Friday, 29 January 2010

Amir gets "Uneasy", with Justin Drake on the remix

Amir, AKA Rimah Khalouf, has been bubbling under on the house fraternity for a couple of years, and with a slew of stella releases for high profile labels such as Nick Curly’s 8Bit, Trapez, Great Stuff Recordings and bouq, he debuts for NRK next month with a cheeky 3 track EP entitled "Uneasy Listening EP".

“Narrativity” is a funky, bass driven workout with some frenetic percussion and shuffling groove, and is backed up on this release by a Justin Drake remix. “Drakey” is no stranger to the NRK label, being one half of house ‘legends’ Peace Division, who recorded for NRK many times over the years. Justin delivers a murky yet swinging remix, holding down some strings for a bit of drama. Great club tackle from a seasoned pro!

“Anekdote” on the flip is a stripped back percussive track, not too dissimilar to that old Derrick Carter style from back in the day, with assorted vox clips, heavy stabs and teasing FX easing the track along. Perfect deep, jackin house.

"Uneasy Listening EP" will be released on 12" vinyl on February 15th, with a digital release two weeks later on 1st march.

Preview "Narrativity" (Justin Drake Remix)
Preview "Anekdote"

Monday, 25 January 2010

Alexkid & Rodriguez Jr's "Jeri Call" EP out now

Frenchmen Alexkid and Rodriguez Jnr, both respected producers in their own right, have collaborated on a new release for NRK, out this week on 12" vinyl, and as a Beatport exclusive release for the next 4 weeks.

Rodriguez Jr is also one half of the hugely successful The Youngsters, who graced such leading labels as F Communications, Ovum, 2020 Vision and Soma Recordings. Meanwhile Alexkid is no stranger to the world of electronic dance, having a well respected CV that includes recordings and remixes for F Communications, Rekids, Get Physical and Luciano’s Cadenza Split Composition label. Alexkid also recently remixed Spencer Parker’s “You Got Me” for NRK.

The duo collaborate on two tracks, “Jeri Call” and “Le Doight Africain”, with the latter getting the remix treatment from rising stars Bearweasel (AKA Dean Mushin & Louisa Page). “Jeri Call” is a simple yet powerful tribal beats driven track that ushers in some haunting horn-like sounds, not for the faint hearted! At the other end of the spectrum, “Le Doight Africain”is a delicate and minimal percussive moodpiece, with tropical vibes aplenty. Bearweasel bulk up this cut on their remix, retaining the relaxed pace of the original, but with a more solid house beat and some playful programming.

Joris Voorn - Bearweasel remix for me!! Nice sexy groove..
DJ Hell (Gigolos) - some good tunes in this package !!
Orde Meikle (Slam) - nice grungy trippy house - like this- originals of both tracks are great
D’Julz (Ovum/Poker Flat) - Bearweasel delivers again
Michel Cleis (Cadenza) – Nice release!
Yousef (Cocoon) – Love ‘Jeri Call’! So good
Tony (Brothers Vibe) - Like the beats on Jeri Call - Bearweasel Rmx of Le Doigt Africain is tight as well...
Wally Lopez (Pacha/Underwater) - Jeri call for me ...excellent ethnic grooves
Milton Jackson (Sole Music) - quality package here, liking all 3 mixes thanks
Ed Davenport (Liebe Detail) - lovely intricate work on the remix! support!
Chris Woodward (Buzzin Fly) - great package, Bearweasel mix is the one for me
Chris Lattner (Moon Harbour) - Le Doigt Africain original and Bearweasel remix are great tunes! Especially Bearweasel did it again!!!
Enzo (Circo Loco) - Really feeling all these tracks. Looking forward to playing them all, full support.
Alex Cellar (Freak n Chic) - 3 very good productions, Bearweasel rmx for me :)
Louis Osbourne - A great release. All trax are in the playlist for the festive season. Jeri Call will KILL IT in the right environment! 10/10
James Teej (Rekids) - Bearweasel does it once again, great remix. like the original of le doigt africain tho, will definitely play both of these
Brendon Moeller (Wave Music) - the Bearweasel mix for me!
dOP - great hypnotic record.Like all the tracks here .

12" vinyl release
Beatport digital release

Monday, 18 January 2010

Kruse & Nuernberg's "Blunder EP" out now

German duo, Florian Kruse and Nils Nuernberg, have had a rather busy 2009, releasing and remixing on labels such as Moodmusic, Dark Energy, Global Underground, and remixing Scope’s most recent NRK single “This Rhythm”, a remix that held top ten position in the Beatport deep house chart for over 6 weeks.

And now a full EP for NRK Music, with three solid deep/techy club tracks to get your ears round. “Blunder” is a bouncy, jackin cut, with an almost Teutonic techno breakdown.

“All That Djass” is an all together more funky affair, produced in Hamburg but with almost a Chi-town house vibe, cut up vocal snips coming across like a Derrick Carter production from yesteryear, and some deep Rhodes keys to drive the track along. “All That Djass” is currently sitting pretty in the top 5 Beatport Deep House charts.

Finally, “Mirror Ball” wraps up this solid EP with a distinct French house flavour, some nice filtering and a heavy backbeat, with a subtle D.I.S.C.O vibe stamped all over it.

The "Blunder EP" is out now on 12" vinyl and digital download.

Listen to "Blunder"
Listen to "All That Djass"
Purchase from Traxsource
Purchase from Beatport
Purchase 12" vinyl