The Classic Tips for 2003.

December 28, 2003

Tribal House "Motherland" (Pow Wow Records/Cooltempo Records 12", 1990)

House music with a true message from the early days of house music. Produced by Winston Jones and featuring Pierre Salandy & Karen Bernod on vocals.

 

December 21, 2003

Diana Ross "Love hangover" / Eddie Kendricks "Date with the rain" (Motown Records 12", 1976/1972)

Two classic Motown tunes from the 70's.. "Love hangover" is with no doubt one of those magic tunes that will always be remembered.

 

December 14, 2003

Deepstate II "Everybody get down" (Atlantic Records 12" Promo, 1990)

A classic Danny Tenaglia production from the days he was into deep house music. This promo features a total of six mixes with most of them unreleased.

 

December 7, 2003

Michelle Ayers "Another lover" (Jump Street Records 12", 1988)

Classic Blaze production from back in the days.

 

November 30, 2003

The Sugarcubes "Hit" / "Leash called love" (OneLittleIndian Records 12" Promo, 1991)

This limited promo 12" features the massive Tony Humphries mixes with vocals provided by the charismatic Björk.

 

November 23, 2003

Incognito "Everyday" (Various Talkin' Loud Records 12" Promos, 1995)

Two double-pack and one single 12" promos issued by Talkin' Loud of this song featuring mixes by Bluey, Roger Sanchez and the Masters at Work. The single 12" promo features two slamming and hard to find dub mixes by MAW.

 

November 16, 2003

95 North presents The Hepcats "Jazziz" (Freetown Records 12", 1996)

Remember this Richard Payton & Doug Smith production that features a scat by Karla Brown, alltogether with saxophone and outstanding organ solo by Charles Dockins?

 

November 9, 2003

Truce "The finest" (Joey Negro Mixes)(BigLife Records 12" Promo, 1995)

The classic Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis produded S.O.S. Band classic covered by Truce and reworked by Joey Negro for the dancefloor.

 

November 2, 2003

Leee John "Mighty power of love" (Mood II Swing Mixes)(Freetown Records 12", 1995)

Probably one of the best remixes ever by Mood II Swing that just recently got bootlegged.

 

October 26, 2003

Willie Ninja "Hot for you" (Nervous Records 12", 1995)

Classic tune from 1995 that featured Masters at Work mixes.

 

October 19, 2003

Steve Harvey "Tonight" (Francois K Remix)(Mercury Records 12", 1983)

Steve Harvey - who is also known for his work with Total Controst - with one of the most memorable moments of 1983 that was remixed by Francois Kevorkian.

 

October 12, 2003

Robin S "Show me love" (Champion Records 12" Promo, 1993)

This promo 12" (don't know if it ever came out commercially) features a slamming mix by Kerri Chandler that gives the song an underground vibe.

 

October 5, 2003

BB & Q "(I'm a) dreamer" (Elektra Records 12", 1986)

"(I'm) a dreamer" is one of 1986 club classics featuring timeless Shep Pettibone mixes where he uses his trademark beats and breaks.
 

Kelly Charles "You're no good for me" (Next Plateau Records 12", 1987)
Sybil "My love is guaranteed" (Next Plateau Records 12", 1987)

James Bratton was one of the big producers for underground dance music in the mid 80's. Here are two classic examples of his work.

 

September 28, 2003

Uncanny Alliance "I got my education" (A&M Records 2x12" Promo, 1992)

What started as an underground club hit in its original version got a worldwide sucess when A&M picked it up and commissioned the absolutely massive Masters at Work mixes. This double-promo features some unreleased dubs and instrumentals.

 

September 21, 2003

Alexander Hope "Dancin'" (White Label 12", 1994)

Taken from the "Brazen" soundtrack, this Blaze prodcued track was also only out on limited edition white label that includes four mixes.

 

September 14, 2003

Groove Collective "Whatchugot" (Giant Step/Reprise Records 12", 1994)

Massive Masters at Work mixes still sounding fresh today of a brilliant song.

