28 Jul 17
Loubar's Stars (feat Queen Rose) - (6:53) 123 BPM
BDX Biches Gang - (5:06) 144 BPM
Road To Grand Champ - (6:36) 131 BPM
Played by: & my mother say
Review: French producer Armless Kid is set to have a big year in 2017, reaching a global audience with his productions thanks to a helping hand from his friends at Classic. A young self-taught artist who has been working the Paris scene for only a short time, Xavier is right at home on Justin Solomon's label with his inventive approach to producing. Over just three tracks on the EP, he covers synth-enhanced jacking grooves featuring the diva tones of Queen Rose on "Loubar's Stars" and heady BPM cranked wildness on "BDX Biches Gang". Finally he finds a glorious middle ground with heavy syncopated beats and tight chords on "Road To Grand Champ".
24 Mar 17
Mr Johnson's Talk'n Now (OG Demo mix) - (6:11) 123 BPM
Give It To Them - (7:38) 126 BPM
Mr Johnson's Talk'n Now (Luke's Video Games Rework) - (7:34) 123 BPM
Mr Johnson's Talk'n Now (BJ's Revamp mix) - (7:54) 123 BPM
Review: Brett Johnson was always one of the most innovative house producers and this release for the re-launched Classic shows that he hasn't lost his signature sound. On the OG Demo mix of "Mr Johnson's Talk'n Now", he lays down a gritty, stripped back house groove, replete with lo fi blips and bursts of noise that accompany wired, weird vocal samples. The 'Luke's Video Games Rework' is just as off-beat, with the vocals deeper in the mix and a furious stab taking centre stage, while the 'BJ Revamp' remix swings back towards Johnson's wild, stripped back sound. Only on "Give It To Them" does he opt for a more conventional approach, with a disco stab riding the relentlessly jacking groove.
16 Feb 18
Back In Time - (4:56) 120 BPM
Back In Time (Crackazat remix) - (4:48) 120 BPM
Back In Time (extended mix) - (6:48) 120 BPM
Back In Time (Crackazat extended remix) - (7:20) 120 BPM
Review: Since first popping up on Classic back in 2015, Chicago stalwart Chrissy (once famed for his juke productions as Chrissy Murderbot, but not embracing his house and disco roots) has barely put a foot wrong. "Back in Time", his third single for Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's label, is another surefire hit; a delightfully celebratory vocal workout blessed with nods towards classic disco, Maurice Fulton's Syclops project (check the meandering analogue synth bassline) and sing-along house. Of the producer's two versions, it's the Extended Mix, with its additional bassline pressure and punchy drum fills, that's the superior choice. Arguably even better is Crackazat's swinging, piano-heavy Extended Remix, which comes on like a long-lost vocal house anthem from the mid '90s.
06 Oct 17
Melondrop (Chicago mix) - (7:22) 126 BPM
Melondrop (Luke Solomon's Savage Body edit) - (6:52) 126 BPM
Played by: Juno Recommends Deep House
Review: Thanks to a series of killer re-edit EPs released over recent years, Chicago veteran Cratebug is finally getting the credit his talents deserve. This surprise release on Classic - his first "original" production to get an official release since 2013 - is likely to raise his profile further. "Melondrop" is something of a sleazy peak-time treat: a sweaty, disco-tinged jack-track full of urgent drum machine percussion, delay-laden vocal samples and mind-altering analogue bass. Cratebug's "Chicago Mix" subtly rises and falls throughout, with the producer tweaking a handful of killer elements to do maximum dancefloor damage. Label boss Luke Solomon provides the obligatory rework, delivering a "Savage Body Edit" that pushes the track's disco elements to the fore whilst retaining the original's locked-in intensity.
14 Jul 17
In My Hands - (7:11) 116 BPM
One True Light - (6:08) 120 BPM
In My Hands (Hot Toddy remix) - (7:11) 116 BPM
One True Light (Ron Basejam remix) - (4:33) 105 BPM
Played by: Dicky Trisco, Sam Redmore, Valique, Seamus Haji, FINGERMAN, YAM WHO?, Flash Atkins, Dr Packer, Hot Toddy, BACHGENAUR, Juno Recommends Disco, Tonbe, J&M BROTHERS, BRUNO FROM IBIZA, Michael The Lion, STEVE (GRIFFO) GRIFFITHS, Werkshy, Chewy Rubs, Paul Withey / Sweetooth, Hober Mallow, 80's Child, Larse, Cuz Electric
Review: Following on from their successful hook up with 2020 Vision, nu-disco heroes Crazy P have now joined forces with the Classic label (how has this not happened before?!) and here we get the "Truelight EP". Spacey retro soul balladry gives way to filthy cosmic funk on "One True Light" and "In My Hands" is nasty Padlock EP-style disco of the highest order. Hot Toddy (aka Chris Todd of Crazy P) remixes the latter into hypnotic acid and band co-founder Ron Basejam turns the former into chugging, sun-warped Balearic boogie.
