Just over a year ago ROBOSONIC wowed basically everyone with their track, “The Edge.” The Berlin duo have another sample-tastic pair of mouth-watering jams out on OFF Recordings.
The title track, “Macho Madness” is built on a sample from a vintage WWF WWE interview with Randy Macho Man Savage. The tune begs dancefloors to get the funk up with an ultra warm and rich kick drum/bassline combo. Kinda difficult not to sport a big toothy grin with this one.
The second track, Robosonic teams up with another pair in the Off family, MAT.JOE. Here’s yet another funky number, albeit one that’s slightly more down to business. Together they go deep into their hip hop influences, working the samples as only they could, a little disco flavour, more driving bass, and a respectful shout out to Detroit producer legend J Dilla.
12-3 Recordings, have been churning out some of the finest house music of 2013. Their latest, yet another release from LEAV, is a deep excursion into the genre that explores some techy caverns. The three originals on the EP resonate a minimal darkness, pinpointing the richness of the underground.
Week after week the Berlin-based label OFF Recordings churn out what is arguably some of the best house music on the planet. For their latest offering they deliver a massive debut from the Swiss duo FAT SUSHI.
The title track features the iconic and distinctive vocals of ROLAND CLARK in what is sure to become a modern classic. Working through the sounds of Chicago, the tune winds around a big but not overpowering four-four, sweeping builds, and a complimentary bassline that could keep dancefloors driving for hours.
Established OFF family members, PURPLE DISCO MACHINE, enhance the track with their percussive disco, taking “My Place” to new depths. This is in fact the standout of the EP.
“Preaching Right Tonight” is another Chicago-tingled tune, albeit one where a little funk and some subtle low end synth will re-energize tired feet in the darkness of night. Quite simply, it’s another amazing tune.
The hits at OFF Recordings don’t stop. The Berlin label and their team of underground boogie hunters bagged a pair of tunes from mystery producer SIMION.
“Lost” borrows the strings and bassline from The Cure’s “Lullaby” and does so quite well. The track isn’t exactly peak hour material, it’ll still get a huge rise out of the right crowd. “Don’t U” might be more sweat inducing. Here we have a cut that’s a bit more jackin’ complimented by yet another deep bassline. Chi Thanh adds some kick the track with his slightly more nocturnal remix.
Seems like the folks at OFF are shying away from individual snippets on SoundCloud so if you’re looking for full streams, head to the YouTube links below.
I had a fantastic time at Amsterdam Dance Event this year, which included seeing sets by legends such as Dave Seaman and Pete Gooding, the Suara night including Coyu, and a rocking boat party hosted by Housepital, featuring Baramuda and Mark Kane.
I had a great time playing myself, and have made my recorded set available for download as Episode 2 of my new Obsession With Sound podcast. My own tunes feature fairly heavily here, including my remix of Dantiez Saunderson – Zebroo Anthem from earlier in the year, and a new tune John Norman & Dantiez Saunderson – Resonance, to be released early in 2014, along side some deep dark tech house that I know you’ll enjoy.
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- TRACKLISTING -
01. Piatto – The Things We Never Know (Original Mix) – 1605
02. Raffaele Rizzi – Bouncing (Original Mix) – Bitten
03. Youri Donatz & Bjorn Wolf – So I Say (Original Mix) – Noir Music
04. Shlomi Aber – Limited By You (Original Mix) – Be As One
05. Green Velvet – Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix) – Circus Records
06. Kevin Over – Jack Back (Original Mix) – Noir Music
07. Peter Bailey – Brooklyn Bound (Original Mix) – Deeperfect Records
08. Inner City & Kevin Saunderson – Good Life (Pig&Dan (Less Is More Dub Mix)) – KMS Records
09. Dantiez Saunderson – Zebroo Anthem (John Norman Remix) – Stripped Off
10. Ian Pooley – CompuRhythm (Dixon 4/4 Treatment) – Ministry of Sound (UK)
11. Luca M – The Nowhere Train (Alex Marcu Remix) – Blue Orb Records
12. Olivier Giacomotto – 20000 Leagues Under The Skin (Original Mix) – Definitive Recordings
13. Noir, Haz, Ron Costa & Compact Grey – Around The Ban (Noir Mashup Treatment) – Noir Music
14. Jay Lumen – Fifty Fifty (Jay’s Stripped Chicago Mix) – 100% Pure
15. JP Chronic – Just For Your Own Insanity (Original Mix) – Recovery Tech
16. Pig&Dan – Junglism (Original Mix) – Soma Records
17. Dantiez Saunderson & John Norman – Resonance (Original Mix) – (promo)
Jalapeno Records has never been tied to any genre. Looking at their past releases you’re as likely to find drum & bass as deep house, lounge tracks as mid-tempo bass. Their catalogue though, is linked by one simple fact. Jalapeno’s mission one might say, is to deliver the funk. The fine folks at Jalapeno have a new compilation showcasing this fact, however their latest explores a housier side of their releases. For this, and the quality the compilation contains, we salute them.
Absolutely loving the new single from PUNKS JUMP UP. The duo are offering a pair of mixes of “Fairlight” for free. The club version is a foray into house music with some large key stabs and bigger kicks while the video version wonders through a realm of robotdisco glistening with filtered synth and tight use of a vocoder.
Watch for a bunch of new material from PJU in 2014.