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Monday, October 20, 2014

Planet Soul-Set U Free (SR12362)



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Tracks:
A1 Set U Free (Fever Mix)
B1 Set U Free (Planet "V" Mix)
B2 Set U Free (Mars Mix)

Genre: House/Acid-House
Release Year: 1995
Label: Strictly Rhythm
Country: US
More: 12'' Vinyl, 33rpm
Enormously cracking release from the "Strictly Rhythm" camp. So many good lads are involved into this, from the producer "George Acosta" and the vocalist "Nadine Renee" of "Pavone Records" to a huge line-up of supporters on this production, such as "Toni Rios", "Leslie Doyle", "Robert Ochoa", "Chicco Secci" and "Pascal F.E.O.S", to name just a few. 
"Fever Mix" runs up to ten minutes of extension. This can be said that is constructed by two parts. First half is driven by an acid beat along with vibrant vocal snippets by "Nadine Renee", before an amazing slowing down of the tempo gets you in a short pause. Your expectation is highly paid with a stunning breakbeat section that follows up, returning with a full-on 4/4 meltdown for the second half of the track. 
Side B' starts with the "Planet "V" mix, which is a 4/4 version with a more deep-house basis, while the "Mars Mix" is based also on a sulphuric acid line over those electro beats. Worth saying that this one was picked up and licensed by several European labels. Furthermore, I cannot recall a better acid-house session upon a breakbeat tempo than the one in "Fever Mix", maybe together with "The Higher State Of Consciousness" of "Josh Wink". Classic house record!

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Erick "More" Morillo Presents R.A.W-Unbe (Bootleg Mix) (SR12341)



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Tracks:
A1 Unbe (Bootleg Mix)

Genre: House/Tribal
Year: 1995
Label: Strictly Rhythm
Country: US
More: 12'' Vinyl, One-Sided Limited Edition, 33rpm
The original version of 1992 by "Erick Morillo" (SR12130), a big club-house, tribal mostly anthem is edited again and pressed on this limited single-sided vinyl. A special bootlegged mix that lasts almost ten minutes. Credits say that is mixed by "Someone In England", but I strongly doubt that this guy is anyone else but Erick himself. Spiritual and raw, furious and uplifting, "Unbe" has been one of the hottest titles in the big "Strictly Rhythm" catalogue. The "Unbe" vocal belongs to "Quazi". Mastered by "Don Grossinger". Recommended! 

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Maurice-Got Me Burning Up (SR12350)



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Tracks:
A1 Got Me Burning Up (Pierre's Pitch Fo-Yo Ass!)
B1 Got Me Burning Up (Maurice's Phat Pitch)
B2 Got Me Burning Up (Wild Beats)

Genre: House
Release Year: 1995
Label: Strictly Rhythm
Country: US
More: 12'' Vinyl, 33rpm
If I was asked to name a house producer whose creations are characterized by fat, heavy beats, then "Dj Pierre" would be probably the one. Not only for that mid-90s period, but timelessly. The A' side has all the necessary house tools being developed during the 12 minutes of the track's extension. Juicy, woofer-blowing beats, amazing baseline and strings are those elements that make a "Dj-Pierre" work recognizable. 
Given the facts that "Dj Pierre" submits the extended "Pierre's Pitch Fo-Yo Ass" version on side A', "Gladys Pizarro" is the A&R expert, while the pioneer "Don Grossinger" takes the weight of the tracks' mastering, then we stand in front of a dope release, without even needed to have a listen to it. Now, if we make an assumption that "Maurice" is the one and only "Maurice Joshua" (something that is not clear from the record credits) then we get the guarantee of a great vinyl purchase!

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

E-Smoove Feat Michael White-Be With You (SR12557)




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Tracks:
A1 Be With You (Vocal Vibes)
B1 Be With You (Original Guitar Mix)
B2 Be With You (E's Disco Dub)

Genre: House
Release Year: 1998
Label: Strictly Rhythm
Country: US
More: 12'' Vinyl, 33rpm
Grammy nominated producer and remixer, Dj Eric "E-Smoove" Miller, is an industry veteran adding his unmistakable magic to countless releases. As a remixer his talents have graced the likes of everyone, from "Michael Jackson" to "Mary J. Blige", "INXS", "Seal" and too many others to name here. Since his early days as a DJ in the burgeoning Chicago house scene, to his recent success under the psuedonyms "Thick Dick" and "Praise Cats" and hundreds of major artist remixes in between, "E-Smoove"  has permantely established his place in the history of dance music. His current activities include an active tour schedule djing all over the world. In fact, house music scene owes a lot to this producer, especially the period from 1997 till 2001.
''Be With You'' is the salty summer classic that became immediately a power-play for most djs. While the bass makes the woofers to pop off, the magic fat beats and the lazy guitar, supported by the voice of "Michael White", give a latin mood to this vinyl. Produced and mixed by "E-Smoove" for "Focus Music Group". Bass by "Ron Hall". Vocals by "Michael White". Keyboards by "E-Smoove". Mixed at Visionary Studios. A&R exclusive: G. Pizarro. This release is served better with some shots of tequila. Cheers!

