the house reverends are a trinity of musicians in their own right combining talents through a love of vintage electronics, analogue tape, and downtuned rnb. they glide through londons club scene bringing a blend of fluid funk driven by their robotic drum machine. this ep is a three-stage journey into the hearts and souls of our shadowy heroes. it is a story of love. drivetime the first tune is a slow motion seduction. a musical massage. it is a high-grade slow dance that works from dinner til dawn. girl, i know one for the body poppers. a tense number expressing the addictive pain of lust. vocoder voices straining with desire as the fever grows. curious lady a dream-like climax. gaze across the galaxy in awe and surrender to the state of psychedelic ecstasy this song so easily conjures.
there are two tracks on nottingham producer spares >slacking ep< that immerse you really well in his taught world of bass pressure. kankle is firing tribal house, though its hard to get the measure of how the thud of the kick drum could ever fit under the bass work, and the weekend is a clipped garage pound with serenely oppressive low end
proper four track 12 inch vinyl! curious will get em jackin, medicine is a brazen belter, without end is all sultry and steamy with lust and longing and teedraheedren takes you on a psychedelic electro-funk odyssey before dovetailing into a dubbed-out arpeggio wonderland. we really are extremely pleased with the vibe of this release. hope it hits you in a good place
this latest release on well roundeds housing project imprint is somewhat of a departure. we came across this vocal track with a difference and were compelled to share it with your ears. videodrome are a brighton-based production duo who with have created something that seems at once very familiar but also strikingly different. the highly distinctive almost demonic vocal delivery of derek meins is here in all its lascivious glory riding a top a bold as brass synth-pop / retro-house hybrid with pure pop appeal. oh yes. donga & blake take the track into trademark deeper territory on the remix. support from martyn, mary anne hobbs, francesco farfa, dj ma1, benji b, hackman, xxxy & more.
dj support from: hudson mohawke, spencer (numbers), mary anne hobbs, hxdb, dj ma1 (rinse fm), sbtrkt, subeena, sines, hackman, seiji, xxxy, greenmoney, spatial, deadboy, graphics, ben ufo and more widespread radio support (germany. italy, australia / nz, poland, france...)
the housing project is a well rounded sister label to concentrate closely on more recognisably house productions. the reason for this is because at wr hq house music is in our dna and as natural as air.
dj support from jacques greene, dark sky, julio bashmore, alex deamonds, xxxy, hot city, doc daneeka, deadboy, hackman, submerse, martyn, geiom, ramadanman, jamie grind, ..
for release number 5 well rounded goes deep with the debut release from donga & blake.
label owner donga met blake when both djd at brightons forward thinking drum n bass night carbon spinning similar shades of the deeper end of dubstep. this lead to the idea of hooking up in the studio, and whilst initial experiments at 140bpm were promising, it wasnt until they decided to lower the tempos to housier speeds that their sound clicked into place. this sound is a balanced fusion of soulful house, deep textured techno and rhythms absorbed from garage, funky and broken beat. these 3 immaculate tracks have a simple appeal but also contain many layered sonic details for the closer listener.
for their 3rd release well rounded bring you the imaginative and playful funky-influenced house sound of hackman. this ep is packed with punchy & polished productions and adventurous arrangements. we have curated 3 tracks that we feel demonstrate the breadth and potential of this exciting young producer based in leeds, england. on the a bodies is an ecstatic piano-driven belter with immediate appeal. the 4/4 drums drive hard, funked up with supple bass flexations, then punctuated with classic chords and catchy vocal cut-ups. what sounds simple here is carefully considered. a brilliantly constructed, exciting and peak-time melodic banger! on the flip surround leads the listener into more tropical terrain
since we opened our small record store in brighton we have been asked repeatedly for new garage releases on wax. this reminded us that not too much that is available at the moment which could easily fit that criteria. and as long term garage fans ourselves we are more than happy to oblige the faithful with 4 killa darkside steppers from londons buzzin 10. the beats harken back to classic uk garage but are topped off by synths that share common musical ground with detroit electro or european electronica.
finally we can unleash the hi-tech soca bomb 2-4-6. with layers of exotic percussion morphing and weaving around a strict snapping rhythm, sounds abound in colourful patterns, carnival whistles strengthen the latin flavour whilst terrible shock directs the dance with his booming intonements. a festival of funky futurism. on the flip desto relocates the track to the ghetto. booming 808 sub-bass lines with plenty of punch drive the inventive on the one broken electro beat and the space opened up here leaves room for percussion to punctuate hard. check the cowbells and whistles (again). the whole track bounces as if on hydraulics!
hodge is a man of truly well rounded talents - creating infectious melody laden deep house with outboxx, across to his own weighty bruk-techno movers for the likes of deadplate records, to his recent truly forward-thinking collaboration with the ever inspirational pev.
with this third release we have returned to the structure of our first release together to bring you too wicked examples of his original take on house with a final track to send you on your way bathed in psychedelic sunshine vibes. how leon manages to combine ruff edges with smooth vibes is a talent in itself.
well roundeds unrestricted by genre label present to you 3 hype juke vibed bangers from atlantas distal. on >stuck up money< he hooks up with one of jukes leading talents dj rashad. dirty south battles chicago juke and everyone comes out a winner. drawled vocals against frenetic footwerkin beats makes for a fresh combination. on >behold the jungle< a massive musical quotation is submerged by a swarm of angry hoovers whereupon all manner of musical madness kicks off!! >short & sweet< cuts up the breaks over a rollercoaster of sub bass. belgian techno stabs contribute to the mayhem.
