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Rhythm Of Love
Rhythm Of Love (original mix) - (6:45) 125 BPM
Rhythm Of Love (Daydreamin' instrumental) - (6:45) 125 BPM
Rhythm Of Love (Faze Action remix) - (7:00) 125 BPM Hot
Rhythm Of Love (Faze Action instrumental) - (6:59) 125 BPM
Review: Belgian-in-Australia Gratts draws his "Balearic but bumpin'" trilogy to a triumphant close with 'Rhythm of Love', a sun-splashed, musically expansive deep house number featuring piano solos aplenty, jazzy bass guitar, loose-limbed 4/4 drums, simmering synth strings and an utterly gorgeous lead vocal from Cata Mansikka-aho. Gratts offers up his own 'Daydreamin' Instrumental' - an intricately detailed, subtly effects-laden affair that's every bit as alluring as the vocal version - before British deep house, Balearic and nu-disco veterans provide their own vocal and instrumental takes. Their versions are, if anything, even better than Gratts' superb originals, with the Lee brothers' successfully re-inventing the track as a kaleidoscopic Balearic nu-disco anthem in the making. In a word: essential!
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BSBF 1203
19 Feb 24
Deep House
Jour De Fete
Jour De Fete (version Originale) - (6:24) 118 BPM
Jour De Fete (version Instrumentale) - (5:50) 118 BPM
Jour De Fete (Conrad Idjut's Quokka dub) - (8:14) 118 BPM Hot
Jour De Fete (Conrad Idjut's Quokka Pup dub) - (7:33) 118 BPM
Review: Earlier in the year, Gratts made his bow on Wolf Music Recordings via a fine three-track trip into woozy, semi-organic deep house territory piled high with jazzy instrumental flourishes. Here the Adelaide-based Belgian returns to his own label, Be Strong Be Free, with vocalist Ange Nawasadio in tow. 'Jour De Fete' is a similarly warm, fluid and groovy affair with notes of disco, piano house and - most surprisingly - swamp funk, with tons of classy live instrumentation and - on the 'version originale' - French language vocals. Conrad McDonnell of Idjut Boys fame provides the obligatory remixes in his distinctive dubbed out style, with the TB-303 bassline-propelled 'Quokka Dub' being followed by the even more wayward, heady and intoxicating 'Quokka Pup Dub', where delay-laden flashes of Harmonica and vocal catch the ear.
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BSBF 1202
18 Aug 23
Deep House
Sun Circles (For Leo & Ziggy)
Sun Circles (original version) - (7:22) 58 BPM
Sun Circles (full instrumental) - (7:06) 58 BPM
Sun Circles (Alex Kassian remix) - (8:41) 115 BPM Hot
Sun Circles (Alex Kassian instrumental) - (8:38) 115 BPM
Sun Circles (radio edit) - (3:53) 58 BPM
Sun Circles (Secret Reprise) - (1:35) 115 BPM
Review: Belgian born, Australia-based producer Gratts returns with a sun kissed serving of Balearic tinged bliss here titled "Sun Circles" which inaugurates Adelaide-based label Be Strong Be Free. A song he penned for his two young sons, it is a dreamy vocal-led deep house tune featuring all the right elements, recorded over the last 18 months in various studios. Gratts enlisted musicians such as New Zealand-born legend Nathan Haines, London's Mr Beale, as well as Belgians Jasper Hautekiet, Levi Wynants and Frederik Kuhn. Berlin-based Alex Kassian provides an entrancing version on the flip, that's perfect for watching the sunset while poolside.
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BSBF 1201D
10 Mar 23
Balearic/Downtempo
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