S4AW 012 - Kolja Gerstenberg - Weilburg Crime Vol. I & Vol. II
After his widely appreciated debut EP on S4AW Kolja remixed Cassius & Pharrell Williams on Ed Banger (yup!) and released some original stuff on Suol and Kakudo. Now he's back on board of the S4AW boat with a monster double EP - House for diggers, lovers and everyone else who's got Soul.
Remixes come courtesy of Philpot Honcho Soulphiction another one by well-respected French producer Bruno Hovart aka Patchworks.
Alltogether a Double EP bubbling over with excitement for Funk, Soul, Disco and Flutes (of course!). Tons of samples and complex drumming crafted the unique Kolja-kinda-way, with everything from deepest, jazzy Deep House Excursions over the typical Disco Slammers to funky excursions with Kolja on Rhodes Piano and Vocals himself...
S4AWL01 - The Brothers Leeb - Touched EP
The Brother's LEEB are releasing their first limited, vinyl only E.P. on "Smile for a while." Now, who are those guys?
One of the bros - DJ Eb-clectic - helped building Germany's Hip Hop scene during the late 1980s and 1990s in Frankfurt / Main, but also did some Chicago House tunes with Deskee and Gene Farrison Force Inc. in the 1990s, as well. This brother is a real keeper! The other bro - Leander Janik - is in his mid 20s and quite an avid home composer on his little Roland Synthie. He's a long term member of the S4AW crew, and has shared a studio with all the other guys. Needless to say The Brothers are hell of a DJ duo, too...
So the results on this 12" are inevitable: Hip Hop style sampling technique meets lush piano chord sequences. Phat Beats vs. a whole lot of love. Brother's working it out, Frankfurt style!
The freaky kinda Remix comes from Kolja Gerstenberg, the guy whose debut EP on S4AW skyrocketed onto the Boiler Room & Groove Armada's Fabric mix CD. Deepest House for da real diggerz!
Smile for a while podcast #25 - Brevis B
Brevis B aka Ferdinand Steinbacher, momentan in Idstein gestrandet aber in Gießen verwurzelt – Von Punk bis Funk, House, Disco über Blues & Jazz.. alles kommt in den Topf. Klein angefangen mit Klavier, weiter zu Schlagzeug & Percussion & zurück zu den Tasten die gerne von analogen Oszillatoren betrieben werden dürfen oder zumindest rotzigen Rhodessound ausspucken sollten. Musik steht ganz oben auf der Prioritätenliste und war immer am Start – Bandprojekte von Punk über Funk bis Jazz haben auf jeden ihre Spuren verewigt und ne ganze Sippe von korrekten Leuten verbunden. Durch die Crew Weilburg und Konsorten wie Kolja Gerstenberg vom verführerischen Plastik in den Bann gezogen stehen bald auch die ersten heimischen Promenadenmischungen in den Startlöchen, der Perfektionismus will halt erstmal bezwungen werden. Aber ein Musiker will sich ausdrücken! Das geht sowohl auf der Bühne als auch im Wohn.. äh Schlaf.. "Studio" oder eben an den Drehtellern. Letzteres wird heute aufgetischt. Vinyl only! Lasst es euch schmecken. :)
DJ Sotofett & Phillip Lauer – Nimbus Mix
Metro Area – Caught up
Harvey Sutherland – Q3 (12" Mix)
J M S Khosah – Sancha
Paradise Box – Reel Nitty Gritty (Vocal)
Royer – Tough Questions
FYI Chris – Banana Bread
Peven Everett – Heat up (Awaaz Club Edit)
JV – EditCannel XXX
Dego & The 2000Black Family – Don't Stop (Let it go)
Jamie 3:26 & Crateburg – Hit it N Quit it
Franke & Son – Akazienlurch
Ice Band featuring Unique Pleasure – Live People (Special Disco Edit) // Tom Noble remix
Jamie 3:26 – Purple Music
Fini Dolo – Blow (Restless Soul Poetic Peak Time Mix)
Sameed – Dusty Jazz (Late Night Edit)
Norma Jean Bell – I'm The Baddest Bitch (Moodymann Mix)
Lauer – H. R. Boss
Smile for a while pres. All That Jelly Vol. 2
“All that jelly and no toast” - like when you find a bomb tune that's unreleased, deleted or totally scratched & distorted. “All that Jelly” by “Smile for a while” is exactly for tracks like this: Clubby House Music by well-established producers but also from lesser-known guys + remastered gems from the 1990s. Every tune has its own story and is more than worth the black gold treatment.
“The Klubb Kidz” was a short-lived project by Peter Primiani and Tyrone Solomon. Between 1993 and 1995 they released three records on DJ Duke's “Power Music” and on “83 West.” It's that typical mid-90s Jersey House with lotsa cut-up Vocals, Pianos and Organ chords. Real bangin' stuff! Loop-o remastered their 1994 tune “Don't wanna hurt you” at the famous Calyx Mastering / Berlin.
