Red Alert (Mella Dee Panel Beater mix) - (6:12) 138 BPM
Red Alert (Mella Dee Holding On mix) - (5:05) 134 BPM
Review: Here's something unexpected: a fresh spin on Basement Jaxx's nineties dance classic 'Red Alert' courtesy of bassline enthusiast turned techno-rave superstar Mella Dee. The Doncaster native offers up two distinctive interpretations. First, he adds snippets of the Jaxx track's iconic female vocals to heavyweight techno drums and insanely weighty sub-bass on the sweat-soaked 'Panel Beater Mix, before reaching for razor-sharp rave stabs, more densely programmed tribal techno drums, wonky synth-strings and radically pitched-down male vocal samples on the 'Holding On Mix'. Both are quite revolutionary revisions, but that's no bad thing; crucially, both mixes sound like guaranteed peak-time winners.
Review: Swerving somewhere between deep, pulsating Italian techno done Donato Dozzy style and up tempo percussive bass music something like early Livity Sound...Warehouse Music delivers a third EP for Mella Dee in 2020 not including his split release with Subradeon on Hardgroove from earlier this year. "Minimal Loopy Pumper" says it all in the title really, with some extra percussion thrown in alongside a cut-up vocal snippet and bleepy melody line that's expanded on in bell tones through the pressurized and booming basslines of "Mexicanas". Surfs up!
Review: Berlin-based South Yorkshireman Haider Masroor is Mella Dee's best friend, so it's no surprise to see him popping up on his pal's Warehouse Music imprint following a couple of successful singles on Aus Music. He's naturally brought the goods, too, starting with the bubbly Sheffield bleeps, elongated chords, filthy acid bass, jacking drums and echoing old school vocal samples of 'Bakamono'. 'The Oven Door Broke' sees Masroor wrap squelchy acid lines and sparkling synthesiser lines around a bustling electro beat, while 'U Trippin' is a dreamy, smile-inducing slab of breakbeat hardcore revivalism that comes complete with serious sub-weight and all manner of loved-up vocal samples.
Review: Although Ryan Aitchison AKA Mella Dee initially founded Warehouse Music to showcase his rave-igniting wares, he's recently started using the label to showcase other artists' tracks. For this EP he's turned to Iile Records regular Leo Pol, a French producer whose reputation is undoubtedly rising fast. The Parisian producer is in fine form from the off, wrapping tactile deep house chords, undulating piano lines, and jaunty bass around a pumping, peak-time ready beat on "Privet". He goes in even harder on the insanely sub-heavy, electro-meets-techno bounce of standout "Xeniouski", before delivering a more robotic form of electro on "I Know What You Want". Closer "A Base De Kus", meanwhile, is a deliciously dark and mind-altering slab of acid-fired techno intensity.
Review: The ascendant Haider Masroor releases his second EP of 2020 on his musical comrade Mella Dee's Warehouse Music imprint. The hotly tipped Sheffield born, Berlin-based producer and DJ follows up promising releases on Aus Music and Breaker Breaker with the track "Bakamono". This one is very ravey with its Reese bassline and fierce breakbeats, while all the same completely euphoric. Sure to get them on the dancefloor with its bass-driven bounce - tip!
Review: Long before he became one of British dance music's most admired techno party-starters, Mella Dee was educated on the dancefloors of South Yorkshire's bassline clubs, and in particular notorious Sheffield venue Niche. Here he pays tribute to the iconic club in fine fashion on "Sidney Street" (the title is a reference to the club's most famous location). The title track may use thumping techno drums, but the rest of the cut's musical elements - memorable female vocal samples, echoing piano riffs and, most importantly, serious sub-bass pressure - come straight from the bassline playbook. He continues to pay tribute to the sound that shaped him elsewhere on the EP, too, from the bustling beats and memorable riffs of "Dev Green", to the deeper vibes of the dark garage bass-propelled "Copley Road".
Review: In an artistic change of direction, Mella Dee moves from his typical tough techno sound towards a somewhat more accessible style. "Sidney Street" was recorded in honour of Niche, a Sheffield nightclub that is credited with pioneering the bassline sound. It also underlines his flexibility as an artist; revolving around a rolling garage bass and tight drums, he drops a high-pitched vocal loop that has echoes of old school hardcore, a sound that was also once popular in the north of England. While "Sidney Street" is sure to open up Mella Dee to a whole new audience, it also showcases his diversity as an artist.
Review: Mella Dee bounces back on his Warehouse Music label with this club-primed release. The title track leads the listener on a journey through 90s minimal techno, with chattering percussion accompanying analogue yelps and a wiry rhythm. The tempo moves up a few gears on "Toast" and "Sidewalk Surfer", with Dee applying roughly the same hardware-driven approach, albeit set to more pace-y backing tracks. "Maplins" resounds to grainy kicks and raw percussive ticks, sounding like it was inspired by Neil Landstrumm's 90s work for Tresor, while on "Rockport Xcs", the singular techno producer delivers detuned chords against a skippy, rolling groove.
