Review: California producer Miguel Migs drops a package of supreme funky and soulful house bombs on this single - a collaboration with vocalist Sonny J Mason. The original of "Burnin' Up" is funky enough - combining Jamiroquai-style brass, smooth guitars and simple but effective house beats. Migs himself lays out a useful dub on the single, while Dario D'Attis remixes the song completely - turning it into a vital deep house adventure that fuses the vocals with some lingering string notes to heart-stopping effect. British duo Inland Knights also go deep on their dub mix, adding layers of Rhodes piano, while Fabio Tosti does a wonderful job on the drums - making the tom-tom's bounce off every beat of the vocal, making them a match made in heaven. Smart, soulful and very funky - these mixes are all a real treat.
Review: San Francisco deep house don Miguel Migs is still at it; but he never stopped really. The man synonymous with popularising a distinct sound at the turn of the millennium as a regular staple on the now legendary Naked Music imprint (alongside such other acts as Aquanote, Blue Six and Lisa Shaw), Migs also presented other variations on the deeper shades of music under such aliases as Petalpusher. Running his own Salted Music imprint since 2004, he's presented works by Julius Papp, Soul Drifter and Lisa Shaw, not to mention his own productions. It's business as usual on "Broken Barriers", a deep disco-tinged and soulful affair for lovers on the dancefloor. Another sultry groove comes in the form of the sexy and slinky tech house energiser "Backdrop" (Classic Club Rub) with its hypnotic chords, tough enough rhythms and razor sharp bassline geared for some late night sweat.
Review: Salted Music boss Miguel Migs takes us back to the future here, as fellow San Francisco resident Jay-J puts his slant on the producer's 2004 collaboration with Li'sha, "Do It For You". In true Bay Area fashion, he begins with the chunky, locked-in "Shiftech Dub", where late night electronic riffs and delay-laden vocal snippets cluster around a heavy tech-house bassline and hypnotic late night drums. The veteran producer follows this with the "Shifted Up Dub", which makes great use of some rubbery bass guitar playing, drum machine cowbells and warmer chords, before unleashing the similarly minded "Shifted Up Vocal Mix", where LiSha naturally takes centre stage. To complete the package, he serves up an instrumental take on the same tasty rework.