Karsten Weiss alias “DJ with Soul” is a Deep & Vocal House enthusiast living and DJing in Berlin for quite some time now. His soulful instrumental tune (nomen est omen) is an ode to classical House by the likes of Joey Negro, Kerri Chandler and others – an epic tune with a long build-up and two jazzy Piano solos by his buddy MickyWin.
Jordan Fields must be one of the most underrated producers of 90s Chicago House. He's done dozens of EPs and LPs under various monikers on tier-1 labels like SSR, House Jam, Large, Daisy, Camouflage, Moody, etc. One of his first was “Underground Fundamentals Vol. 1” on StrictlyRhythm Sublabel “Red Cat” in 1994. “Everybody Swingin” was also carefully remastered in 2016.
The EP is closed by Italian House Music connoisseur Gioele Giacopelli a.k.a. JWL from Perugia. His tune's a reminiscence to all the Divas that have built the HOUSE.
Smile for a while podcast #24 - Mountak
Mountak is a Lithuanian DJ based in Berlin with a nomadic character in life & music - always trying to deliver groovy and eclectic House Music to his audience. He's one of the founders of the Lithuanian based party series "Tarp Dvieju Ausru" which developed the House / Disco Music scene in his hometown Kaunas a lot. This lead them bringing & hosting guests such as – Borrowed Identity, Mr.Beatnick, Zombies In Miami, Lehult Records Showcase, New Jackson, Patrice Scott. Mountak is also a part of an underground after-hours community called "Keep On Going" in London while still developing the Tarp Dvieju Ausru party series. Delivering some kinky house music in your hood...
Smile For A While Podcast #23 - Mat Fink & DJ Niki - Jan 1st 2017 @ Loftus Hall
Soulvester @ Loftus Hall 2017 opening set Mat Fink & DJ Niki. Morning maniac music by the notorious BROT Crew straight from Berlin, recorded live @ NYE, from 2:30.
S4AW 011 - Eddoh - Black Pearls EP (incl. Tuff City Kids Remix)
Christos Mavridis is a many of many guises. He's done an EP with our friends „House is OK“, some Tech House on labels like Noir Music, Kindisch or Get Physical.
Right now he's preparing a tier-1 Techno career, but wait...
...just in time he delivers a dancefloor-heavy House Music EP on „Smile for a while“ showing off his wide sound horizon. Seriously influenced by Josh Brent's Schatrax stuff and guys like XDB or Makam these tunes are still distinctively his very own.
„Black Pearls“ is that perfect, deep, technoid House Monster that clocks in at 128bpm and still is deeper than deep. „Era Of Consciousnes“ surprises with some Disco sample slickness, the right tune if you wanna dream yourself back onto some summerish beach...
Phillip Lauer & Gerd Janson alias „Tuff City Kids“ deliver a tribute to Groover Klein Remix. Groover Who? Yes, THAT guy – resident in Mannheim's legendary MILK! Club boasting Happy hardcore, Breakbeatz, and lots of Ragga-influenced Jungle Music in the early 90s. So it's pretty clear what this remix is about – bringing back the RAVE!
The EP is closed by an hypnotic Tribal tune named „Down Low.“ Some heavy Toms, Snares and shakers goin' on and the biggest Air horn since „The Horn Track.“
Smile For A While Podcast #22 - Marbod
Marbod's helluva party animal (see the pic?!), a music lover, label owner (LOFILE!!), a gastronomy King in Berlin Kreuzberg (Filterhouse) and - helluva DJ, too - listen to his podcast!
S4AW 010 - Andrew Soul Feat Hard Ton - Sweet Love EP
Andrew Soul hails from Bari / Italy and has been releasing Jackin House Jams on quite a few Vinyl labels already, most prominently on Snuff Trax. For S4AW he's gone back to his Deep House roots, teaming up with Hard Ton from Venice. They've released records on a variety of tier 1 House labels like Permanent Vacation, Toy Tronics, Bordello A Parigi and many more...
On here they're delivering two fresh, synth-heavy Disco tunes with lots of full range vocals, lovely basslines and a little black magic, too.Nico Lahs is hailing from Bari, too and is known for his jams on Ovum, Pokerflat & Rawax. His remix adds some heavy chords and lots of bomping beats to the original tune. One to get the party started! The EP is closed by an Andrew Soul solo tune, a druggy cowbell jam called Your Breath - only for da real headz!
Smile For A While Podcast #21 - ManooZ
ManooZ is a man on a mission. Throwing down the sort of jackin' House music that sounds like it was made with sweaty basements firmly in mind and still with a nod to his Hip-Hop roots, the ManooZ sound is making a firm impact on the global House music community. Hailing from Mannheim in Germany, he constantly delivers a wide spectrum between raw & analog US House, Garage and sophisticated warm Deep House.
