Omotani - With The Jazz (Viva Recordings)

Long-time member of the Viva Recordings fam Todd Omotani reaches out with a top notch single for the esteemed imprint. A veteran Pacific Northwest DJ, Omotani has held residencies in Seattle, Chicago, Vancouver, and Tokyo (at his renowned monthly SOLID party). Omotani’s discography contains releases on Amenti, Mark Farina’s Great Lakes Audio, and Viva — including a recent remix of Jay Tripwire’s “Filament Burst.” Also, Omotani is a talented artist and graphic designer, responsible for iconic images and cover art for numerous Viva releases.

With The Jazz” is a smooth deep house cut that will please the old school heads to no end. Warm Rhodes-style keys, vibe riffs, a bouncing bass line, and cool vocal drops move this to the front of the DJ’s crate. Chicago’s legendary Diz, operating under the nom de plume of Bertha, tackles the first remix. It’s a swirly, hypnotic take, featuring intricate chord interplay, a sweet trumpet, and a feet-pleasing chunky groove. San Francisco’s Tim K, who supplied keys on the original version, rejoins the release for the second remix. A disco-style bass line leads this one on to the floor, while spacier, echoed elements appear in the midsection. Other melodic solos come on board, making this a definite late night treat.

Omotani’s “With That Jazz” will be released on vinyl with full color artwork by N8W. This is Viva Recordings’ first vinyl release in over ten years, limited to 300 copies.

Pezzner (Freerange) – “We don't get to hear house music like this enough these days. Todd is a true creative force to be reckoned with and the original really shows. On the flip side, Tim's mix evokes horns so smooth even Herb Alpert can appreciate. Great record.”
Kirby (Nordic Trax) – “Nice EP. Loving the Diz (Bertha) remix. The Original and Tim K mixes are really nice too.”
Lil’ Mark (Apollo) – “Diz’s mix is my fave.”
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite) – “Classy, nice tracks. I love the muted trumpet.”
KJ (Integrity Recordings) – “This is seriously dope.”
Mr. Bootsauce (Unity) – “Diggin’ the original mix. Jazz is always good.”
Mr. V (Sole Channel Music) – “I love Bertha’s mix, thanks!”
Rory Cochrane (Deep Site Sessions) – “Love Bertha’s Mix. Will support on the Deep Site Sessions show.”
Salvatore Logicfusion (Deepinradio) – “Beautiful stuff.”
Steve ‘Griffo’ Griffiths (Freak Da Funk) – “Yowzah! What a great way to start the day as I eat my cornflakes and listen to this. I’ve loved Diz's woprk since he 90's and no surprise that so far Bertha's mix stands out for me. Omotani's mix goes for the noodle and makes for perfect late night/early morning listening. Tim K's mix transports me back to the early 80's jazz funk scene. Great record.”

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

Alia - Can't Do Without You (Broken Records)

Broken Records welcomes ALIA to the label with her new single “Can’t Do Without You.” Hailing from Sydney, Australia, ALIA has built an impeccable career as a singer/songwriter, previously working with artists like Craig David and Nelly Furtado.

Produced by The Potbelleez’s Jonny Sonic, “Can’t Do Without You” delivers an uplifting, funky joyride underpinned with a driving beat primed to move main room dance-floors. Dirty bass line keys and swirling strings lend the track the darkness and light, giving it a modern jackin’ vibe with an addictive vocal hook.

Accompanied by inspired remixes from Demarkus Lewis, Needs No Sleep, Jerome Baker, and Keytone, this package represents how Broken Records is committed to producing tracks that can be used in all musical environments.

Building on the original, Dermarkus brings a shine to “Can’t Do Without You” that is a free-flowing love affair with house music. Melbourne-based producer Needs No Sleep adds to the Australian flavor by twisting the track into a deeper vibe while Chicago’s Jerome delivers a four-to-the-floor minimal banger. Not to be outdone, Keytone produces a tech-driven version of the original that does not leave DJs wanting.

Mr. V (Sole Channel Music) – “Demarkus Lewis for the win!”
Tyree Cooper (Groove Baby) – “I’m lovin’ it.”
Tommy D Funk (Good For You Records) – “Great song, great vocals.”
David Britton (Henry Street Music) – “Can't Do Without You is sexy solid driving house music.”
Lee Jones (Country Gents / Buslife) – “Crikey! This is killer. Something for everyone.”
Michael Fossati (Spirit of House Web Zine) – “Demarkus Lewis has been pulling out all the stops to deliver a truly dancefloor rework.”
Vincent (Paris One Radio) – “All remixes are GREAT! Full support.”
Mark Mac (The Sounds Collective) – “Killer release guys. Cheers.”
Taigo Onez (Bang Le’ Dex Radio) – “Really good to see Jerome on here. Full support!”
Dean Serafini (Frisky Rhythms) – “Demarkus hits the spot rather nicely with his mixes. The vocals are pretty contagious too.”

