The Album Reviews for 2002.
December 15, 2002
Jerk House Connection "Souleiado" (Nocturne Records CD)
Jerk House Connection are from France. They are DJ Bool, Derrick, Pat and DJ Therry. And they bring us an album showcasing This release is not brand new, but if you're into soulful house music on a mellow, laidback vibe, you should check it out.
November 10, 2002
Various "Spiritual Life Music" (Spiritual Life Music Records Double-Album)
A couple of weeks after the double-CD, there is now also a double vinyl release that includes some rare remixes that have been available on promo only so far. There is the original mix of Mateo & Matos "Idris rises", the 'Acroostic Mix' of "The prayer" by Jephté Guillauem & the Tet Kale Orkestra and Joe Claussell's 'Love Serenade Mix' of "All loved out" by Ten City. As a special bonus, this album is presse don 18 gram heavy virgin vinyl.
Leroy Burgess Anthology "Volume 2: the Producer" (Soulbrother Records CD)
The first volume concentrated on productions where Leroy was the featured vocalist, this second volume is a restrospective of his production career. He is the man behind classics like "Let's do it" by Convertion, "Over like a fat rat" by Fonda Rae, "Mainline" by Black Ivory, "Weekend" by Class Action featuring Chris Wiltshire just to name the most known ones. A total of eleven of his productions are featured here.
October 27, 2002
Mousse T "Gourmet de Funk" (Peppermint Jam Records Quadruple-Album Box)
This 4x12" release coming in a box set features selected tracks from Mousse T's album "Gourmet de Funk" alongside the brand new track "Brother on the run" and a couple of hot remixes. Can 7 take on the title track in a vareity of mixes while DJ Gregroy reworks "1 touch".
October 20, 2002
Blaze "Best of Blaze" (HandCuts Records CD)
Freddy Sanon selected some classic Blaze productions from the time of 1988 ~ 2002 for this japanese CD release. From the early days there are "Reachin'" by Phase 2, "If you should need a friend" by Blaze, from the 90s period there are "4 the love of you" by Alex & Rai, "What can U do" by Alexander Hope, "The piano" by Black Rascals featuring the Piano Man or "Moon walk" by Funky People. From the more recent days is "Elevation" and the the four new cuts "So thankful", "Love is what you need", "Change" and "Sign of the time" are included (they will be released by Shelter Records soon on 12"). A quality compilation hard getting hold of outside of Japan.
October 6, 2002
Various "Disco Spectrum 3" (BBE Records Triple-Album)
Sean P and Dave Lee (aka Joey Negro) compiled this "Real Disco for Real People" compilation. What you get? Gems like "Does it feel good" by BT Express, "Goin' up in somike" by Eddie Kendricks, "Could haven ever be like this" by Idris Muhhamnad, "Heartache No 9" by Delegation, "Groove on down" by Dunn Pearson Jr. to name just a few. Simply another great volume in this series to expand your classics collection.
September 29, 2002
Various "Abstract Afro Lounge IV" (NightGrooves Records Double-Album)
This well known series goes into round four and brings you more afro grooves. "Dem people go" - the standout cut of the album for me - by Dennis Ferrer opens the package with a bumping afro house vibe featuring african chantsand sax. A 12" with more mixes will follow soon. There is the original version of "I can't believe I loved her" by Peven Everett, "The rhythm" by Ron Trent presents The Kings Dub, "House of takoradi" by Toshiyuki Goto and "Kouzen" by Tèt Kale Orkestra. King Britt presents Oba Funk with the track "Obachant" which takes it to the funkier ground. Finally frenchman Frédéric Galliano is featured with "Bien sofé dé!".
September 22, 2002
Blaze "Spiritually speaking" (Slip'N'Slide Records CD/Double-Album)
Finally out after being given out to a few lucky ones in March at this years Winter Music Conference in Miami. It includes their latest house anthem "Do you remember house" as well as the new single "Breathe" which features Philip Bailey on vocals. Beside those dancefloor tunes, the album is very diverse, but everything is very soulful as Blaze definitely want to bring back the soul into dance music. This is simply more than just an average house album - it goes far beyond with the variety of styles offered and all the influences Blaze have used to create it.