 

September 7, 2003

JoVonn "Stump it EP" (Nite Stuff Records 2x12", 1994)

A classic double-pack EP featuring four tracks by JoVonn that has been released on Italian label Nite Stuff.

 

August 31, 2003

Voices of 6th Ave "Call him up" (AceBeat Records 12", 1991)

"Call him up" is one of those inspirational and spiritual gospel garage classics from the early 90's, produced by Tyrone Payton, Paul Scott and Shank Thompson.

 

August 24, 2003

St. Germain "Alabama blues" (F Communications Records 12",1955)

Classic production from St. Germain, one of France' most respected house producers.

 

August 17, 2003

Fast Eddie "Acid thunder" (DJ International Records 12", 1988)

One of the most soulful acid releases ever with mixes by Rocky Jones, Joe Smooth, Tyrees and Faste Eddie himself.

 

August 10, 2003

The Black Science Orchestra "Altered States EP" (Junior Boy's Own Records 12", 1994)

Classic Ashley Beedle stuff including the incredible "New Jersey Deep".

 

August 3, 2003

JoVonn "Satisfied" (Kult Records 12", 1995)
Plutonic "Addicted" (Bold Records 12", 1995)
95 North "Let yourself go" Kult Records 12")

Three underground classics from 1995 with illustrious people involved: JoVonn, DJ Disciple and 95 North.

 

July 27, 2003

The Boys Choir of Harlem "Power" (EastWest Records 12" Promo, 1995)
Michael Watford "Happy man" (EastWest Records 12" Promo, 1994)

Two promo only releases from the mid 90's when the major labels belied in garage music. First is "Power",  a Smack and Charles Dockins remix project of an oustanding gospel song with a full choir. Second is "Happy man", one of Charles Dockins' best ever remixes.

 

July 20, 2003

Sounds of Inner City "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (WestEnd Records 12", 1976)

Just recently re-edited by Joey Negro, this is the original 12" featuring both the vocal version featuring Dick Lee and the instrumental of this Vincent Montana Jr. production.

 

July 13, 2003

The Neville Brothers "One more day" (A&M Records 12" Promo, 1992)

Frankie Knuckles with the help of Peter 'Ski' Schwarz on keyboards with a classic DEF-mix style set of mixes - lots of pianos and warm melodies.

 

July 6, 2003

Kings of Tomorrow featuring Sean Grant "I hear my calling" (Zestland Records 12", 1996)

An early release for the Kings of Tomorrow, and being a classic one.

 

June 29, 2003

Lil Louis "EP" (Diamond Records 12", 1989)

This is the original EP from Lil Louis that features the all time classic "French kiss" that is still getting played in the clubs.

 

June 22, 2003

The Bucketheads "The bomb (these sounds fall into my mind)" (Henry Street Records 12", 1995)

This has to be one of the biggest house tunes ever, produced by Kenny 'Dope' Gonzales. He sampled Chigaco's "Streetplayer" and worked it to the max.

 

June 15, 2003

Love Tribe "Stand up" (AM:PM Records 2x12" Promo, 1996)

Massive club tune with mixes by Roger Sanchez, Dewey B and WIldchild on this limited double pack. On additional promo, there were more slamming mixes by Alcatraz.

 

June 8, 2003

Instant House "Awade" (Jungle Sounds Records 12", 1992)

A classic from the early 90's including slamming Joe Claussell remixes that has just been re-released on Natural Resource Records.

 

June 1, 2003

The Sugarcubes "Leash called love" / "Hit" (Tony Humphries Mixes)(One Little Indian Records 12" Promo, 1991)

The group that features Björk on vocals remixed by the legendary Zanzibar-DJ Tony Humphries.

 

May 25, 2003

USG "Ncameu" (Clairaudience Records 2x12", 1997)

This Ron Trent & Anthony Nicholson production was the first release ever on Clairaudience and started the winning streak for both the label and the producers.