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O.S.A.T.A-Sunny's Theme (SR12543)




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Tracks:
A1 Sunny's Theme (Main Mission Mix)
B1 Sunny's Theme (GF Dubmission)
B2 Sunny's Theme (Beat Submission)

Genre: House
Release Year: 1998
Label: Strictly Rhythm
Country: US
More: 12'' Vinyl, 33rpm
Do you remember that 7'' piece of art which was released in 1966 on "Phillips Music". Since then this song has been treated with hundreds of remixes or versions. But, if I had to choose the best mix ever, I would suggest you the one released in 1975 by "Yambu", on "Montuno Records", produced by "Al Santiago".
This powerful remix of ''Sunny'' is one of the most successful house remixes ever and it is really appropriate for every dj-mission. "Dan Smith" & "Conan Manchester", aka "O.S.A.T.A", are the producers. "Gladys Pizarro" is the A&R executive. ''Main Mission Mix'' has a very promising intro with coco and many other crispy beats, some flangers and crazy whistles till a huge cut in the middle of the track. Get prepared for the loading and the bass stuffing. Soon you'll feel the guitar explode with that familiar sound of your adolescence, the ever marvellous melody of  Bobby Hebb's legendary song. Have a nice afternoon!

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VA-Friendly Monster 02 (FMR02)




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Tracks:
A1 Love Contest (Bendy & Hristo Edit)
B1 Tablets Of Love (Free Association Version)

Genre: Disco/Edits
Release Year: 2014
Label: Friendly Monster 
Country: Canada
More: 12'' Vinyl, Limited Hand-Stamped Copies, 45rpm
"Friendly Monster" is a new label that's so far released one record, a three-track various artist 12". They've done the same for their second offering, only giving "Bendy & Hristo" and "Free Association" a side of real estate each. Combining elements of New York disco with new wave, no wave, minimal wave, whatever wave, Bendy & Hristo's own edit to the "Joneses" track "Love Contest" has all the makings of a swooning floor filler. A true calling to all the disco exhibitionists out there! On the contrary, side B' drives you to the darkroom. "Tablets Of Love" has a sensual low tempo, while Indie and rock sounds accompany the lusty mood. First, take off "Those Shoes", a nice cover by "Free Association" on "The Eagles" track.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Soft Rocks-Black Rox 3 (SRBR003)



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Tracks:
A1 Sabu Dance (Soft Rocks Reconstruction)
B1 Every Breath I Take (Soft Rocks Reconstruction)

Genre: Afrobeat/Balearic/Easy-Listening
Release Year: 2014
Label: Black Rox
Country: UK
More: 12'' Vinyl, 45rpm
"Black Rox" is back with two more sneaky "Soft Rocks" specials that have somehow been liberated from locked CD wallets and released into the wild for general consumption. The A-side "Sabu Dance" combines horns, flutes & percussion on this killer slice of midtempo funk from Africa. On the B-side is not the tantric one's ode to voyeurism but a rare as hens teeth slice of UK reggae at its finest. Adjustments have been made sensitively and sounds have been chosen to carefully match those from the appropriate era. A perfect track for blissful summer evenings.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

VA-Another Love EP (WD29)



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Tracks:
A1 Eddie C-Cut Chop Roll Skate
A2 Scott M-Get Up
B1 VinylAddicted & SMQ-Another Love
B2 Pontchartrain-Get Over You

Genre: Disco/Nu-Disco
Release Year: 2014
Label: Whiskey Disco
Country: France
More: 12'' Vinyl-EP, Limited 300 Copies, 33rpm
"Whiskey Disco" are back with their latest various artists blinder made for sunsets, sunrises and sublime moments in between. Lace up your skates with Eddie C's "Cut Chop Roll Skate", a sizzling slice of breaks and boogie driven funk at an easy tempo. Newcomer, "Scott M", dices and sheds Vernon Burch's party anthem, "Get Up", reworking the original into a DJ friendly bomb with hot loops, fat drops and super cool breaks. 
On the flip "VinylAddicted" + "SMQ" coax Chantal Curtis' "Get Another Love" into a housed-up and broken down disco classic rippling with solid dance fever. Last but not least, "Pontchartrain" hits us with the kind of low slung disco infused house rollers Whiskey Disco pride themselves on. The producer pitches up France Joli's "Prelude" classic "Gonna Get Over You" and then puts the filter to work, creating a hands in the air disco house bomb of the highest order.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Riccio-Editorial #10 (ED010)



