Tony H - Piano Ain't Easy (Viva Recordings)

Viva welcomes the return of Tony H — the Panamanian sensation — with a club-primed new double A-side single. As the proprietor of his Late Night Munchies and Munchies After Dark imprints, as well as regular supporting slots with the biggest DJ names touching down in Panama, Tony H — AKA Anthony Henderson — has developing a growing global following. His popular mix series — The Drive-Thru — can be heard each month, inspiring an ‘every 4th Wednesday’ club event. Recognizing Tony H’s talent and this pair of killer tracks, Viva was eager to bring him back on board the label.

The single opens with the moody “Piano Ain’t Easy” and its steady, snapping rhythm and percussive effects. The proverbial piano enters with Detroit-inspired chord play, occasionally filtered and cut-up to match the beats. This one’s for peak time at the dance den. On the flip side, “Fool Me Once” takes a deeper path with swirling pads, a crisp drum track, and a beguiling vocal hook. The track is sublime, introducing arpeggiated melodies, dark background stabs, and spacious reverb hits as it progresses. The late night just got a whole lot later.

Laurent Garnier (F Communications) – “Superb deepness – will play for sure.”
Vanilla Ace (Toolroom) – “Nice summer vibes.”
Mr. V (Sole Channel Music) – “Super Dope. Will push.”
Red Rack’em (Bergarac) – “Digging Piano Ain't Easy - will play at this big outdoor party I am playing on Saturday, this will really fit.”
Michael Fossati (Spirit Of House) – “A classy, jazzy house cut.”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) – “Fool Me Once is superb! Heavenly bassline.”
Jon Manley (hOUSEwORX) – “Smashing new pair of tracks from Tony H. Stunning house music right here.”
George Joseph John Flores (Sol Sundaze) – “Killer EP! Deep stuff.”
Mark Mac (The Sounds Collective) – “I love Fool Me Once. Cool tracks.”
Franksen (You FM Clubnight Radio Show) – “Just spot on. Easy instant classic tunes. Great release, fulla vibes and honest groove!”

Available Now From: Traxsource, Bandcamp, Beatport, And Spotify.

discObeta - Rare Formz (Super Hi-Fi Recordings)

Childhood friends Scotty Marz and Erin Paul bust forth from The Big Apple with DiscObeta and the jam-tastic new single “Rare Formz.” Previously releasing on the likes of Breakbeat Paradise and Left Hand Lucy Recordings, DiscObeta has landed on Super Hi-Fi Recordings with one of their strongest cuts yet. Flaunting a boom-bap beat, some Bootsy-filtered bass lines, a jubilant horn section, and a stick-in-yer-head keyboard melody, “Rare Formz” is ready to delight on all fronts — from the DJ set to crash pad listening sessions.

A trio a solid remixes round out the single. Jayl Funk (Timewarp Music, Bombastic Jam) is up first, delivering the party vibes with summer breeze guitars, cool vinyl scratches and hip hop drops, and an overall good-times feel. The duo of Jack & Jointz (Chinchin Records, Timewarp) is up next, adding some electronic flavors to the mix including bass synch squelches and cool vocal cut-ups. Suddenly a cranking saxophone enters and takes this one home. The single closes out with a killer rework by the Minsk-based Funky Boogie Brothers. The tune opens in a ‘70s pimp-mobile fashion before the beats slam in and the tracks takes off on a swinging b-boy romp. The vibe is truly alive on “Rare Formz.”

Azaxx (Tru Thoughts) – “Soooo Groovy. Explosive!”
Shantisan (Salted Soul) – “Very nice package of remixes. Jayl Funk is the winner for me!”
DJ Wash (Butter Music) – “These tracks are HOT!”
Mat Gostelow (tOtALcULt) (Cult Music) – “Killer material, tough to pick a favorite here.”
Rory Hoy (Super Hi-Fi) – “All 4 mixes are fantastic – this is one incredible release.”
Jon Fugler (XLNT) – “Solid summer sounds. Each one is a delight.”
Phoole (The Chewb Radio Station) – “Heavily dig the whole release.”
BMD (XLNT) – “The original is simply great.”
Clairvo (Tilos Radio FM 90.3) – “Oh yeah! I’m going to play each version, a lot!”
DJ One (Breakbeat Paradise Recordings) – “All of the remixes are funky, but the Funky Boogie Brothers hit the nail on the head!”

