Picks of the Week
Cassio Ware with Working Underneath "Grows and grows" (Haus'Flor Records CD Promo)
Working Underneath return with "Grows and grows" that features the incomparable vocal talents of Cassio Ware. This project comes in four different flavors, kicked off by the 'jEzus bAkflip Hi-Tech Mix', an uptempo affair for peaktime play based on a thumpin' groove with sharp drums and techy keys. Next is the 'Underneath Mix', a deep house interpretation in classic New Jersey style spreading a warm feeling. The 'Miss-Me Mix' features a sexy spoken word vocal over a deep, percussively stormin' groove featuring melodic keys. Finally, the 'Grimy Blue Skies Mix' comes with laminar keys and jazzy piano over a smoothly stompin' groove, spreading an irresistible vibe. A great package with something for everyones taste.
Miss Patty "You ain't treating me right" (Sole Channel Music Records 12")
Miss Patty presents this wonderful self written song that got produced by Mr. V who's interpreation is on bumpin' tip featuirng jazzy keys and sweet percussion, with the soulful voice of Miss Patty creating a laidback five. Jason B provides the flipside mixes, adding some extra fuel to it by using phat beats and extra keys.
Soul Creation featuring SuSu Bobien "It's all right" (SoulGroove Records 12")
Soul Creation aka Jose Burgos & Duce Martinez team up with SuSu Bobien for a the gospel stomper "It's all right" that features great background choir together with wicked lead vocals, spreading an uplifting feeling. The 'Original Mix' is reminiscent in some ways to Philly disco, having an orchestral touch to it. The 'Backroom Mix' turns "It's all right" into a feel-good garage anthem, combing the gospel vocals with jazzy keys.
Martino featuring Troy Crossfield "Do what feels right" (WestEnd Records 12")
Martino Lozej, best known for his work for 83 West, teams up with singer Troy Crossfield who delivers a soulful r&b style vocal performance over a deeply stormin' groove that comes complete with a rich bassline, shuffling beats, warm chords and lovely guitar play. The result is a quality late night house track that is spreading a warm laidback feeling.
Marlon D featuirng Stephanie Renee "Love is key" (Jellybean Soul Records CD Promo)
The title track from Marlon D's longplayer gets a full 12" release which features slammin' new releases. "Love is key" features the soulful and sexy voice of Stephanie Renee over a deeply bumpin' groove that is topped with irresistible keys and a great organ solo. The dub features additional drums, giving it a more underground feeling. Halo & Jamie Thinnes provide the remix that is based on sharp beats giving the track a driving feeling, being added with a jazzy piano line, laminar keys and the wonderful vocal by Stephanie Renee.
Jamiroquai "Time won't wait" (Groove Assassin's El Beako Mix)(CD-R)
Jamiroquai "(Don't) give hate a chance" (Redsoul Wet Dog Edit)(CD-R)
Just a couple of weeks after Jamiroquai released his current longplayer "Dynamite", house mixes of the albums best cuts are seing the light of the day. Groove Assassin takes on "Time won't wait", taking the funked-up original straight to dancefloor with an added house groove and clever effects, creating an uplifting feeling. Redsoul reworks "(Don't) give hate a chance", turning out a fierced up interpreation based on a deeply stompin' groove that will drive the dancefloors crazy.
Laid "Punch up" (Symple Sound Records 12")
"Punch up" was originally relased by Fiji Records back in 2001 and is one of the hottest records in New York City at the moment. "Punch up" is based on a simple four-to-the-floor groove, featuring spaced-out keys that create a minimalistic, techy feeling. Frankie Feliciano delivers a classy re-edit of the original, while Scott Wozniak adds spoken words by Nicholas Rivera III to the original music.
DJ Pino Arduini featuring Linda Lee Hopkins "(Don't stress me out" (MapDance Records CD Promo)
"Don't stress me out" comes your way with a driving groove, catchy keys and lovely vocal that make this production recognizable, and they also create an uplifting vibe on the dancefloors people will dance to. The dub version takes a different approach as it is on an electro tip, with sharp beats (remembering of classic freestyle productions from the late 80's, early 90's) and wickey keys, creating an irresistible feeling. Kiko Navarro provides the remix, delivering a fresh and different vibe combining a fierce Detroit-ish house groove with wicked keys that give the song a retro electro/techy touch.
Invisible Man + Terry Pardini "Afrimerican" (MapDance Records CD Promo)
Right in time for summer, MapDance bless us with an infectious afro house production courtesy of Invisible Man + Terry Pardini. "Afrimerican" features a rolling bass together with a hot guitar riff and feel good vocal, with the 'Original Mix' being on a bumpin' afro house tip that gets turned into a stompin' affair on the 'Dub Mix' while the 'Groove Mix' adds some extra percussive elements.
M&S featuring Robbie Craig "Special" (Public Demand Records 2x12" Promo, 1995)
One of the biggest tunes for M&S that was a huge hit back in 1995. This double-pack features mixes by M&S and David Morales.