19 Aug 16
My Predictable Locals - (6:11) 125 BPM
Story Of A DJ (feat Mark Farina) - (6:32) 124 BPM
Here's To Friday (feat Cynthia Amoah) - (7:23) 124 BPM
Review: Hard-working Toronto producer Demuir has appeared on all manner of labels in recent times, but none more so than Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's Classic Music Company. This debut EP for the long-running imprint undoubtedly contains some of Demuir's strongest work to date. Chief among these is opener "My Predictable Locals", a boompty-influenced chunk of disco-flecked Chi-town bump that could easily pass for a DJ Sneak or Derrick Carter production. Elsewhere, Mark Farina lends a hand on the rolling deep house hustle of "Story Of A DJ", and soul chanteuse Cynthia Amoah lends her honeyed tonsils to the modern soul-goes-house celebration of dancing that is "Here's To Friday".
19 Jan 18
Nightmare Rag - (5:26) 123 BPM
American Sorrow (Interlude) - (1:56) 99 BPM
The People Intro - (0:15) 120 BPM
The People - (7:38) 126 BPM
ANGR - (7:33) 125 BPM
Interlude 2 - (1:16) 111 BPM
Muzik - (5:28) 125 BPM
City Song - (6:22) 122 BPM
City Song (Part 2) - (6:54) 122 BPM
Interlude 3 - (2:29) 107 BPM
Love Inspired - (6:21) 124 BPM
Body & Soul - (2:46) 109 BPM
Handz Up - (6:40) 126 BPM
Interlude 4 - (1:44) 101 BPM
Goin' On? - (4:36) 123 BPM
Played by: Juno Recommends Deep House, Ear Trumpet (The Weekend Soul), Till Von Sein, The Dirty Madonna, Heizo Murakami, Melon Bomb
Review: It would be fair to say that Eli Escobar's second album, Shout, is not a carefree affair. Inspired by his growing anger at American politics, it's a much more poignant and melancholic affair than his party-hearty debut album. As such, the 15-track set is arguably his strongest collection to date, with cuts such as "Nightmare Rag", the gospel influenced disco deep house cry for freedom "The People", twisted and intense "ANGR", blissfully slick and tactile "City Song" and superb "Going On?" - a kind of sorrowful deep house update of Marvin Gaye's most heartfelt work - proving that Escobar is a far more thoughtful and musically savvy producer than many incorrectly believed. There are plenty of groovy and quietly positive moments, too, fuelled by Escobar's belief that love may be the answer to America's mounting problems.
07 Apr 17
Happiness (Kon's Discofied remix - Part 2) - (7:01) 124 BPM
Can't Stop Dancing (feat Nomi Ruiz - SoulPhiction remix) - (6:03) 126 BPM
In The Dark (feat Nomi Ruiz - Yam Who? remix) - (6:21) 123 BPM
4 Luv (feat Nomi Ruiz - Soul Clap's American Tribal remix) - (6:15) 124 BPM
Up All Night (Rogue D & Memoryman Aka Uovo remix - Part 2) - (7:48) 123 BPM
Chaka Khan (The Carry Nation remix) - (5:24) 125 BPM
Can't Stop Dancing (feat Nomi Ruiz - dub) - (3:39) 126 BPM
Happiness, (Part 2 - dub) - (3:45) 122 BPM
Miss My Luv (dub) - (3:43) 122 BPM
Chaka Khan (Bonus Beats) - (2:34) 125 BPM
Phreeky (feat Vanessa Daou & Nomi Ruiz - Bonus Beats) - (2:57) 122 BPM
Winter's Anthem (Bonus Beats) - (4:21) 120 BPM
Chaka Khan (accapella) - (2:00) 125 BPM
Can't Stop Dancing (feat Nomi Ruiz - accapella) - (3:25) 126 BPM
Phreeky (feat Vanessa Daou & Nomi Ruiz - accapella) - (1:52) 122 BPM
Played by: Titeknots, Jimpster, Dicky Trisco, Seamus Haji, FINGERMAN, YAM WHO?, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, LIMPODISCO, Paul Withey / Sweetooth, JAMES ROD, The Dirty Madonna, The Dirty Madonna (Fabio Sinatra), Deeligent Soul, Larse, Heizo Murakami
Review: There's something pleasingly old-fashioned about Happy Again, an album of alternative versions and remixes of tracks from Eli Escobar's acclaimed Happiness full-length. Thanks to the presence of DJ-friendly dubs, rhythm tracks and acappellas, it feels like Classic looked to the pioneering remix albums of the 1980s for inspiration. What really makes it stand out, though, is the quality of the material. Kon's rework of "Happiness (Part 2)" offers the perfect balance between subtle house and voodoo disco, while Soulphiction and Soul Clap steal the show with contrasting deep house takes on "Can't Stop Dancing" and "4 Luv". We're particularly impressed, too, with the freestyle-tinged revision of "Chaka Khan" by The Carry Nation, while Escobar's own dub of "Happiness (Part 2)" is a loose, warm and groovy treat.
