Album and Single Releases – Promo Reviews

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Evening TBC followers, as promised in our latest TBC Playlist blog (hopefully you have all had a chance to read the latest edition) we have a special surprise and great new feature to our review section. We have teamed up with Maouris, who are responsible for promotions for some of the best labels in house, disco and techno. Currently bringing you new and current single & album releases from the likes of Eskimo Recordings, Crosstown Rebels, Culprit, International Feel, K7, Global Underground, Cadenza and Turbo to new name but a few. We hope to give you an upfront guide to new and upcoming releases in addition to the normal playlist feature.

The format will be a summary of the upcoming and recent releases and we will select our top 3 releases in each review blog. There will also be special review blogs for our favourite albums or releases, so please check regularly for our newest articles.

  • Fernando – Infinite Ways (International Feel – Released October 2014)
    • An Argentinian producer who has released a low BPM EP with three great spaced out disco tracks. Infinite Ways is the title track, it is the fastest of the three tracks and is obviously the main release track. A great guitar baseline and ‘synthy noises’ create the foundation for this track which is accompanied by an electro sounding vocal from Dom Wrong. Road Music is spaced out vocal number and  The Reason is a slow, chunkier sounding track with a great vocal and progressive, uplifting keys section.
  • Jozif – Waikiki (Culprit – Released October 2014)
    • Under The Thumb feat. Jenny Jones is a progressive/deep house track with an uplifting, happy vibe and floaty vocals, a nice track which is chopped up and made more ‘dancey’ in the No Regular Play remix. Waikiki is a blissed out, haunty piano influenced progressive track. Good Man is a groovy number which features a nice trumpet & piano combo & some bizarre sound effects along with a deep vocal, the Matt Tolfrey EC1 mix of Good Man is a much more chilled affair. Good Man is definitely the best release on Waikiki.
  • Horixon feat. Robert Owens  – Brighter Day (Eskimo Recording – Released 22nd September 2014)
    • Brighter Day starts the EP and its a 90’s influenced house track with a great vocal from Robert Owens, the remixes (one is a vocal dub mix) from Locked Groove take the record to another level. Titled the ‘Marching Trumpets Remix’ the Locked Groove edit is more bassy, it feels club ready and has a tough, tech-edged groove (pardon the pun). Great Things features vocals from Jacques Teal and is a more dreamy track that reminds me of a Hot Chip production which is testament to the quality of this track from Horixon.
  • Joel Hood – Gone EP (International Feel – Released 15th September 2014)
    • Gone is a great summertime feeling track, uplifting & progressive with a number of great sound effects and samples going off throughout the track. The vocal is similar to the indie/electronica bands of recent years; MGMT, Phoenix, Friendly Fires. While You Were Waiting is a dreamy, chilled house track and could feature on a Cafe Del Mar album. Pissholes in the Snow is one of the more randomly named tracks that I have ever seen, the track itself is more in the vein of Gone, an indie dance style track out of the Friendly Fires mould again. Twisted electro sounding guitar riffs and uplifting beats make this a catchy little number. In Turmoil is a super slow, low BPM track that almost feels as though the music is being blown away, super dreamy and very chilled track with ghostly vocal samples. Gone is the outstanding track on this release.
  • Alexander Skancke feat. HEwrote – Found My Place (Eskimo Recordings – Released 8th September 2014)
    • A Single Release with 3 alternative remixes of Found My Place provides the dubby, percussion lead original with some great alternatives where the remixes seem to have more to get your teeth into. The House Mix and Tropical Mix by Vinny Villbass are both excellent, the former utilises the dubby, percussive foundation of the original to create a twisted version where the vocals really shine through, the latter slows things down and emphasises the percussion with what seems like a steel/kettle drum, just need to find a beach to enjoy this track on. The last mix by Oskar Offerman is the hardest of the three but by stripping down the track to minimal elements seems to lose the best parts of the original which Villbass managed to harness on his house mix.
  • ValentinStip – Sigh Remixes (Other People – Released 25th August 2014)
    • Stips’s Sign Remixes are the most experimental of the 6 records in this review. The first track Pendule mixed by LoVil doesn’t really hit the spot based on my music preferences, the track is very chilled & experimental and doesn’t do enough to keep me entertained. The second track Tableaux mixed by Ratowsky and Solpara is much more to my liking, the broken beat is accompanied by a haunting riff and stabby kick drums that keep the track flowing nicely up and down throughout the 8 and a half minutes, the breakdown in the middle provides great aural entertainment.

The three standout releases above are, in order:

  1. Fernando – Infinite Ways
  2. Horixon – Brighter Days
  3. Joel Hood – Gone EP

All three artists selected are new Artists to TBC and we look forward to hearing more from both them and the relevant record labels.

Many thanks to Maouris and the record labels for this opportunity. Please have a look at the website (see below link).

http://www.maouris.co.uk/insight

Ta Ta for now,

TBC

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