Classic Records of the Week #47 // 2015
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“.