Category: Classic Records

Classic Record of the Week #50 // 2015

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BOO WILLIAMS – RESIDUAL EP – RUSH HOUR RECORDINGS:

This week we want to talk about one of the most famous records in deep house history: Boo Williams’ “Residual EP”. Originally released in 2010 on Amsterdams finest Rush Hour Recordings, Chicago born and raised Boo delivered one of the illest house records that saw the light of day so far. Not only that there’s one outstanding work to enjoy, the “Residual EP” delivers 4 works that could headline any release easily. “Mortal Trance” might be the most noted track on this 12 inch and also opens this gathering of sublime house music. Everyone will notice this track from the very beginning with his soft strings and heavenly pads which are followed by one of the most powerful kicks we’ve heard so far. This track works all the time, never loosing his magic. The acid infused bassline makes everybody hover through the club. This track is pure madness and sooner or later you’re addicted. Following it’s “Eternal Mind” the second track on the a-side is a bit more mystical and playful. Hypnotising string snippets, a raw bassline and tender pads generate an unreal vibe. The sharp and crisp drums end up in some drum rolls every now and then which function as a wake up call that tells you that one of your dreams became reality. “Day and Night” opens the b-side of Boo’s “Residual EP”. Looped chords and a stomping kick get support by two terrific basslines. Whilst the sub bassline keeps things simple, a squeaking acid bassline once again adds a special touch to the tune. Musically “Day and Night” is the strongest beat on the EP with his large variety of sounds and the lovely arrangement that divides this track into single chapters. With “Teckno Drome” this EP comes to an end. This track simply is a futuristic love story. Even it’s not love at first sight, it brings everything together that should be together after his 1 minute and 20 seconds lasting intro. Surprisingly soft kicks are covered by a fat bassline that goes deep down to test your subwoofers’ quality. On top, once again emotional content is served in such a distinct way. The peaceful chords and strings make their way into your heart and almost make you cry. Somehow this track has the power to cure your soul. Where words fail, that’s the place where this extravagant release starts to speak.

Classic Record of the Week #49 // 2015

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EFDEMIN – CHICAGO REMIXES (2) – DIAL RECORDS:

This weeks Classic Record of the Week is Dial’s “Chicago Remixes (2)” remix compilation for Efdemin’s “Chicago” album. The remix EP continues the high quality standards Efdemin has set with his long player. Deadbeat’s remix for “Shoeshine” opens the four tracker with his humming bassline and the presence of gloomy soundscapes. The high density of sounds in this track, due to it’s heavy pads and robust synths, evolves into a mid tempo techno bomb with a superb build up that definitely stands out. Following it is Efdemin’s very own “There Will Be Singing (Efdemin’s Future Edit)”. Pounding kicks and heavy delays on the percussion deliver a great and highly dynamic basis for the raw bassline and the endlessly floating pad on top. Remixing or editing your own tracks is quite a big challenge. And Efdemin mastered this task easily, converting his original track from a melodic masterpiece into a floor killer that still keeps the essence and soul of the original. The mastermind called Fred P. aka Black Jazz Consortium opens the b-side with his interpretation of “Nighttrain”. Once again he included his signature sounds that make every production of his so special. Bumping stabs, super soft strings, energetic percussions and this peaceful atmosphere that nobody ever recreated so far. Positive vibes, a great groove and super nice sounds once again melt our hearts, this is on point and one of our all time favorite remixes. Rndm closes this remix compilation with his “There Will Be Singing Dub”, a stripped back version of the original that gets spiced with some sharp shooting drums and lovely bongos. The shuffled pad in the background in combination with the great vocal work end up in a heavily grooving tune that keeps things simple.

