Given his track record in producing simmering slow jams and seductive grooves, you'd expect Cole Medina to be rather handy between the sheets. Regardless, he's at it again (arf) with another two-tracker packed with wide-eyed, loved-up grooves. "Close 2 U" is particularly delicious, offering a head-nodding chunk of 100BPM goodness that pairs seductive slo-mo disco grooves with filter-laden modern soul vocal samples. By the time it finishes, you'll be undressed, greased up and ready for action. The more upbeat "If I Ever" continues the R&B fixation, chucking select soul vocal samples over a hip wigglin' deep house groove and kissable chords. In a word: sticky.
LA-based Cole Medina is a respected DJ who's all about the soulful funk (funky Cole Medina anyone?). Here he explores his romantic side with two edit/bootlegs of the slow and sensuous kind. "Tell Me More" takes 70s staple More More More by Andrea True Connection and tickles its fancy with some retro piano house with a distinct Balearic vibe. "It's My Nature" takes what sounds like a Marvin Gaye sample and stretches it out into an eight minute rare groove jam.
Following a couple of years when he's rocked more uptempo rhythms, Cole Medina makes a return to the sumptuous, soul-flecked sound with which he made his name. Both "Stay With Cole" and the gorgeous "Aint No Funq" recall the orgasmic, touchy-feely vibes of his infamous Bee Gees rework ("Cole Loves You Inside & Out"), working a glut of glossy, string-laden soul samples into steaming slices of slo-mo sensuality. "Cole's Just Crazy" throws some 80s soul into the pot for max end-of-night slow-dance pressure, but it's the other two tracks that really excel. Sexytime with Cole, anyone?
Here's an interesting proposition from veteran disco/deep house fusionist Cole Medina, a man whose productions are rarely less than excellent. "Love For The Sake Of House" is particularly memorable, impressively fusing elements of Claudja Barry's slo-mo disco classic "Love For The Sake Of Love" with sturdy house beats and, most notably, a super-slick R&B accapella. It shouldn't work, but it really does. "Party Jam", meanwhile, ups the tempo, turning a forgotten P-funk number into a formidable chunk of contemporary dancefloor funk. With a thick electrofunk bassline, sweaty vocal stabs and some neat guitar cut-ups, it's a real winner.
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