Sometimes you come across a track from little known artists that is instantly memorable, and this is a prime example of that kind of track. Rich Pinder, a Doncaster based producer (with less than 100 twitter followers mind you!) teams up with Billy Kenny to create a beautiful collaboration “Lost Soul.” Featuring the vocal talent of RogueHeart (Chrystal Orchard), ‘Lost Soul’ is a deep, groove heavy track with perfect claps, synths, and stabs. The vocal hook is uplifting and solidifies the track as a new style of vocal groove-house, somewhere between the deep stuff coming out of the UK lately and Defected’s style of R&B infused classic house. Prodcuers Ozzi, S. Jay, and Hide&Seek, each offer their own interpretation of the original for the four track EP. Hide&Seek’s rework is our favorite, with its garage focus, crisp percussion, and impressive piano work all while keeping RougueHeart’s vocals in the spotlight.
First premiered in the infamous mixtape series by The Magician, Magic Tape #38, a little known duo out of Edinburgh showcase their deep, garage, and nu disco sounds with a stunning cut ‘Don’t Play Around.’ Active since 2010, it is only in the past few months that their sound has become hot and they have begun their path to success. ‘Don’t Play Around’ is a quintessential groove laced production, complimented with airy sweeps, catchy vocals, and pure deep house vibes. On the flip is ‘Holding On’ which takes listeners for a deeper affair with a sultry vocal sample and dubbed out synth pads. The scene is very excited about this one, and its sure to get proper support in the clubs.
After a long wait, this EP is out now on both Vinyl and Digi via Jeudi Records.
Veterans Chris Lattner and East End Dubs team up for their next collaborative release on Dogmatik records, “Reflections” EP. These two producers are each known for their special blend of subtle synths and intricate percussion. Chris Lattner has seen recent success with his “Sick” EP on Fear of Flying, while East End Dubs recent EPs have seen support from John Digweed, Sandy Rivera, and Nick Curly. “Reflections” is a beautiful three tracker with the title track, “Reflections,” “Nutcracker,” and “Raising The Bar.” “Reflections” opens with a dark driving bassline while continuing with tweaks of the synth, and in my mind is the standout of the EP. “Nutcracker” has a distinctive atmospheric feel that will make it a surefire underground classic. Rounding things off, “Raising The Bar,” completes the EP with more subtle percussion. Check out East End Dubs most recent mix here, and Chris Lattner’s preview mix for his upcoming Croatia gig.
Belgium based Arches, consisting of Seba (previously known as Moonlight Matters) and Jochen (Sound of Stereo), burst onto the scene in 2013 with their updated take on Whitney Houston’s ‘It’s Okay.’ After releasing a stunning remix of infamous producer The Magician’s ‘When The Night Is Over,’ Arches finally releases their debut EP, including ‘There’s A Place’ and ‘Move On.’ The gem here are the remixes to be included on this EP, particularly one from our favorites Russ Chimes. If anyone is unfamiliar with Russ Chimes, quickly make your way over to his soundcloud and check out his expressway mix series and his fall mix for Monki on BBC radio 1. Russ Chimes takes Arches’ production ‘There’s A Place’ and infuses it with a stunning house bassline. His intricate usage of hi-hats and melodic synth while softening the vocals a bit makes this a perfect late night club hit.
Today’s Sunday Slowdown is a recent release from the London duo Tough Love (Alex & Stef), who will be releasing Vol 1 of their ‘Bring The Heat’ series tomorrow. As mentioned in our earlier post for Bluford Duck’s ‘Feel Your Body,’ Coyu’s dance music label, Suara, released Volume 2 of Kitties Go Deep a few weeks back. Tough Love’s contribution ‘Missing You’ is one of the many standout releases on the compilation. Tough Love has been producing since 2012, and their back catalog includes tracks such as ‘In My Way,’ ‘Keep It Burning,’ and their remix of ‘Rush’ for Toolroom favorite Doorly. ‘Missing You’ is centered around an addicting vocal while a polished house instrumental with deep pads rounds out the track. Be sure to check out Tough Love’s beatport chart here.
We first caught onto UK-based Tom Budden with his track ‘Flying Feather‘ off of Get Physical’s Full Body Workout Volume 12. With past releases on Gruuv, Culprit, ALiVE, and Pets Recordings under his belt, ‘Amber’ sees Tom Budden returning to his own label of ALiVE. The three track EP includes ‘Amber,’ ‘Lurking,’ and ‘Slice.’ While only two previews are on Soundcloud at the moment, we are really impressed with this offering. ‘Lurking’ features a driving bassline with groovy percussion and a pristine synth, making this our favorite from the EP. The title track, ‘Amber,’ highlights bouncy, breakbeat vibes with nice piano stabs. Rounding things off, ‘Slice’ is a darker production with pure grooves and surprising dynamism complimented by a fitting vocal sample. While you wait for this release, be sure to check out Tom Budden’s fantastic guest mix on Get Physical Radio.
Noir and Hayze are at it again! The producer and vocalist/songwriter come together after their 2011 hit ‘Around’ to collaborate with a production called ‘Angel.’ Lately Noir has been busy building his label Noir Music, so it’s a nice change of pace to see the Danish label head return to his home base. ‘Angel’ is a decidedly different track from ‘Around’ and really shows how Noir’s sound has evolved over these past 3 years. First premiered and seeing significant support in Defected’s recent podcasts, the new production blew us away with Hayze’s vocals. Listen closely to the lyrics as they tell a moving story (the lyrics are on Hayze’s twitter). Noir delivers an emotional melody with a stuttering bassline and plenty of techno influences. Be sure to check out Noir’s interview about the release over at our friends BBM Live.