M-1 synth sounds, thick bass, beats so sturdy you could hang a truck off them and sugar-sweet vocals sprinkled over the top. This timeless slice of foundation house has potential to tickle as many airwaves as it does dancefloors. Remix-wise we're in for a treat as Champion murks up the hook with a muddy rainbow of dark basses, Chris DS gets his organic D&B drum swing on and PVC looks back to the late '90s garage rudiments a la Matt Jam Lamont. TG Groove completes the set with a widescreen cosmic chugger that will suit house, garage and disco DJs. "All Mine"? All yours!
Channeling the spirit of electro swing into a lively party concoction, The Gentlemen Callers of LA come from the sterling lineage of Los Angeles production team Atom Smith and Buck Down. On this particularly fiery cut the pair turn to a track made famous through Moby's canny sampling, and whip up a sure fire hit in the process. In terms of remixes, the Skeleton Bay remix gets into a straight up electro house shaker without losing the key vocal elements, while Sound Nomaden remix works in a slight reggae skank. The Dutty Moonshine remix meanwhile is the trippiest version of the bunch without losing that all important hooky groove.
After her early explorations into scratchy indie rock and post punk, Lonelady (AKA Manchester-based multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Julie Campbell) seems to have embraced the potential of electronic pop a little more in recent times. "Bunkerpop" is a great example of this new direction, sitting somewhere in between the rubbery post punk disco strut of the B-52s, Hounds of Love-era Kate Bush and The Knife. The comparisons with the latter are even more obvious on Campbell's alternative Michigan Pitched Down Mix, with has all the makings of a breezy, The XX style, radio-friendly dancefloor jam. Best of all, though, is the glitchy Wrangler Remix, which re-casts the original as a rubbery chunk of post-P-funk-punk fusion.
Mark Brown's Cr2 Records have an impeccable reputation for releasingmusic from the big guns and dancefloor gold, and his latest signing is no different. Destined for Summer megahit status, "Good For Me" sees Ben Remember recruit the distinctive vocals of Bex Jackson for a big, glossy hands-in-air slice of pop-house. Also on remix duty is Vanilla Ace (great name) who turns in a tougher, moodier tech-house version and some killer UKG, two-step action courtesy of Jello
Blimey! New York house legend Armand Van Helden still packs a mean punch when it comes to compilations, and it's always good news when he lands on London's Ministry Of Sound. Moreover, there's a whopping fourty-six tracks in here, so you're pretty much sorted now when it comes to your Saturday night house party playlist. There's a bit of everything in the mix, from Mood II Swing to Pal Joey's Earth People Project and even lesser-known house names such as Stevie B, Debbie Deb, Nice & Wild and many others. There's really nothing more to say apart from the fact that it's absolutely essential if you're a house fanatic. Let's party.
Dutch singer/producer/DJ Lady Bee celebrates one of the '90s most distinctive, unifying R&B jams - Mark Morrison's "Return Of The Mack". Laying it down over a slow and steady Kaytranada-style tropical groove, it treads a fine balance between soulful and soaring, day and night, dark and light. A bold new pasture for Spinnin to frolic in, Bee has created a potentially influential mainstream summer sound right here.
Rewind to 1997 and Sneak was already shin-deep into what's become a long and occasionally controversial career. More Detroit than Chicago, the original is a loopy, cyclical slammer that bangs harder than a complex equation. Revisited by Sneak himself, his remix softens the blow slightly with more of a bass swing. Elsewhere DJ W!ld dips low into jacking house territory, Shlomi Aber flips the deep dub techno switch, Tripmastaz add a jazzier twist while processing the vocals with trippy effect and Unabombers get their extended Balearic chug on with a heavily percussive sun-kissed version. Originally released in 2011, this still sounds great four years later (or 18 years later in the case of the original).
In a commendable attempt to reach out and affect change, veteran African musician and all-round legend Mory Kante asked a host of international acts to remix his anthem of positivity, "Africa Can Break Down The Wall". The results are impressive too with Dutch duo Magnificence typically upping the drama with a hysterical prog-trance meltdown guaranteed to smash the festivals this year. North 2 South also provide a solid main room house incarnation, while Milan and friends retain more of a tropical flavour by focusing on celebratory Afro rhythms.