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submitted Various - Super Disco Brakes' Vol. 9. 25 days ago
posted a comment on T 4 II - Last Train To Love. about 1 year ago
sounded to me at least like a movie sample from the 60s. Whoever said it was either tripping balls or pretending to do so.
posted a review of Sweet Pussy Pauline - The Walk. over 2 years ago
This song is filthy and hilarious. "Girl it looked like a steering column!"
posted a review of Martha Wash - Come. over 2 years ago
there are other more progressive sounding/tribal mixes on the yellow record and more hard house type stuff on the red, but the Brian Bristol/George Morel mix is tops. It strikes a compromise with all these different elements and goes down smooth. The ... See full review
posted a review of Shaboom - Totally. over 2 years ago
Totally is an attempt at a disco/garage anthem that serious heads might feel is too fruity but actually gets the floor moving. It's not quite at the level of all-time classic but it has moments. The David Morales remix is the superior version.
posted a review of Pimp C - Knocking Doorz Down. over 2 years ago
As the Mike Diesel airhorn promises, this song is legit. It combines a spooky keyboard riff and ridiculous jingle bells... once you hear it, you can't unhear it. It's listed as gangsta but southern hip-hop is also an accurate description. "P.O.P. will be ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Southport Weekender Volume 4. over 2 years ago
This is an interesting compilation. The true highlights are the We Deliver mix of Rosie Gaines' "Closer than Close." and the LLV edit of Stephanie Mills "Free." The former is dramatic vocal house with layers and a sweet hook. The latter is vaguely tribal ... See full review
posted a comment on Quentin Harris Feat. Margaret Grace - My Joy. over 2 years ago
Margaret Grace rocks the vocals on this soulful house instant classic. Harry Choo Choo's usage of the iconic sample from Lil' Louis' French Kiss drives this Quentin Harris production relentlessly forward. the Yass remix is also a banger. Real nice and ... See full review
posted a review of G-Swing (2) - G Swing EP. over 2 years ago
This EP takes samples of big band era (or earlier) and turns them into high tempo (128 BPM ish) house. All 4 tracks are playable. Shades of Cajmere's "Horny" and overall just a fun release.
posted a review of Aaron-Carl - Make Me Happy. over 2 years ago
The Soul City always had top notch releases, and this Aaron-Carl track is no joke. Sublime synths, masterful samples (of his own vocal) and some sassy "Let me let you have it" spoken word towards the end. Really like how the intro goes right into a ... See full review
posted a review of Bingo Players vs Chocolate Puma - Touch Me. over 2 years ago
the Bart B More remix is a tight piece of tech house. On the B side, the chopped samples from the original mix take on a new life.
posted a review of Martha Wash - Give It To You. over 3 years ago
The Dead Zone Mix (121 BPM) is early David "momo" Morales at his finest. The Martha Wash vocal is looped and sampled only for a few seconds at a start, to introduce the programming over a kick drum. There's filtered tease guitar and various bleeps and ... See full review
posted a comment on Hardrive - Deep Inside. over 3 years ago
You are right the original mix is nothing special and actually can backfire and clear a dancefloor. To answer the question as to "why" people remember this track, my theory is it goes back to Ministry of Sound - Session 5: MAW. It was 1995, they were ... See full review
submitted Bonnie Raitt - Me And The Boys. over 4 years ago
posted a review of Prince - Dirty Mind. over 4 years ago
A1 Dirty Mind the title track is pop infused proto house. It's a four to the floor beat, with a simple guitar riff. Made in 1980 it still sounds modern today. The rest of A side is commercial and pleasant but not memorable. The real action is on the B ... See full review
submitted Yameen* - Come On & Go Off. over 4 years ago
posted a review of Various - Bootcamp (The Official RCA Records Label Bootlegs Released). over 4 years ago
This is an under-rated compilation. C2 Alison Limerick (David Morales, Frankie Knuckles on the same track) and D Marsha Wash (Basement Boys) are absolute classics. A2 Robert Owens, B1 Chantay Savage and C1 Black Box (Steve Silk Hurley mix) are pretty ... See full review
submitted The Ink Spots - The Fabulous Ink Spots. over 4 years ago
posted a review of Jill Scott - Hate On Me. over 4 years ago
The Quentin Harris mix is just nasty. The bassline is simple but carries the vocal and airy synths, the real story is the drum programming. Tweaky little high ends of various type layer and it builds... one of the better late shelter releases.