for well roundeds 11th release bristols skinnz drops a trio of infectious and melodic creations that share a kinship with todays garage and funky house sounds whilst standing apart due to their unique character. you may know sam from his other alias baobinga. he is man who commands much respect for his collaborations with people from a wide variety of musical backgrounds and his ability to channel his influences in an unforced and colourful way.
on the skinnz releases so far he has experimented with more garage influenced beats, while retaining his trademark focus on percussive momentum. however these tracks often flow freely across boundaries and genre limits encouraged to evolve in any direction that creates excitement. previous skinnz releases have already appeared on pinchs earwax label and boka records whilst his debut outing was on one of the first compilations of music that might be termed dubstep – the classic >our sound< album on destructive.
the proposition is a simple one. it was a 2009 when julio bashmore first remixed >heartbreaker< from deadboys classic first release - the >u cheated< ep on well rounded.
he remoulded the garage template of the original into something more immediate, replacing the swung off-beats of the original with driving forward-rhythms and a clarity of purpose that takes absolutely nothing away from the musical impact of the original. this circulated on mp3 and we smiled and danced.
unexpectedly, in 2010 jb returned to >heartbreaker< for a different interpretation. this time around a more haunting approach was the order of the day with cross-fading strings creating a soulful, otherworldly atmosphere. the drop this time also swapped sub bass for punchy 808s. a tantalising further alternative that pointed the way to this vinyl release.
back 2 back timeless brilliance for the dancefloor on our favourite format. get stuck in.
outboxx hail from bristol and like much of the great citys output their music has plenty of laidback style and vibe. jacob hodge builds the sharp beats, adds bass depth and controls the technology, matt lambert adds the authentic keys - rhodes and synth licks with beautifully judged hints of jazz, soul and vintage funk.
well rounded kick off 2011 with the deep space bump-n-hustle of littlefoots aptly named >interplanetary< ep.
all 4 tracks contrast tuff dry drums & low sweeping subs with cosmic atmospheres and twilight melodies and chords. theres a unique strictness in the drums here, less swung than typical garage but with innovative programming that shows a producer keen to explore new possibilities. as ever with well rounded and our producer friends, we are celebrating influences from the past - think classic 4/4 uk garage in the vein of dem 2, mixed with early 90s rave sounds and welded together in a motor city car plant. with added post-dubstep production sensibilities, littlefoot is creating an unheralded hybrid sound. all 4 tracks contribute to the completeness of the ep - we go in hard, explore different areas and complete our journey with the last track. we hope you enjoy this trip.
well rounded are extremely excited to announce the imminent unleashing of the 2nd instalment in our r&b refix special series. ladies and gents - cash antics vol 2. this time round we bring you 4 separate artists take on remaking r&b in their own inimitable ways. first up deadboys >fireworks< edit has elicited a massive response already on forums and blogs, its simple house framework lending extra soul, gravity and impact to the beautiful vocals and piano. incredibly effective and affecting stuff. on track 2 gongon & bad autopsy (ptn / ramp) showcase their stripped back luminous garage informed sound on >mag (remix)<. the contrast between the bare bones beat, warm sub tones, hovering chords and earnest vocal make this a highly addictive tune. watch for future releases from these guys. flip the plate for skinnz and his steamy half-step selection >turn u on<. already a regular feature in deadboy dj sets, this wastes no time in seducing the listener with a breathless panting vocal riding a bumping beat, bouncing bass and sweaty synth work. this tune is hot and heavy! finally gatto viola & doc daneekas >backstabbin angie< wraps things up with nakedly emotional vocals riding a uk funky updated take on a classic 70s philly soul groove. a natural closer for a fantastically varied ep united with a common purpose - to drop honey-dipped r&b voices and vibes into the epicentre of new uk bass music fusions.
well rounded are hyped to announce their next release, the widescreen garage bomb >hold it down< by submerse.
in mood both uplifting and melancholy, this is a potential anthem to drop some soul into the mix at any rave. for us, this equally conjures up mental images of a rain-swept neglected urban landscape as it does the memory of losing yourself as the music soars on a sweat drenched dance floor! also >hold it down< was deservedly named as one of >five modern 2-step classics< in the recent 3 page future garage special in dj magazine!
on the flip rob collaborates with resketch on >only<. punchy and poignant and packed with memorable, multiple layers of gorgeous voices this builds to a 2nd drop featuring some tasty tear-out breaks. the effortless combination of so many elements and progressions demonstrates both mens serious adeptness for production, arrangement and expression.
for release no.4 well rounded records proudly present deadboy with his effortlessly hype >cash antics volume 1< ep. three r&b re-rubs that showcase his adeptness at different styles to suit all. the new tracks he has built to support the accapellas sound fresh, natural and exciting. on the a >way that i luv u< is a breathtakingly, heartbreakingly epic rework at dubstep tempo. over pon the flip >unofficial girl< is a gloriously anthemic soca-step bomb that is pure fiyah for the dancefloor. this is followed by >long way 2 go< - a sultry crunk-hop rebuild with some serious soul. dj support from martyn, trg, bok-bok, hot city, doc daneeka, greenmoney, ramadanman, blackdown, hackman, ikonika.... this year is going to be a big one for deadboy. dont sleep on this part of the story!