Archive for Deep House

Saturday Single: Walter Jones – “I’ll Keep On Loving You”

Posted in Audio, Music News, Music Reviews, Saturday Single with tags , , , , , , , , on Saturday, May 30, 2009 by Erik Burg

So for the past couple of months the team here at Mind Inversion have been brainstorming over different weekly columns that each of us will run. Ryan’s got his awesome ‘Sunday Metal Minute’ and Tim’s got his fantastic ‘Wildstyle Wednesday’. I’ve been hard-pressed to come up with anything decent for mine, so I had put it off for a while. But it dawned upon me tonight while I was listening to the new DFA single from Walter Jones that a weekly write up about the world of House and Electro music would be a great thing. I’ll dig into my back catalogue when I get a chance, but each week I’ll try and offer up some of the best new singles, remixes, and b-side releases. So here we go, week one… Thanks for reading this far, enjoy!

Walter Jones – “I’ll Keep On Love You”  

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The newest edition to the DFA family, Walter Jones is a man of simplicity. In a world that’s been dominated by glitchy, chopped up electro music, house music has seen a strong revival within certain crowds. Artists and DJs like Walter Jones would be the reason for this strong movement, combining echoing feminine vocals reminiscent of recent Au Reviore Simone and Hercules & Love Affair releases along with poignant and perfect loops. The amazing bass kick in “I’ll Keep on Loving You” times out perfectly, not too fast, but not near deathly slow. Jones is able to reach a happy medium on all fronts of his music. It’s great for House enthusiasts who are particular about every little nuance  on a track, but it’s able to satisfy the more relaxed listener who enjoys some vocal overlay instead of straight repetition. It’s a blend of genres that I have a fondness for, so it’s a great place to start ‘Saturday Single’. Those who know me well know that I’m a total DFA fanboy, but that aside, “I’ll Keep On Loving You” is a single slightly different from many of their larger full length releases, proving once again why Murphy, Goldsworthy, Sweeney and co. have some of the best ears for electro music of any styling. B-side “Living With Out Your Love” shouldn’t be forgotten about however. Again featuring the vocals that haunt even the biggest Silent Hill fans, this track feels exactly like what it is, a B-side. It’s unpolished, unfinished, and sadly forgotten. It’s house’s version of indie lo-fi, giving an old vinyl-like sound to a new mp3. 

Walter Jones – “Deuteronomy Brown (I-F Edit)”

There you have it, the first in what will hopefully be many successful ‘Saturday Single’ columns. If you like what you read, please come back. If you don’t like electro music of any sorts, too bad I suppose, I’d say you’re missing out. At any rate though, thanks for sticking around!

Audio Mix: Hybrid, Transitions Mix

Posted in Downloads, Music Reviews with tags , , , , on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 by raeflect

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Hybrid, the electronic brainchild of UK’ers Mike Truman and Chris Healings, remains one of my favorite techno/ electronic groups to date.  Their stylish mix of trance, progressive house, and their inventive drum breaks cement their reputation as a very solid DJ act.  Their debut LP “Wide Angle” came out in 1999, and although I didn’t discover it until a few years after the release, their amazing mix of electronic beats and live string arrangements pulled me into the diverse world of techno, and broke ground for a future love of all things electronic.

Their distinctive style has evolved into something all their own, but comparisons can be drawn from such powerhouse electronic acts such as Massive Attack, Portishead, John Digweed, and Underworld.  Many live trance acts mar their performance (in my opinion) with unnecessary vocal samples, often in the flavor of a female vocalist voicing shallow philosophy or heartbreak, but Hybrid uses a more opera style female vocals very tastefully, and not as a main aspect of their live mixes.

Their latest live mix, which debuted on Transitions (Kiss 100) in the UK (DJ’d by John Digweed) last October, draws from a great list of remixed tracks:

01) Rufus Wainwright – Tiergarten (Supermayer Remix) [Kompakt]
02) Layo & Bushwaka – Now Is The Time (Original Mix) [Olmeto]
03) James Talk & Ridney – Sunshyne (Original Mix) [CDR]
04) Tim Davison – Love You Bye (Original Mix) [CDR]
05) Shilo & Radiohead – Flywheel / Nude (Hybrid Re-Edit) [CDR]
06) Tim Davison & Stacey Kitson – Deliver Me (Less Vox Mix) [CDR]
07) Hybrid & Charlotte James – The Formula Of Fear (Hybrid Remix) [Disctinctive]
08) Leftfield – Song For Life (Tim Davison Mix) [CDR]
09) Dive & Jin Sonic – Play (Wolfgang Gartner Dub) [U-Boot]

These tracks flow effortlessly into each other, creating a great mix for a late night dance party or as a soundtrack to any other activity: Driving, gaming, or smoking. Starting with the more chill Wainwright, and transitioning into the next track, this mix gains steam, eventually building into the deep trance, low frequency beats I love Hybrid for.

You can find this mix, free and legal at:

http://www.hybridized.org/sets/562

If you dig this mix, I highly recommend the ‘DJ Set on Frisky Radio Pt. 1’ which you can find, along with tons of other sets at:

http://www.hybridized.org/sets/?artist=1

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