A few gems which have kept in the front pages of my CD wallet the past weeks. Dubby, loopy house and disco/funk sampling party music is back in style it seems.
Hannah Holland - What You Feel (Playtime Records)
Bottom heavy tech house is the way to describe the original of ‘What You Feel’ which is dominated by low-key rhythm percs and dubby elements. James Braun’s remix takes a very similar line but adding more dropouts and eerie pads into the arrangement. Rising Australian talent Nick Verwey steps it up a notch with his remix which, again, retains the dubby vibe but takes things far more twisted adding in plenty of edits and freaky effects. Playtime Records are on a roll and this release caps it off their year in style.
Edmund - Best Night Ever E.P. (DeepClass Recs)
Spanish artist Edmund’s new EP starts out as a quite low key affair with ‘Roots Of Evil’, a hypnotic deep groove which bubbles along nicely save for some nicely placed synth stabs and vocals. The main event of the release surely is ‘Don’t Know Why’, a sublime deep house number with a hint of techiness – and paced to perfection. It has nice, understated vocal samples and sultry keys placed throughout the trip. ‘Gimmie What You Got’ is the closer here, another deep trip using just enough vocal to hook you in but not overdoing it one bit. Like the other tracks it’s got a hint of tech in it - super deep and a 6am head-nodding ride. Rocking stuff.