30 Jun 17
Muzik - (5:28) 125 BPM
Back 2 Luv (feat Steven Klavier - Jamie 3:26 Alright Ronnie version) - (6:39) 123 BPM
Back 2 Luv (feat Steven Klavier) - (6:25) 123 BPM
Played by: Matt Quirk (Twerk Douglas), Juno Recommends Techno, Tonbe, Alan Dixon, 80's Child, & my mother say
Review: Eli Escobar is a staple of New York's electronic music scene and on his latest release, demonstrates why he is held in such high regard. That said, the title track shows that he is also expert in house music from Chicago. It starts with a stripped back drum pattern, followed by a reptitive vocal, hissings hats, insistent acid and doubled up claps. The unfussy production sound and straightforward approach to arranging harks back to the classic sound of Larry Heard and Adonis. On "Back 2 Luv", Escobar makes a stylistic return to NY. While the drums are solid, the combination of Steven Klavier's soulful vocals and celebratory piano keys make this house music of the most uplifting variety. The Jamie 3_26 Alright Ronnie version, with its disco influences closes out the release.
08 Sep 17
Handz Up (Happy Clap mix) - (6:37) 126 BPM
Handz Up (Cratebug's Acid Reflux) - (7:56) 125 BPM
Review: Eli Escobar is turning into a one-man anthem machine. Since joining the Classic Music ranks a couple of years back, the New York producer has been responsible for a string of insatiable dancefloor hits. Predictably, "Handz Up" is another belter: a jaunty, piano-laden roller that smartly builds in intensity throughout. Escobar achieves this primarily through the layering and manipulation of impassioned gospel style vocal samples, bold piano riffs and occasional Church organ, though the stomping, handclap-heavy beat also plays a significant part. Chicagoan scalpel fiend Cratebug - better known for his killer re-edits - provides the obligatory remix, re-imagining the track as a sleazy chunk of head-cracking, mind-altering acid house/gospel house fusion. It's a filthy remix, all told, and offers a druggy alternative to Escobar's cheery original version.
16 Sep 16
Happiness (Part 2) - (6:59) 122 BPM
I Need U - (5:34) 122 BPM
In The Dark (feat Nomi Ruiz) - (5:16) 119 BPM
Chaka Khan - (5:30) 125 BPM
Miss My Luv - (5:59) 122 BPM
Next To Me - (6:40) 124 BPM
So Good - (5:18) 125 BPM
Can't Stop Dancing (feat Nomi Ruiz) - (5:58) 126 BPM
Winter's Anthem - (9:27) 120 BPM
Happiness Reprise - (0:48) 155 BPM
Phreeky (feat Vanessa Daou & Nomi Ruiz) - (5:46) 122 BPM
4 Luv (feat Nomi Ruiz) - (3:22) 109 BPM
Played by: YAM WHO?, Juno Recommends Deep House, Alan Dixon, BRENDON P, Paul Withey / Sweetooth, SITUATION, Olivier (La Freund Recordings), Melon Bomb
Review: You don't get any more NYC than Manhattan disco/deep house hero Eli Escobar who presents his debut album on Luke Solomon's Classic Music Company. Starting out with the soulful feel good opener that is the title track, there's more quality on offer on the pure disco inferno "Phreeky" featuring Hercules & Love Affair's Nomi Ruiz on vocals (who appears on several tracks throughout the albums duration) and the cheeky "Chaka Khan" which is a bouncy after-hours jam for freaks and the deep low-slung groover "Next To Me". But that's just scraping the surface. The album is full of quality grooves from start to finish, inspired by one of the Big Apple's finest talents and we highly recommend it!
