Black Butter Records continue to showcase their breadth with the debut EP from WAYWARD. Once again the label proves they are equally capable of exploring the cavernous depths of bass music, and equally comfortable serving luscious, soulful jams.
The London, by way of Leeds duo best known as Wayward, smoothly shuffled their way through the UK house scene, appropriately making their way to the front of the pack with their deep and sultry production. Their latest effort saw the pair in the studio for the last few months recording and experimenting with some new approaches, including the incorporation of live horn sections. But the drums, oh the drums, are key, especially with the EP’s opening track Baile which features broken rhythms as smooth as satin sheets. Grab it from beatport or iTunes.
The entire six track release is a testament to the funky and soulful nature of house music, suitable for both the dance floor and the bedroom.
There’s also this ace video for “Belize” that captures the summer vibes and melancholy that makes the track so beautiful.
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We have a few Love & Other releases to catch up on but their latest, the imprint’s 13th, is a slice of house heaven. Liverpool’s KOKIRI pounds out some 90s vibes with some punchy piano and lush vocal hooks.
ILLYUS & BARRIENTOS – who recently dropped their Stranded EP on Love & Other – build upon Kokiri’s catchy, chord-heavy original, applying their signature dose of deep and garage-fueled bass lines.
Watch for the release to drop on iTunes on October 11, or if you prefer your digital files from beatport, it comes out on October 20.
Love & Other on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | loveandotherthings.com
Kokiri on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter
Illyus on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter
Barrientos on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter
TIEKS, aka Mark Tieku, has been bubbling up in the past few months on with remixes for Rudimental and Jess Glynn as well as appearing on the Monki And Friends EP. A show on Rinse FM has also boosted his rise within the UK and global scenes. The fact that Canadian techno stalward TIGA has remixed his latest single isn’t hurting anything either. Here’s the track in question – a pulsating journey into pulsating grooves and subtle African rhythms. Watch for it to drop on October 19. Let’s go!
The original is just as tidy. Check it.
TIEKS on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | tieksmusic.com
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Following the release of a string of successful remixes and originals throughout the summer on Moonchild, Stripped Recordings, Clinique Recordings and Sudbeat Music, DALE MIDDLETON ushers us into the Autumn with his latest project ‘Tord’. The EP is
due for release on November 1st.
Delivering a fusion of interpretations on the deeper, underground sounds of house and techno; Dale’s new project ‘Tord’ features a stunning original production from the man himself, accompanied by chopped-up re-imaginings from Chloe Fontaine, Dave Seaman, Lee Williams and D-Formation.
Dale’s original cut of ‘Tord’ gathers momentum as it progresses. Flowing from mellow loops, ticking drum work and bubbling melodics, the track itself is warm and subtle.
DAVE SEAMAN takes control of the engine in his chugging rework, smashing out bigger kicks and rumbling bass elements. Seaman keeps things characteristically underground and dark throughout.
Maintaining the underground vibe, CHLOE FONTAINE brings a fresh and flirty flavour to her remix. Hammering out a wide range of tribal percussion, she harnesses the warmth of the original for an upbeat and floral tribute to the end of summer.
If you’re after a remix with more of a progressive feel, the D-FORMATION remix will do you no harm. Some menacing undertones are drawn out with a shuffling kick drum and warbling sub bass, balanced alongside ethereal vocals and gently swelling strings.
Last but not least, is the ever so minimal remix from Bournemouth-based LEE WILLIAMS. Harnessing the full power of subtly he straddles the sparse edges of techno with eerie mechanics and industrial sonics.
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Dave Seaman on SoundCloud
Chloe Fontaine on SoundCloud
D-Formation on SoundCloud
Lee Williams on SoundCloud
OFF Recordings celebrated a milestone today with their 100th release. The label has become one of the go-to sources of house music, having grown a family of talented core artists to carry their sound dance music aficionados around the world. For this very special release the label, founded by ANDRE CROM, asked half of its core artists to create an original track, while other members of the OFF roster brought in their magical touch remixing them. The result is a comp that’s deep and techy, punchy and smooth.
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I distinctly remember the first time I heard JOSH BUTLER. You remember that collaboration he did with Darius Syrossian on OFF Recordings almost two years ago? Yeah, that one. “Bass Play” went in too many playlists to count. The first time I heard BONTAN, was his remix of Butler’s “Got A Feeling” and like many who heard the track, I put Bontan on a list of producers who I need to pay attention to.
Butler and Bontan collaborated again, with another release on MTA Records, resulting in a jacking cut, topped with some lush vocals from JOSH BARRY, and smooth key stabs. It’s hard to pass this one up. The original and dub versions are available exclusively on beatport for a couple weeks, after which point you can find it everywhere.
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Bontan on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter
Josh Barry on SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter
JUST KIDDIN have cemented themselves as pillars of quality house music with releases on Nurvous, Black Butter, and FFRR. The pair’s latest effort secures their position as two of the most exciting producers of deep, lush tunes. After spending the first part of 2014 locked away in the studio, “Thinking About It” is the first in a series of releases that expertly illustrate Just Kiddin’s honed-to-perfection production techniques. With a focus on emotive melody and rich sonics their latest is yet another exclamation point in their catalogue.
Pre-order the single or watch for the single to drop on November 2 on FFRR and Eton Messy, with remixes from Bearcubs and more to be announced.
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