, from late-night listening on the couch at home, to perfect bar music that let you carry on your conversation, but with your foot still tapping under the table. Maybe it’s just the passage of the years, but I miss those types of night out, but perhaps I’ve just not been finding those bars; it would be nice to rediscover that atmosphere. As Mutiny said- ‘Bliss, feels like this’.

Maybe it’s time to just kick back, put my feet up, and stick an old Bargrooves mix CD on…

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