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

Klaus Benedek - At The Shore (fortunea)

This summer fortunea head Klaus Benedek returns with a deep and moody two track single.

At The Shore” is featured on the A-side, and it’s a fitting piece for sunset and after-hours sessions. The track evokes nostalgic memories of a simpler, laid-back, and peaceful time on the beach. A smooth guitar is the key element as the track builds up to a break that dives into the waves of the ocean. Siren-song vocal cut ups and a beautiful, haunting pad splash through the mix, providing the icing on the cake.

The B-side — though similar in vibe to the title track -- has a more somber feeling to it. “South Bronx Depression” reflects the mood of the troubled New York neighborhood during the ‘70s and ‘80s. A bombastic jazz fanfare has been sampled, filtered, chopped, and transformed as the track’s hook. Eerie synthesizer stings make an entrance as a narrator tells his story.

The vinyl is limited to 300 copies. Mastered by Patrick Pulsinger.

Vanilla Ace (Club Sweat, Elrow) – “Cool, laid back grooves.”
Tensnake (Mirau / Defected) – “Lovely tunes!”
Dutchican Soul (Salted Music) - “Both tracks are fire!”
Pete Williams (Natural Rhythm) “South Bronx Depression is an odyssey.”
Andrew Emil (Broadway & Wilson) – “Love this release.”
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch) – “Gorgeous.”
DJ Osric (Black and Blue Show, Perth) – “Klaus is quality. I like this release a lot.”
Richie Hartness (UM – syndicated radio show) – “Enjoyed the funky swagger to this terrace affair.”
Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel, Sydney) – “Absolutely top shelf house. Inspiring production.”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) - “Excellent release from Klaus. South Bronx Depression is superb!”

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

Madou Kouyate - Nindjougou EP (Wind Horse Records)

Wind Horse Records presents a stunning EP with an international touch — an ode to the influence of ethnic global music on the Indian electronic music scene. Madou Kouyate, an extremely talented singer and songwriter from Mali, delivers a 6-tracker that also features Indian producers Hamza Rahimtula and Unnayanna on remix duties.

Nindjougou” kicks things off, a beautiful song that sparks warmth and speaks to the soul. The tune features Madou’s incredible vocals, delightfully layered with ethnic strings and percussion. “Nindjougou” has an almost folk music feel with an addictive melody filled with uplifting emotion and supported by ethereal stabs.

On the remixes, Hamza keeps things clean and groovy, using elements of the title track judiciously to craft a beachside dance-floor burner. This remix springs to life with a piano stab, giving it a Chicago-house-meets-Africa vibe that retains the flavor of the original while standing out on its own. Unnanyanna’s remix is also special as the afro-house exponent gives “Nindjougou” the acid treatment. The rework also features samples from a xylophone that adds an Asian vibe while a deep, bouncy bass line brings the funk.

Madou Kouyate’s next original track — “Souleymane Sangare” — is more upbeat with a simple yet effective drum pattern coupled with raspy percussions. The song builds with effortless ease, accompanied by buoyant pads that offer the required aural ambiance. Once again it’s Madou’s vocals that stand-out and really take this tune to the next level.

The second of the remixes from the effervescent Hamza is positively breath-taking. The veteran DJ’s incredible ear leads him to produce a track that screams ‘Detroit’ and ‘Disco’ at the same time. It’s a reflection of the influences that have helped shape his music. Cosmic pads accompany a bass guitar riff that will get feet moving, making for a mix to throw down at peak-time or to warm up floor. Rounding out the release is an extended version of “Souleymane Sangare” that can be defined as ‘made for the club’.

Rise Ashen (Balanced Records) – “I’m really feelin’ this.”
Mr. V (Sole Channel Music) – “I love this package guys!”
Alexander East (Planet East) – “The whole EP is banging!”
Chris Udoh (Tigerhook) – “Beautiful work.”
Pete Williams (Natural Rhythm) – “Love all the flavors on this one.”
Jose Marquez (Tribe Records) – “Yes! Great release with great mixes for all occasions.”
Norbert Borchers (House Sound Of Hamburg) – “The Hamza Afro Disco Mix of Souleymane Sangare is very cool!”
Damian Charles (Pointblank FM) – “Unnayanaa mix is killer!”
Marcia Carr (Mi-Soul Radio) – “Impressive set of mixes, this single is beautiful.”
Dean Serafini (Frisky Rhythms) – “Both tracks are excellent, Unnayanaa Remix of Nindjougou hitting the post nicely as is the Hamza Afro Disco Mix of Souleymane Sangare. Impressive!”

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