Review: Despite its name, Mella Dee's new release isn't a mindlessly banging, peak-time affair. The title track resounds to hypnotic chimes and bells, as he lays down a rolling, streamlined groove. Similarly, "Silver Street" revolves around a lithe, frenetic rhythm that features skipping percussion and a subtle aesthetic, even though it clocks in at close to 140bpm. On "Jack U Later (Floatation Device Mix)", the UK producer maintains a similar tempo but goes deeper, with hypnotic electronic hooks unravelling over solid drums. Dee's approach makes for a complex, masterfully crafted EP, as the sample-heavy, wiry minimalism of "Stack Select" further demonstrates.
Review: Spencer Parker makes a rare appearance outside of his Work Them label with this hard-hitting EP. Issued on Mella Dee's label, the release starts with the title track's jagged piano stabs, firing percussion and a gurgling acid line. It's the fastest, most intense track that Parker has produced to date and is a sure-fire peak time bomb. Parker's own 'Workdub' isn't quite as heavy, with the Work Them boss focusing on a dub-heavy bass and relentless snares. The same can't be said for Mella Dee's take; dropping doom-laden vocals and a rising siren riff, the arrangement is effortlessly filtered in and out of a buzz-saw bass.
Review: Although he has been releasing music since 2012, Mella Dee aka Ryan Aitchison has really gained attention with material on his own Warehouse Music label. The title track is a firing, driving affair, led by a surging chord sequence and percussive volleys. "Natural Unrefined" sees Aitchison take a step back to the 90s with a pounding, steely rhythm that has echoes of Lost Recordings and Planetary Assault Systems. There's a similar approach on "Truffle (Don Mix)", albeit with Aitchison dropping a more wiry, jacking groove, while the 'Dam Mix' of the same track is a wonderfully, tripped out acid version, underpinned by shuffling, grainy drums.
Review: Whether or not he spent his youth dancing in South Yorkshire warehouses with pupils the size of dinner plates, Mella Dee certainly makes music that sounds like he did. Check, for example, the swirling spoken word samples, rushing piano loops and bombastic beats of "Passing Me By", the cut that opens the producer's latest EP on his own excellent Warehouse Music imprint. Similarly muscular and peak-time friendly is the mind-bending "Club Vibe" - all twisted, acid style electronics and restless grooves - and the Dennis Sulta style disco-pump of "Out Of Love", whose dreamy chords come straight from an old Salsoul classic. "Exactly Mate" caps a pretty flawless year for Mella Dee and follows his recent BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and a couple of stand out contributions to the always killer Shall Not Fade label.
Review: Warehouse is an imprint established by Ryan Aitchison, a fast-rising producer who usually releases under the Mella Dee alias. For the eponymous, fourth instalment on the label, he shows why he has been touted as one of techno's most promising artists. "DN5" is a rolling, drum-heavy affair that builds and breaks thanks to the use of effective filters. On "Corruption", the UK producer heads down a different route, deploying a snaking groove that is based on disco's darker roots. "Auxiliary" sees Aitchison focus on an entirely different style, with skipping electro drums underpinning grimy acid lines and rough filters. It's no wonder that he is so highly rated.
Review: Ryan Aitchison aka Mella Dee is back on the fuming Warehouse Music imprint with three boiling-hot, golden era house cuts for the headz! In fact, the opening "Techno Disco Tool", as the name suggests, is a wondrous loop of high-powered soul, backed by an electrifying shade of FX filtering. On the flip, "Cloud One" is driven by a strong disco sample loop, taking it to some seriously euphoric lavels on the dancefloor, and "World Dance" dives right into the middle of the rave with its hypnotic techno sonics and harsh, intricate percussion loops. Three full-blown BOMBS!
Review: The second offering from Warehouse Music: the new imprint brought by London based DJ Mella Dee. Growing up in South Yorkshire, Dee (real name Ryan Aitchison) developed early musical influences originating from the warehouse sounds of the northern region. With a respectful nod to the influence this had on him, Aitchison strives to create his own take on warehouse music with his new project. Starting off with the hard hitting yet euphoric disco loops of "Take It" that's reminiscent of Robert Hood's Floorplan project, then we've got the classic rave business of "Paul & Shark" with its trippy acid style synths, Orbital style strings and hammering beats geared for some some retroactive/strobed out shenanigans on the dancefloor. WM002 is pressed to neon pink vinyl with a bespoke hand-stamp design of the infamous Doncaster Warehouse.