That's right, Michelle Weeks and Scott Diaz's "Praise Him" tune gets re-wired and re-vamped by a naughty collection of Quantize Recordings regulars. Scott Diaz himself goes for the Moodymann approach, where funky samples are over-layered and messed with, while Reelsoul opts for a classic, vocal house approach - sweet prophetic lyrics and a late-night vibe. DJ Spen shuffles the beat into a more garage mode, and we get even more joy thanks to the Scott Diaz instrumental - beats, samples, funk - killer stuff!
I Wanna Be More (DJ Spen's New Jersey Hump re edit) - (5:48) 123 BPM
I Wanna Be More (original mix) - (6:20) 123 BPM
I Wanna Be More (DJ Booman & DJ Spen mix) - (5:33)
I Wanna Be More (DJ Spen's New Jersey Humpstrumental edit) - (5:48) 123 BPM
I Wanna Be More (feat Taliwa - DJ Booman & DJ Spen instrumental) - (5:33)
Veteran DJ and all-round legend (he wrote Girl You Know It's True in the 80s!) DJ Spen has an agenda for his Quantize label, and that agenda is basically 'it's gotta be big and it's gotta be soulful". He doesn't disappoint with latest release "I Wanna Be More" an uplifting and soulful coming out anthem featuring huge gospel style vocals from the leather-lunged Taliwa. There's a whopping five remixes included which cover a range of classic NYC house sounds, the standout being Spen and Booman's own pumping, deep and intensely percussive mix.
Believe In Love (DJ Spen & Gary Hudgins extended mix) - (9:39) 126 BPM
Believe In Love (Spen & Thommy Show Me dub) - (8:07) 126 BPM
Believe In Love (Spen's Lektrosoul mix) - (8:07) 126 BPM
Believe In Love (original mix) - (7:08) 126 BPM
Believe In Love (Spen's Lektrosoul dub) - (8:07) 126 BPM
With DJ Spen on the production and veteran US garage vocalist Dawn Tallman providing vocals, "Believe In Love" has excellent credentials. In its original form, it's a soaring, gospel-influenced chunk of soulful house with just the right amount of bubbly, 21st century electronics in the riffs (and, of course, organs a-plenty). Spen himself provides the remixes, providing various decent alternatives including two decidedly electronic (and rather fine) Lektrosoul rubs, a proper, organ-laden bumper (The Spen & Tommy Show Me Dub), and a sublime, drawn-out extended version (co-produced by Gary Hudgins). As ever with Spen, the quality threshold remains high throughout.