Artists & Title: Nail – Esperance’ EP Label: Hold Youth Catalogue#:HY011 Date: 2014 Format: 12″ Vinyl Country: Paris
Riding on the back of a surge of interest in De La Club, the debut LP from Hold Youth, comes a smartly picked repress of House don Nail.
While the duo is known for their eclectic vision of dance music, the first repress on the label I’ve Been There EP is in fact an exemplary example of straight-up, no-fuss House. Enjoying a modest comeback of late both as a producer and DJ, Nail originally released Full of Beestone Promise EP on DIY Discs in ’97. The stronger two of the four tracks will be repressed one on each side, ‘Our Love’ and ‘I’ve Been There’, distinctive for its melodic vocal and recent inclusion in the Apollonia fabric 70 compilation.
While we have become accustomed to Hold Youth’s diversification of sounds with the current LP, I’ve Been There reminds us that a pigeon-holable classic can be highly refreshing.
All Tracks written and produced by Nail
P&C Hold Youth 2014
Artists & Title:Nail – Lost Trax 1997 Label:Shabby Doll Records Catalogue#:SHB012 Date:2014 Format:2×12″ Vinyl Country:Sheffield
Hidden away on a DAT tape since 1997, 8 raw cuts from house legend Nail are now being released as a limited pressing, individually numbered double pack vinyl.
Shabby Doll Records co-founder Matt Swift, who managed Nail throughout the nineties, and along with Charles Webster ran Remote Records, found the DAT in a box of tapes at his house when looking for something entirely unrelated. Result.
Only one of the trax, ‘Brothers & Sisters’ had previously ever seen the light of day. An edited version was released in 1998 on Matt and Charles’s Remote record label.
SHB012 will hold the full unedited version of ‘Brothers & Sisters’, along with all 7 other trax from the DAT, exactly as they were left in ’97…
Nail / Annie Errez – Split Series Part Four
Label: Mosaic Split Series Catalog#: SPLIT04 Format: 12″ Vinyl Country: // Released: 2014
Credits: Part Four in the series sees Mosaic return to its signature sound of the late 90‘s : deep techno-tinged house.
First up is UK house legend Nail , who was in hiding in London and Suffolk for a while , but is now back in his bunker in Nottingham making music once again.
His offering, “Pharoah,” was created on Boxing Day 2013 especially for Mosaic and contains all the hallmarks of classic Nail productions of the 90‘s whilst maintaining a foot firmly in the present. If you like your house deep and sample heavy this cut is definitely worth checking out…
On the flip we have two tracks from newcomer Annie Errez. Annie is a resident DJ at the Mint Club in Leeds and has been developing her production skills over the last few years with appearances on Holic Trax , Saints & Sonnets as well as a very fine release on Strobewax which she co-runs with fellow Mint Club resident Bobby O’Donnell.
If deep techno- house is your cup of tea then put the kettle on and listen to the sublime “Bell Curve” and the dubbed out bass monster that is ‘Auguste.” We are sure that you will agree that there is no doubt that she will be a producer to keep an eye on in the future …
Nail is back on Robsoul Recordings with the third instalment of his A-Block Trax series, featuring another four tracks that confirm the Nottingham producer is right back at the forefront of deep and disco-infused House music. The previous two volumes of A-Block Trax picked up praise from Deep House veterans Charles Webster, Fred Everything, Danny Krivit, Fish Go Deep and Jay Tripwire amongst countless others, and Volume 3 looks set to continue in the same vein, equally delighting those who know Nail’s music from back in the day alongside new fans.
What goes around comes around, so the saying goes, and for Neil “Nail” Tolliday— 2013 was the year for a come-around which is continuing strong into 2014. Whilst this side of the millennium was spent chiefly on Bent, his eight-year partnership with Simon Mills that headlined festivals and was a huge commercial success, prior that he was simply Nail, underground house producer and admired cult DJ—origins that some twenty years later are being exposed anew.
