Here’s a VIP Remix that WAYWARD cut of their B-side to the 12” Love Jones. They wanted to freshen it up and by doing so they delve into UK bass/garage territory with. As with “Love Jones,” the track gives into Motown vocal harmonies juxtaposed with round and warm bassline. Top marks on this one.
“To Be Alone” has been plucked from the acclaimed Ladies and Mentalmen LP for a series of remixes on the iconic New York-based label Nurvous Records (aka Nervous Records), showcasing a slightly different side to Australian production powerhouses YOLANDA BE COOL.
A moment of calm amidst the dancefloor onslaught of Yolanda Be Cool’s recent LP, the original of “To Be Alone” is something of a slow burner; oozing chill-out vibes and hinting more towards the afterparty. Or perhaps this is the track you put on after a frenzied night out, when you’re by yourself, reflecting on lovers of the past, contemplating your next steps to fulfill relationship bliss.
If you’re longing to mask your melancholy with a sweaty dancefloor romp, then look no further than the Critical Mess (aka AUDIOFLY) remix. The low-end tones and deep kicks result in an altogether darker, more brooding take, turning the original on its head and creating a sexy sense of minimalism over the mean bassline workout.
The remix above is indeed top shelf work. Yolanda Be Cool’s own refix wins high marks too. We were lucky enough to hear the entire track but even with the beatport snippet below, you’ll find evidence that the pitched tempo, roaring garage bassline, and 90s rave stabs make this remix ideal for getting those feet moving.
As the 12-3 Recordings, Cuts-series reaches release part 11 RUBEN BRUNDELL is back with two ready-to-play house tracks. According to Brundell he, “produced Check One and Time Up looking to make something that was both capable and energetic, ripe and fit to throw in to a set, tools if you will.”
Judging from that description, he’s bang on. “Check One” could easily find a welcome home in New York’s underground clubs and warehouses. The bassline bounces nicely off of the succinct vocal sample making the tune full, yet simple.
On the flip, “Time Up” explodes with bubbling, garage-esque low end wobble. This is a peak-hour cut with booming sonics.
TWELVE-THREE RECORDINGS is quickly becoming a staple source for my crates. Run and curated by RUBEN BRUNDELL, the Stockholm-based label consistently churns out rich and deep releases and their latest doesn’t break the trend.
It’s the first collaboration between Brundell and LEAV yeilds some tasty results. The Told You EP leads with the title track – a round and warm cut with some undeniable garage-influenced bulging basslines. “Soundlike” is easily one of the sexiest underground house tunes I’ve heard in a while – that is until the third track, “Wave,” which maintains a summer vibe throughout. Oh the bassline after the second drop though…it’s something I’d like to take to bed.
Darius Syrossian has become a go to dj for bassy house music. With almost 10 years of knob twiddling and dancefloor curating, he’s built a reputation for quality production and
eye-poppingly epic performances. The Leeds native has become in perpetual demand, releasing material on Viva, OFF Recordings and Area Remote. Now the Leeds based DJ/Producer teams up with a brand new imprint brought run by the hotly tipped production duo Leftwing & Kody.
The debut release from new London label Lost Records sees DARIUS SYROSSIAN in full swing with the superb ‘Anything Weird’ EP backed with a standout remix from label bosses LEFTWING & KODY. The Anything Weird EP kicks off with the original version of “I’ll Do Anything”, a pint full of tough house music with a meaty and bouncy bassline, and an infectious old school vocal line.
The original version is followed with a tight remix from Leftwing & Kody who put their own audibly arousing twist on Syrossian’s track. The duo flutter out some echoing claps under chopped vocals, and pound out a jumpy bassline for a faster-pitched and equally ferocious remix.
The final track of the EP shows the breadth and true talent of Syrossian. “I’m Not Weird Your
Just Normal” has a deep growling bass and a wonky, yet contagious chord harmony, firmly planting a tongue in cheek element of humour.
Stay tuned for this label. Leftwing & Kody would like to remind you with this free download from them.
Brand new from RAIN CITY RIOT we have yet another monster garage tune. “Work The Love” shuffles out a two-step rhythm and rumbles the low end with a deep and complimentary four-four boom. As with all three of his previous releases to date, this one is a free download
Until recently the producer’s identity was a mystery. After some speculation however, HIGH RANKIN let the cat out of the bag. Rain City Riot is a side project for the UK bass music power house, focusing on “deeper house/garage stuff.”
MARTIN IKIN (aka Soul Purpose) and his trademark quirky house noodlings have made their way to imprints such as Defected and Nervous. Following up to his OFF Recordings debut “Rhythm” a while ago, he now presents his anticipated first full EP with a storm of garage-infused deep house ready to drive the crowds mad on any dancefloor.
“I Know” opens the EP providing classic garage house stabs and a flowing bassline and melodic vocal work. From it’s iconic vocal samples to it’s booming sonics, this is one strictly for the dancefloor.
“Hold Dis” Keeps the quirky impossible-not-to-dance-to jacking beats flowing and adds up a delightful synth work to really take us on a journey.
Last up is “What You’ve Done”, with a soulful vocal arrangements and massive buildups setting the mood for those powerful bassdrops. A hit to be for sure.
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