 

Classic Records of the Week #48 // 2015

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VARIOUS ARTISTS – RAW ESSENTIALS 1 – RAW ELEMENTS:

Originally released back in 2008 this record consists of three classic house tracks by Steve Bug, Superlova and Vincenzo. All of the featured tracks have been released before and build the first of two compilations that go by the name “Raw Essentials 1 & 2”. The first track is “Rhodes Flash” by Steve Bug, the founder of Dessous, Poker Flat and Raw Elements. The track consists of hard hitting kicks, dirty drums and minimalistic & dark pads. This heavy foundation feels a bit lethargic at first, but the playful rhodes that flash through the arrangement turn this track from hard and heavy house into lighter and brighter music that ends up in a melancholic tune that tells stories full of passion and happiness as well as disappointment and harm. “My Vibrations” from Vincenzo takes care of the fluffy side of house music. Looped vocals, repeating chords are the scaffold for low frequency kicks and a strong bassline. Not too hectically, not too laid-back. Warm and housey feelings all the way, this beat doesn’t burn down the club, it melts it. Soulful and magical, those are the ingredients that end up in a perfectly engineered deep house groove. The compilation is closed by Superlova’s “All Night”, the track name functions as the topic of every party and at the same time describes how long you can listen to this loop-based beauty. All night long, baby! A hypnotic pad, looped vocal samples, slamming kicks, a pumping bassline and crisp drum programming. That’s it. Superlova mastered one of the toughest challenges out there, turning a simple loop into something spectacular. Functional, energetic and heavily addictive.

 

DJ INO & JESUS GONSEV – MANHATTAN WAX – PROGCITY DEEP TRAX:

Progcity Deep Trax was established in 2007 by Klaus Spitzner and is the parent label of Progcity. The Hannover based label offers us three versions of Jesus Gonsev and DJ Ino’s “Manhattan Wax”, starting with the “Original Mix” on the a-side. The arrangement tends towards techno, but the sounds on the other hand clearly speak of warm house music. A heavy bassline and a combat of sounds generate some heavy drive, while the percussions and pads balance this track perfectly. This piece is deep, techy and technoid at the same time. The sounds are great but in the end there’s way to much happening in the original version of “Manhattan Wax”. The second installment on this vinyl record is “Manhattan Wax (Jesus Gonsev Deep Remix)”. Reserved kicks, filtered percussions and soft drums create a calm and deep atmosphere. The bassline is identically to the one from the “Original Mix”, but fits way better into Jesus’ arrangement. All in all the remix offers the same power, but sounds a bit rounder and elegant. On the flip-side Kris Wadsworth took control of “Manhattan Wax” and comes up with his “What is House Music Remix”. Industrial sounding kicks and a low bottom bassline build the beginning. The track really takes his time and slowly leads you into this dark sounding tune. Pads that sound like bending a saw blade and a rushing synth work together perfectly. Kris’ remix is an outstanding one. Functional, driving and mysterious all the way. This beauty is highly addictive and can be used as the turning point from deep house to techno in everyone’s set.

Classic Records of the Week #47 // 2015

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DENNIS FERRER – THE RED ROOM – OBJEKTIVITY:

On the a-side Dennis Ferrer’s “The Red Room (OBJ Vocal Mix)” takes control with a naughty vocal sample shouting “welcome to the red room honey” sensually towards abysses everyone has inside. High bongos and soft drums mixed with a dark and pounding synth bassline end up in an unique track. The fluttering sounds and squeaky harmonica generate a tense track that finds itself somewhere between progressive house and techno. No way you get bored by this uncommon club track that mostly lives from his agility and the masses of vocal use. That’s the perfect tune to surprise the dancers, but still keep the party going. If it’s a wild party this banger will tear the roof off! Kyle MF Hall’s “The Red Room (MeMix)” is located on the b-side and shows the exceptional talent Kyle has. The way he flipped the original vocal sample feels like a nice and hard punch to your face. The extremely shuffled vocal generates an endless amount of energy and speeds things up in a way you never experienced it before. Accompanied with his signature drum programming which always stumbles trough the grid like a blind without his seeing-eye dog. On point every now and then, but mostly not it creates a nice counterpart to the powerful vocal and balances this track quite nicely. This is a real stand out track which brings break beat, house, techno and hip hop together. That might be one of Kyle Hall’s best works so far. It has everything Kyle is famous for, but in contrast to his other tracks, this one is danceable as hell. If you need some heat simply introduce your crowd to Dennis’ and Kyle’s red rooms.

