Sugar Daddy (Out Of Our Brains On The 5.15 mix 2016 Remaster) - (10:40) 133 BPM
Review: The work of Kris Needs and Wonder under their Secret Knowledge guise, "Sugar Daddy" was one of the standout moments of early 90s UK progressive house. On the original version, those busy chants, whooshing sound effects and Wonder's pre-orgasmic mutterings still get spines tingling, nearly 25 years later. The same can be said of the legendary "Out Of Our Brains On The 5.15 mix". Re-mastered for this re-issue, its jittery piano keys and rolling drums exude a similar energy to Hardfloor's reshape of Mory Kante's "Yeke Yeke". Label owner Jon Digweed and his long-term collaborator Nick Muir provide a new remix and treat the original respectfully, setting Wonder's wailing vocal to a deep, pulsing groove.
Review: Having seen his vintage remix of DJ Dove's "Come On" (originally produced with 20:20 Vision partner in crime Carl Finlow, and first released in 2000) make an unlikely dancefloor comeback last year (not a huge surprise, given its quality), Ralph Lawson has decided to trawl through his box of long-forgotten DATs for more forgotten gold. Bar a handful of recent reworks (including a fine re-tweak of a little-known, Andres-ish Prophets of Sound rework), all of the remixes on Dusty Dubs & Gold Dust by Lawson and Finlow at least 10 years ago. That most sound surprisingly fresh is testament to their quality. Highlights and naturally plentiful, from the skittering, hard-to find mix of Wolf 'N' Flow's "Feeling moody", to the raw house-boogie vibes of their magnificent Blaze rework.