Review: Chicago house legend Paris Brightledge has been rather quiet of late, with his last solo single, Forgive You (a collaboration with Marlopn Hoffstadt) appearing way back in 2017. 'Deep In My Soul', then, is a comeback of sorts - and a predictably fine one at that. Old pal Marshall Jefferson provides the EP-opening remix, adding Brightledge's trademark vocals - soulful and emotion-rich as ever - atop a spacey deep house track rich in swirling chords, crunchy drums and bubbly TB-303 acid lines. Brightledge's own 'Ascension Mix' is percussively bolder and chunkier but similarly spacey with added cybersonic synth-bass goodness, while the Eric Kupper remix is bright, breezy and laden with smile-inducing organ riffs. Finally, Hula Malone reworks K'Alexei Shelby hook-up 'I See Your Face', delivering a mix that's bouncy, percussive and hypnotic.
Review: Messrs Cato & Findlay join forces with vocalist Ms Brightledge, then hand over the two resulting concoctions to a trio of remixers. Octave One's take on the title track is a retro-fied piano houser of a calibre that few but the Burden brothers could manage, while the Johnson Somerset remix operates at the more commercial end of the contemporary deep house spectrum. Situationism regulars BRS then bring us vocal and dub remixes of the more soulful 'I Can Only Miss You', whose vocal is, to these ears, vaguely reminiscent of Urban Soul's classic 'Alright' from back in the day.
Review: The Second Summer of Love in 1988 saw house music change British youth culture forever - and Duane Pelt aka Sterling Void's "It's Alright" was an anthem from the period that truly encapsulated this magical time. Originally released on Chicago's DJ International in 1987, its life-affirming vocal performance by Paris Brightledge is still pognant to this day, backed by Void's powerfully evocative arrangement. To celebrate the 30 years since, Toolroom is proud to present a monumental remix package, alongside the fully remastered original. Label chief Mark Knight delivers a storming rendition that provides perfect dynamics for modern dancefloors, Baltimore legend DJ Spen & Reelsoul rework the track into a sublime expression in late night deepness and Manchester veteran Kevin Gorman dons the Adesse Versions alias again for a dusty and soulful rendition.
Review: Up next for Defected's In The House series is the UK's DJ Haus, 'a decidedly untraditional DJ, producer, originator and DIY label innovator.' The Unknown To The Unknown and Hot Haus Recs boss has received big props from the underground house community and in Defected's opinion: he's an ambassador for the future of house music. Quite a compliment there! Serving up a a wicked collection of raw and jacking sounds that encompass electro, Chicago house, disco, techno and UK garage: and all very much on the lo-fi tip. The supporting cast on DJ Haus In The Haus is quite a remarkable one and musical highlights are not limited to: NYC hero X-Coast (who is fresh off a killer release on Underthesea) with last year's sleeper hit "Mango Bay", Aussie larrikin and Steel City Dance Discs boss Mall Grab with the wicked "Pool Party" through to stateside jams by Justin Cudmore - who gives us a taste of the acid life on "Forget It" and so does the master Matrixxman on the epic "The Spell" (Original Mix).