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Classic Record of the Week #49 // 2015

Classic RecordsHighlights of the Week

EFDEMIN – CHICAGO REMIXES (2) – DIAL RECORDS:

This weeks Classic Record of the Week is Dial’s „Chicago Remixes (2)“ remix compilation for Efdemin’s „Chicago“ album. The remix EP continues the high quality standards Efdemin has set with his long player. Deadbeat’s remix for „Shoeshine“ opens the four tracker with his humming bassline and the presence of gloomy soundscapes. The high density of sounds in this track, due to it’s heavy pads and robust synths, evolves into a mid tempo techno bomb with a superb build up that definitely stands out. Following it is Efdemin’s very own „There Will Be Singing (Efdemin’s Future Edit)“. Pounding kicks and heavy delays on the percussion deliver a great and highly dynamic basis for the raw bassline and the endlessly floating pad on top. Remixing or editing your own tracks is quite a big challenge. And Efdemin mastered this task easily, converting his original track from a melodic masterpiece into a floor killer that still keeps the essence and soul of the original. The mastermind called Fred P. aka Black Jazz Consortium opens the b-side with his interpretation of „Nighttrain“. Once again he included his signature sounds that make every production of his so special. Bumping stabs, super soft strings, energetic percussions and this peaceful atmosphere that nobody ever recreated so far. Positive vibes, a great groove and super nice sounds once again melt our hearts, this is on point and one of our all time favorite remixes. Rndm closes this remix compilation with his „There Will Be Singing Dub“, a stripped back version of the original that gets spiced with some sharp shooting drums and lovely bongos. The shuffled pad in the background in combination with the great vocal work end up in a heavily grooving tune that keeps things simple.

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Classic Records of the Week #48 // 2015

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VARIOUS ARTISTS – RAW ESSENTIALS 1 – RAW ELEMENTS:

Originally released back in 2008 this record consists of three classic house tracks by Steve Bug, Superlova and Vincenzo. All of the featured tracks have been released before and build the first of two compilations that go by the name „Raw Essentials 1 & 2“. The first track is „Rhodes Flash“ by Steve Bug, the founder of Dessous, Poker Flat and Raw Elements. The track consists of hard hitting kicks, dirty drums and minimalistic & dark pads. This heavy foundation feels a bit lethargic at first, but the playful rhodes that flash through the arrangement turn this track from hard and heavy house into lighter and brighter music that ends up in a melancholic tune that tells stories full of passion and happiness as well as disappointment and harm. „My Vibrations“ from Vincenzo takes care of the fluffy side of house music. Looped vocals, repeating chords are the scaffold for low frequency kicks and a strong bassline. Not too hectically, not too laid-back. Warm and housey feelings all the way, this beat doesn’t burn down the club, it melts it. Soulful and magical, those are the ingredients that end up in a perfectly engineered deep house groove. The compilation is closed by Superlova’s „All Night“, the track name functions as the topic of every party and at the same time describes how long you can listen to this loop-based beauty. All night long, baby! A hypnotic pad, looped vocal samples, slamming kicks, a pumping bassline and crisp drum programming. That’s it. Superlova mastered one of the toughest challenges out there, turning a simple loop into something spectacular. Functional, energetic and heavily addictive.

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DJ INO & JESUS GONSEV – MANHATTAN WAX – PROGCITY DEEP TRAX:

Progcity Deep Trax was established in 2007 by Klaus Spitzner and is the parent label of Progcity. The Hannover based label offers us three versions of Jesus Gonsev and DJ Ino’s „Manhattan Wax“, starting with the „Original Mix“ on the a-side. The arrangement tends towards techno, but the sounds on the other hand clearly speak of warm house music. A heavy bassline and a combat of sounds generate some heavy drive, while the percussions and pads balance this track perfectly. This piece is deep, techy and technoid at the same time. The sounds are great but in the end there’s way to much happening in the original version of „Manhattan Wax“. The second installment on this vinyl record is „Manhattan Wax (Jesus Gonsev Deep Remix)“. Reserved kicks, filtered percussions and soft drums create a calm and deep atmosphere. The bassline is identically to the one from the „Original Mix“, but fits way better into Jesus‘ arrangement. All in all the remix offers the same power, but sounds a bit rounder and elegant. On the flip-side Kris Wadsworth took control of „Manhattan Wax“ and comes up with his „What is House Music Remix“. Industrial sounding kicks and a low bottom bassline build the beginning. The track really takes his time and slowly leads you into this dark sounding tune. Pads that sound like bending a saw blade and a rushing synth work together perfectly. Kris‘ remix is an outstanding one. Functional, driving and mysterious all the way. This beauty is highly addictive and can be used as the turning point from deep house to techno in everyone’s set.

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Recent Records of the Week #46 // 2015

Highlights of the WeekRecent Records

NAS1 – WOODSIDE EP – ODD SOCKS:

The Bologna based duo Nas1 comes up with their „Woodside EP“ on Odd Socks, after releases on labels like Bosconi Extra Virgin and Crimini Records. 3 raw and organic sounding tracks are offered to all the heads out there. „Kokooo“ opens the record with his crackling drum rack, dreamful layers and stumbling arrangement. The slow tempo fits the warm feeling on this tune perfectly. The second track on the a-side is called „50k“ and carries on with dirty drum sounds, but has a different approach. Highly emotional low-fi house meets sensitively used disco chops and creates a great groover with a unique touch to it. The striking bassline adds a nice drive to the piece and completes the track perfectly. „Exit 12-13“ takes over the b-side of this record and at the same time brings all the elements you’ve heard so far together. Bongos adding a certain feeling of djungle to the track which is accompanied by a weirdly sampled and chopped vocal. Wide sounds create a fluffiness where all the rawer sounds feel domestic and stand out as well. Overall this EP is compiled well, every single track suits the other and turns this vinyl into a nicely balanced work.

ODD009 – Nas1 – Woodside EP by Odd Socks Records

Artist: Nas1 (www.facebook.com/Nas1-193989047355253) Title: Woodside EP Label: Odd Socks (www.facebook.com/oddsocksrecords) Cat no. ODD009 Release date: November 2015

 

S.A.M. AND THE NAFF ARKESTRA – DELAPHINE005 – DELAPHINE:

Samuel André Madsen, also known for his Mandar project with Nick Putman and Charlie Naffah once again proves his magic touch. This lovely two tracker offers some minimalistic and improvisational flicks. The a-side takes you on a trip through lower frequencies, supported by reserved operating hi hats and pitched drums. A strong bassline adds a certain darkness to the tune and is the perfect foundation for the jazzy improvisation on top. Chords pop up everywhere and seduce your ears. This track is everything but average. „Untitled“ on the flip side is a typical S.A.M. track, groovy drum patterns, pounding kicks and powerful chords set every dancefloor on fire. Somewhere located between house and techno this track is a great addition to nearly everyones set. A playful track and some prime time madness meet here and end in a sweet record that’s put together gently.

S.A.M. & The Naff Arkestra – Beyond Synthesis EP (DELAPHINE005) by S. A. M.

Artists: S.A.M. & The Naff Arkestra EP: Beyond Synthesis EP Label: Delaphine Catalogue Number: Delaphine005 Written by: Samuel André Madsen, Charlie Naffah & Pierre Naffah. produced by: S.A.M. & Lazare Hoche in the Mandar Studio. Mastered by: Joel Krozer Format: 12″ Vinyl Year: 2015 Distributed by Subwax Bcn. enjoy!

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