Wednesday, 19 October 2016

In The Cart

Danism & Arnold Jarvis - All Of Me [SoSure Music]

Ever since Satoshi Tomiie & Frankie Knuckles brought his voice to the attention of the world, I've always kept my eyes and ears open for new material from Arnold Jarvis. His distinctive voice has graced numerous classic slices of house music over the last quarter of a century with no sign that the trend is destined to end any time soon. As for the music, Danism provide a deep rumbling back drop punctuated by a rolling bassline with subtle strings & keys wrapped inside a darker synths arrangement which compliments the vocals perfectly. Eric Kupper provides a straight up house remix 90s style with old school bass and striking synths that really make an instant impression. Essential!

Reviwed by Dean Serafini

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Bruno Kauffmann & Barbara Douglas - Higher [Unique 2 Rhythm]

Bounding keyboards, sassy saxophone and catchy vocals are the order of the day on the latest release from Unique 2 Rhythm. If there's one thing you can be confident about with all U2R releases, it's tan ability to deliver where it matter most, on the floor. All four of the mixes will do the trick, albeit, at slightly different times and for different audiences. The Original Mix and Rob Hayes Remix will work every time for the soulful house heads, picking a favourite between them have so far proved impossible. JC Unique fires it up with a deeper, darker dubbier vibe aimed squarely at the main room while Mike Millrain & Mick James inject some authentic UK garage flavours. Another banger from a label I never ignore.

Reviewed by Dean Serafini

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Lloyd Wade - I Really Don't Need No Light [Soulhousemusic]

Not due for official release until next weekend but floating around on promo already is this soulful gem that's hitting all the right spots. It's a proper old school soul weekender type of tune with uplifting vocals, the kind you can't help but sing along to. The vocals are amazing while the whole production oozes class and soul. The package of mixes comes from an all star cast with my favourite delivered by DJ Spen & Gary Hudgins whose vocal mix exudes a timeless quality you rarely hear these days. Further mixes from Brian Power, Mike Delgado and Booker T complete the package in fine style. I could go on and on about them all but given the sound clips appear below it might just be easier to take a listen. Without doubt this is the tune of the week for me!

Reviewed by Dean Serafini

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

In The Cart

Latest Craze ft Joseph Chetty - I'm Loving Tonight (Director's Cut Classic Mix) [Soundmen On Wax]

Soulful vibes, emotionally charged vocals and a fantastic remix from Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper (I'm assuming this was one of the projects they were working on before Frankie's untimely passing). I could almost stop writing after that first sentence, it tells you much of what you need to know however, there are a total of eight mixes and while you could be forgiven for heading straight to the headline mix, the Latest Craze original and sax mix are also first rate & DJ Umbi also treads a soulful path for his remixes. The package is completed with a pair of mixes from Brandon Morales & Gomi who deliver a fierce interpretation aimed straight at the floor. One of my favourite releases of the year so far!

Reviewed by Dean Serafini

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Classic Corner Episode 10

This week's classic corner features another six tracks from the disco era that are sure to get your toes tapping at the very least.

In The Cart

Ross Couch - About You [Body Rhythm]

"About You" dropped a few weeks ago on Traxsource and I really ought to have penned a few words before now, but better late than never I guess. The "Original Mix" starts off with firm, crisp rhythms before the beautiful soul drenched keyboards come in. It's not too long before the bumpy bassline and sweet female vocals are introduced to deliver a highly alluring experience. It's another impressive outing from the prolific Scotsman who already has another release already on sale. In particular, the keyboard arrangement steals the show with its multiple layers and emotionally charged vibe. The "Deep Mix" is no less impressive, sounding a little dubbier and moodier courtesy of an edgier combination of keys.

Reviewed by Dean Serafini