DALE HOWARD - CONNECTION
I’ll take this deep, minimal production any day. It’s all I need to feel happy, to feel satisfied, to feel positive. With so much focus on masturbatory maximalism, it’s difficult for the blogosphere’s ADHD to subside, and let the soothing repetition of deep house production like this take over.
Dale Howard’s new Merrt EP immediately caught my attention, and not because he made songs that sounded as if the world was exploding around me. I was hypnotized and drawn in by a classic sound; one that didn’t make me feel anxious for what would happen next, but sustained by what was happening. That’s not to say there isn’t a nice build in this track; the way he sneaks in the main chords is an art form that should be revered, and the repeat button got toggled pretty heavily after the first listen.
Released this month on the amazing Lost My Dog Records, this EP also includes an Ian Pooley remix that rounds it out beautifully. Pick up the digital here, and check more work from Dale on his SoundCloud. After hearing this EP, I think 2012 is looking deep and hopeful. As always:
MERCURY - RUNNING BACK TO YOU (COCOLORES REMIX)
How often to you find a song that you know you will love within the first five seconds of listening to it? Everything goes dark, and nothing but pure energy and emotion envelop you.
Yes, it’s really like that. About five notes in and I was struck with silence. What the boys of Cocolores have done to this track is unquestionably epic. Once those thunderous chords make their way to a steady beat, silence soon falls again as the vocals (by Christopher McCray) make their understated appearance. With more buildups and breakdowns than an adulterous love affair, this song never gets boring; constantly changing.
The original EP by Mercury can be previewed and purchased here, set forth digitally by German label Gomma Records, and it’s a fantastic release on its own. This track made its way onto the compilation of remixes featuring more heavy-hitters, and can be listened to here. Make sure to follow the Cocolores boys on their SoundCloud, and as always:
MIC NEWMAN - KNICKERBOCKER
I’ve been dying to feature this track, and am deeply thankful that it’s been made digital. Set forth to the world on translucent lime green vinyl, this EP is a glowing thing of beauty.
Upon first listen, my head tilted at the 0:30 mark, mostly in awe, and partially in wonderment. I was awe-struck because the vocals are so enveloping; it’s like being encased in a glass coffin of sound. The wonderment was induced by the the thought of being unable to pinpoint a song that was even remotely similar. Remember, this all happened in about thirty seconds.
Mic Newman’s been going strong for some time now, having a prolific discography of necessary releases on labels like Tsuba and Dirt Crew. My boys from Beats Bass just featured a fantastic unreleased track of his given as a free download, a necessary one at that.
This EP is the 9th installment of the Tsuba Colours collection, and a beautifully packaged physical release that should not be missed. Purchase the vinyl here, and then copp the digital here. Be sure to follow Mic Newman on SoundCloud, and make your life a little more colorful. As always:
1000SMILEY FACES & ANGEL MORA - BLOODY MARY (DAVID LABEIJ REMIX)
I have to give thanks to this track for providing a beautiful moment in my life. I was driving down Fulton Street in San Francisco at about 11pm on my way to a party and hit a stop light. At that very moment the track came on and the bass started bumping (literally), and I turned to my right to see a cyclist smiling at me. He proceeded to dance alongside me while riding his bike for about 5 blocks until we parted ways. Two humans, one groove. It was beautiful.
So the thanks should really go to three individuals, being the artists involved in producing this song. 1000Smiley Faces and Angel Mora's work on the original “Bloody Mary” showcases an uplifting, piano-drenched solo-banger. By “solo” I mean I'd be more likely to two-step half-naked and alone in my room while listening to it than on a dancefloor. David Labeij comes in for the kill on the remix, starting things off with extreme bass (the kind that gets people outside of your car dancing). The vocal repetition and drawn-out string arrangements bring intensity and a rush that has to be felt rather than explained.
This is being released as the very first in Novotek’s Raw Series, a perfect way to set things in motion. You can stream the rest of the EP here, and the 12” vinyl release is now available for pre-order on Decks, so you should probably get at that if you want the true (raw) experience. Be on the lookout for more from these artists and their newly imprinted label, and as always:
A Leaving Scene Mixtape
01. Kornel Kovacs - Down Since ‘92
02. Urulu - Untitled 01
03. Julio Bashmore - Father Father
04. Unknown Artist - What You Need (Coat of Arms Remix)
05. Mak & Pasteman - Get With The Program (Click Remix)
06. Si’Ke DJs - Say What!
07. NY Stomp - The NY House Track
08. Combo - So Real (Huxley Remix)
09. Dirtytwo - Moody (Buttjackin’)
10. Washerman - Basement Chord
11. 1000Smiley Faces & Angel Mora - Bloody Mary (David Labeij Remix)
12. Ed Davenport - More Red Lights 2012
THE ORGAN GRINDER - I DON’T LOVE YOU (FT. JESSY ALLEN)
This girl is absolutely killin’ the game lately.
