Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Grampa "I Loved You" | Madhouse

This track comes off the “A Basement, A Red Light and a Feeling EP”, which is one of the coolest titles for an EP ever. Originally out on Madhouse Records in 1992, this is a classic Kerri Chandler production, with a tough New Jersey kick drum, a bouncing bass line and smooth piano chords. But the real kicker of the track is the mostly unintelligible male vocal, which, as it turns out, was sung by Kerri’s drunken Grandfather (hence the artist name), which was something I didn’t know until Marcos Cabral imparted that information to us at a recent party (thanks, Marcos!). Anyway, here it is in all it’s glory:

Monday, October 10, 2011

You Are My Melody

We almost fell off our feet this weekend when we heard this gorgeous disco number drop (thanks Free Magic from Discovery for the great set!). This R&B-infused slow jam is euphoric without being too over the top, and sweetly romantic - minus that 80's cheesiness that makes you cringe. A perfect balance of funky guitar licks, infectious basslines and glittering melodies, this tune gives us all more reason to rank Change, the Italian-American disco band, high on our hot list. Until we get our hands on the original cut, we'll settle for this re-edit for download - not quite the original, but close enough.

We love Change. They make some of the smoothest, sexiest disco we've come across. Here's some more brilliant tunes for further listening:

Friday, October 7, 2011

Lost In Sound 16: DJ Dean "Sunshine" Smith

Brand new, exclusive mix all the way from the UK by DJ Dean "Sunshine" Smith. While Smith has been a staple figure in Birmingham's underground scene for over twenty years, we only discovered him this summer through his excellent deep House and edits label,
Soulshare Records , which just launched this year (check out what we have to say about his first release, and why he made it to the top three tunes of October). Smith is also an essential team player behind Croatia's annual summer Garden Festival so has been playing sunset-perfect vibes for years. His sets are full of sweet love - a medley of pitched down, balearic-flavored Disco, gorgeous edits we've never heard of, and Larry Heard-esque deep House. So, if you're not ready to let go of summer just yet, tune in to this mix - it will take you back to those warm and breezy carefree nights...



01.Without Love (Deep&Disco re-edit)
02.Sing Hallelujah (LNTG Rework)
03.Close Your Eyes(Dub) - The Legendary1979 Orchestra
04.Solomun - Love Recycled 2
05.Mingi - Mim Suleiman
06.Something Better - Jamie L (Ny_ak mix)
07.Black Paint (Larry Heard's after dark mix) - MoodyManc
08.Who is he & what is he to you - LEftside Wobble edit
09.Love is a hurting thing - Gloria ann tay

Like what you here? Learn more about Dean "Sunshine" Smith here.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Who Wrote the Rules of Love?

Finally got my copy of Omar S’ latest collaboration with Detroit’s Colonel Abrams and Amp Fiddler, “Who Wrote the Rules of Love.” This is certainly one of Omar S’s finest House moments of the year – delicate and deep, this smooth number embodies the soul-centric vibes of old school House with exceptional production, complete with lovely vocals written and sung by Abrams himself. No less a must-have for soulful House heads. Here’s a little taste of the tune, remixed by Shadow Ray. A little more jacking than the original, but still just as warm and infectious.

Omar S is one of Detroit’s most fearless and innovative producers to emerge from the city’s second generation of House and Techno pioneers. He’s certainly made a dent in the overall sound of city, carrying on Detroit’s legacy as a nest for exceptional musical talents in the electronic field. While many of Omar S’ releases via his self-run imprint, FXHE embody the more spaced-out Techno-soul sound of the city, his endeavors into more soulful deep House are some of his best releases to date, effectively capturing the genre’s old school vibes. Below are some more of Omar S’ best House moments for your listening pleasure...

Monday, October 3, 2011

October Top 3 - Disco Goods for the Season

What’s hot this month: deep, bittersweet disco-House tunes drenched in old soul, heart-wrenching lyrics and sweet, luscious vocals. See below for our top 3 picks coming out this month. Give it up for the lovers and the broken-hearted, these ones are for you:

1. soho808 – Trouble & Strife – Mystery Meat

Following the summer’s smash hit by Bicep on the elusive Mystery Meat imprint comes another excellent platter, this time brought to you by NY’s duo of the moment soho808. The A-side features a beautiful rework of Soul II Soul’s “Back To Life” R&B classic, it’s soft soul and emotive vocals accentuated in this fine cut. On the flip side is a deeper than deep edit of the one and only Suzy Q - properly funked up, soho808 style. Can’t go wrong with this one. Listen here:

Trouble and Strife

Suzy's BBQ

2. Dr. Dunks – Dr. Dunks Edits – Disco Deviance

Disco anthem right here by the one and only Dr. Dunks (Rub N’Tug/Keep it Cheap). This new release on the fantastic edit label, Disco Deviance stars the party-happy “Dunks Got the Answer” dance-floor bomb. This tune has all the ingredients for a disco-perfect track: smooth, funky basslines, lazy trumpets, and sultry vocals that belt out “a party…is the solution!” Yes, yes it is. And Disco is the answer. Listen to the whole release here:

Dunks Got the Answer

On Your Knees

3. Dean “Sunshine” Smith – The Sunshine Reworks 002 – Soulshare

After debuting with the highly impressive rework of Hi Gloss’ 1981 hit “You’ll Never Know,” Soulshare Records is back for round two with another slate of excellent deep Disco tunes. This release no less solidifies the label as a quality edits and deep House outfit on the radar. This one offers two infectious disco-Funk selections, full of feel-goodness, stripped of orchestral cheesiness and amped up with fever-hot sexiness. No pun intended. Listen here:

Love Fever

Let if Flow (True Love Dub)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Josh One - Contemplation (King Britt Funke Mix)

Dusting off old, forgotten tunes is always such a thrill - every time. Here’s a classic deep House hit from ’01 by Grammy-nominated producer, Josh One from LA. While we haven’t taken this one out of it’s sleeve for some time, its still as sexy and intoxicating as ever. This tune exudes that perfect late-night deepness complete with raw grooves, trippy soundscapes, and seriously sultry vocals. Once that grossly deep bassline kicks in, there’s no escaping this track’s hypnotic allure. While Josh One’s single spawned several mixes, this one wins by far – and it’s ten minutes long, too. Pitch it down.

Further listening/recommendations:

Aaron Carl - My House (Hollis P. Monroe remix) - Ovum - an afterhour perfect track with intimate, deep vibes.

Above Smoke - Save Us - Minuendo - groovy and emotive deepness by Spain's Above Smoke. Trippy as you like.

King Britt – The Intricate Beauty – Nervous Records - Britt’s last compilation from 2010, featuring an Ableton-produced mix of original productions. Check out our interview with the man himself on this release.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Brother of Soul - Eyes of Love (Guidance)

Originally released on Guidance (quite the label) in 1998 (quite the year), we recently found this little nugget in the dusty bins at halcyon the shop. Utilizing a winning combination of a nice, tough beat, a funky, live-sounding bassline and vintage, soulful male vocals, this one got my feet tapping and pulled at my heartstrings all at once, just like the best tracks always do. The original sample is from Vance and Suzanne's "I Can't Get Along Without You", but Brother of Soul (aka Brooklyn's own Paul Hunter) appears to have laid down his own vocals here. It's the type of deepness that's dirty and classy all at once; not an easy feat for a producer, but Paul achieves with ease. A furthering of the Guidance legacy, as well as my own collection. Can not wait to drop this properly at a party. - Nathaniel Jay