London and Helsinki’s new kids on the block Trampboat make their way back to Miles Dyson’s Houserecordings imprint in a bid to top their latest coming to the label, ‘Stania‘. Reminiscent of it’s predecessor, ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ boasts the same intricate weavings of melodic play and noteworthy dubstep-influences, signalling improvements as far as their production dexterity is concerned in the process. Currently sitting on an impressive #25 on Beatport’s top 100 chart, there is little to no indication that we will see this British/Finnish collective head anywhere but upwards for the remainder of the year.
With an eight track LP for Plasmapool under his belt, Houserecordings regular Hypster brings aboard UK vocalist Clover Ray for his latest work, taking on Steve Lade and Xspectiv’s ‘Our World Is Here’. Where last year’s original has proven a landmark release for the two young Finns and label alike, Ibiza-based Hypster’s take fails to conform to the normal hallmarks of a remix by laying his focus on the addition of a top line. Apart from highlighting the track’s melodic appeal, the addition of Clover Ray’s frisky voice makes for a well-deserved extended shelf life just in time for the Summer season.
No strangers to the realms of unknown European talent, Houserecordings brings aboard one of their regulars yet again to further solidify his place amongst the diverse peers of the label’s artist roster.
Antwerp-bred Lopezz may not carry the legendary status of some of his European peers but now anting up for his 10th release on Plasmapool sub label Houserecordings, Belgian Lopezz continues to sport his fairly unique take on Electro House in regular Houserecordings fashion. Set against powerful claps and consistent, hard-hitting kicks, ‘Flash’ leaves it up to the playful and somewhat ambiguous leads to make up the dominant element of the track throughout.
Born and bred on the White Isle of Ibiza, Spanish boy wonder Hypster has had little excuse not to set the record straight with his studio work. Leaving the comfort zone of Plasmapool after a host of solid releases, the Ibizan producer is joined by Niqi for a funky release on sublabel Houserecordings. Fusing intrinsically House orientated grooves with the grittier sound of his previous Electro leaning exploits, ‘Let The Beat Drop’ proves the perfect amalgamation of soulful vocal stylings and distinct universal energy. Set against the backdrop of the impending summer season, Hypster and Niqi’s infectious collaborative effort is sure to move a significant number of bodies both on the white isle and throughout the European scene.
Words by Dan Carter
Outside of their absurd moniker, British/Finnish long-distance production outfit have made some formative marks on the ever-popular Dub Step genre. But turning their heads to its wicked House orientated club peer, Trampboat’s latest Electro House outing ‘Stania’ for Plasmapool sub-label Houserecordings sets aside any misconceptions of limited studio guises.
Jumping between fidgety synth leads and intense stadium-worthy chord play, their grinding sound scope of sturdy kicks and piercing lead play are a testament to underdog productions of a moderately high calibre. While missing out on the epic production values of their more esteemed peers, the distance has clearly not diluted this fierce up and coming outfit of promising traits.
Words by Dan Carter
To say that the realms of Electro House have become somewhat predictable within its universal explosion is no overstatement. But emerging out of nowhere with a ferocious taste for eccentric club cuts, Italian underdog Fatblock sets the tone to an all time high with daring Houserecordings cut ‘Heroic’. While his familiar grinding chords and low-end orientated soundscope make for nothing out the ordinary, it is within the intimate structure of this well-oiled outing that the magic really unfolds. Pacing through the semi-Dub Step realms and launching into an epic array of haunting vocal leads, Fatblock lives up to his sturdy accolade with a track that ticks all the boxes of a promising Electro House contender. In an age where familiar names are the comfort food of international club land, ‘Heroic’ conquers the norm with considerable strength.
Words by Dan Carter
Miles Dyson continues to impress with his remarkable knowledge on all things A&R. Responsible for the discovery and upbringing of Mord Fustang among many others, it seems as if Dyson has stumbled across another young talent in Belgium’s Nanophonyk as of late. Following the release of a three-piece EP as his debut on the label in early November of last year, Nanophonyk makes his second release under the banner of one of Plasmapool’s many sub labels – Houserecordings. Flipping from a rather soothing and synth-tinged interlude to vigorous and wobble-endued electro-house, ‘Water Resistant’ represents another triumphant release from another talented youngster for Miles Dyson’s record label group.
Despite its futuristic sound and forward thinking qualities, there doesn’t seem to have been too many going head over heels for the latest release from the up-and-coming David Borrás, better known as Heren. Hailing from Barcelona, the producer that has just scooped a signing with Plasmapool, the label also known for bringing up Mord Fustang, is, from the looks of things, the face of a new wave of young producers deriving from within the borders of Spain.
Taking on another resident artist of Plasmapool, Hypster, and his February release of 2011, Nitro Play Music, for a significant rework, Heren shows signs for what is looking to be some successful times ahead. Comprising a robotic female vocal, a silky break-down sound progression and playful, intricate and French house influenced build-ups, Heren’s take on Nitro Play Music, released via Houserecordings, is no doubt one worthy a large slice of recognition.