Picks of the Week
Various "Motown Remixed" (Motown Records CD / 3x12")
Motown Records are the latest in letting remix their back catalog, available on CD and three separate 12". Volume one of the vinyls is for the hip hop heads and features remixes of Jackson 5's "I want you back" by Z-Trip and "ABC" by Salaam Remi, Gladys Knight & The Pips cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" reworked by The Randy Watson Experience and a remix by Futureshock of The Undisputed Truth's "Smiling faces sometimes". Next up is the 'club volume' featuring a slammin' DJ Spinna remix of the 70's soul-funk bomb "Keep on truckin'" by Eddie Kendricks, a bumpin' afro-house rework of Edwin Starr's "War" by King Britt and a DJ Smash remix of "Signed, sealed, delivered I'm yours" by Stevie Wonder. The latest volume gets chilled and is kicked off with a brilliant atmospheric take by DJ Jazzy Jezz & Pete Kuzma on The Temptations' "Papa was a rollin' stone", followed by a Paul Simpson & Miles Dalto remix of Marvin Gaye's "Let's get it on" and a Groove Boutique reworking featuirng Roy Ayers of Smokey Robinson's "Quiet storm".
In addition to the above, the CD features five more tracks: Rare Earth "I just wan to celebrate" (Mocean Worker Remix), Diana Ross & The Supremes "My world is empty without you" (Tranzition Remix), The Temptations "Just my imagination" (Easy Mo Bee Remix), Smokey Robinson & The Miracles "The tears of a clown" (Hotsnax Remix) and Rick James "Mary jane" (DJ Green Lantern Evil Genius Remix).
Sir Piers featuring Monique Bingham "Fools got nothin'" (Curious Records 12" Test Pressing)
Sir Piers continues to serve us with great slices of bouncing floor boogies. On "Fools got nothin'" he teams up with NYC vocalist Monique Bingham who provides a soulful and sexy vocal over the feel good groove coming complete with funky bass, retry keys and crisp beats. With Reel People remixes to follow, this will be a hot record for the coming weeks and month.
Blvd East & Louie 'Lou' Gorbea "Luv 4 money" (Vega Records 12")
Blvd East's &Louie 'Lou' Gorbea's "Luv 4 money" got a huge reaction when played by Louie Vega at the "Magic Sessions" at this years Winter Music Conference. This track, based on a smooth tribal-ish groove full of percussive elements and features a female rap and male vocal together with jazzy keys to create an irresistible feeling, has been picked by Louie Vega for his own Vega imprint. The release comes complete with hypnotic dub that got stripped of the keys and bonus beats.
Mambana "Felicidad" (Remixes)(SoulFuric Trax Records CD Promo)
Last year's summer smash gets renewed for the upcoming summer season by Rasmus Faber and JJK (John 'Julius' Knight). Rasmus Faber takes it to a more soulful direction while keeping the passion of the original and keeping the vocal floating nicely, featuring all live instrumentation. JJK uses his trademark sound consisting of chunky beats, smooth bassline and a lovely jazzy piano line together with Isabel's vocal to create an infectous groover, available both in vocal and dub version.
Sir Piers & Los Amigos Invisibles featuring Shaun Escoffery "She's gone away" (Hardsoul Remix)(Curious Records 12" Test Pressing)
Part two of this beautiful song features remixes by Hardsoul that give it a lovely twist. Their 'Main Remix' is fireing things up with a percussively stompin' groove, having a retro electro-funk vibe to it and featuring melodic keys. The dub stripps the keys to intensify the electro-funky feeling.
Li'Sha Project "Feel" (Salted Music Records CD Promo)
"Feel" is produced by Lisa Shaw & Dave Warrin, whose original version comes on a laidback vibe featuring a smoothly stompin' groove together with melodic keys, topped with the soulful vocals. Miguel Migs' interpretation is a powered up affair, based on a fiercely thumpin' groove, added with additional keys and saxophone stabbs, coming in vocal and dub mixes. Chuck Love provides a stompin dub on a jazzy-funky tip, spreading an organic vibe.
Fuzion featuring Chris Herbert "I'm so glad" (Fuzion Records CD Promo)
After the success with their first release "Standing strong (without U)" by Maxinne Inniss, George Mena & Franke Estevez return with "I'm so glad" featuring former Blaze member Chris Herbert on vocals. "I'm so glad" is an uplifting production featuring a wonderful vocal performance together with jazzy jeys, funky live bass and sweet percussion over a fierce groove that is set to explode on the dancefloors. The flipside features the 'Fuzion Funk Mix' that adds a funky flavor to the song.
Patrick L featuring Mapei "Right into my soul" (Look-At-You Records CD Promo)
"Right into my soul" is produced by Swedens Patrick L and feautures a powerful yet soulful vocal performance from Mapei. This track features a monster piano line giving it an old-school touch, coming on a soulful tip in the original vocal while the remix vocal is a more jacked up affair with an intensified funky bassline and sharp beats. The dub is true peak hour affair with a driving groove, catchy keys and wicked breaks. Finally there is a piano reprise on a smooth vibe.
Smokin' Beats "Street music" / "Bang that bang" (Smokin' Beats Records CD Promo)
Two different tracks to be found on this 12". "Street music" features an energetic groove, added with live bass and drums, making clever use of the disco classic "I hear music in the streets" by Unlimited Touch. "Bang that bang" is an electrofied rework of another dance classic (I'll let you guess the name of it on this one), coming with a killer bassline, great synth and drums.
Kerri Chandler "Bar a thym" / "Sunshine & twillight" (NiteGrooves Records 12")
Kerri Chandler returns on KingStreet/NiteGrooves with a bangin' two track release. "Bar a thym" is a twsited percussive gem with a cowbell and distorted synth leading the way, while "Sunshine & twillight" is a soulful mover with afro-rhythms, deep chords and shuffling beats.
The Darryl James/David Anthony Project featuring Fay Victor "You make me happy" (Freeze Records 12", 1992)
The Darryl James/David Anthony Project featuring Fay Victor "You make me happy" (Special DJ-Only Remixes)(Freeze Records 12", 1992)
Produced by Darryl James & David Anthony, released on the legendary label by Todd Terry over two 12" featuring lots off Todd Terry mixes.