Just on the back of remixing the Nu Groove catalogue it’s fair to say that Nicolas is on a real old skool tip. In fact his productions just ooze ‘the good old days’ of house. He nails all the fantastic things that made great records in the days when producers had to load up samples into their 5MB sampler memory. His Basement Dub of ‘NY House Track’ is no different. The goal of the EP is to pay homage to tracks played through the 90s in the Big Apple and the early house sound of New Jersey. The beautiful old skool beats, stabs and signature funked up b-line certainly do it justice. A classic NY joint.
I was quite happily getting into the festive spirit – listening to Fleetwood Mac, Hall & Oates etc.. – when someone stuck this particular promo in my face. Truly exceptional stuff from Youandewan, and while the rest of the EP is fine, this stands out a mile. Not that I should be surprised… he has a habit of being pretty good at this production lark. Grab it on Hypercolour at some point early next year.
Garage is back. This new Clockwork remix of ‘Different Morals’ on Southern Fried Records offers up chunky house ‘n’ garage filtered drums, and a deep funk bass to get your botty moving. The irresistible vocal charms come from Ali Love and the original record is by cosmic disco house duo Luca C & Brigante. Get your cans on and check it here.
The head huncho of Ostgut Ton dropped recently and I saw the light. The bumpy bass and cut ‘n’ paste vocals bring back memories of the old skool garage days, while the overall production just screams class. Amazing record – it’ll be in my record box for a long time to come.
Personally, I’ve never been the biggest fan of UK garage. Even at the hight of its two-stepping, collar-popping popularity, I found it a bit annoying. But the newish trend of sticking garage-y vocals on techno I can definitely live with. This is the best example I’ve found recently, and it works superbly well. Midland’s been on the up for a while now, and this is another example of just why that is.