 

SOUND STREAM – LOVE JAM – SOUND STREAM:

Frank Timm, better known for his alias Sound Stream provides the best funk and disco flavoured house records out there. On his own “Sound Stream” imprint he releases bomb after bomb, all his records get playtime from djs all over the world. “Love Jam” on the a-side of his third release on “Sound Stream” from 2006 offers an everlasting string for the romantic side of the track, in combination with the aggressive chords it lets you dream and calls you back to reality at the same time. It’s hard to define the magic inside this track, but that’s the thing about magic. It has to be mysterious, as soon as you crack the code it’ll be boring. On the flip side you’ll find “Makin’ Love”. Vibrating layers, dull percussions and a pounding kick instantly grab you. Your feets are moving, energy girdles you and happiness fires through your body. Super soulful vocal samples pop up everywhere as well as guitar riffs. Rushing disco strings in-between and a blasting bassline. All those elements of soul and funk music you’ll find in both tracks are superb and used in a way only Sound Stream is capable of. He always sticks to the core of his sampled material, but somehow manages to create his very own sound at the same time. Many try to produce powerful house tracks with elements of funk, soul and disco, but there’s only one guy, one label that masters it: “Sound Stream”.

Classic Records of the Week #46 // 2015

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KENNY LANE – NEEDED EP – FRAGIL MUSIQUE:

Fragil Musique from France provides a great 10 inch vinyl from Kenny Lane. “Needed”, the name of this EP perfectly describes what many must have thought during their first listening sessions of the snippets. “I desperately need this release”, must be the thought that came up in several minds. “What I Need” by Kenny himself on the a-side is a beautiful raw house cut. Dirty drum sounds with lots of reverb and chorus are in full effect during the whole track. The sparely used pitch on the drums adds some dynamic to the pattern and lets the crisp strings stand out even more. The vocal sample adds another facet to this piece with it’s meaningful words, but doesn’t limit the power of the tune at the same time. The “What I Need (Powerful People Remix)” by Le Loup completes the 10 inch. The remix is a bit calmer compared to the original and is based on a super peaceful string. Pounding kicks and a sophisticated drum arrangement breaths life into this track. Because of it’s humming bassline and the powerful drums this flick creates enough energy to entertain the dance floor continuously. The breaks stand out with broken beat influenced drums and a magical vocal that softly whispers to your ear while making his way from the background into the spotlight. The remix really is a mysterious, yet energetic track that gives you countless opportunities.  To put it in a nutshell, the original and the remix complement each other perfectly and offer you one of the best Fragil releases so far.

 

BLM – STEP TO THIS – FEAR OF FLYING:

