A classic of late-'90s progressive house, and boasting not one but two samples from the American Beauty soundtrack, Jakatta (aka Joey Negro) retools "American Dream" on this new release from Z Records. More tightly focused modern house remixes are the order of the day - with Supernova working those familiar chimes over a jacking house beat, while Different Gear cranks up the bpm's for a heavy main room groove-fest.
American Dream (Andre Crom & Chi Thanh remix) - (7:04) 124 BPM
Joey Negro's Thomas Newman-sampling classic from 2000 just keeps on giving. Here we find Berlin duo Andre Crom and Chi Thanh dissecting it down to its very element and rebuilding it over a bulbous bass groove. Teasing us with a spliced, diced version of the hook, it's not until the breakdown that the shivering soul of the original sample is allowed to breathe. A fine lesson in groove dynamics and a cool house music history lesson, this remix is nigh-on perfect.
David Russell Lee has an impressive number of pseudonyms at his disposal, from Joey Negro to Sessomatto and Agora, but he appears this time under his Jakatta alias for a humungous remix compilation of his Visions work. There a plenty of names and bangers on here, from the almighty Photek who gives "So Lonely" a balearic spin, to Layo & Bushwacka's tripped-out remix of "My Vision" and even Blu Mar Ten's sultry and minimalistic D&B re-spin. There's too much quality for us to give everything away and spoil it for your hearing pleasure - dig in!
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