So yeah as we were saying, this Top Ten thing didn’t really work out as originally planned. The mix, that idea was quickly binned for the reasons below. And shortly after, once it became clear our shortlist of 43 tracks really wouldn’t divide into ten, the entire Top Ten thing was shelved too, to be replaced by a rather random Top Fourteen. That’s just the crazy way we roll folks, we don’t live by anybody rules – not even our own..
We’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front for the last while. With excuses ranging from broken laptops, being homeless for a few weeks, or just being Skef, we haven’t had the chance to post up as much as we would like to, but we have been busy! Make sure to stay tuned for the next in our exclusive podcast mix series coming this week, with a few more belters lined up over the next while.
In the meantime, there has been so many great edits floating about, so here are just a few rocking our boat at the minute. Some great ones for those summer time parties!
First up is Touchsoul‘s sublime Maxwell edit. Make sure to check out their Soundcloud for limited downloads of their edits, and be quick as they are usually gone in minutes!
Any finally we have a brilliant edit of Jennifer Hudson from the legendary Mark Seven. We were pointed to this one by Mike from Belfast Music Club, who are bringing Mark over this summer. Looking forward to that!
Our good friend, the whole way from Texas via NYC, see’s the release of his solo debut EP this week.
To kick off the new vinyl only Diner City Sound label, Matthew has provided 4 new cuts oozing with funk, that groove along very nicely without going over 102bpm. Just the way we like it!
With the EP receiving over 16,000 listens on Soundcloud, and being charted by the likes of LTJ Experience, and Sleazy Beats, this is a quality package all round.
You can listen to the EP below
And it will be available to buy on Juno, this Wednesday 9th Feb on limited edition vinyl, so grab it while you can.
Also, be sure to check out the new podcast, Matthew has recently done for the great Melbourne Deepcast series. This one is aimed firmly at the dancefloor, with a few well known classics thrown in. Check it right here, this is great!
New label Audio Parallax celebrates it first release this week with the Deep Soul EP from MannMadeMusic. A broody, string-laden stormer containing a cheeky little sample you may recognise from another few releases..
Iain Mann has built up a bit of a cult following on his Soundcloud over the last number of months and staggeringly, given the impeccable standard of the productions and edits he has posted up, has only taken to production this past year.
Deep Soul, has taken a sample from the jazz classic Freddie Hubbard – Little Sunflower
You all probably know this as the basis for the very special Deep Burnt by Pepe Braddock (lot’s of great, great memories of this one for us!)
Iain has beautifully crafted his own version of the sample into a deep, lush groove, which pays homage to its influences and makes his own stamp on it. One to definitely get the hairs on the back of your neck standing.
For the remix, the AudioParallax guys have roped in the one and only Matthew Kyle. Here, Matthew does what he does best – slows it down, and sucks you into an unrelenting groove!
And to complete the package is Sounds of Old. With another inspirational string sample and a nice tribal vibe going on, this gives us 3 great songs on one EP, which we can’t wait to try out over the coming weeks.
Deep Soul EP will be available to buy from 14th Jan 2011 from the likes of Juno, Beatport, WhatPeoplePlay, and all other good download sites.
If this is a sign of what is to come from Audio Parallax, then it looks like we will have some quality releases coming your way this year. Check out their website and Facebook page for more info and any upcoming news. And make sure to follow MannMadeMusic on Soundcloud, there’s some cracking edits available for free download.
There’s been some really cool downbeat doing the rounds recently which has led us to rediscovering a few of our all-time favourite records. Apart from the odd bar set, most of these are a tad too low on the bpms for us to play out much, but we’ll never forget dropping this one straight after a cheeseball nineties house DJ had finished (maybe just a wee bit for badness..). You can probably imagine the looks of horror we got, tasteless cretins.
Timmy Stewarthas been at the forefront of presenting quality house music in Belfast for nearly 20 years now (ouch, Timmy!). Back at the start of the noughties, in between hosting the best parties in the city, producing his own material and jet setting to gigs throughout Europe, he found time to record a truly special downtempo mix with long-time partner in crime Mark Bell – a kind of Back To Mine type thing, before the Back To Mine concept officially existed. It was a limited cd pressing (this was when you still had to get cds duplicated professionally!) and given away at one of his unforgettable Tsunami parties. This track in particular sucked me right in from the moment I heard it and has remained a stone cold favourite ever since. It also took us a freakin age to get hold of digitally – so enjoy!
And a close from LESS Recordings’ essential Versionitis compilation, released earlier this year. This is sold out at Phonica and Piccadilly and we can’t even find it listed anywhere else – so if you managed to get a copy, hold on to it.. Think Andy Ash just gathered up as much percussion as he could find, threw it onto a lovely staccato kick and came up with this wee beaut of a number.
Any fan of downbeat soul, boogie, disco and house has to become acquainted with the exceptional talent that is Matthew Kyle. The 29 year old Texan has been a relentless conveyor belt of inspirational re-edit after re-edit and is also one of the coolest guys we’ve come across in blog world. continue..