Thursday, 24 July 2014

New Music Reviews

Two 4 Soul ft Chelsea Como - I Want You [Tony Records]

Due out officially on August 1st but already causing a stir on promo, "I Want You" features the amazing vocals of Chelsea Como. As you might expect from a label with such a well established pedigree, the music treads a soulful, melodic path. I could see myself making good use of most of the extensive selection of mixes, (9 in all), but two in particular stand out above the others for me. The Montana & Stewart Remix is a keyboard driven affair with a thumping bassline and an uplifting vibe that hits the spot every time I hear it. The Two 4 Soul Trumpet Mix has a dubbier feel underpinned by synth strings and a deep throbbing bass groove before the trumpet kicks in. There's no doubt in my mind, this is the hottest track to cross my path this week!

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Marc Tasio - Second Life EP [Soundz Dynamik]

Disco infused grooves with big bass, 70s strings and funky guitars are the order of the day here as Marc Tasio makes his debut on UK based Soundz Dynamik. All three tracks hit the spot nicely; "Your Sound Is Funky" is driven primarily by the sort of guitars that would be right at home in a James Brown release from the 70s. "Yeah" is a little deeper with a smooth rhodes fueled groove, disco strings and female vocal snippets. "The Dancer"  finishes things off with another disco-house infusion that will have you tapping your toes at the very least with terrific sax and one heck of a bassline. Well worth checking out.


Basement Jaxx - Never Say Never [Atlantic Jaxx]

It's been some time since we last heard from Basement Jaxx so there was always likely to be a fair amount of interest in any new material coming from them. Despite their commercial success over the years with tracks such as "Red Alert", "Romeo" & "Bingo Bango", Felix and Simon have always pushed the creative envelope. There's never been a formulaic approach of churning out hit after hit with similar vibes. Indeed, you never know quite what to expect from them. "Never Say Never" has a relaxed feel with atmospheric keyboards, melodic vocals and infectious rhythms that should see it perform well in commercial circles. It should also do enough for those who like to keep things a little more underground. The package contains no fewer than six versions including an acapella for those who want to get creative; Mark Knight's piano driven straight up house groove should prove particularly effective on the floor while the Wayward Remix injects some extra depth and soul into proceedings. Overall this is rather pleasing on the ear.


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Flashback 1989

Surely it hasn't been 25 years since this one first caused mayhem on the floor? 1-2-3 get loose now!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

With A Twist



DJ Meme drops his own interpretation of the Chaka Khan classic inspired by the late Frankie Knuckles. Not to be missed.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Flashback 1992



Heading back to 1992 and a terrific track from Jamiroquai. In addition to the original mix, there were further interpretations from Masters At Work, and this, my own favourite from Danny Tenaglia. Enjoy!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Flashback 2002



Heading back 12 years for a classic soulful house cut from Purple Music. On this particular occasion, label boss Jamie Lewis hooks up with Michelle Weeks and the result is anthemic. Despite subsequent remixes on Soulfuric & Defected it's the original mix that holds the fondest memories for me.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

With A Twist

Jamiroquai - Space Cowboy (Francesco Cofano Re-Touch of David Morales Mix)

With so many file sharing platforms these days it's fair to say that not all re-edits and remixes that appear are worthy of attention. Over the last few years however, I've found that Francesco's work has almost always brought a smile to my face. Enjoy! 







Flashback 1991

Pacha - One Kiss [Z Records]

Taking you back to 1991 and the kind of high quality soulful gem that has stood the test of time. If you didn't know when it was released you'd probably be hard pressed to guess based purely on the vibe. With Dave Lee aka Joey Negro at the helm and Blaze's Josh Milan involved "One Kiss" sounds every bit as relevant in 2014 as it was 23 years ago. Enjoy!