Review: Bobby D'Ambrosia and Michelle Weeks' 1997 U.S garage cover of Inner Life disco classic "Moment of My Life" was an enormous club hit in 1997, spawning a swathe of remixes that variously re-cast the track as an early UK garage bumper and a German disco-house stomper. Here Joey Negro finally gets his chance to rework the track and takes it back to the source, re-imagining it as a turn-of-the-'80s disco-boogie cut closer in sound, feel and execution to Inner Life's superb original version. Alongside the sprightly, musically rich vocal version (the "Closer To The Source Take") the Z Records chief has also offered up a killer, NYC 1985 style proto-house dub smothered in echo-laden vocal snippets and wild organ solos.
Review: Warning; if this record was any funkier there would be several international arrest warrants out for it. Jason's fine-tuned beats cut the tricky disco line between straight-up funky house and warm Latino spirit. With the vocal charms of Michelle Weeks, it's an instant pleaser that could quite easily find its way to daytime radio. For something a little meatier, Lissat & Voltaxx have thrown down a chunkier remix that comes with much more pump and swing. This will get bigger and bigger the sunnier months progress...
Reggie Steele & DJ Spen - "Surrender" (DJ Spen Rugged Re edit) - (6:19) 122 BPM
DJ Spen - "The Gospel According To DJ Spen" (continuous DJ mix) - (1:58:50) 124 BPM
Review: Hallelujah it's DJ Spen with a new testament of vocal heavy, diva-praising gospel house. Justify yourself with tracks by The BlackKnight and soulful piano numbers by Assurance. With the compilation pumping in around the 130bpm mark there's "Heaven" to be found in the sweet high notes of a Stacy Kidd, Tasha LaRae & DJ Spen' collaboration, and according to Byron Stingily "It's all Jesus". In remix form Spen's best work here is best found in DJ Booman's "God's Got It" and a whole host of others For those introduced to gospel house by Robert Hood's Floorplan project, this is your next stop to righteousness.