Review: Those with an encyclopedic knowledge of house history will tell you that 4th Measure Men was one of a number of alternative aliases used by Mark "MK" Kinchen during the early '90s. In fact, "4 You" was first released way back in 1993. This much-needed digital reissue not only includes a swathe of versions from the original 12" - the rumbling, proto-UK garage vibe of the original mix and Kinchen's own bouncy garage Dub tweak of B-side "Given" included - but also 2011 remixes from 2000 And One (bustling, MK garage-on steroids) and Maya-Jane Coles (woozy '90s garage meets deep and slinky tech-house). There's also what appears to be a fresh 2018 remix from DJ Steaw, who wisely layers even more vintage, basement-bothering garage elements to Kinchen's killer original groove.
Review: A decade ago, Defected breathed new life into Bunny Mack's 1979 disco classic "Let Me Love You" via a swathe of house-centric new remixes. Ten years on, they've revisited it once more (this time on their 4 To The Floor offshoot), gathering together the best of the '08 versions and adding two new takes from GAMM regular Moplen. He provides full vocal and dub "Discolypso" passes, brilliantly rearranging the original parts a la Tom Moulton or John Morales. The results are superb, with the slightly more spaced-out dub - all delay-laden vocal snippets, heavier bass and more percussion - just edging out the sing-along-friendly vocal take. Elsewhere, check the trio of DJ Gregory revisions from his "Africanism" period, which variously layer-up all manner of original elements over a killer Afro-house rhythm track.
He Not In (Eats Everything's Chicken Tits Rewix) - (7:21) 124 BPM
He Not In (Groove Armada's dub Reconstruction) - (7:39) 126 BPM
He Not In (Noir's Personal edit) - (6:44) 126 BPM
He Not In (Mutiny's Real Life mix) - (6:34) 127 BPM
He Not In (Stanton Warriors She Not In edit) - (6:56) 130 BPM
He Not In (Straight Down La Brea remix) - (6:45) 126 BPM
Review: Although it's widely believed that electro-house evolved out of the electroclash phenomenon of the early Noughties, the truth is that the blueprint had already been established with the release of Chicken Lips' masterpiece "He Not In" back in 2000. The impact of this record by the rebranded pop-rave act, Bizarre inc, cannot be underestimated - with its 4/4 disco clap and melodic electro bassline, it influenced so many producers over the years. Many of who return the favour here with a host of remixes. Highlights include Groove Armada's hypnotic 'Dub Reconstruction" and Noir's "Personal Edit" (a staple of his live sets for years).
Review: Originally released on the God O'Mighty EP in 1994 on New Jersey's Deep Groove Records, this much sought-after digger's delight by gets a much needed reissue on digital - so you're not held hostage by the scalpers anymore! "Illusions" 12" (Version) is a true zeitgeist of early '90s stateside house if we've ever heard such a thing, with those hands in the air pianos, classic pan-pipe presents and church organs all above some seriously swingin' rhythms. There is a brilliant remix by Dutch house veteran Gerd up next, whose NY Stomp Extended Tribute Mix is a truly respectful rendition that doesn't try to deviate from the original much at all. He just gives it a decent reshape adapted to modern dancefloors and properly harnesses the energy and emotions of the original.
That's What I Think About (Culoe De Song remix) - (9:06) 123 BPM
Review: Although many would think of The Belleville Three when naming the originators of the Detroit techno sound, Eddie Fowlkes was fundamental in the development of the city's first wave - he released his first record on Juan Atkins? Metroplex Records in 1986 - one of the very first techno tracks ever produced in fact! He also went on to pioneer the city's house sound, alongside Kelli Hand and Alton Miller. Said to have earned his nickname 'Flashin' for his skills behind the decks, Fowlkes has continued to produce pioneering tracks and toured dancefloors around the world. "That's What I Think About" is a deep and bumpin' joint with a cool spoken word vocal, while Culoe De Song's remix up next is a nice modern revision and gives it exactly the kind of hi- tech soul makeover - that would make all the Detroit heads proud. "Something Special E" is more energetic, a bit more techy and perfect to turn up the heat later in the night. These tracks were originally released on Fowlkes' Detroit Wax label.
Review: While many of the expansive reissues on Defected's 4 To The Floor sub-label have focused on U.S house hits, here they serve up a genuine UK house classic: original Junior Boys Own anthem "There But For The Grace of God" by Terry Farley and Pete Heller under the Fire Island guise. Their cheery, sing-along soulful house original version (the "Live 'n' Funky Mix") comes accompanied by pretty much every remix there's been to date. Amongst the highlights are a bustling U.S garage dub by Roger Sanchez, a sublime ten-minute vocal take by Joey Negro, a wonderfully loved-up "Super-Dub" by X-Press 2 (which, funnily enough, reminded us of Black Science Orchestra jam "Save Us") and a thrillingly muscular, Sound Factory-friendly dub by Farley and Heller under the alternative Roach Motel alias.