September 8, 2002
Space Lab Yellow "Phase 2 - Anniversary Edition" (Ibadan Records Triple-Album Promo)
Volume two in this series, again only available in limited quantities. As the first volume, it includes unreleased gems like "River benue" by Nature Soul, "10 Jay Street" by Downtown Brooklyn Inc. or a T-Kolai edit of "Aiea mwana". Also included are classics like "Sueno latino", "How do I love thee" by Queen Latifah or "Water no get enemy" by Fela Kuti. "Renegade" by DJ Camacho is featured here in a Joe Claussell remix, "Sultana" by Titanic comes in a Danny Krivit re-edit. More recent stuff like DJ Nori's "Nomad" and "Picadillo" by Johnny Blas is also included.
August 4, 2002
Various "Boday & Soul NYC Volume 4" (Wave Records Triple-Album)
This is the unmixed triple album of the mixed CD release. Included are gems like "Fade" by Solu Music featuring Kimblee, the Frankie Feliciano mixes of "What a surprise" by Cooly's Hot Box and "Father" by Kenny Bobien, "Stay" by Calyn, "Eearth is the place" by Nathan Haines, "Give it up" by Rain (a Lil' Louis Painting), "Conquistador" by Glenn Underground, the KOT mix of "Flysing saucer" by United Future Organization, the Blaze remix of "Star suite" by Mondo Grosso and finally the Danny Krivit mixes of "Keep on movin'" by Frankie Knuckles and "Finally" by KOT. Simply a great compilaton to complete your collection if you miss some of these gems.
July 28, 2002
Montana "Heavy vibes" (Temposphere Records Double-CD)
This is a retrospective of Vince Montana Jr. and his Philly Sound Orchestra including material from his own Philly Sounds Works label like "Heavy vibes", "Who needs enemies", "It looks like love" and more. Both the original versions as well as various remixes are included. What make this an essential purchase is the 28 page booklet in which Vincent himself talkes about his past and present and other people from the music business take a look back at the philly days and Vincent's career.
July 21, 2002
Various "Soulfuric Sessions Unmixed" (Defected Records Triple-Album)
This is the unmixed triple album of the Jazz'N'Groove mixed CD release. Many of todays club hits are featured like "Sugar" by Deepstar, "No reason" by Mambana, "People are people" by Richard Earnshaw, "The light" by Michelle Weeks" or Home" by Julie McKnight. Also some exclusives like the Brian Tappert re-edit of "Stereo flava's" by HiFi Mike or the forthcoming Moulton Studios remix of "You give good love" by Kathy Brown are featured as well as some slamming tracks like "That feeling" by DJ Chus presents Groove Foundation or "At midnight" by Shakedown.
June 16, 2002
Various "MuschiHaus Volume Four" (MuschiHaus/BMG Records Double-Album)
This is the double-album sampler featuring eight unmixed tracks of the mixed CD. It kicks off with the wonderful V&S remix of "Love yourself" by Blue Six that features soulful George Benson-ish guitar and ad-libs. Also included are gems like the Spen & Karizma remix of "Brotha" by Angie Stone, the Francois K remix of "Hunter" by Dido, "This time" by Q-Burns Abstract Message, the Knee Deep remix of "When I fall in love" by The Klub Family featuring Sybil, the E-Smoove mix of "Heard it all before" by Sunshine Anderson. You also get the 1980 classic "Brazilian love affair" by George Duke and "Girls on film" by Duran Duran.
May 19, 2002
Leroy Burgess Anthology "Volume 1: the Voice" (Soulbrother Records CD)
Leroy Burgess is revered as one of the greatest writers, producers and singers in soul and dance music of all time. This is the first part in an anthology series focussing on material he sang in late 70's, early 80's. From his Salsoul days, there are "Heavenly" and "Heartbreaker", the songs "You've got that something", "I kno you will" and "Dancing in the stars" that he put out under the pseudonym Logg, and "Get down firday night", "Hooked on your love", "Release yourself" and "Get loose" that he sang as part of the group Aleem.
Part two of the series will focus on the production and writing skills of Leroy Burgess. It will be released in a few weeks.
May 12, 2002
Azuli Records presents Francois K "Choice - A Collection of Classics" (Azuli Records Quadruple-Album)
Francois K selecting sixteen classics for the Azuli "Choice" series. Shalamar "Right in the pocket", David Joseph "You can't hide", Lenny Williams "Choosing you", Sharon Redd "Can you handle it" (of course his mix is included), Lil' Louis "Doi U luv me", Fingers Inc. "Never no more lonely" just to name a few of them. A great collection to expand your classics selection.
Runner Up: Various "Songs Inspired by Life + Movement" (Clairaudience Records Double-Album)
Clairaudience is one of those rare labels with their main concern being putting out nothing than great music. This compilation features eight songs from various artists like Restless Soul, Space 7, Tempo 2 featuring Curt Harman, Taurus, Needs and more. Deep, laidback grooves from the beginning to the end even getting into the jazz territory.
