Spent a little time on Beatport upon returning from xmas in Mount Vision…unfortunately, I wasn’t really feeling the way the ambient set I attempted to record ended up, although the atmosphere while recording was as enthralling as the original mix. I might patch it up and still release, along with the few photos I managed to grab. What has really been coming together recently, is a new deep house set, and many of these tracks might find their way in. Fresh deep house sets are a little tough to put together, they are like a puzzle, sometimes you need to wait for all the pieces to be released in order to fall into place. The exciting part is discovering how incredibly well some tracks go together. Anyway, here are some of my picks this week.
Timmy Vegas, Leighton Ashcroft – In From The Cold (Stimming Remix)
Stimming is absolutely killing it right now, his release of Gaensebluemchen EP earlier this month has me obsessed with the B-side, Melodica. This new remix he did for Timmy Vegas & Leighton Ashcroft is completely nasty, but it doesn’t peak until more than half way through, so be patient. Martin Stimming has demonstrated better control of the individual instruments within his beats, especially the kicks and in this remix, the snares, than the majority of other producers out there. If I had a strongest finish of 2009 category in my Best of 2009 Music post, Stimming would have been the pick.
Bearweasel – Linoleum
This deep thumper from Bearweasel came out on an awesome compilation from No.19 Music called I Live In London earlier this month. I first caught wind of it on the Freerange podcast, and was instantly drawn to the crazy woosh of the stabs. This male & female production duo from the UK have crafted a unique dubbed-out approach to deep house that pairs hazy resonance with intricate drum sequencing. The result is undeniably catchy, I’m excited to see what comes next from these two.
FreezerRoom – Weapon of Choice (Atjazz Vocal)
FreezerRoom is this wild Irish lounge band that came out with a very cool single called Weapon of Choice, sort of this upbeat, jazzy tune that you would find in the Chillout section. Well, Irish deep house production duo Fish Go Deep, along with English producer Atjazz, contributed deep house remixes and dubs to the EP, released on a label called Go Deep. I might be a little more receptive to vocals in house music than some, but the way Atjazz pairs the beautiful female vocals of the original track with a percolating beat and slightly epic strings, it’s just too much fun for me to pass up.
Flori – July’s Barley
Ethyl & Flori recently released The Trimley EP on Freerange, but there’s a track by just Flori on there that I really liked. The pea-soup-thick synth backing is really appealing, while the simple beat induces head nodding without throwing everything but the kitcken sink through your speakers. Sort of plays on a classic deep house tip, I think fans of that sound will like this track, while those looking for something a little more maximal might not find enough to pay attention to. Even still, I think this track is really enjoyable.