Beautiful View (Antonello Ferrari main mix) - (7:21) 124 BPM
Italian housemonger Angelo Ferreri digs deep and embraces his soulful side for this sunny slice of sprightly vocal house. Pumped with soft-but-sturdy boogie grooves that span the decades, the bassline lollops like it's the mid-90s while the tight horn blasts parp like it's the mid-80s. Quintessential funky house, the feel good vibes are wholly infectious. Remix-wise Micky More goes all Praise Cats with added flutes, while Glenn Thornton presses the dreamy jazz button, adding an air or Reel People to proceedings. The spiritual blessings rubs completes the set with a classic US garage motif, all staccato key stabs and jazzed-out minor key melodies.
Spanish house producer Kiko Navarro dominates this remix collection of Blaze's "We Are One" with three killer versions. The "New Life" mix is pulsing and deep but with plenty of organic sounds over the top, and the stunning multi-layered vocal sitting perfectly over the top of it all. The 'Look Inside' dub is more straight up dancefloor, while the "Viva UR" mix brings in the warmth with some silky spine-tingling strings. The Shrine Horn goes back to the vocal though and adds a playful acid jazz vibe to the mix. Fans of funky house, look no further.
Following previous compendiums from the likes of Mateo & Matos, Kerri Chandler, Mood II Swing and Frankie Feliciano, Cevin 'Freaks Come Out' Fisher gets his place in the King St House Legends hall of fame. Ideal for card-carrying fans and newcomers alike, this goes way beyond a 'best of' collection, instead focussing on less obvious sonic successes such as "Can I Get Some" and "Keep It Coming". Loaded with his trademark spoken word, sultry swing and far-away gaze, it's an apt reminder of one New York's most consistent house ambassadors. Highlights come in the form of Hideo Kobayashi's slap-bass funk-tech remix of "Keep It Coming" and the proto-electro gnarls of Murk's remix of "7".