posted a review of Murk - Miami Deep. over 4 years ago
This 4x 12" is full of under the radar gems. The vibe is experimental and underground, classy vocals with dirty Miami bass. . Murk has immaculate drum programming and that sync'ed out acid sound. B2 Tin Tin Out Strings for Jasmin Murk a Tronic is a dubby ... See full review
submitted Jeannie Tracy* - Let Me Do My Thing. over 4 years ago
posted a review of Nuyorican Soul - I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun. over 4 years ago
A2 It's Alright, I Feel It Alternative 12" mix is the highlight of this release. Jocelyn Brown's vocals are huge and the beat is a nefarious hip-hop inspired break. It's uplifting NY vocal house and a really fine M.A.W. remix. B1 Runaway an Armand Van ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Garage Classics Volume 5. over 5 years ago
this bootleg release is all about B2 "Hit man" originally found Chantal Curtis - Hit Man. It's a funky underground disco song about love or drugs. Probably both. Patrick Cowley-esque snyths and a First Choice style story about a "so bad he's good" player type ... See full review
posted a review of Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Straighten It Out. over 5 years ago
Digging in the crate tip: Sometimes the hot remixes are b-sides on other single promos. The b3 Vibes mix is only on the promo (eventually comes out on the Japan only Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Unreleased Joints release in 1996), uplifting but also super chill Roy Ayers styles vibes and ... See full review
posted a review of Inner City - Big Fun. over 5 years ago
the "Kick the Pump Mix" by Derrick May (listed as May-Day) is almost like hearing him DJ live he hits the first synths multiple times like they are in a sampler pad. May then throws in some filter and the "ohh" sample from the vocals for a few min. The ... See full review
posted a comment on Cajmere - Feelin' Kinda High. over 5 years ago
the Vocal on side A is listenable in certain circumstances but is a garage effort that hasn't aged particularly well. but the B side is dark synthy magic. Untitled Mix 1 is super deep but with active bassline with pulsing kick drums. the samples looped ... See full review
posted a review of Karen Pollack* - You Can't Touch Me (You Can't Hurt Me) (Remixes). over 5 years ago
The Murk remix is banging as hell. 121 BPM, crispy highs, a stank vocal and rolling bassline. Timeless house, over 20 years old and didn't age a day.
posted a review of Various - After The Playboy Mansion - Uplifting Selection (Black). over 5 years ago
The Dim's Re-Edit of Don't Leave Me This Way has been dropped by many big name DJ's over the years. It is beautiful disco, period. The Silk Hurley remix of Ten City is also extremely solid re-edit of a classic. Both of these songs have strong male vocals ... See full review
posted a review of Larry Levan - Classic Mixes Volume 2. over 5 years ago
this double pack is worth it just on the strength of C2 Lady Bug and D2 Pull Up to The Bumper. Funky as hell. Grace Jones' best track ever? C1 Life is Something Special has been sampled a million times over the years. B1 Walking Into Sunshine is another ... See full review
posted a comment on KMFH* - The Boat Party. over 5 years ago
B2 Crushed is as nasty a house song as Detroit can release. It's an instant classic at least for me. Banging beat with chirpy highs, with layers of old school samples, filtered and EQ'ed to death. B1 Flemmenup is a spartan electro affair, shades of old ... See full review
posted a review of Dr. Low-Tech - The Funk-O-Sonic E.P.. over 5 years ago
Really high quality release from Record Time's label M3. A1 Discolicious is happy and bright, four to the floor house (127 BPM). It features horn disco loops. B1 Mid-Nite is tracky deep techno, with mysterious synth minor chord work. Beautiful in the ... See full review
posted a review of Roy Davis Jr. - About Love. over 5 years ago
The original Roy Davis mix is break-beaty and world flavor. Silky male vocal and sax. The solid groove remix takes that vocal and sax, but puts it in Chicago inspired house with obvious computer editing (Daft punk-ish). Nice rolling bassline. I prefer ... See full review
posted a review of Orb* - Little Fluffy Clouds.... over 5 years ago
This double pack is bangin. Danny T and others translates the seminal Orb "fluffy clouds" samples and noises into deep house and drum & Bass modes. The Pal Joey remix has really grown on me. floaty synths and trigger samples at 105 bpm. The one true ... See full review
posted a review of Ce Ce Peniston - I'm Not Over You. over 6 years ago
There's several worthless mixes on this double pack but Silk's over house is funky as hell, easily the best of the class. Light and airy making best use of Ce Ce's vocal work. Honorable mention to Jamie Principle's Over the Swing mix, which is a mostly ... See full review
posted a comment on Ce Ce Rogers - Someday. over 6 years ago
the story goes that Eric Kupper was playing with the Someday chords and came up with Finally by Ce Ce Peniston (1991).