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Tracks:
A1 I've Loved It
A2 Flute 
B1 Put Some Love In Your Life
B2 Little Drummer

Genre: Disco/Funk/Edits
Release Year: 2014
Label: Editorial
Country: UK
More: 12'' EP, Clear-Yellow Vinyl, Limited 300 Copies, 33rpm
While he may have spent the last few years pursuing a deep house agenda for labels such as Bosconi and Fly By Night, Bologna-based producer "Riccio" earned his stripes providing high class reworks for the "Super Value Edits" label. Here he returns to his roots with a four-track onslaught of tasty scalpel works for "Editorial". There's naturally much to admire, from the string-laden disco-funk pulse of "Put Some Love In Your Life" and dewy-eyed, near Balearic disco wooziness of "Little Drummer", to the storming, peaktime brilliance of "I've Loved It" and woodwind-laden loop funk of "Flute".

*** Thanks to "Kinjo Music" and "Editorial" boss, "Dave Allison", for this copy! 

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Madlib-The Beats: Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton OST (STH2344)



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Tracks:
A1 Untitled
A2 Untitled
A3 Untitled
A4 Untitled
A5 Untitled
B1 Untitled
B2 Untitled
B3 Untitled
B4 Untitled
B5 Untitled

Genre: Black/Soul/Hip-Hop
Release Year: 2014
Label: Stones Throw Records 
Country: US
More: 10'' Vinyl, Special Dj Edition, Download Coupon Included, 33rpm
"Stones Throw Records" is an independent hip hop record label based in Los Angeles, California. It was started in 1996 by Dj / producer "Peanut Butter Wolf". Its subsidiaries "Now-Again Records" and "Soul Cal Records" specialize in funk and soul re-issues. As I said many times, I am not a fan of hip-hop and R'n'B at all. Particularly I recognize this music style only until mid-90s. 
However, things are different here. Starting off with the diagnose that this record is wrongly tagged by many record stores as a "hip-hop" release. "The Beats" contains ten instrumental and black-music tracks created by "Madlib" for the "Stones Throw" film "Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton".
This is producer's first original soundtrack and first 10-inch vinyl release. The beats and breaks on the album are typically "Madlib": off the wall, funky, odball, stoned and as many miles away from the mainstream as you'd want them to be. Snippets of rap vocals fly in and out of the tracks, and there are plenty of between-track skits and crazy samples too. Many soul, jazzy and latin elements, retro essence and cinematic feeling draw the scenery of this album which is issued with two different sleeves (girls on one, skull & bong on the other) each wrapped with a custom, removable card, designed in the style of the Boss SP-303 sampler. Great!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cassiano-Onda (P-1977)




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Tracks:
A1 Onda
B1 Central Do Brasil

Genre: Disco/Brazilian
Release Year: 2014 (Reissue)
Label: Polydor
Country: US
More: 12'' Vinyl, 2014 Reissue, 45rpm
"Genival Cassiano Dos Santos" is a hard sell. Sure, he wrote “Primavera,” one of Tim Maia’s first hits. He was a founding member of the primal samba-soul outfit "Os Diagonais", and before that he was part of "Bossa Trio". However, record companies had a difficult time commodifying his style. In spite of his obvious skills—he’s routinely referred to as a founding father of Brazilian soul music—he bounced from "RCA" to "Odeon" and to "Polydor" for his three solo albums, defying categorization, as song-to-song he touched on  sweet soul, funk, Brazilian and even psych rock.
This single is taken from the last of these records, 1976’s puzzlingly named LP "Cuban Soul-18 Kilates". A very welcome reissue (don't know if it is officially reissued though) of this 12” vinyl, including the superb "Onda" which is a lilting sun-drenched slice of pure soul heaven with a grooving b-line and sweet vocals that at nearly eight minutes is still not enough - a truly captivating mellow masterpiece that you want to last forever! The flip-side is no less accomplished - an upfront bass-heavy funk jam guaranteed to whip the dancefloor into a frenzy, while delivering you with natural sounds somewhere in the heart of Rio. My collection missed this one, so this reissue is very welcome. The sound recording is not the selling point of this record, but I can pass this by. Essential!

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