Last month C.R.S.T. debuted Jessy Allen’s pitch-perfect vocals on their track “What I Want,” which I featured here and am still gushing over. She’s back to make her name known in 2012 with some huge production from The Organ Grinder.
Free from vocal effects, Jessy’s raw talent is at the forefront of this stomping garage track. It’s so refreshing to not be hearing spliced vocals from obscure R&B pop artists. Instead we are presented with a true duo, harmonious in their collective efforts. Chico (aka The Organ Grinder) lays down some harsh throwback chords, coupled with jackin’ drum loops and in-your-face, half-time claps. Jessy nearly screams with emotion, and that lack of vocal restrain is exactly what makes this song perfect.
This is only a sophomore release for both artists. Jessy Allen’s first being previously mentioned, and The Organ Grinder’s first being the well-received New Age People / Obsession EP. I can only imagine that their Junior efforts (separate or otherwise) will be killers. Grab this historical release on vinyl (which features a rad “Dub” on the flip) from Catapult Records before it’s gone forever. Mine just arrived today, and it’s the only way to go. And, as always:
Big ups my boy HurfyD for being an internet badman and throwing this my way. <3
SI’KE DJS - SAY WHAT!
I’m pretty sure brothers MK (Marc Kinchen) and Scottie Deep (Scott Kinchen) have made me a better man. Having released some of the biggest and best underground house music to date, they’ve decided to put together a fresh new label called Say Ahh! Records, and it is everything we could have hoped for.
Showcasing new talent with oldschool aesthetic, Si’Ke Djs have set the standard for the label on its first release. Comprised of Si Jones & Mike Morgan, this talented duo use hand-me-down equipment that speaks volumes. Their throwback basslines and jacked drum loops will immediately spark feelings of familiarity, but manage to completely set themselves apart from the over-hyped 90’s revival.
The EP contains two dubs and two originals, and is now available on vinyl and digital. Slowly crawling up the charts, people will catch on and be blown away. 2012 will surely be huge for this duo and their label, so keep your eyes peeled. As always:
DASO - ALL MY PEOPLE
Let’s take it down a notch.
Forgive the over-use of words like deep, atmospheric, lush, and minimal, but they tell the story well. The story of a perfect vinyl release. One where this EP is thrown on in the background while entertaining friends, and everyone in the room slowly begins to feel it. Moods lift in sync with the song; it’s a fact. I tried it out last night.
With a discography dating back to 2005, it can be assumed that German producer Daso Franke knows how to set the vibe right. There are two more original tracks, and a tribal/disco remix from Martin Patiño on the flip that tops off the EP beautifully.
This has been released by the fantastic Popcorn Records on vinyl (that has somehow managed not to sell out yet) and in digital format. My obvious suggestion is the vinyl version; it just feels better. Check out more from Daso on his SoundCloud, and as always:
ALEX AGORE - TAKE ME
I can’t for the life of me figure out why Alex Agore blesses us with all these unsigned tracks. Anything found on his SoundCloud is uploaded for pure enjoyment, or as he calls it: “My home for unfinished tracks.” Unfinished? I think not.
I can easily see, hear, and feel this track on vinyl. In fact, I’m kind of praying that it happens. With the jackin’ US Garage vibe and raw drum loops, the presence of a needle hitting the grooves is almost necessary. Alex layers masterfully throughout all seven minutes of it, never losing the listeners’ attention. Once the hardcore piano chords make their way in, you’ll get lost in it.
Alex was recently featured on the first vinyl release from Wilson Records; a limited-edition 4-track banger showcasing amazing deep house talents. Order that here before it sells out and you get super-bummed. Be on the lookout for a big 2012 in store for him, and as always:
D.FINE - CREEP (PUR SIM REMIX)
TLC’s CrazySexyCool was the first CD I ever purchased. If you feel like doing the math, I was seven years old. I recently asked my parents what the hell they were thinking when they let me save up money to buy the album and a boombox, considering its sexual and explicit nature. Their only response was that they loved me, and I loved TLC.
Leave it to say, that album shaped my life. I was a child who adored and admired soulful, powerful women in music, and still do to this day.
When I saw D.Fine had released an EP based around and sampling “Creep,” I kind of lost my cool. It only makes sense, considering all the 90’s R&B revival hype in house music lately. The original track is a classic, synth-laced banger, starting off the EP of remixes just right. And then Pur Sim ends it all with a fond farewell that begs for a rewind. Fast-paced with huge sub-bass and fantastic vocal sampling, it does beautiful justice to the original.