posted a review of Steve "Silk" Hurley - Dubs From The Dungeon Vol.1. over 6 years ago
Everything on Silk Entertainment is bangin. But this record especially so. Bass heavy bounces like crazy. Oom-Dah is short dubby revisit of the Word Is Love release. I Don't Know is a deeper slower, more minor key acid type of song. Gets chripy and nice ... See full review
posted a review of Clivillés & Cole - Clivillés & Cole's Greatest Remixes (Volume 1 - DJ Bonus Pack). over 6 years ago
There's several great tracks but it's all about the C/D record with Clouds on C side and Deeper Love on D side. Holy moly. Chaka's original Clouds is an amazing song and this remix does it justice. It's nice and slow by house standards about 116 and ... See full review
posted a review of Vernessa Mitchell Featuring Rickey Dillard's New G.* - Higher. over 6 years ago
Silk's journey to heaven mix features piano, gospel singers and lively bassline, all processed through disco filters. Steve Silk Hurley's mastery is on full display.
posted a review of Terrence Parker - Tribute. over 6 years ago
Terrence Parker the DJ uses hip-hop turntable ism (scratches, pauses) in his live shows and that carries over to his production. I love the track B2 "Something Here" - a deep builder with a funky guitar riff. TP stops the table, positions the First ... See full review
posted a review of Terrence Parker - Tribute. over 6 years ago
Terrence Parker the DJ uses hip-hop turntable ism (scratches, pauses) in his live shows and that carries over to his production. I love the track B2 "Something Here" - a deep builder with a funky guitar riff. TP stops the table, positions the First ... See full review
posted a review of CeCe Peniston* - Crazy Love. over 6 years ago
The A side is decent crossover hopeful R&B. The B side is groovy hip-hop Kenny Dope beats with active low end (no vocals, not bad). Things get interesting on side C when KenLou 12" vocal mix takes over, just a good piece of NY Garage. But side D is what ... See full review
posted a review of Madonna - Like A Prayer. over 6 years ago
I was very skeptical of this record But dam it won me over. As everyone knows it's a cheesy vocal. And it's not even well executed. Drunk people love it. To put it kindly, Madonna doesn't have the vocal chops of Aretha Franklin. The mixes use transformer ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Cutting Remixes (Vol. 1). over 6 years ago
overall a value buy, tons of hits not expensive. Little Louie Vega and Benji Candelario productions are excellent. A3 Nitro Deluxe "Let's Get Brutal" features scratch samples of Loleatta Holloway's "Love Sensation"
posted a comment on Moodymann - Untitled. over 6 years ago
agree I am also not convinced that these are two tracks. There is no obvious break. But a great record, funky super sample heaven.
posted a review of Romanthony Presents Lifestyles - Trust. over 6 years ago
Trust! I wanna trust ya baby. Can't get enough of this track. it's deep and sexy sure. but also dramatic and funky. Ridiculous drum pads. Organ and guitar riffs go back and forth. moody Detroit type bass undertones but on top there's this nasty garage ... See full review
posted a review of Cookie Monster & The Girls (4) / Pointer Sisters - C Is For Cookie / Pinball Number Count. over 6 years ago
Pinball Number Count... the number eleven never sounded so crazy. The Pointer Sisters make learning about numbers fun. The fact that these legendary R&B singers were doing educational television is really fortunate. Strictly Kev's mini-mix highlights an ... See full review
posted a review of Moodymann - Joy Pt. II. over 6 years ago
Answer Machine B2 is a classic example of deep house. It's a driving 4 to the floor beat one of moodymann's more dance floor friendly explorations. But it's also extremely sample heavy. There are samples from what sound like big band era, funky drummer ... See full review
posted a review of Delinquent Habits - Here Come The Horns. over 6 years ago
This album is well constructed. It's got a real flow, between songs and within the rhymes. West coast, latino, underground hip-hop with tons of sick mariache horn samples and scratch work. Western Ways samples Sade and it is listed twice; the Big Pun ... See full review
posted a review of Barbara Tucker - I Get Lifted. over 6 years ago
Armand's D1 mix is an adventure into Chi-style hard house. Classic vocals, great kick, around the 5 min mark the whole thing drops out and starts again, these last beats are for me an underrated moment on the double pack. Also B1 the Bar Dub by John ... See full review
posted a review of Aretha* - A Deeper Love. over 6 years ago
despite being featured on the movie soundtrack of "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" this is a banging triple pack. C + C and David Morales what more needs to be said? Well worth the 2 dollars.