Take Me To Paris (Yass Parisian dub) - (6:50) 124 BPM
The history of MacArthur Park is a bizarre one what with it being both a hit for a histrionic, and possibly drunk, Richard Harris and glittering disco diva Donna Summer. Now it takes a new twist appearing as a remix mini-album of a version by Tracy Hamlin. DJ Spen & Thommy Davis provide both euphoric disco-house and ten minute house remixes. Elsewhere "Take Me To Paris" gets turned into deep, techy garage by Yass Parisian, Nadinga Gaba goes instead for a super-glossy dance-pop take and DJ Oji injects a bit of cred into the proceedings with his jackin rework.
Stranger (Luyo Gospel Blues remix) - (7:12) 122 BPM
Stranger (Demarkus Lewis dub) - (6:02) 122 BPM
Stranger (Ncurger Thump mix) - (4:41) 122 BPM
Originally a hugely popular cut from Spen's Transition LP, "Stranger" now returns for a victory lap of remixes. First up, Demarkus Lewis rips it up with some seriously sizzling US garage vibes whilst retaining Spen's raw Southern blues croon, Todd Terry and Thommy Gypsy team up with Spen himself for a stripped back linear house version, whilst Luyo's gospel house rework sees honky tonk piano, harmonica and Spen's naked vocals take centre stage. Ncurger's "Thump" remix ends thing on a unique chain-gang-stomp-goes-electro tip for possibly the best mix of set.
Sheila Ford has been preparing to release a definitive album for a long time, and now we have it. Here We Are was produced by close collaborator DJ Spen with an additional team of red hot producers including Louie Vega, Kenny Dope, Atjazz, Dimitri From Paris and Joey Negro. With 17 tracks overall we get classic cool jazz, uplifting house, soul and sizzling Latin rhythms that all bear her trademark scat techniques. A must for soulful music lovers everywhere.