May 5, 2002
Sumo "Workout" (Seasons Records Double-Album)
Sumo are Alf Tumble & Magnus Combo Rydén from Sweden. What they bring us here is a double album full of mellow and laidback tracks with loveley instrumentation and a true live vibe. Both vocal and instrumental productions are featured on this higly recommended album.
March 10, 2002
Dimitri from Paris "After the Playboy Mansion" (Astralwerk Records 2 x Double-Album)
Coming over two separate double-albums, Dimitri from Paris is presenting the unmixed vinyl of his mixed double-CD. Lots of club classics included like Lil Louis "Nyce & slo", Gwen Guthrie "Peanut butter", Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes "Don't leave me this way", Imagination "So good, so right", Tata Vega "Get it up for love", Grace Jones "Feel up" (Danny Tenaglia Remix). Some of them are sprecial re-edits by Dimitri. There are also some recent club tracks included like "Never enough" by Boris Dlugosch & Roisin Murphy, "It's yours" by Jon Cutler and "All good" by De La Soul featuring Chaka Khan.
Francois K. "Deep and Sexy" (Wave Records Triple-Album)
Francois K. delivering an eclectic compilation on his own impring Wave Records including masterpieces ranging from deepest house grooves through afro and tribal beats to warm and passionate vocal tracks. Some exclusives are included like the brand new track "Enlightenment" by Francois K.
March 3, 2002
Runner up: Masters at Work "Our time is coming" (MAW Records Box-Set Album)
Rumours about this album started spreading shortly after last years Winter Music Conference, but it took some time to complete it. Some of the songs featured here are well known and have been available before on 12" like "MAW Expensive" featuring Wummi, "Like a butterfly" featuring Patti Austin or "Pieno en ti" featuring Luis Salinas to name a few. But there are also a couple of new or unreleased productions: "Backfired" featuring India, "Every now and then" featuring Billie, "Life is but a dream" featuring Lynae or "Nothin'". There are also some beats and short tracks for the DJ to play around. It is all qualit ymusic with lots of vocal productions.
MAW Records are presenting this album as a limited edition box set with the records coming on differently colored discs. The CD will be released in April on Tommy Boy Records, eventually they will also release double-vinyl album. And some of the new track will get a full 12" release later this year.
February 10, 2002
Kevin Yost "KY Funk 'N Stuff (B Sides and Session Tapes)" (i! Records Double-Album)
This is a double album of Kevin Yost stuff that has only been out as b-sides or that has not even been released before. He shows his love for the different vibes of house on the eight tracks including some lovely deep and jazzy moments as well.
February 3, 2002
Space Lab Yellow "Phase 1 - Anniversary Edition" (Ibadan Records Triple-Album Promo)
This is kind of an obscure album only around in limited supplies. Some of the tracks on it sound like they have been recorded from vinyl. Included are "Mission control" by Outta Limnits, "More I get" by Mousse T, "Lift every voice" by Mass Order, the classic Frankie Knuckles remix of "This time" by Chanté Moore, "Strings of life" by Derrick May, "Michael's prayer" by Michael Watford, "I love music" by O'Jays, "Zombie" by Fela Kuti, a Danny Krivit edit of "Evolution" by Giorgio Moroder, "Spirit on high" by Undergorund Evolution, "Dawn" by Nature Sold and "No matter what" by Third Ministry of Faith featuring KT Brooks.
January 27, 2002
Mix The Vibe "Danny Krivit - Music is my Sanctuary" (NiteGrooves Records Double-Album)
This is the unmixed vinyl package (there is also a mixed CD available) that includes a few goodies. There is "Shine" by Blaze & Palmer Brown, one of those magnificent grooves coming right out of the Shelter club. "Mongobonix", the classic Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero track from 1998 is included as well as a couple of unreleased mixes: "Can't be without you" by Carlton comes in a Chez Damier & Ron Trent remixed 'Prescription Mix', an unrelased Joe Claussell remix of "Cascades of colour" by Ananda Project featuring Gaelle Adisson and the original demo version of"When you're in love" by Soul Movement featruing Doreen Yongloye.
Ananda Project "Re-Release" (NiteGrooves Records Double-Album)
This is a collection of hot remixes of songs taken from the album "Release". Kyoto Jazz Massive, King Britt, Kuni, Crhis Brann, G-Pal, Blu Mar Ten and 'Little' Louie Vega are the remixers choosen. They serve your with a variety of different styles on their mixes.