Friday, 26 August 2016

Classic Corner Episode 8

This week's classic corner includes six slightly mellower jams than I've picked out lately. There should be few, if any introductions required as all are stone cold classics. Enjoy!

Saturday, 20 August 2016

In The Cart

Doug Lazy - Church Clap [Quantize Recordings]

With a career that dates back to the 80s, some of today's house music fans may not be old enough to remember tracks like "Let It Roll", "Let The Rhythm Pump" or his collaboration with Louie Vega & Marc Anthony on "Ride On The Rhythm". More than a quarter of a century later, the hip house maestro is back and no doubt there will be some Youtube searches going on as younger listeners seek out some of Doug's earlier productions. Setting the past aside for a moment, "Church Clap" features a thunderous bassline, Doug's trademark rapping and melodic backing vocals from DeBorah Bond. The "9AM Mix" is built around a swirling church organ sound while the "11AM Mix" swaps out the organs for some good old fashioned keys. DJ Spen & Thommy Davis also deliver a mix which takes a hands in the air approach, beefing up the keys to good effect. A timely reminder that back in the day, Hip Hop and House were connected by more than just the letter "H".

Reviewed by Dean Serafini

In The Cart

Sharon Brown Adams - We Got The Funk [Quantize Recordings]

I'm a bit late with this review given that this one's already been out for a month but better late than never I guess. Covering the instantly recognisable Positive Force release from 1979, vocalist Sharon Brown Adams makes a huge splash with a little help from Spen, Thommy Davis & Gary Hudgins on the production side of things. The track is punctuated by live horns, guitars and a seriously funky bassline while Sharon's vocals are perfectly suited to a track that implores you to dance. Another excellent release from a highly consistent label; one that should appeal to fans of the original as well as those who are discovering the song for the first time.

Reviewed by Dean Serafini

Friday, 19 August 2016

In The Cart

Dawn Tallman - Teardrops [Slaag Records]

It's not often that a promo arrives and I find myself singing along right from the start although that's exactly what's happened with Dawn Tallman's latest release. It's a cover of the Womack & Womack classic from 1988, one of those tracks that became a staple part of my early clubbing experiences back in the day. Slaag records have pulled out all the stops to ensure this one gets all the attention it deserves with Eric Kupper and Stonebridge delivering the remixes. Eric Kupper's mixes are pretty much straight up traditional house interpretations with a deep bass groove, 90s style keyboard arrangement and crisp rhythms. Stonebridge delivers a little extra energy with mixes that will probably gain a little more commercial traction, although the old silver haired house heads like myself will most likely favour one of Eric's versions. Either way this is a proper hands in the air track with an exceptional vocal performance from one of the best in the business and a song that needs no introduction.

Reviewed by Dean Serafini

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Classic Corner Episode 7

Here's another collection of six Disco and 80's Groove classics designed to get your toes tapping, at the very least.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

In The Cart

Fred Everything ft Jinadu - Searching [Defected]

There's no doubt that Defected is one of the most influential house music labels around, back in the late 90s when I was playing gigs 2-3 nights a weekend, I would routinely seek out their promos and ended up buying just about every release. I may not be quite such a devotee these days, but always check out their new material. This latest release is in my view, one of their strongest for some time and includes captivating remixes from Atjazz. Look out for a deep throbbing bassline, moody synths and a haunting vocal delivery. There are eight mixes in total and while I plan on sticking with the Atjazz Remix, plenty will prefer one of the alternatives.

Reviewed by Dean Serafini

Monday, 15 August 2016

The Remix Zone Episode 2

Here's another collection of tracks that have benefited from remixes. All are well known tracks some transformed completely, others simply needed a little something for the floor.