The thing with House Music and its ability to connect with your past is something that will always remain. This, being one of very many, great productions from Ralphi Rosario is a case in point and now receives fresh fuel to revitalise your imagination. I’ll cut straight to the chase as Légo’s Dub from the original release remains as brutally beautiful as always, rocking the bassline and of course Linda Clifford’s achingly, rousing vocals. However, back to the new versions and Dr Packer’s Disco inflected rhythms add a sense of soulful occasion to the affair, while Full Intention retain the same essence although add eighties keys plus punchy handclaps to suit the occasion. Leaving the aptly titled Jamie 3:26 Disco Party version to do precisely that care of a series of funky chops and a shuffling fusion of drums. Class Act.
It doesn’t come much better than this blistering Acid attack from Full Intention in the form of ‘Meteor Man’. Indeed, they have always seemingly had one finger on the pulse, much as they did back in the mid 90’s with the Disco infused ‘America (I Love America)’, which coincidently I reviewed for DMC (Mixmag Update) way back then. Those familiar with 1988 may recognize where the inspiration comes from but none the less the stripped back but devastatingly effective drums and Roland 303 sound epic placed in any decade – PLAY LOUD. Next, ‘Upside Down’ applies moody electronic basslines to yet more first-rate drums, while final track ‘Walk Away’ adds a techier sheen to warmer chords and Penny. F’s breathy vocals amid, what has to be said is, a very tasty breakdown of events.
Katzer & Meffert concoct this strange but very satisfying brew with the title track MG166 combing intense, almost jazzy drums, and moody pads plus occasional vocal snippets to stunning effect. The remaining tracks: Nada Brahma, Shulgain and Zapta all reinforce intricate drumming across their rhythms, alongside atmospheric backdrops and twisted voices. An intriguing bunch of productions for sure, each coming with their very own merit and more than a touch of individuality, although the cinematic moments and evolving percussion of ‘Shulgain’ are particularly hard to resist.
Flexing bassline muscles and plugging directly into the electronic mainframe is this explosive new release from Graeme L. The remix of ‘Give It A Chance’ sets the agenda with hard to miss bottom end attacking the senses along with insistent percussion and spot-on beats lending it all a breathless edginess. The Original Mix then follows in deeper fashion, though no less subdued, with whirring sound effects joining in with the commanding vocals again most effectively.
Love this. Stunning production from Helmut Dubnitzky whose carefully crafted arrangements are nothing short of spectacular. ‘Think About’ starts with repetitive rhythms that require repeat investigation as the music develops with subtle, and so no subtle effects, until the x factor breakdown kicks in. ‘Clouds In The Sky’ then plays like pure bliss with more tasteful percussion accompanying the organ pulses, leaving the grittier Techno of ‘Come On’ to end with more than one surprise.
Excellent double header from & ME who surpasses any notions of decency while heading straight for the jugular with this uncompromising, mesmerising release. The title tracks’ sublime, tribal infused drums pitch themselves at you trance-like with weird synths and captivating voices letting your mind run riot. More off the wall behaviour follows with the equally tantalising, ‘Locust’ and its staccato guitar backed up by pulsating Toms and further twisted treatments combining to make this hard to surpass. If you are looking for music that exists outside of the box….
Do You Feel / London EP
What’s not to like about Do You Feel with its tense bassline and cutting, shuffling drums capped off with the title as its vocal. Simple formula but one which they do expertly well, especially with the nagging synth setting it all off against the sharp rhythms. Next, London has a more tech flavour combining stripped down electronics with bubbling Acid lines, which are then offset by rich pads. Whatever takes your fancy?
Launching their debut EP the London based duo create music that has you reaching for label’s yet thankfully leaves you tastefully confused. 90’s Depp opens the sequence of events with a sheer fusion of fuzzy electronics, soulful yet mournful vocals and edgy synthesizers. Its emotion stripped bare and I like it. Avec then follows with more emotive vocals draped across expansive keys and drum machine pulses. Remixes come the uneasy rhythms of Plage 84 and the pure electro sassiness of Robert James. With remaining tracks, The Heat and thirteen2thirteen exploring more of those very possibilities. You get the impressive this machine based music would sound all the more impressive live.
If you haven’t already tuned into “Kill Yourself Dancing! The Story Of Sunset Records Inc. 1985-89”, then Still Music is set to release three of the most requested tracks from the compilation. First off, and my favourite, is this killer gem from Razz aka Matt Warren & Ralphi Rosario. Originally released all the way back in 1985 this still packs an energetic punch with its raw-edged production still feeling every bit as vibrant via all those classic electronic sounds from the era. The title track is soon followed by an array of fiery Chicago House workouts with the emphasis firmly placed upon the drums and bass. Essential stuff.