Posts Tagged 'house'

Four Nights of Late Night Sounds

The plan:

“They say that deadlines focus the mind; foster creativity. Well, let’s see. I get home from work after 7, eat, do the chores that need doing, then it’s time for music. At 6.00 am the next morning, the alarm goes off and we start again.

For four nights in March 2013, I will try to start and finish a song each night and compile it as an EP. I might use this opportunity to head out of my usual style a bit, but there are sure to be some deeper grooves in there somewhere.

So, a few nights of little sleep, but hopefully four completed tracks, but expect some rough edges; let’s say that those are caused by all the soul. Catch you on the flip side…”

Two days into things so far, and two tracks up on Amazing Tunes, two more to go and still just about awake…

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Grassmarket Jazz Release: Preview Stream

Release on Deep Nota exclusively on Traxsource on the 11th January, general release on the 25th.

Grassmarket Jazz- New Deep House EP Release on Deep Nota

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“Fynn Callum’s latest release on Deep Nota maintains his reputation for jazz-infused deep house grooves. These two tracks are at that perfect foot-tapping and head-nodding tempo that fits that late-night bar vibe, keeping the hipsters and the jazzers happy.

In the opening track, Grassmarket Jazz, floating electric piano chords provide the foundation for the jazz guitar and horn section, with that old-school jazz sound remembered with those familiar upright bass sounds. The second track, Decision Waiting, takes things a little bit more late-night, driven by a growling house-organ bass and a heavier groove, tempered by a delicious soulful vocal and smooth trumpet line.

This latest release from Edinburgh’s Fynn Callum takes us back to the soulful, jazzy roots of deep house.”

Grassmarket Jazz is released exclusively on Traxsource on 11th January 2013 and is on general release on your outlet of choice from January the 25th.

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

Playedoh, Port and Pies

Only a few days until the Playedoh Records night, and just looking out a few things for the trip south. Surely time for a quick mix to think about what sounds might make the playlist. So feet up, glass of port, a mince pie and hope you enjoy the tunes…

Take a listen to the set on Mixcloud

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

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

Underground (Dennis Ferrer Remix) – Nick Curly – Defected

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

Brotherman (Original Mix) – Detroit Swindle – Freerange Records

Funking (Original Mix) – Gion – Minimo Records

Red One (Original Mix) – Markus Homm – 8bit

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

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

I’m Glad You Came to Me (Nicholas Garage Dub Mix) – Bas Noir – Needwant

Tell Me (Instrumental) – Andre Crom – Freerange Records

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

Deep is the New Sh*t

So, after a thought-provoking tweet from Edinburgh’s wonderful Cabaret Voltaire, I think this might be my tune of the year: Evren Ulusoy‘s ‘Deep is the New Sh*t‘.

Thinking About the Playedoh Label Showcase- Deep House Mix

So, with the Playedoh Records Label Showcase just a week away, I thought it was probably time to start thinking about which sounds deserve a spot in the digital crate.

Take a listen to the mix on Mixcloud and answers on a postcard please…

Tainted Jazz – Poncho Warwick – Guesthouse Music

Season Finale (Original Mix) – Juan Lombardo – Shelving Music

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

Hot (Original Mix) – Flashmob – Defected

You Make My Dreams Come True (Original Mix) – Jonny Bee – UM Records

Philosophy (Original Mix) – Deep Active Sound – Two House Recordings

Moruno (Original Mix) – Amyi – Deep Nota

Maximum (Joyce Muniz Remix) – Claptone – Exploited

Dharbour (Original Mix) – Animal Picnic – Delicious Recordings

Hope you enjoy!

Dharbour (Original Mix)- Animal Picnic

Released on 1st October on Delicious Recordings, Dharbour is the second track from the Bean City EP from Animal Picnic and I love it. In some ways I wish I didn’t, but I just do. Those incredibly 80s sounding synth chords and the bassline just work for me. Yes, it has a hint of Beverley Hills Cop-era cheese about it, but I have been listening to this over and over again recently. This is going on the next mix I think!

Rambla (Original Mix)- Hobonuts

Released last month on Gastspiel on the Deep Down in Paris vol. 5 sampler, this tune beings with a shaker-driven intro supporting the techy, plucked chord stab, this is a slowish building track. We add a new synth and bring the kick back in at 1.01, but we don’t get the bass dropping until 1.33, but when it does, it’s sparse simplicity allows plenty of space for the percussion and the interplay of the synths to breathe.

The arrangement of the track is fairly straightforward, continuing without too much variation other than some heavily ‘verbed vocals until a simple breakdown at 3.05 until we drop again and continue as before. We get to the main break at 5.09; we then get the introduction of the top line fading in to add some variation. When the drop hits at 6.11 things stay pretty much as they are until the track wraps up.

This is perfect bar culture deep house: might not fill the floor, but the involuntary head-nodding that you get from the groove, coupled with the repetitive, simple arrangement makes this the perfect soundtrack for those upmarket brushed-steel bar sets.

If only more deep house could be like this.

More about the music…

I think, up until now, I’ve been guilty of trying to make each post a wonderful technical resource, as such, I’ve mostly completely overlooked the most important aspect: the music. So from now on, I will post regular, short reviews and opinions on the deep house tracks I like. Or don’t.

Let’s start straight away with Juan Lombardo‘s Deep Track (Original Mix). Released on Deep Nota Records -a label on which I always keep an eye- this, as I’m sure you can tell from the title, is a deep track. Some of the synth sound design comes from the more techy end of the spectrum, but the arrangement and the production mean that this is rooted firmly in deep house territory.

A percussion-led intro builds as the synth opens up, before the bass kicks in just after a minute. This, for me, is where the track sounds it’s weakest, with the bass not quite sitting happily and gelling with the drums and percussion for me. All changes though at 2.03 where, after a breakdown, the track drops and really kicks things off: the additional elements really tying everything together.

After that, the rest of the track rolls along, with several more brief breakdowns keeping everything moving. If anything, I would love an extended version, with a few more bars between the breakdowns, such is my love for this groove as it rolls along. Straight into my set list and definitely worth a listen.


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