This EP has been released on Burn Toast Records, and I’m praying it gets some more (well-deserved) love in the blogosphere. You can see that Pur Sim has very little tracks on his SoundCloud at the moment, and I’m also praying this is due to some labels snatching him up after hearing this. Be sure to copp this EP from your favorite digital distros, and as always:
THE PEOPLE / THE SCENE / THE LIFE / THE SOUL/
A GLOBAL COMPILATION
All exclusive tracks from passionate artists, gathered by passionate bloggers.
The Leaving Scene
The Soul Electronic
01. Apple Bottom - Girl Cry
02. George Jetson - Birthday Sex
03. Sarp Yilmaz - Disco Inferno
04. Lex - What Else
05. Mosis - Waiting Games
06. The Blank - Say It All
07. Sibian & Faun - Remember
08. Stavrogin - Interval
09. Mig Dfoe - Zero
10. Deadbit - Collided
11. Strict Face - Bad Girls Ha (JD’s Club Fuck)
12. Nehuen - I Was There
13. Adlane - I Feel Good
14. Dro Carey - Gunmouth
15. Memotone - They Feel It Moving
16. Tony Devotion - King V.2
DIRTY CULTURE - PASSWORD TO YOUR HEART [125bpm]
Euphoria is the goal, and it’s been achieved by Dirty Culture.
"Password To Your Heart" is essentially a spiritual glimpse into dancefloor bliss. The unrelenting, uplifting, straight-up piano work here is other-worldly. Setting the mood behind the scenes of the production are the understated vocal samples, meticulously placed in order to make the song whole.
Tudor-Radu Barbu began his dive into deep house culture at the age of fourteen, and is still crushin’ hearts nine years later. This month he’s released two more fantastic remixes for Chocolate Avenue and Italy’s Refresh, both of which will require spinbacks at the drop.
This EP has been released on Techsoul Records, and is available from any of your favorite digital distros. Be sure to stay in touch with Dirty Culture on his SoundCloud, and as always:
CHECAN - BILLZ BILLZ BILLZ [136bpm]
Let’s up the tempo real quick…
With his recent release of the HYTZ / Feels So Right EP on Unknown to the Unknown, Checan is pretty hot on the radar. It’s refreshing to see that he cares less about what’s “cool” in the scene, and more about the sounds that get everyone on the floor elated.
Remixing Destiny’s Child’s #1 hit is kind of an intense endeavor, given it could have gone horribly wrong. But this guy knows exactly what he’s doing, how he’s doing it, and why he’s doing it. Tag this track with whatever hash-tagged, imaginary genre you want, it won’t matter. It’s just fast and rad.
He’s giving this away as a free download on his Facebook page once you’ve “liked” it. No complaints here. Check more on his SoundCloud, and as always:
[Ay yo HurfyD. Don’t worry, I know… #toolate]
MARTIJN - JUST DOING MY THINGS [122bpm]
It’s been about seven years since I’ve been to a rave. I’m talking about the real ones; where you had to hear about it from a friend, call an info line, get a map-point, and take a shuttle to the location in some run-down warehouse district.
I’m not completely naive in thinking that every party-goer there was solely interested in the music, but I can confidently say that it was the aspect uniting all of the people. I’m writing this because after speaking with my boy Brian from Life Crushed last night, we’ve been getting bummed about lack of unity and passion for music in our local nightlife. I really just want to find a party where everyone cares more about the DJ set than getting wasted and possibly rubbing on someone.
I can’t imagine this song being played anywhere in San Francisco, which is daunting to think about considering its passionate history for house music. I wish these pounding grooves and underground vibes would be showcased, uniting people and inspiring movement on the dancefloor. I can’t say too much more about this song, other than I love it, and hope you do as well.
Martijn Hodgson’s been doing this for a while now, and I’ve got nothing but love for the sounds he’s producing. You can listen to more on his website, and check out the Greelpound record label that has put this forth this release. Keep the vibe alive, and as always:
WASHERMAN - BASEMENT CHORD [122bpm]
It’s kind of fascinating when a vinyl release sells out within a month, and little-to-no hype exists around it. I suppose it’s telling that a community exists which is not bound to the internet, and cares more about providing love than providing press.
That aesthetic is profound in Washerman’s Kutz From The Basement EP, in which a community of underground has lovers have fully supported an immense release. Gianni Siravo’s first release was in ‘98, and more than a decade later he’s going strong.
In “Basement Chord” the listener is immersed in jackin’ beats, and retro chords. Repetition is key here, giving way to euphoria and the need to dance. Bigger than life, organic and raw, this is not to be missed out on.
This has been released via the Drumpoet Community, a Zurich-based label active since 2006. It’s available digitally, and I’ve only found one record shop that appears to have a copy of the otherwise sold-out vinyl available. Siravo likely has some large releases in store this year, so stay connected on his SoundCloud, and as always: