Picks of the Week
John Beltran presents Nostalgic "Going Home EP" (Groovia Sound Project Records 12")
John Beltran follows up last years impressive EP (that includes the marvellous "Especially" featuring John Arnold) with the "Going home EP" that is another blessing for the music enthusiast. Detroit is famous for electronic music but has much more to offer like this new release of techno veteran John Beltran that takes the electronic genre to new heights - soulful grooves with influences from other music styles characterise this release. There is the poetic "Placid angels" featuring female spoken words and a melodic instrumentation, or we have "Going home", a laidback track with majestic keys over a smooth groove. For yet another evolvement, check "Sweet soul" which is drenched with latin rhythms and features a lovely clarinet solo. Lastly there is "Detroit moments", a melancholic track with dazzling melodies that creates its own athmosphere. Listen to it and enjoy the musical explorations.
Various "Beat Bodega Volume 1" (Sole Channel Music Records 12")
Alix Alvarez and Mr. V present two tracks of tough beats and dirty dancefloor grooves. "Sole-ocho" by Mr. V is an energising track featuring a cut-up and looped female vocal over dark thumpin' beats that are enriched with hypnotic keys. "Boom bip" by Alix Alvarez features vibrant percussion alongside rugged drums, rolling basslines and hot key stabs.
Franck Roger "Warriors" / "Raise ur hands" (Earthstrumental Music Records 12")
Beside the vocal projects and remixes for other artists that Franck Roger is famous for, he also comes up with some dope tracks on a regular base. Both "Warriors" and "Raise ur hands" have a more electronic and minimal touch to it, never loosing an old school touch, with "Raise ur hands" featuring Franck Roger on vocals!
Stevie Wonder "Make sure you're sure" (UnRestricted Access Records 12")
Quentin Harris and Timmy Regisford team up to take on Stevie Wonder's "Make sure you're sure" (which was originally released on the soundtrack to Spike Lee's "Jungle fever" movie) and give it a massive Shelter remake that samples the incomparable drums of the Peech Boys classic "Don't make me wait" and combines it with wicked keys and a stormin' groove.
AG Thomas "The 1, 2" / Peven Everett "Everyday girl" (ABB Soul Records 12")
ABB Soul serve a hot double sider here. First up are the Reel Soul remixes of AG Thomas' "The 1, 2" that transform the Chicago step staple into a soulful upbeat anthem with wonderful keys over a deeply thumpin' groove. Second is Peven Everett's "Everyday girl" that is given a fierce reworking by Mr. V that is full of soulful flavors. Both tracks are featured in vocal and dub versions.
Angie Stone "I wish I didn't" (Underground Access Records 12")
This choice song from Angie Stone has been bootlegged a couple of times already in the past by the likes of Blaze and Pound Boys to name just a few, now it returns in a brand new rmix by Timmy Regisford and Scott Wozniak who deliver an uplifting interpreation that features wicked keys over a stormin' groove. If you're tired of the vocal, check the instrumental version on the flip.
Ce Ce Peniston "Finally" (A&M Records 2x12" Promo, 1991)
The David Morales mixes instantly took the dancefloors by storm, catapulting Ce Ce Peniston to the top. A year later, Masters at Work reworked her "Crazy love" to full effect.