 

May 18, 2003

Freestyle Orchestra featuring D'Borah "Keep on pumpin' it up" (SBK One Records 12", 1990)

A production by 'Little' Louie Vega & Todd Terry that includes remixes by Tony Humphries giving it the Zanzibar style.

 

May 11, 2003

Jocelyn Brown "Love's gonna get you" (WB Records 12", 1985)

A classic John 'Jellybena' Benitez production featuring his trademark sound and Jocelyn Brown at her best.

 

May 4, 2003

Kool and the Gang "Summer madness" (De-Lite Records 12", 1975)

A classic groove from Kool and the Gang that got famous once DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince sampled it for the smash "Summertime" in 1991.

 

April 27, 2003

Sounds of Blackness "Optimistic" (Perspective Records 2x12" Promo, 1991)

A Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis production that started the international career of the Sounds of Blackness, with Ann Nesby being the front singer back at that time.

 

April 20, 2003

Björk "Violently happy" (Elektra Records 12" Promo, 1993)

There have been many dance remixes of Björk, but these Masters at Work mixes are probably the best ones ever done.

 

April 13, 2003

Herbie Hancock "Stars in your eyes" (Columbia Records 12", 1980)

A timeless smooth dance classic by Herbie Hancock.

 

April 6, 2003

Cajmere featuring Dajae "Brighter days" (Cajual Records 12", 1994)

An all time classic with an outstanding 'Little' Louie Vega remix that just got a re-release on Cajual Records.

 

March 30, 2003

Queen Latifah "How do I love thee" (Tommy Boy Records 12", 1992)

The legendary house and club mixes by Eddie 'Satin' Maduro, Toni Monte & David 'db' Benus.

 

March 14, 2003

Bas Noir "My love is magic" (NuGroove Records 12", 1988)

Huge underground club hit produced by Ronald Burrell. Later Bas Noir were signed to Atlantic Records where they put out a complete album.

 

March 9, 2003

Janet Jackson "That's the way love goes" (Virgin Records 12", 1993)

Maybe the best mixes CJ Mackintosh ever did, with the help from 'Little' Louie Vega and Kenny 'Dope' Gonzales.

 

March 2, 2003

Masters at Work featuring India "When you touch me" (UMM Records 3x12", 1993)

This limited edition triple package includes mixes by Maurice Joshua, E-Smoove, Joey 'The Don' Donatello, Georgie Porgie and UBQ.

 

February 23, 2003

Lil' Louis & The World "Club lonely" (Epic Records 2x12" Promo, 1992)

With the 2003 remix by the Rulers of the Deep and the cover by Craig Jenson, it is time to pay tribute to the timeless classic from 1992.

 

February 16, 2003

Blaze presents "Trans-Jazz EP" (Simplex Records 12", 1996)

The much remixed and huge club classic "Lovelee dae" has been lifted from this EP that also features a cover version of the Jungle Wonz classic "Time marches on".

 

February 9, 2003

Urban Blues Project featuring Michael Procter "Deliver me" (Bassline Records 2x12")

Maybe the biggest production for Marc Pomeroy and Brian Tappert ever, still sounding fresh. Just re-released on SoulFuric Records including the original mixes and the UK only remixes by 95 North, with brand new remixes coming soon.

 

February 2, 2003

Norma Jean "High society" (Bearsville Records 12", 1979)

One of the Chic singers with a solo release, produced by the legendary Chic masterminds Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers.

 

January 26, 2003

Tribal House "Motherland" (Pow Wow Records 12", 1990)

Winston Jones produced this early afro house production which features Pierre Salandy on vocals.

 

January 19, 2003

Swing 52 "Color of my skin" (Cutting Records 12", 1994)

A classic tune by Benji Candelario & Wayne Rollins featuring Arnold Jarvis on vocals and James Preston on keyboards.

 

January 12, 2003

Black Magic (a Lil' Louis Painting) "Freedom (make it funky)" (Strictly Rhythm Records 12", 1996)

Lil' Louis has put out some of house music greatest anthems - this is one of them.

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