12 January 2007

The underground records that rocked 2006

By no means the whole list but a ramble about some of the tunes which stood out for either their originality, uncanny dancefloor knack or just caught my attention. The tunes here span everything from deep house to funky/party house to techno.

Sunshine Jones – I Believe (King Street Sounds) – a great groove in a similar vein to "Do it now". Very surprised this didn't get mentioned more often.

Theo Parrish – Falling Up (Carl Craig remix) (Third Ear Recordings) – Carl Craig still showing everyone how it's done after all these years

Audiofly X – Stolen Goods (SAW Recordings) – Bleeps made cool. Rocking shit!

Dave From Dallas - Inside (Slanted Black) – Sublime smooth house with what I call the "tribal soul".

One Hundred Birds – Rej (Wave Music) – That Ame track remade by a Japanese live band. Following on from their remake of Blackwater this is just brilliant.

Jeff Bennett & Kiece – String Theory (Kriece's Planck Remix) (Spinifex Records) – The remix of an already ace tune which blows any dance floor away. Top notch in every way.

Alland Byallo – Little Giant Human Robot (Shva Muzik) – crazy minimal house with real dancefloor appeal. More of this kind of stuff please

The Face ft Nicki Richards - Keep It Coming (Def Club Mix) (Def Mix Music) – C&C Music Factory covered with due respect by David Morales. Awesome production and a really quality remake of a classic.

Cass & Tom Mangan – I didn't mean to turn you on (SAW Recordings) – a Robert Palmer cover done with all the taste and quality you'd expect from the every edgy Cass and Mangan.

Scanners – Hurricane (Debunk Music) – a Roger Sanchez favorite and Scotland's biggest funky-house export (they'll hate that reference though).

DJ Morpheus feat Jay Thomas – Zero G (Ambiosphere) – Tony Thomas's deep label with a slow, sultry vocal-house tune.

Roy Ayers – Tarzan (Ame Remix) (Rapster Records Germany) – 2006 was the year of Ame for sure. This is something else!

Livio & Roby feat George G – Supercar (Only Records) – Massive 80s inspired epic party tune from my favorite Romanian label.

Segeke – Rainy May Day (Spinifex Records) – This is like minimal house meets Murk – spacey, warm and chunky.

Suzanne Palmer - Keep the Faith (Exacta Mix) (Star69) – Big-room New York vocal house can be sooo crass sometimes but Exacta pull off a great remix of Suzanne Palmer.

Jiva ft Rula - Timelapse (Pure Substance Records) - PSR puts out forward -thinking music year after year and this pairing with Jiva was a match made in heaven.

Dizkotronik – Space Disco (Dizkotronik/Basic Matter) – Cranking hard disco. Great for bridging the gap from house to techno.

Matthew Hoag – Forensic (Devilock Records) – Christian Cambas' new label kicks off with one of the prog releases of the year. Mario Chris' remix is a dance floor weapon of huge proportions.

Cristian Padaruru – Unconditional Giving (Cristian..) – Dark, dubby and hypnotic. This is deep progressive done the way it should be.

Adam Byrd – Music & Beat (FeralCode Records) – Easily one of the most consistent prog labels drops the memorable spoken vocal: "the beat that will not be denied".

Thomas Christopher & Steve Payne feat Sophie Domonique – Lexa (TCP Records) – Dark, driving and so Valentino Kanzyani-ish. Love this sound.

Marko Nastic & Billy Nasty – Bordel (Earresistible Musick) - Sublime in its simplicity - a huge kick drum, some glitchy snippets and an overdriven analog synth and inspired arrangement.

DJ Misjah – On My Back (Re-run) – Yes, that elusive Deee-lite "groove is in the heart" sampling tune which Danny Tenaglia played in Miami if you didn't guess already.

Fan Erhalder – Milwaukee/Radio waves (Immigrant Records) – Two gems from a 5-track release. Pushing the edge hard but always keeping the dance-floor in mind. Deep, funky, spacey, minimal.


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