S4AW 009 - Stoneage Kid - Into Depravity EP
Sebastian Maschat a.k.a. Stoneage Kid has been around for about 15 years now: Cult Stoner House with „Extra Produktionen“ on the Brontosaurus label, drummer in Erlend Oye's „Whitest Boy Alive“ and in 2014 „The Working Elite“ together with studio buddy Daniel Nentwig, releasing synth-flavoured House Tunes on „Terre des Pommes.“ Right now he's still actively playing in „Omar Diop's Tiliboo Afrobat.“
This is his first solo EP as „Stoneage Kid“, a vintage hardware liveact and a studio producer; MPC based, with his own vocals and a very distinctive Electro Pop aesthetique. The 12“ comes out on „Smile for a while“ in clear reminiscence of his Playhouse / Robert Johnson schooling. Really sounds like Captain Comatose locked up with Isolée in some purple haze panic room...
The A-side is filled with melancholic Jams on his drum machines & synthesizers. Some Vocoder, some funky snares and a lot of bassline-bumping going on over there...Old friend Lauer delivers a Texas Cheesecake factory-kinda remix where you can hear the Universal Symphony, with God singing solo and the Holy Ghost on drums – just as expected.
„Hang On To A Dream“ is quite a special tune, initially written and sung by German Indie veteran Otto von Bismarck, who's been around since 1981 – or 1891, who knows?. This Remix version is really something for intimate connoiseurs of both Pop and House Music.
Smile For A While Podcast #20 - Quadrakey
Our good friends from Russia & Berlin running Tooman Records
Mara Lakour - Tribute To GU [Roots For Bloom]
Toronto Hustle - Just Enough [Something Else]
Max Chapman - Breakdown [All That Jelly]
Rudi Botha & Miggza - Everything I Need [Friday Fox Recordings]
Klaves - Say It [Let’s Play House]
Kerri Chandler & Troy Denari - The Way It Goes (DJ Spen & Soulfuledge Dub 4 Real) [Madhouse]
Coeo - Thinkin' 'Bout You [Let’s Play House]
Sean Mccabe feat. Jennifer Wallace - Holding On (Crackazat Remix) [Z Records]
Hawkes & Blake - Flip a Coin [Aus Music]
Donato Capozzi - Contemporary Past [ER Classics]
Sebastian Davidson - Someday [Large]
Smile For A While Podcast #19 - Sål
Sål = two Newcomer Dj's, a duo formed in 2014. They're running a party series called "Schirmherrschaft" in Berlin. Two big, big music fans...
Baba Stilz - Get Down, Don't Go - *Free Download*
Laurence Guy - One for you, Lou - CinCin
Eddie C - Flying Blue - Mule Musiq
Leon Vynehall - Saxony - Running Back
Munk - The Bolero Bunuel (Red Axes Remix) - Gomma
LD Nero - Special - Running Back
University of Nowhere - Sentimental Mood - Bla Bla
Cleveland - Rio - Permanent Vacation
Baltra - Fade Away - Craigie Knowes
Trevino - Casino - Aus
Casino Times - Love in Time - Wolf Music
Smile For A While Podcast #18 - Lecsicu
S4AW 008 - Lecsicu ft. Berinika - Reversed Feelings EP
Some more uncut diamonds by S4AW... Robert Nedelcu aka Lecsicu from rural Romania is only 26 but already a skillful and dedicated producer of oldschool-flavoured House Music with a tek-edge. On top we've got vocals by Berinika van Wyk a singer born in South Africa.
Robert was inspired by guys like Rick Wade, Mr. G, Kerri Chandler, and of course Moodyman. His trademark are strong percussions, little harmonies every now and then and a “tracky” atmo to his tunes that sound very Chicago-ish.
All three original tunes are pure, vintage-style House Music a little on the tech side. So this clearly is an EP for the dancefloor and for early morning sessions when the sun's coming up again...
“Route to 95” received a groundbreaking rework by Detroit House Music veteran Gari Romalis. With incredibly deep subbass sequencies he makes this tune a deep jam like you never heard one before.
Smile for a while pres. All That Jelly Vol. 1
All that jelly and no toast' - like when you find a bomb tune that's unavailable on 12'. The new sublabel of 'Smile for a while' is exactly about this. Clubby House Music by well-established producers as well as from lesser-known guys.
French guy Alex Agore opens the EP with the Lowtone remix of 'What Did I Do' - cut-up Garage House to the maxx.
