There’s nothing quite like a warm set of housey piano keys and a cushy nineties melody, is there?
Stuffing a wedge of old skool chords with a bouncey bassline may well have been a quick fix for artists looking to milk the gravy train last year – some got it right, some got it wrong and a lot of producers got their knickers in a bit of a twist – but if you’re privvy to a bit of the good ol’ traditional stuff though, Owain Bellis probably needs no introduction; he’s the man behind 124 Recordings, a vinyl only label with it’s tastebuds rooted firmly in proper house music, who has stayed true to a real and orginal sound amidst all the musical madness.
Demuja ‘Piano Tool #1 is a signature track from this perspective, combining a throbbing bassline with an equisite set of piano chords. The result is a hands-in-the-air, dancefloor stomper…for free!
We’ve all got our own tried and tested means of acquiring the best newfangled musical cuts.
For me, an evergreen source of electronic musical bounty is Sleazy Beats, a consistently vibrant oasis of crisp, on-point records both new and old.
Pitching themselves as little more than just a ‘wee DIY label’, Sleazy Beats’ modesty belies the embarrassment of riches burrowed away on their various online outlets, namely their blog – a treasure trove of slick vinyl cuts and disco deviance.
The latest offering to be released on the Sleazy Beats label is Part of Me, an EP by the Leipzig-based producer, Luvless.
This week, one of our favourite labels released a clutch of what can only really be described as sweaty sex music tracks.
Forgive the rather naff eurotrash description but Phil Gerus‘ newest EP on ManMakeMusic‘s wreaks of the stuff, a buxom collection of records that start undressing themselves from minute one, with a full nudist spread on display by about track three, which is, by its very title alone, a copulation theme tune in the making, a lover’s swan song. No seriously, it’s a steamy disco edit with the capacity to really grease-up those dance floor limbs. Adorn Your Ankle is pretty sexed up too, a slow moving melody caressed by a seductive sax and drums that bubble away just under boiling point.
Whichever way you look at it, this is EP is packed with sunshine music totally appropriate for both a lazy Sunday morning or a full-throttle, hip-swaying after-hours soiree. It’s up to you…
Fox Trax Records is a small Moscow-based house and techno label with a string of really on-point releases from a range of local and overseas talents in recent months; just have a listen to some of the label’s latest EPs by Brazilian, Ney Faustini, and Mister Biscuit favourite, Shyam, respectively.
(Shyam also released this gem on Fox Trax earlier this year).
However, this post was prompted by the sounds of Dubfound, a Moldovan artist behind the label’s newest EP, Cremia, of which ‘Hustlin’ is one track. It caught my ears with its rusty, tribal and, at times, slightly ‘sinister’ melody, layered with one or two spooky vocal loops and few glitchy analogue trips (trademark elements in much of this guy’s material it would seem). It’s not summery whatsoever, more akin to a dank Russian basement club, but it’s raw and a bit industrial with a driving bassline that really gets those limbs pumping.
The fact Cremia is a vinyl-only release, of which only 200 will be pressed, adds to the rather mysterious character of this track. It’s a bit wonky and dark, but very nice. Thumbs up.