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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Vission And Lorimer Presents XLR8 Feat Sugar-Take Me Higher (SR12429)



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Tracks:
A1 Take Me Higher (Vission And Lorimer Pump Mix)
B1 Take Me Higher (Vission And Lorimer Acid Trip)

Genre: House/Acid-House
Release Year: 1996
Label: Strictly Rhythm
Country: US
More: 12'' Vinyl, 33rpm
"Pete Lorimer" & "Richard Vission" are the "Vission & Lorimer". Their career is full highlights in production area, having both co-operated with big names of the pop but also electronic music scene. Just a quick look to Pete's bio to see that He has claimed over 20 "Billboard Club Chart #1" hits, working with the likes of "Pink", "Sheryl Crow", "LeAnn Rimes", "Cirrus", "Brand Nu Heavies" and "Gus Gus", to name a few. His partner here, "Richard Vission" (Richard Gonsalez is the real name) received a Grammy nomination for "Remixer Of The Year" in 2000. Lately, he remixed for "Lady Gaga", "Black Eye Peas", "Steve Aoki" and "Madonna", but this music (?) has no connection with me or this blog's likes so we focus on this release back in 1996. Just real house music, not EDM shit!
"Take Me Higher" was played a lot those day and included in the sets of "Bad Boy Bill", "Armand Van Helden", "Josh Wink", "George Acosta" and more. With the pure house vocal lyrics of "Sugar" (Therese Willis), the stunning loads of keyboards and the fat beat kicking, the pause with the hi-hat progress and the acid portions of energy, the house groove is processed all over the "Pump Mix" of side A'. Side B' is also good with a strictly acid orientation.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Giant Wheel-Deep Ocean Return / I Like It Deep (SR12427)



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Tracks:
A1 Deep Ocean Return
A2 Party Time
B1 I Like It Deep (Clubbed)
B2 I Like It Deep (Dubbed)

Genre: House/Deep-House
Release Year: 1996
Label: Strictly Rhythm
Country: US
More: 12'' Vinyl, 33rpm
Well, well, well! We're in 1996, when "Strictly Rhythm" managed to become a top label and probably the basic representative of the US house scene, while buying a "Strictly Rhythm" record had become more than a trend for the vinyl collectors. On this one "Clemens Neufeld" comes as "Giant Wheel", offering an EP with various house flavors. "Deep Ocean Return" is a strange, hard-house track that is not that properly fit with the rest of the EP. Hard bass, zap effects and noisy (I could say bothering also) synths make you wanna skip the needle straight to the next track. In the beginning, I listened to this one more than a couple of times to understand that there's not a problem with the record quality. But this is only a parenthesis. 
"Party Time" takes you back to the 90's dancefloor, with its amazing pads and rolling guitar riffs stealing the show. "Party Time" vocals are also nice and well stuck onto the music. Now, If you like it deep, flip the record for two nice versions on "I Like It Deep" track, a "Clubbed" and a "Dubbed" one. Deep-house elements all the way but what makes these ones so exceptional is the warm and stylish electric piano that follows the beat in some parts. Crème de la crème!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Caucasian Boy-Electric Mistress / Goin' Clear (SR12299)



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Tracks:
A1 Electric Mistress (Seductive But Destructive Mix)
A2 Electric Mistress (Organstic Mix)
B1 Goin' Clear
B2 Gone Clear

Genre: House/Deep-House
Release Year: 1994
Label: Strictly Rhythm
Country: US
More: 12'' Vinyl, 33rpm
"Crispin J. Glover" is "Caucasian Boy". His own house music style was stamped in several releases during 90s with "Electric Mistress" being his second release after "Northern Lights", again on "Strictly Rhythm" (SR12201). Starting with side A' to say that both versions of "Electric Mistress" are really solid and slightly wild pitch-y. Obviously, the sound is a typical mid-90's "Strictly Rhythm" one, which - however - sounds fresh even today. As for the vocal loops, these ones definitely belong and embody the house vocal spirit of the early and mid-90's period.
Flip it over for a brilliant example of Crispin's ability to create gorgeous deep house music. "Goin' Clear" is very good, but "Gone Clear" steals the show with some tight house business and simple but tear-jerking chords. By the way, during last weekend I listened to more than a hundred of new house vinyl samples in the most popular web record stores, to realize once again how poor today's house music is and how bad copycats are the producers of the scene!  

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Crazy Canuk-I Want To Get You (SR12496)



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Tracks:
A1 I Want To Get You (Alley Comet Mix)
B1 I Want To Get You (Mystic Pleasures Mix)
B2 I Want To Get You (Unibomber 5 AM Mix)

Genre: House
Release Year: 1997
Label: Strictly Rhythm
Country: US
More: 12'' Vinyl, 33rpm
Nice house music since 1997. A hot title that was produced and mixed by "Vince Ailey", mostly known perhaps as "Vince Vega". A' side is covered by the "Ailey Comet Mix" which seems unstoppable on its 4/4 driving tempo. The "I Want To Get You" loops are fine together with the stellar beat trip, while some soft trumpet loops that remind of "Sunny" give to this version a temporary latin aroma. 
Side B' is for the deep-house lovers. "Mystic Pleasures Mix" has a raw vibe which is paired with a rusty bassline, dressed also with lusty synths and strings. Last but not least, "Unibomber 5AM Mix" is for the ones who like dancing till dawn. Some electric-piano keyboards and warm bass make this mix exceptional! Supported by heavy names such as "Basement Jaxx", "M.A.W", "Mood II Swing", "Deep Dish", "Dj Sneak", "Roger Sanchez" and more.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Zound Of 2-Zamba (SR12297)



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Tracks:
A1 Zamba (Zamba Club Mix)
A2 Zamba (Extended Zamba Mix)
B1 Zamba (Zamba Mega Dub Mix)
B2 Beloved (The Bonus Cut)

Genre: House
Release Year: 1994
Label: Strictly Rhythm
Country: US
More: 12'' Vinyl, 33rpm
"Samba" gets "Zamba" on this tribalicious and sambalicious release by "Strictly Rhythm" since 1994. Much percussion and tribal elements on this track, something which was very common for that house music period. All "Zamba" versions here have similar basis and construction but the sweetest surprise is the bonus cut of this record, called "Beloved". Very nice beats, dubby kits, delays and sudden breaks for the first part of the track, while the tempo changes and is built upon a piano-line section for the second part. Brilliant! 
The "Zamba" track was included also in Strictly Rhythm's digital release "The Lost Tapes: Get Up - Mixed By Armand Van Helden", which became available in digital web stores in 2009, such as iTunes, Beatport, TraxSource and just one month ago in Junodownload. Of course, the nicest track, "Beloved", cannot be found there, unless you find and purchase a nice copy of the 12''. Produced and mixed by "Carlos Keyes" and "Ruben Martinez".

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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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