Max Chapman from London / UK delivers another belter. A bassline-driven organ House tune with a minimalistic but very effective set-up. Oleg Poliakov aka SKAT is one of the guys behind 'Circus Company.' He comes up with a sublime but powerful Tech House tune, in the original sense of the genre name. 'Jazzve' is a tune by Russian producer Mutenoise. It's maybe the most original, innovative tune on this EP. Full of surprises and cutting-edge elements - hard to compare to anything else around these days.
S4AW 007 - Jana Falcon - Falling EP
S4AW admittedly was kind of a boys club, so far. Well that was then, this is now. And now it's time to turn the tide cos' Jana Falcon is steppin' up! Deeply rooted in UK Garage, Classic House her EP adds another spicy scent to the label's cinemascope-style portfolio.
Jana's in her mid 20s and a bomb shell of a DJ already. This debut release reflects her very own, distinct sound flavour, both as a DJ and as a music freak. Bopping beats, cut-up vocals and a certain, irresistible pop appeal – it's all there.
Smile For A While Podcast #17 -
MS Zufriedenheit resident DJ Mutze delights us with some kinda wild selection of downbeat, "house not house" and other crazy shit :-)
Smile For A While Podcast #16 - Mutenoise
A friend of ours from Mother Russia...
1. Les Sins - Grind
2. Tall Black Guy Productions - I Like You
3. Galcher Lustwerk - I Neva Seen
4. Nas1 - 50k
5. Laurence Guy - Ubik
6. Peter Clamat - Fonetische Bestatigung
7. Harry Wolfman Loz Goddard - Neck of the Woods
8. Red Rack'em - Wonky Bassline Disco Banger
9. Uffe - Solid Satin (We Can Do Something)
10. Detroit Swindle - Howsmusic
11. Torben - B1
Kolja Gerstenberg - Sand EP
At just 22 years old, Kolja Gerstenberg is not exactly the stereotypical producer of current times. His affinity to Funk, Soul, Disco & Jazz Rock brought him to study drums at a decent German university, even though the real glory days of Disco preceded his birth.
His passion for electronic music is part of a Gerstenberg family tradition. Breast-fed Rhythm & Grooves galore, Kolja's dad was touring with legendary Trance live act ‘Afrotrance’ during the early 1990s; releasing on R&S, Harthouse, etc. And guess what? he was the percussionist, performing in legendary clubs like ‘Dorian Gray’ or OMEN in Frankfurt.
Now Kolja's ready to take over and let the drums roll. The Smile for a While guys came across him via soundcloud and instantly liked his unique style of House Music, combining complex drumming with oldschool samples and crazy arrangements.
One of both the label & Kolija’s biggest hero’s loved the tracks as well - namely Move D. Between his everlasting, world-wide tour routine he managed to squeeze in a bass line monster of a remix – the first he's done in two years!
Smile for a while Podcast #15 - Siggatunez
Tieffrequent Label head Siggi Tunezia playing da blues for us...
1.Siggatunez & Oliver Bernstein-Chill My Hand Like That-Tieffrequent
2.Dr. Filter & Catlover K.-Rosi-Laubenpiepers Finest
4.Mark E-Beat Down-Running Back
5.Pop & Eye-Give Me-Editainment
6.Steven Wobblejay-Real Love (Siggatunez & Oliver Bernstein RMX)-Traxx Underground
7.Soulphiction-Prison Song-Sonar Kollektiv
8.RDF (Ron Deacon & Filburt)-Truck-RDF
9.Pt/B-An Anthem-The Healing Company
10.Monosoul-June (Borrowed Identity RMX)-Smile 4 A While
11.Alex Danilov-Sundays-Mysterious Russian Soul Records
12.Owen Jay & Melchior Sultana-Mesmerised-Moods & Grooves
13.Sven Weisemann-Whatever It Is-Just Another Beat
Smile for a while Podcast #14 - NRMNT
NRMNT is a 23 year old DJ from the Rhine-Main area who’s in love with the 90s house sound. Together with Phil Simon he founded the collective "Friends of the Family." They are hosting parties in and around Aschaffenburg and also run a little podcast series...
Aphrodisiac - Song of the Siren
Manabu Nagayama & Soichi Terada - Low Tension (Utopian Remix)
Equation - III Say a prayer 4 U
Jovonn - Nite Roads
Karizma - The Power (Original Mix)
Round One - I’m Your Brother (Club Version)
Mood II Swing - Ohh!
Rhythm II Rhythm – A Touch Of Jazz
Johan S. - Somethin' 4 Da Barheadz
Galaxy People – A Mystical Journey
Trailer Ends - Runnin' Around (Old Man Mix)
Groove Committee - I Want You To Know (Nicholas & Marcoradi Rework)
Bassmental - Keep It Deep
Djaimin - Give You
Sounds Of Blackness – The Pressure (Pt. 1)
Ralphi Rosario - You Used to Hold Me (It's a Jazz Thing)