Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Flashback

It really is difficult to believe that this track is eighteen years old already. It rekindles memories of some amazing clubbing experiences back in the days before digital downloads and streaming took over. The smoothest of vibes, the silkiest of vocals - this is about as good as it gets.



Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Recommended Listening

David Morales - Believe [Diridim]

It's a name that anyone who knows anything about house music is already familiar with. I first stumbled across his work in the late 80s; whether it was his solo remix projects or in collaboration with the late Frankie Knuckles, the mere mention of his name in the credits always had me rushing to my local record store in search of the latest gem. His influence on the scene cannot be understated and the quality of his music is undiminished by the changing technologies employed or the passing of time. Anyway, the legendary David Morales is back with a piano led, uplifting gospel house stomper on his very own imprint Diridim Records, which launched earlier this year. The package includes two mixes from David himself plus a further two from DJ Spen & Michele Chiavarini both of whom have been blazing their own significant trails of late. This is one for all the old school house heads out there, delivering on every possible level. Essential!



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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Flashback

Heading back to 1997 and a point in time where House Music had well and truly crossed over into the commercial environment. This was one of the tracks that became a staple in my sets; in fact I'm pretty sure I must have played it during the majority of my gigs for a couple of years. Those keyboards, that voice - it was just one of those tunes that always worked.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Recommended Listening

Joseph Junior & MAQman - Everything Changes [GoGo Music]

If you like your house music on the soulful side then this is something you seriously need to check out. The package includes a total of six mixes, four from MAQman and a further two from DJ Spinna. MAQman's Main Mix is underpinned by melodic guitars and a rolling bassline alongside a soothing blend of keys and vocals that are as smooth as velvet. Spinna's Remix treads a deeper, more atmospheric path with swirling synths and crisp beats that deliver a more emotionally charged vibe. With two Instrumentals, a shorter Radio Mix and Reprise there's something in the package to suit most situations although it's the two full length vocal mixes that I'll be playing most often.

Flashback

When this one was released 26 years ago we were in the midst of a golden era for house music. David Morales could do no wrong and this is a perfect example of a proper old school "hands in the air" tune that always had the desired effect on the dance floor. Not sure we'll ever experience another era quite like it but I'm certainly glad I was around to witness it first hand.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Flashback

Heading back to 1991 and one of my earliest memories of Masters At Work. Since day one it's always been the Remix Dub that's worked best for me.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Flashback

For once we're not heading quite as far back in time as normal - only 5 years this time. Richard Earnshaw delivers a stellar remix of Random Soul's uplifting slice of vocal driven house. I could barely believe that 5 years had passed; it really only seems like two. Either way it's a track that always brings a wide grin to my face.



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