With four EPs now penned for Phil Weeks’ Robsoul Recordings – three volumes of A-Block Trax and a collaboration with Cass Roc as The NG9 Project – and others released for AirDrop and Shabby Doll, Nail is unquestionably, in the succinct words of Mark Farina, “back on the block!”
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Artists & Title: John Dimas – Hypnotize Me Label:One Records Catalogue#:ONE029 Date: 2014 Format:12″ Vinyl Country:Berlin
A1. Hypnotize Me B1. Hypnotize Me (Nail Remix)
Credits: With his last EP ‘Rhythm Trap’ released on One Records in July last year, rising star John Dimas makes his next appearance on the label with the sensational ‘Hypnotize Me’ with a perfect remix courtesy underground house producer and admired cult DJ, Nail. Originally from Greece but now residing in Berlin, John Dimas has been moving from strength to strength with a real break through year in 2013, releasing on the likes of La Vie En Rose, Dame Music and family label One Records. He was also snapped up by the highly respected Lola Ed Agency in France alongside artists such as Apollonia, Chris Carrier, Terence:Terry, D’Julz and many more. Playing DJ gigs worldwide John also delivered his impressive live show at Watergate and at fabric as part of a One Records label showcase. 2014 looks set to be a huge year for John being part of the Lola Ed crew and with plans to play at most of the upcoming One Records parties. He also has remixes and releases on the way for Silver Network, Moon Harbour, Black Rose, La Vie En Rose, Overall Music and Djelbali’s Rework Series.With Adam Shelton, Subb-an and John Dimas all huge fans of Nail they are extremely happy to have him as part of this release. His ‘Slap My Ass’ track released back in 2000 on Classic Records was what first brought him to Adam Shelton’s attention and was a real standout track with Adam being a big Derrick Carter fan. There has been a recent resurgence in popularity for Nottingham’s Neil Tolliday aka Nail. Having spent much time on his other project Bent enjoying a huge and more commercial success, they recently parted allowing Neil to retreat into solitary to make new music. In 2012 ‘Till The Feelings Gone’ from Nail’s 1996 album made it on to Zip’s ‘fabric 67’ mix CD, followed by Fear of Flying requesting more DiY tracks for repress, coming out as ‘Ode Rammel’ at the beginning of 2013. He was also signed to AirDrop Records, who put out six new works: ‘BPMs Vol 1’ bringing him to Berlin for his first solo stint behind the decks in over ten years. Recent releases have also been on the likes of Robsoul Recordings and Shabby Doll Records proving he is fervently back and more pertinent than ever.
Robsoul Recordings welcome back the talented Nail for the second installment of his A Block Trax series. Volume 1’s deep Midlands grooves picked up praise from Charles Webster, Fred Everything, Danny Krivit, Fish Go Deep and Jay Tripwire, and Volume 2 follows in exactly the same footsteps, delighting those who know Nail’s music from back in the day.
Mark Farina succinctly sums the resurgence of the Nottingham-based producer: “Nail back on the block!”
What goes around comes around, so the saying goes, and for Neil “Nail” Tolliday—2013 is the year for come arounds. Whilst this side of the millennium was spent chiefly on Bent, his eight-year partnership with Simon Mills that headlined festivals and was a huge commercial success, prior that he was simply Nail, underground house producer and admired cult DJ—origins that some twenty years later are being exposed anew.
With two EPs for Phil Weeks’ Robsoul Recordings – the first volume of A Block Trax and a collaboration with Cass Roc as The NG9 Project – and another on the way for AirDrop, Nail is fervently back, and more pertinent than ever.
Nail with his 2nd Ep on Sheffield’s Shabby Doll label. Another strong release by Nail with 4 tracks that do grab back to the good old house feeling of the early Nineties. Not talking organs and ”House Is A Feeling” or Let No Man Puts Asunder samples, but the tracks that can elevate a party to a other level when played at the right moment instead of using a standard formula to get garantueed crowd feedback!