Ben Micklewright, the man behind the BLM alias delivers 3 quality originals on Fear of Flying and a Geddes Dub on top. “Garage is back” opens  the record on the a-side. An almost alarming amount of drive is contributed by the lovely looped pads and striking drums. In combination with sparely used percussions and an atmospheric string rushing through this song the power levels perfectly. There’s enough drive and groove to move the dancers in front of you and on the other hand it still stays in touch with the deeper spheres of house music. “Step to this”, the second track on the main side of the record exactly provides what his name tells you. Extremely powerful kicks, energetic drums and shuffled sounds get a boost from the heavily bouncing bassline. Soft strings show up every now and then and build the foundation for dominantly played chords. “Step to this” almost is a bit overpowered in comparison to the other tracks on this 12 inch, but it does what it should. It really makes you want to move due to the large amount of power in every part and sound that has been used.  The “Garage is back (Geddes Dub)” opens the door to the b-side. Geddes’ dub version sticks closely to the original and simply adds a more relaxed vibe to all the sounds with smoothly pitched pads and few laid back sounds in addition. This could be the ecological version of BLM’s mix, perfect for every sunrise, sunset or whenever you want to create a cozy mood. This should be the blueprint for many remixers out there, because it’s not necessary to do everything different. Of course you can, but the best remixes simply add another vibe to the original and pay homage to the primary material. The last track on this EP is called “Priority Remix (Original Mix)” and completes this record nicely. The second track on the b-side offers an intelligent arrangement with soulful vocal loops, harmonic strings and sunrise chords in full effect. This track touches everyone with it’s jazzy parts and slowly evolving deepness. You almost can feel the sounds reach into your soul, planting trees of love and hope. Outstanding emotionality that no other track created so far, is what makes this piece of art unique in every way. In the end all four tracks offer quality with different approaches, but the “Priority Remix (Original Mix)” really lifts this whole EP to a whole different level. This is one is a must-have!

Classic Records of the Week #45 // 2015

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RAINER TRUEBY – TO KNOW YOU / AYERS ROCK – NOT ON LABEL (TR001):

Originally released in 2009 this EP came into the house world like a meteor strike. No one was able to ignore this record and almost everyone wanted to own it. Because of the popular demand, discogs prices went nuts. If you wanted to buy it you had to pay from 35€ to 60€, but luckily there was a repress of this beauty which came in last week. So here’s the second chance to add some funk to your record bag for a reasonable price. “To know you” kicks things of, the a-side delivers a nice vibe throughout starting with a long build up. A few bars of nicely sampled kicks, before you here the famous vocal for the first time: “To know you”. Oh don’t worry lovely tune, we already know you inside out. Afterwards funky basslines come in and support the vibe that already started, various percussions support the unique rhythm this production has to offer. Guitar samples emerge out of lovely and warm sounding chords regularly and add a sensational touch to this peace of pure deepness. A strong string introduces itself to set the stage for the break, a short but at the same time well set pause that makes some room for the beautiful extended vocal. Supported by sounds from the fields of acid house this track takes the next step in terms of deepness and drive. The right amount of power, vocals, drums, pads, chords and samples flow harmonically to the end of the track. “Ayers Rock” on the flip-side delivers strong and dark techno pads and is the total opposite of “To know you” which makes this EP well balanced. Mysterious Vocals in the back- and foreground support this  slow-mo dark house track. Dirty drums pop up, some nice bongos make their way and introduce a long spoken vocal during the break. Combined with little acid added on top this track really takes you on a special trip. Whether it’s a sunny open air you’re playing or in a dark, dusty and dirty club with this record you are prepared for everything. This one is a must-have for every house head.

 

ÂME – SARARI / HYDROLIC DOG – SONAR KOLLEKTIV:

Âme, who founded “Innervisions” with Dixon in 2005 needs no introduction anymore. With their “Sarari / Hydrolic Dog” they offered 2 varying cuts for the dancefloor back in 2003 on “Sonar Kollektiv”. While “Sarari” is a slow electro-funk flavoured house stomper, providing atmospheric pads and fancy strings that remind us of the g-funk era beats from dr. dre and many others, as well as the original tracks where they’ve sampled from. “Hydrolic Dog” serves us some serious prime-time tech house flavour. Lush bass drums and funky chords that pop up in between make this track  really dynamic. Dull pads, played like chords in the so called 90s house style, add even more power and drive to this piece. Epic sounding strings see the light of day a few minutes into the track. A reverb equipped clap and extended drums light up the fire, before some heavy synth add on to the bounce of the track. It seems like there are trillions of sounds involved and contributing to this unique and energetic track. “Hydrolic Dog” really is a master piece, even after 12 years now it still will drive the audience crazy.