MJ Cole ‎– Hold On To Me

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Talkin' Loud ‎– TLX 62
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Vinyl, 12"
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A1 Hold On To Me (Vocal Dub)
Vocals – Elisabeth Troy
6:09
A2 Bandelero Desperado (El B's Vocal Dub)
Remix – El-B
5:24
B Sincere (Marcus Intalex & S.T. Files Remix)
Remix – Marcus Intalex & ST Files
7:45

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  • Barcode: 731457268919

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TLCD 62, 572689-2 MJ Cole Hold On To Me(CD, Maxi) Talkin' Loud, Talkin' Loud TLCD 62, 572689-2 UK 2000 Sell This Version
TLCJ 62 MJ Cole Hold On To Me(CD, Promo) Talkin' Loud TLCJ 62 UK 2000 Sell This Version
none MJ Cole Hold On To Me(CDr, Single, Promo) Talkin' Loud none UK 2000 Sell This Version
TKDJ 089 MJ Cole Hold On To Me(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Talkin' Loud TKDJ 089 UK 2000 Sell This Version
TKDJ+89 MJ Cole Hold On To Me(12", W/Lbl) Talkin' Loud TKDJ+89 UK 2000 Sell This Version

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Phix75

Phix75

February 19, 2017

Have to agree with Karlrichard below the Marcus and S.T. Remix of Sincere is super delicious..and if you love the original or the artists on the remix his awesome write up should be more than enough to convince you of its quality.. Of course to be sure take a listen for yourself let the tune work it's magic ..pure vibes :)
karlrichard

karlrichard

July 26, 2011
edited over 6 years ago

For me it's the Marcus Intalex & S.T. Files Remix that stands out from the rest here... Much like a platinum nugget could go unnoticed among some silver trinkets of the time, this release is not to be overlooked... ! Especially if you're into Drum & Bass. Caned down at SWERVE in 1999 and 2000 (Fabio's night, once held at the Velvet Rooms, and now down at The End) by the likes of Fabio and DJ Flight, to name but a few, this is a stylish bit of sophisticated Drum & Bass production... One that would still easily commix into any DJ set today.

Starting out with a simple tempo locked hi-hat layered over some lush 'Intalex' style pads, a warming bass note and some syncopated electronic pulses meld into the sparse simplicity of this tight intro. After 24 or so bars, the track weaves in a light arpeggio that sets the melodic key, during which Elizabeth Troy's vocals effervesce lightly over the soundscape with convincing effect... "Just look what he's done for me... My eyes are on you... So special..." until she eventually declares, "Let's take a ride... !" Here the track drops into some taut esthetic 'Marcus Intalex & S.T. Files' rhythms...

Electro, fluxed-out sounds ride over the top of some frenetic 'Soul:R' style breaks, adding an extra dimension to the whole groove... One that is rarely heard now-a-days in most tunes, I should add. With two synths coming in every 8 bars, I just love the second amplitude modulated one as it swerves tightly into and out of the rhythms being laid down... Towards the end of this rollout, Troy's vocals continue... "Feel it... Don't do it... Be sincere. I'm crazy!"

After these exclamations the track breaks and makes way for the next phase... Paired with a classic, deep, warming bass line - one that glows throughout the soul of this track - the previous beats are interspersed with Troy's sampled groans of pleasure... Groans that could almost take one to that razor's edge of minimalist delight... From there on in, some elegant minimalist build ups and break downs flow out, recapitulating the original form with minor deviations.

Despite the minimalist essence found here... In my humble opinion, this is another vintage example of some great breakbeat experimentation... Not to mention it also shows how, left to a good producer, Drum & Bass remixes can work amazingly well for most singles. All mixed together with some high class, crystal clear precision... This is the reason I used to go down to nights like SPEED, TEMPO and SERVE back in the mid 90s to early naughties... And, very thankfully, I'm still glad to say this laboratory style production can be found bubbling to the surface from time to time even today.

Simple, progressive, yet tonally complex and clear, this number roles out with such finesse that it sincerely demonstrates why I continually find myself referring to Marcus Intalex & S.T. Files as two of my biggest heroes still around on the Drum & Bass circuit today. Easily a 5/5!