Available Now From: Bandcamp, Juno Download, Spotify, And Apple Music.

Smok - My Soul (Viva Recordings)

Viva Recordings welcomes the Finnish producer Smok to the fold with My Soul, a stunning trio of deep house gems. Otherwise known as Juha Moisala, Smok hails from the exotic-sounding far north city of Oulu and has been active in Finland’s house music scene since 2002. From clubber to DJ to producer, Smok’s journey has found him recording for labels like Salted Music, DeepClass Records, Artizan Music, and Phat Elephant Recordings. Viva Recordings is just the latest stop on this emerging talent’s ascent.

My Soul” opens the EP, announcing itself with a swinging, crisp four-on-the-floor rhythm. Gentle chords, a percolating bass line, and string swells plant the seed for the filtered and arpeggiated melody that drives this lovely tune. The following track, “Chasing,” features dramatic piano splashes and a chunkier balance of beat and bass. It’s here to add a pensive but flowing flair to late night dance sessions. “With the Stars” closes the release on an even deeper note, hypnotizing with pulsing pads, deep subs, and a drum pattern accentuated with a clap that warmly hugs the stereo field. Smok’s My Soul is exceptional, a deep EP for thoughtful floors.

Andrew Emil (Broadway and Wilson) – “This whole EP is FIRE! ‘My Soul’ IS the ONE!”
Demarkus Lewis (Grin Music) – “Classic deep vibe on these. ‘With The Stars’ is my favorite on here.”
Jay Hill (Superfreq) – “Soul rising music here! Loving these vibes.”
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite) – “Sweet, summery sounds.”
Ivan Garci (Vlosfer Records) – “What a release! Love it.”
Phonogenic (Moodmusic) – “Nice, Smok with those summer groovers. ‘Chasing’ is the one to beat here.”
Lee Jones (Country Gents / Buslife) – “Crikey! The first two tracks are so good.”
Taigo Onez (Bang Le’ Dex) – “This is so wonderful. It’s hard to pick a favorite here, excellent release by Smok!”
DJ Osric (Black and Blue Show, Perth) – “Wow, this is absolute class. Exquisite.”
Mark Mac (The Sounds Collective on Stafford FM) – “All 3 tracks are spot on for me. Loving the vibes.”

Available Now From: Traxsource, Beatport, Bandcamp, And Apple Music.

Sebastian Fraye - Vol. 2 (Cold Busted)

Californian beat-maker Sebastian Fraye continues his tribute to crate-digging and dusty vinyl discoveries with the finely crafted Volume 2. Released on Cold Busted, the album features 20 instrumentals constructed with samples, beats, and drops found in used bins of record shops and musty backrooms of thrift stores. The album cover — designed by Sebastian — is about this vinyl journey, featuring price stickers sourced from some of the albums in his collection.

The music is a celebration of digging culture — upbeat, nostalgic, and combining stylistic detours that transmit the thrill of discovering that magic beat. Highlights include the head-nod-worthy jazz-hip hop hybrid of “Art Imitates Life (Magic),” the feel-good sunshine bounce of “Special (Friends),” “Stereo (System)” evoking the classic era of the Mo Wax label, and the dreamy boom-bap of “Never the Same (Changes).” Sebastian Fraye’s Volume 2 shows how a vinyl-junkie’s dedication pays off. These beats are supreme.

Peter Kruder (Kruder & Dorfmeister) - “Nice breaks!”
Kid Loco (Flor) – “Back at the Old School. Great!”
DJ Wash (Butter Music) – “That’s a classy release!”
Mr. Bristow (Subtek) – “Great selection, love these kinds of jams. Looking forward to cutting over some of these.”
Rusty (All Good Funk Alliance) – “Hypnotic and criptonic beats for your mind body and sizzzoul.”
Spike Deep (Rocka Fobic Music) – “Chilled downtempo, mood style. With a little bit of trip hop style. Lovely mood here.”
Floored Capri (Kane FM) – “Magic. Love this.”
Anatoly Ice (Funk and Beyond Radio Show) – “Jazzual beats with funky flavor.”
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) – “This moves along like a mustang smoking a spliff.”
Double-D (Funky Fresh Radio Show) – “Here we go … nice and funky!”

Available Now From: Bandcamp, Beatport, Apple Music, And Spotify.