Review: Two true legends of gloriously soulful house music united, with a host of quality remixes included too. Featured here as the 'classic' mix, DJ Spen's collaboration with vocalist Robert Owens still sparkles with warm Rhodes piano and gospel vocals to the fore. The Layabouts bring it into 2010 with a deep and minimal-tech groove that provides an icy soundbed for Owens' vocals to cut through. By contrast, Brazil's DJ Meme flips it into a Love Unlimited-style disco classic with gorgeous strings layered over club beats. The 'reprise' version included is a particular gem - an edit of Meme's mix with just the strings, keys and vocals present that's guaranteed to have your heart soaring. The Groove Assassins stay closest to the original by subtly tightening up the beats and sharpening the rhythms into something that works well for 2010. With various dubs and instrumentals available, it's a DJs dream package and a great re-release of a seriously soulful masterpiece.
Review: Grown men of a certain age will be very confused by this new release from house heroes Todd Terry and DJ Spen, as they tackle '70s classic "Stone Fox Chase", better known as the theme to BBC music show The Old Grey Whistle Test. The famous harmonica riff is present and correct as is most of the original with just some subtle beefing up going on. Terry's own mix adds some seriously slammin' jack master beats to the equation though, whilst other highlights include Damond Ramsey's techy excursion and Mannoo's swampy beat-fest.
Review: Quantize Recordings is run out of Baltimore by Dj Spen and Thommy Davis. As executive producers, they work with other producers, artists, writers, and remixers to use the labels as a vehicle of expression. Here they present UK producer Dave Anthony, who from early '90s has been knee deep into the US sound - first picking up with the vibe of Detroit, then his real love coming from the soulful sound of New York. Featured here are some of his club anthems from over the years, remixed by himself and fellow label alumni. We particularly enjoyed the sensual rework of "Let Love In" (feat Sheree Hicks) by the legendary Terry Hunter, NYC stalwart Quentin Harris steps in to inject some groove action into Anthony's own "Live To Love" featuring Tasha LaRae, and the latin infused collaboration with DJ Spen "I Live For You" (feat Stephanie Cooke - DJ Spen & Gary Hudgins remix).