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.

Eric Shans & X Miss Ella - Leather Sweater (Viva Recordings)

Brooklyn’s Eric Shans enters the Viva Recordings zone, accompanied by vocalist X Miss Ella. The duo have been working together for many years, Ella’s melodies and vocal style blending perfectly with Eric’s musical creations. Inspired by new wave as well as techno and house music, the two have collaborated on material ranging from sultry synth pop to dark and dirty deep house floor chuggers.

Falling into the second category, “Leather Sweater” is an evocative late night club cut that adds a dose of mood and texture to a DJ’s set. X Miss Ella enchants with a mesmerizing vocal line as Eric’s deep foundation builds into acid line-fueled bliss. The crisp and intricate rhythms point the way forward and keep the nightclub in solid motion. Definitely one for the heads.

Los Angeles producer Tonally — coming off remixes for the likes of Futurewife and Punks Jump Up — takes things up a notch with a driving version that features pulsating, hypnotic synth pads and dramatic stabs. The vocal becomes mysterious, reversed and effected at points throughout the mix. The energy keeps building throughout — a satisfying excursion.

Dubs for both mixes are also available to take the dance floor even deeper. So, let’s see how you look in a “Leather Sweater.”

Mr. V (Sole Channel Music) – “The Tonally Dream Dub is dope.”
Chris Udoh (Tigerhook) – “Very nice dreamy acid vibes.”
Jay Hill (Superfreq) – “Dope acid line, and the artwork is killer. Great work!”
Pete Williams (Natural Rhythm) – “It’s tough to pick between the Dub and the Tonally Dream Dub. Excellent!”
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch) – “Splendid sounds!”
Zach Van Lue (91X) – “Sick vocal and lovely acid.”
DJ Firefly (Couch Dancing) – “Very hypnotic.”
Chango (101.5 FM KTKE) – “Very strong release.”
Richie Hartness (UM – Syndicated radio show) – “Nice acid twister.”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) – “Awesome! Straight into my July / August top 10.”

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

Five Alarm Funk - Widowmaker / Freight Train (Remixed) [Selekta Recordings]

Selekta Recordings returns with the serious grooves of Five Alarm Funk, an 8 piece ‘gypsy-rock, afro-funk, latin’ band from Vancouver. With six fiery albums under their belt, the band lends two rousing cuts — “Freight Train” and “Widowmaker” — to the label for late night remix treatments.

The two original songs confirm the talent, die-hard rhythms, and wall of sound that Five Alarm Funk are known for. Loads of percussion, in-your-face horns, and slinky bass and guitar beam these sounds straight into the boogie zone. And then — the quality remixes come fast and furious. Italian producer and sound engineer Max Paparella delivers a suave nu-disco version of “Widowmaker,” rolling at a glorious spacey pace to add class anywhere it’s played. Selekta mainstay Statedlife surprises with a breakbeat mix of “Freight Train,” giving the dance-floor b-boys a reason for freaky footwork. And NYC house music veteran Dirty Dan totally turns the tables on “Freight Train,” dropping a deep and chuggy four-on-the-floor remix that’s perfect for 4 AM warehouse moments. Feel the funk!

BMD (Timewarp Music) – “Great funkiness on this release guys! Love it. 5 Stars.”
Nightmares On Wax (Wax da Box / Ibiza Sonica Radio) – “All about the max mix for me.”
Severino (HorseMeatDisco) – “Groovy!”
Rusty (All Good Funk Alliance) - (Funk Weapons) – “Funky stuff. Not easy remixes to pull off and I think everyone did a good job.”
Trotter (Royal Soul Records) – “Wow! This is pure gold. Love it!”
Phunktastike (Spirit Soul Music) – “Yeah! Some funky action here.”
Rory Hoy (Super Hi-Fi) – “Really fun release with plenty of funky goodness.”
Mr. Bristow (Subtek) – “Some tasty joints in here.”
The Funk Hunters (Westwood Recordings) – “Funkin Dope!”
Quincy Joints (Ibiza Global Radio) – “Max Paparella Remix is dope.”

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

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.