Ramon Tapia – the product of a Dutch mother, Chilean father and brought up on a diet of Belgian Techno – is the latest superstar to join the I’m A House Gangster ranks. The mix of cultures shaped Ramon’s sound and his music has been snapped up by some of the finest record labels around – Remote Area, Intacto, Gem, Great Stuff, Turbo and many more. He has also established his own labels Say What? Recordings and Aella Music and can also list remixes of Paul Weller, Armand Van Helden, Marc Romboy and DJ Sneak, among others, in his discography. His Gangstercast from Febrary 2013 set the scene for what was to follow on the three track ‘Intense’ release. Deep, driving, throbbing, house music with impossibly fat baselines and shuffling, jacking beats that adds a Chicago-shaped twist to Ramon’s already eclectic influences. As the title says it’s intense – real House Gangster’s can’t pass this by!
(Ramon Tapia SC, 2013) Beatport here.
Fresh house from the VIVa familia. Beatport here!
Sven Tasnadi‘s second release on Katermukke including some acid to keep the doctor away. Beatport here.
After the release of their acclaimed 1st anniversary compilation, ClekClekBoom Recordings already have another EP ready to go, coming in the shape of a vinyl-only white label from CCB’s co-founder and figurehead French Fries.
Having supplied the imprint’s inaugural “What to Do / One ting Dub” white label in July 2012, the second installment finds the producer going back to an prior analogue jam session, where producer used only his beloved Minimoog Voyager, an old Sequential Circuits drumtraks and the classic TR 909.
Inspired by Chicago’s producers from the Dance Mania era, French Fries also lays down his own vocal freestyle of “Drums-Traxx” across the EP.
The first part, ‘Drums’ uses an infectious acid bassline to cut through an overdriven Detroit inspired groove.
The flipside, “Traxx” is the result of a lengthy jam session with Chaos in the Cbd in French Fries’ studio and uses the same sounds for a different purpose. For this Chicago flavoured version, a 4×4 kick propels the groove accompanied by loose, pitched toms and distorted hats
“Drums / Traxx” undoubtedly drips with old-school Detroit & Chicago House influence but as the impassioned vocal chant of the EP title sprinkled across both tracks reinforces, it is not purporting to be anything but a sincere, superbly executed homage to a classic era.
(ClekClekBoom SC, 2013) Buy here.
Kill Frenzy’s storming debut on dirtybird, the addictive, juke charged brute with its ingenious hip hop breakdown, is back for re-release with a slew of remixes from some choice label affiliates. Not content with the originals genre-traversing legacy (including plays from Soul Clap to Skrillex and pretty much everyone in between), Belgiums booty obsessed Kill Frenzy has rallied the likes of The Martin Brothers, Zombie Disco Squad, Plastician and Mark Starr to deliver their own take on the track, bringing the work out to brand new dance floors in the process.
The Martin Brothers set the pace with a characteristically heavy house bass line, the twisted “make that booty clap” vocal sample dancing over the driving groove. Zombie Disco Squad let’s the buttock-smacking claps take centre stage, while a clever percussion score and perfectly timed ellipsis make for certified ghetto house dance floor material. Dirtybird debutant by way of Croydon, Plastician, focuses on the bass elements of the original, creating a swaying dubstep rhythm where booty claps become glock pops before your very eyes, while Mark Starr opts for a similarly languid groove, without losing sight of Kill Frenzy’s playful genre-splicing.
“Make That Booty Clap feat. DJ Funk” became an instant milestone in the dirtybird canon and its great to see Kill Frenzy’s debut receiving such masterful reworks a year on.
Buy it here.
Sébastien Léger‘s new album – Back to Basics – out now on Mistakes Music! Grab it here.
Meant to post this a month ago but better late than never!
Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom Limited brings you Sam Russo‘s ‘Losing Things’ this March, backed with a remix from Jack Dixon. Sam Russo has had a long running relationship with the Leftroom label and his collaborative EP ‘The Summer Soundtrack’ with Huxley back in 2011 led to a string of further releases on the imprint, pushing Sam into the limelight and helping to spread his wings further afield releasing original work and remixes with the likes of OFF Recordings, Air London, 1trax and Fullbarr. The release opens with the original version of ‘Losing Things’, employing raw shuffled drums, a bubbling sub bass hook and a processed spoken word vocal line as its driving force. The cut steadily blooms in such a state throughout its near seven and a half minute duration, subtly introducing tweaky acid licks and additional perc lines to fuel its energy. Stepping up next is Hotflush artist Jack Dixon reworking title track ‘Losing Things’. Dixon veers the record in an entirely different direction, creating an ethereal atmosphere with flourishing bell chime melodies and a bulbous sub-bass. The track builds to a peak, where Dixon strips back the groove and puts its focus on drums, bass and vocal snippets. Next we have ‘Delivery’, a low-slung house number with a stripped back vibe, crunchy 909 drums lead the way alongside a gritty saw-wave bass and more tripped out, delayed vocal lines. ‘Mailbox format’ follows, a perfect way to wind down the wax side of the release, Russo takes things deeper here with fluttering pads, a moody evolving bass hook and subtle manipulation on the synthesized elements creating a blossoming dynamic. Offered up, as a digital extra on the package is ‘Not Another Juno Track’, embracing a peak-time edge, with punchy drums, a resonant acidic bass and smooth pads. (Beatport, 2013)
Here’s a giveaway from Tinush with Saxophonist Ben Rodenburg. Some bouncy, jazzy tech vibes for ya listening pleasures.
Born in a Berlin backyard is life to short for long storys. A simple, quick recipe is the secret Short loops combined with Hip Hop roots. That’s it! That´s Stella Soul! The Jam EP get early likes from guys like Riva Starr, Super Flu, Oliver$, Justin Martin, Round Table Knights, Zombie Disco Squad, Jesse Rose, Andre Crom, Adana Twins and more. (BP, 2013) Out now on Monkey Safari‘s Mambo. Beatport here!
Mike Mago‘s The Beat out now on Blood Music. Grab it here.
Tune in to Hannah Wants‘ upcoming release on Rinse and check out this short interview she did with Fabric.
Having signed a track to Rinse and performed as a DJ across Europe already, the Birmingham hailing DJ, Hannah Wants, has already been present on the lips of a few industry tastemakers. Mixmag tipped her as one to watch earlier this year and she’ll be appearing here in Room Two under the watchful eye of the Roska Presents banner on 10th May. With a style that feeds off bass music as much as it does classic house, she’s fast becoming one of those names that graces numerous lineups, so ahead of her debut in Room Two next month, we sat down with her and asked her some of our cursory introductory questions…
Can you outline the sound of your music as Hannah wants? Where do you think it sits in the current landscape?
I’d say ‘house music’…. Both my tracks and what I play are often heavily bass influenced but I definitely don’t think I could sit in one particular sub-genre of house. It’s all become so cross genre anyway, which I love… You can keep your style and sets really interesting by mixing it up and playing ‘different’ kinda tracks that you’d think wouldn’t ordinarily work together.
You’ve just signed some of your work to Rinse. Can you tell us about the tracks? How does it feel to be launching a new venture on a label as established as Rinse is?
It’s an original collaboration with Jamie George called ‘Butterflies’. Jamie has always been a vocalist that I’ve been interested in working with and together we decided to get something done in the studio. ‘Butterflies’ was the result and I’m excited for the forthcoming release on Rinse. Rinse was the first big radio station I ever played on so I’m proud to now also be featuring on their record label.
What is coming up for you this year?
A really busy and exciting summer is shaping up which includes a three week stint in Ibiza, a few festivals as well as gigging around the UK. Other than that I’ll be working, in the studio and also on the radio loads.
Are you excited about playing at Roska Presents…? What can we expect from your set?
Ridiculously excited! As an up and coming DJ, fabric is a club that I’ve always dreamt about playing at and Roska has always been a leading player in the scene, so I’m mega happy to be involved in such an amazing line up and event.
Something for our first week of sun and warmth!
Some awesome old school vibin tracks from Darius Syrossian, bass included! Grab his new EP here and check him out at our label night on May 8th at the Sedel, Luzern.
Umami is back with Seven Days EP out now Katermukke. Grab this ep here.
Tune in to Daboo’s creepy puppet sound going from groovy tech house into some kind of deep creep bass techno and back….hope you enjoy.
Fresh Super Flu out on Monaberry! Beatport here.
Our pick from Them Jeans‘ new EP Vowel Play! Out now on No Brainer Records – beatport here.
The 2nd volume of the grooviest serie of Suara records “Techno Tools” comes from Italy. Hollen is one the hottest artists of the Italian techno scene and after several releases on Bitten, Snatch and Trapez lands in Suara for first time with a 4-track EP full of big room grooves and very powerful sounds. One of the tracks was co-worked with Johnny Kaos, another Italian rising star well know for his stuff on Sci+Tec and Bla Bla. (Suara SC, 2013) Beatport here.