OFF Recodings continue with the 22nd release in their OFFSPIN series. The two track EP is yet another collaborative effort, this time marrying the talents of DEUX TIGRES and ERKKA. The title track, “Who’s The One” digs a bit of a funky groove out of the vocal sample, subtle bassline, and minimal percussion. “Sunkissed” lays down an exceptional use of jazzy chords and electric piano stabs working their way into a bassline for the perfect accompaniment to a poolside party.
EDONE & BODDEN became members of the OFF Recodings family a few months back with a public introduction on the 17th release in the OFFSPIN series. Since then the Spanish duo worked their bass-driven, garage-inspired wonders on dancefloors world wide. For this release, the pair builds upon the foundation laid earlier.
The title track whips up more of that irresistible garage-induced bassline we crave, topped with cracking snares and the perfect vocal balance.
“Come To Me” starts out with some straightforward Chicago-styled jack but is overturned with a tidal wave of a bassline. Once again, a minimal use of vocals gets this groove locked.
Switching things up slightly, “Keep On Moving” runs a bit darker, catching those warehouse vibes and riding them all through the night.
ANDRE CROM (OFF Recordings founder and head honcho) and CHI THANH have built an undeniable studio relationship. Their productions continually turn heads and more importantly, move feet. The pair’s latest provide further evidence – two tracks that sound glorious when played loud and work wonders on the dancefloor.
The lead track, “Black Rain” is an example of how sexy the underground can be. It subtly builds momentum through the course of the tune via tight synth work and a bassline worth holding on to. The b-side is equally sexy, albeit much darker, harnessing the prowess of techno in an underground house tune for late night adventures.
KRUSE & NURENBERG are back with a two-track release on Berlin’s OFF Recordings. On the a-side, “Boom Boom Ciao” opens with a classic house stomp. It escalates rather quickly, booming with a driving bassline and filtered keys. On the flip, “Two Stories” is a bit more chilled. If the title track is peak hour material, then the b-side might do well to give the dance floor a bit of a breather. This track remains a deep affair however, perfect to get lost in while dancing with your eyes closed in dimly lit spaces.
Kicking off the EP London’s Vanilla Ace delivers “Work On You,” a garage-tinted, bassy stomper. Swinging high hats and a well-placed vocal sample round out the tune for what is arguably the standout track.
Hector Couto has been another go-to producer for me. On “Satisfied” he runs deep, capturing a more traditional essence of deep house, with Forrest providing the vocals.
“Work That” is the work of a pair of Italian producers, Ruben Mandolini and Raffa FL. In this collaboration the two punch out a minimal, jacking number equipped with a few piano licks and strings for any aficionado of the underground.
Lastly, Romania’s ICS drops “Giv’em” maneuvers into g-house territory. The vocal sample parallels a deep and funky bassline for yet another quality release from the OFF family.
Way, way back, before the turn of the millennium, I blasted Le Trigre’s debut record as loud and as often as I could. Energetic and political, this album was the soundtrack of my youth. After the spark fizzled, JD Samson moved on to his project with Men. Perhaps it was my age, but I didn’t actively engage with any of the new material. This changed a couple a couple of days ago, when I heard ANDRE CROM and CHI THANH‘s remix of “All The Way Thru.” Released on Crom’s label, OFF Recordings, the track was transformed into something almost unrecognizable. Deep and poppy, the new cut bounces into a 90s throwback with its synth stabs while propelling itself into every corner of the dancefloor.
OFF Recordings label boss ANDRE CROM and long time friend CHI THANH come together on this remix of Jakatta’s legendary track “American Dream” released on JOEY NEGRO‘s label, Z Records.The promo text says the tune is one for the chilled out summer moments by the pool or on the beach, which could be the case, but the low end is so submersive it would also work when the sun has been drowned by the darkness of night.