TILLLATE MAGAZINE TUNE OF THE MONTH:
Jaegerossa ft. Bobbi
‘Move Your Body’
I don’t exactly know how you get to such an artist name (will probably ask the boys one time) but what I can say for sure is that those 2 long standing stalwarts of the UK Northern House scene make their debut on the ever reliable Favouritizm label and they do it with a gorgeous cover of Korda’s 1991 House Music classic, ‘Move Your Body’. Jaegerossa (aka Chris Hunter & Phil Rose), who have previousely released some remixes and tracks on Discopolis for instance, take some spiritual mentoring from house legends Grant Nelson, K Klass and Ian Carten and enlist the stellar vocal talents of K Klass’ Bobbi. Together they’ve delivered a delicious, feel-good Piano House gem, teased with ethereal synth washes and underpinned by a hot 90’s balearic groove. The package also features a tasty dub from the duo that has been tried and tested from all the big guns including Pete Tong. It is the preferable version for sure as it combines sublime old school chords with bits and pieces of the current deeper sound in a rather cool way. Get this while it’s hot!
Groove Junkies, Chiavarini, Harding
I might have said this before but I’m very happy that Michele Chiavarini, who did play keys for artists like Joey Negro for a long time, finally is coming out of the dark by releasing his personal material on a constant basis. Here he teams up with legendary producer, writer & remixer Evan Landes aka Groove Junkies who has a rich history in soulful House Music for many years as well. On the vocal tip, we find another remarkable personality, Carolyn Harding, who is best known for her blinding releases on Strictly Rhythm, Z or Jellybean. Together the three deliver a superb outing that is able to keep the difficult balance between peaktime sounds and soulful elements, which is pretty hard to find these days since Jazz ‘n’ Groove (hello BT left the scene. My personal pick is the Michele Chiavarini Remix that is just an awesome example of a modern vocal house bomb in the making! Instrumentals are included as well, but who needs them when you get offered such a vocal? Well, you decide-all together this is an amazing remix from Morehouse! Well done!
Adana Twins ft. Human Life
2014 was a definitely a huge year for dance music, with many up and coming artists being thrown into the lifestyle of hectic partying and relentless touring schedules. But still there is much crap around in the so called ‘Deep House’ genre (which I personally don’t see as Deep House) and the amount of those not well produced tracks keeps getting bigger and bigger. Advantage to this situation is, that well produced tracks get more and more visible.
The new track from German duo Adana Twins are a perfect example of one of these artists, having emerged onto the scene in 2012 with releases such as ‘Everyday’ and ‘Strange’, from the off it was clear that they had everybody’s undivided attention.’ (Pulse Radio)
With DJ names like Take It Easy and Friso, it’s probably to be presumed that Adana Twins don’t take themselves too seriously which is always good.
After their highly anticipated release ’Drive feat. Khan’ from 2014 the 2 boys from Hamburg are finally back on the key player label that is Exploited. ‘Bleeding‘ features vocal snippets from LA based Human Life. This anthem has been causing massive feedback in my sets so far and certainly is one of those floorfillers that does make the difference. Even though the vocal comes in quite late, it still is a memorable part of the song, which leads to mass hysteria on any floor. Try it!
‘Suite 58 EP’
I recently had the mighty Italian duo Supernova aka Giacomo Godi and Emiliano Nencioni here in Vienna for a great party at SASS and amazingly they played a lot of upfront, unheard tracks, mixes and edits by themselves. A few of these cuts are now included on their new EP that comes on their own Lapsus Music label. It is inspired by classical piano suites, disco and old school house, was written between studios in Milan and Florence and on old analogue kit. It kicks off with the title track, which is a grand house affair with fine piano chords and epic intentions in its bold groove. The drums are firm and stirring, the synths are elastic but its the fantastic piano that really makes this a standout main room track. Tiger Stripes, who has long been a favourite on labels like OFF and Get Physical, transforms the track into a more militant, skipping tech affair with moody piano riffs and colourful arps at its core.
Then comes ‘Hang on Time’, a much more banging house cut driven by huge kicks. It’s fresh and clean, and with the off kilter piano subs and classic vocal lines it recalls a vibey house hey day and makes no bones about it. This one gets remixed by Moon Harbours main man, Luna City Express, and the result is something just as turbo charged and sub driven, but that has a more tracky, loopy sense of groove. Closing out the EP is a cut called ‘Above All Things’, another high energy, high impact track with loose percussion jangling next to space ship synths, intense drums and steamy vocal samples.
Overall this is a hard hitting EP stuffed with meaty dance floor tracks that manage to be fun as well as functional. Massive!
For those of use (like myself) who have been spinning Original Disco records for some decades, it is funny to see the now so en vogue Disco train, more and more DJs jump on. As with House, more and more tunes with or without Disco samples keep coming in and like with the mentioned genre the quality of most of them is awful. As it is within the Disco Edit scene, Disco itself is leaded by only a handful of people like Dimitri From Paris, Joey Negro, Faze Action, Yam Who and some others. So it is good to see new faces, who are able to turn out a great slice of Disco at least!
L’amour Disco is the Disco pseudonym of London based producer/session musician, Markus Williams, who has mainly worked behind-the-scenes in the world of production and has made remixes notably Shock & Chic Pres. Barbara Tucker & Inaya Day ‘Do You Think Of Me’. Now the man is set to launch his own label Galaxer Music with a view to simply putting out great music that transcends the boundaries of Indie Dance.
With it’s heartbeat firmly planted in NY Disco, L’amour has lovingly constructed a glittering Chic inspired soundscape, employing some of New York’s finest musicians, including beautiful strings from violinist/arranger/orchestrator, Pete Whitfield (One Direction, Olly Murs). The icing on the cake comes by way of a stunning song, penned and gracefully delivered by Chi-Town’s Andrea Love, recorded by Grammy-winning producer/remixer Maurice Joshua and mixed down by Toni Economides. Enough people involved, who know about House and Disco, the rest is history as they say!
TILLLATE MAGAZINE ALBUM OF THE MONTH :
Argy & Mama
Already recognised as a driving force in electronic dance music, Berlin-based DJ/producer Argy has released on some of the most highly regarded labels including Desolat, Cadenza and BPitch Control and together with revered vocalist Simone Ogunbunmi, better known by her alias Mama, the duo are set to make a significant impression on the electronic landscape. Their anticipated debut album ‘Dominonation’ has just been released via BPitch Control.
Operating as a very different project to their respective solo work, ARGY & MAMA’s debut single features a blend of early UK rave and garage/2step characteristics, all painted with Manchester’s Hacienda sonic brushes as well as more modern house and techno aesthetics. All of it sits in perfect harmony with Mama’s sultry 90’s RnB vocal that’s delivered with the attitude and the spirit of a modern-day Grace Jones.
‘Who Am I’, ‘Recluse’ and ‘Niche’ are all potent examples of the promise that’s wrapped up in the duo’s partnership. Mama’s storytelling and striking delivery rides Argy’s nostalgia driven machine-made house music in an array of wholly unique ways, producing results that will appeal to numerous different audiences, from MJ Cole fans to Ibiza’s underground party scene.
Whether evoking shades of classic soul singers with her breathy, honey-coated chants on the latter or positively driving the direction and poise of ‘Recluse’, Mama manages to touch on a number of different themes (including love, human obsession and the soul) while adding enriched melodies.
All in all this is a very high quality and diverse album with a real concept, something I keep missing these days in general.
Singles off the album with remixes by Kele and Hot Since 82 are around the corner too!