Our first release of 2013 comes from Funkdamentalist, the alias of D.C.-based Bilal Arshad. His roots approach to house music has been seen releases on labels like i Records and Something Different. "One" is ignited by tight percussion that punches deep and precise. Polished Rhodes chords float amongst sparkling hats and snares while the dub reggae bassline cracks the surface like distant sawtooth thunder. The soulful spoken vocal builds in energy as it is orbited by the exchange of animation between bass and harmony. "One" unites the dancefloor in energy and vibe.
Mark Graham's Late Night Elegance Mix immediately drives "One" into deeper waters. Mark strips away granular sheets of sound to isolate empty spaces punctuated with delay and echo. Pulsations expand the atmosphere to underscore the vocals from the original. Mark Graham comes to us from Middlesbrough, UK where he manages Luna Records and Contrast Wax.
Al Bradley's 3am Deep Remix of "One" introduces kicks that are bigger and lower. The syncopation of Al's twisting drums immediately trigger a compulsive after-hours groove that is both physical and mental. Strings illuminate the journey into darkness and abstraction while the original's vocal hook keeps it rooted. Al Bradley's heritage in house music ranges from his Manchester roots to his DJ bookings in the UK, Spain and US. Al has released cutting edge dance music on labels like Paper Recordings, Baker Street, TUG Underground and his own 3am Recordings.
Alexander East "(Al Bradley's 3am Deep Remix) LOVE IT! 10/10"
Thomas White "The One original mix is speaking to me on a deeper level. Hypnotized! 9/10"
J.A.M.O.N. "AL BRADLEY! Feeling this. Keep em coming! 10/10"
Hall North "Wicked release! Both remixes are floating my boat! 9/10"
Andy Ward 'Very cool release.. proper music. Will definitely play this on the show"
Tony S "Nice release, deep laid back feel to the original and Al's 3am Deep Remix gives it a proper subterranean makeover :) Support, thanks for sending!"
ForQuarters Collective "this s&#t is smooth as silk"
Trevor Lamont "Some are afraid of the deep latenight vibe. Layered correctly and with that flow it bangs. Loving the Mark Graham mix and you can bet it will be on my next deeeeeep mix! 9/10"
Patrick Devereux "Really love all the mixes on this release, to be honest i'd play them all but the Al Bradley mix is just amazing full support. 9/10"
Igor Brzovic "Awsome deep tech stuff..really groove and dark sound, nice release, AGAIN!! 9/10"
Marques Wyatt "(Original Mix) Tight!"
Alex Deep 'Mark's remix is TOP! Thanks for the music! ; ) 10/10"
Tommy Largo "mark graham mix for me. nice deep groove"
Rick Preston "Diggin' Al Bradley's 3am Deep Remix! 9/10"
Dave Law "3 great mixes here to choose from.....my fave being the mark graham late night mix......full support....cheers....Dave."
Dilby "Al Bradley does the business here. Great stuff ;)"
Trevor Vichas "Diggin Al Bradley's 3am Deep mix."
Philipp Ort "Mark Graham's remix for me! cool track. thx"
Additional support from:
J. Khobb, Ross Richards, Angelo Draetta, Markus Schulz, Mark Santangelo, CRAM, SoulUnbroken, Vex Vexino, Di Costa, Zoë Xenia, Rissa Garcia, Ross Kemp (Arkay), Karl Almaria, Sasch BBC, Jeff Fontaine, Jesus Pablo, Hélder Teixeira, Daniel Chase, Kadabra, Rishi K, Sean Danke, Adam Warped, Nick & Danny Chatelain, Adam Brass, Nick Doyle, Shlomi B, Summer (Brendon Collins), Pawlo Tojeda, Scott Harrington, Ray Colclough, Art-D-Fact: Online Magazine, Maurice Pollard, Spagnu, Master Seb, Funtom, Daniel Allen, Lonya, Simon Hampson, Russell Joseph, Werner Niedermeier, DJ Bradley, Carlo Gambino