One for fans of funky-flecked, deep-edged house as Swing Kings & Fresh Kix team up with singer Kia for this timeless slice of vocal house that grooves on a simple, one-note bassline that allows the melodies to swirl over a Balearic-friendly beat. Dirty Freek picks up the BPM's a touch for a more progressive-influenced arrangement, while the Swing Kings themselves drop their own piano-house mix that nicely evokes the golden age of 90s funky house.
Technique - "Take Me To Your World" - (9:21) 126 BPM
King Maurice - "Let's Groove" (King Groove mix) - (7:46) 130 BPM
Lil House Gangstaz - "4 Love" - (8:21) 123 BPM
X-System - "Hard Harmony" (Most 2 Most Organ mix) - (6:30) 126 BPM
King Maurice - "Hoe Patrol" (Massive Pitch mix) - (5:50) 125 BPM
Christian Scott - "Get Down" (dub) - (6:08) 127 BPM
Various Artists - "The Wild Pitch Jam" (mixed & selected by DJ Pierre - continuous mix) - (1:10:40) 128 BPM
It's Chicago's DJ Pierre on compilation duties, which can only mean one thing: proper house jams. King Street have had a revival as of late, releasing both new music and reissuing old gems, but this latest assortment of tracks features some of the tightest cuts known to man. Tracks from Romain, Mood II Swing and an artillery of new versions and edits just blew us away when we got this in at Juno HQ. Absolutely masterful.
The word legend is thrown around all too readily these days. But when you're talking Mood II Swing (That's Jon Ciafone and Lem Springsteen to you) it's more than acceptable. Responsible for well over a decade of deep, textured, dynamic house music, they're often over-looked when it comes to house heroes. Here the ever-reliable King Street Sounds have curated the duo's finest. And it's an impressively broad church; from the heaving, almost techno vibes of "I Luv You More" to the jacking Chi-town freakery of "Holding Onto Your Love" via the slippery electro-boogie bass of "Heart Attack Track", Jon & Lem's back catalogue is full of gems. Standing the test of time with genuine panache.