Living In Ecstasy (Groove mix edit) - (9:15) 123 BPM
Living In Ecstasy (JC's Ecstasy dub) - (7:37) 125 BPM
Living In Ecstasy (Restless Soul Rufftime mix) - (7:05) 123 BPM
Living In Ecstasy (Restless Soul Ragtime mix) - (9:54) 123 BPM
Living In Ecstasy (Mood II Swing NY mix) - (5:25) 123 BPM
Living In Ecstasy (Louie Balo dub) - (7:34) 125 BPM
Living In Ecstasy (The Groove mix) - (7:11) 123 BPM
Living In Ecstasy (JP's acapella) - (3:29) 129 BPM
Review: Defected sub label 4 To The Floor is back with another underground classic for those who know. Originally released in 1996, Francois K's Wave Music presented New York chanteuse Fonda Rae's "Living In Ecstasy" - another amazing Mood II Swing production. John Clafone and Lem Springsteen's garage hit is a zeitgeist for that mid-nineties Stateside sound and nothing sums it up better than these three versions. From the the raw, crunchy shuffle of J.C.'s Ecstasy Dub, the deep and sensual bounce of The Groove Mix (that allows Rae's vocals to really shine though) or the sheer uplifting soul power of the Mood II Swing N.Y. Mix - they just don't make house music like this anymore. Respect!
Funky People (Masters At Work Main mix) - (7:36) 125 BPM
Funky People (Knee Deep's Funky Club mix) - (6:58) 122 BPM
Funky People (Lenny Fontana vocal mix) - (7:34) 127 BPM
Funky People (acapella) - (4:48) 125 BPM
Review: Defected sub label 4 To The Floor sure know a thing or two about schooling the new generation on important house classics - and this reissue may just be one of the most exciting yet. Funky People was the studio collaboration of Kevin Hedge / Joshua Milan (Blaze), Tee Alford, Allen Jeffrey and the inimitable Cassio Ware on vocals. This ensemble produced four of the early releases on the Funky People Records label. "Funky People" was originally released in 1995 and is considered a classic by many. It also came with a bunch of awesome remixes by some big heads of the scene and rest assured: they're all featured here. From the sexy Klubhead vocal, the classy lounged out deepness of the Knee Deep remix and last but not least: Masters At Work's storming rendition.
Review: New York house music royalty Sandy Rivera released the Witness Protection EP 20 years ago and this digital reissue commemorates the timeless classic. He has worked under a variety of pseudonyms over the years, including Soul Vision and Mysterious People in addition to running the BlackWiz imprint. Defected sublabel 4 To The Floor are dedicated to preserving the legacy of such underground anthems and are really on the money with this one. The classic Jersey garage swing of the Prosecution Mix follows the hypnotic darkroom dub of the Relocation Mix. The Jury and Defense mix (the latter almost an acapella of sorts) are handy DJ tools for the more experimental among you. While Rivera's output has slowed down in the last decade, many will no doubt remember how prolific he was up until the mid '00s when he released a steady stream of timeless vocal house anthems such as "Finally", "In The Night" and "Dreams".
I Want To Thank You (MK Downtown mix) - (6:17) 114 BPM
I Want To Thank You (MK mix) - (8:12) 121 BPM
Review: With over 500 titles in his discography, there aren't many producers more prolific than Marc Kinchen. 4 To The Floor revisits this MK produced 1993 cover of classic Alicia Myers track "I Want To Thank You" featuring vocals from LaTrece B. Kinchen. This package contains four different mixes, all taking the track in a different direction. His his dub mix strips everything right back to the bare bones, using signature vocal cuts and heavy percussion to create a darker, club ready banger. The Downtown Mix is a disco is a disco tinged tribute to the Alicia Myers original and It's clear to see why this record went down as a Hacienda favourite. MK's 12" Mix focuses on that uplifting New York house sound that made this record such a big success. With an ability to take any piece of music and make it his own, his dub edits rarely fail to decimate any dancefloor.
Review: Defected sub-label for classic house anthem reissues returns, after great ones by legends Louie Vega and Mike Dunn. It's been over twenty years since the original release of "Respect" but this timeless track still sounds as contemporary as ever. Michelle Ayers' vocals soar gloriously above the track 'in a musical match made in heaven.' This time around there are a bunch of amazing remixes from house music legend David Morales. The fabulous original 12" version and dub are included, but it's all about the Def Mix main man's renditions: a timeless formula of uplifting house featuring that trademark house organ sound that's bound to get those hands up in the air. For added dancefloor dynamic, there's also a handy "Organmental" remix" which does exactly what it says on the tin.