05 Aug 16
Review: Hot on the heels of his rather fine Phreeky single, Eli Escobar returns to Classic with two more hot-to-trot house hits. "Chaka Khan", in particular, is something of a retro-futurist treat, with the NYC producer expertly blending hip-house era breakbeats, tipsy chords, warehouse-friendly electronics and a swathe of old school vocal samples. It sounds like a guaranteed party-starter, like many of Escobar's nostalgia-tinted productions. "Up All Night Part 2" sees him revisit the title track of his 2014 album, expertly working selected disco loops into a bumpin', sweaty, hands-aloft house stomper. It rises and falls in all the right places, and sounds like it could be capable of causing serious dancefloor devastation.
02 Mar 18
City Song Pt 2 (Eli's New Version) - (6:54) 122 BPM
City Song Pt 2 (Ron Basejam remix) - (7:59) 122 BPM
City Song (COEO remix) - (7:10) 122 BPM
Played by: Jimpster, Kraak & Smaak, Rudy's Midnight Machine, FINGERMAN, YAM WHO?, Woodhead, Alkalino, Tonbe, Alan Dixon, Ear Trumpet (The Weekend Soul), Askell (BORG LTD), BRENDON P, The Dirty Madonna, Akio Imai, The Dirty Madonna (Fabio Sinatra), Heizo Murakami
Review: While Eli Escobar's recent album, Shout, was undeniably superb, there's little doubt in our eyes that "City Song" and "City Song Part 2: Love & Happiness" were amongst the standouts. Here, both tracks are given the remix treatment. Munich twosome COEO handles "City Song", transforming the dubbed-out, disco-influenced deep house original version into a sparkling, piano-heavy chunk of classic, late '90s New York house complete with fluttering vocal samples and oceans-deep chords. The more organic and disco-fired "City Song Part 2" is re-imagined in contrasting ways by Escobar and Ron Basejam. While the latter's Crazy P-plus-acid lines version is fine (the funk-fuelled synths are particularly ear-catching), we're slightly preferring the sweaty, restless disco thump of Escobar's own rework.
17 Jun 16
Phreeky (feat Vanessa Daou & Nomi Ruiz) - (5:46) 122 BPM
Can't Stop Dancing (feat Nomi Ruiz) - (5:58) 126 BPM
Played by: Dave Allison (Editorial), Superbreak, BACHGENAUR, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, VanDoorn, Ash Reynolds, DISCO B (LATE NIGHT SESSIONS), Evil Smarty, Alan Dixon, Djs: Most Charted - Deep House, BRENDON P, MANIK, SITUATION, Sean McCabe, Meggy
Review: Having previously plied his trade on a number of New York-affiliated imprints (Wurst, Night People NYC and Nervous offshoot Nurvous amongst them), Eli Escobar makes his debut on Transatlantic label Classic. Opener "Phreeky" features contributions from regular collaborators Vanessa Daou and Nomi Ruiz, and is little less than a killer combination of classic piano-house grooves, party-starting disco samples, relentless cowbells and choice old school vocal samples. It's something of a belter, all told, and one of Classic's strongest releases of recent times. Escobar continues this retro-futurist feel on the Masters At Work-via-Detroit-and-Chicago vibe of "Can't Stop Dancing", where vibraphone solos and whispered female vocals ride an Andres-styles deep house rhythm.
10 Nov 17
Night Of Desirable Objects - (6:56) 114 BPM
Y'all Right - (5:34) 112 BPM
Petit Prince Du Macadam - (3:04) 93 BPM
Ivoire - (8:15) 122 BPM
Look At Me Or I'll Steal Your Eyes - (7:55) 111 BPM
Devoted To U - (10:09) 120 BPM
Oyabun - (5:46) 110 BPM
Kickflipin' That Stuff - (3:36) 97 BPM
Jah Love - (7:46) 87 BPM
Played by: Matt Quirk (Twerk Douglas), FINGERMAN, YAM WHO?, Kisk, Alkalino, BACHGENAUR, 80's Child, South Beach Recycling, Tom Lown (Lucky Sun Recordings), Akio Imai, Heizo Murakami, Melon Bomb
Review: Many thought that Moonrise Hill Material co-founder Folamour's acclaimed second album, Umami, would only ever appear on vinyl. Happily, Classic has licensed it and here makes it available as a digital download for the very first time. The album boasts few surprises to those who know his catalogue and sees the hyped producer accompany dusty, sample-heavy deep house club jams with a smattering of soulful, MPC style beat workouts. There's naturally little in the way of flabby filler, just a wealth of good grooves heavily influenced by soul, jazz and disco. Highlights include the Theo Parrish/Andres style jazzy deep house of "Look At Me Or I'll Steal Your Eyes", the head-nodding hip-hop soul of "Kickflippin' That Stuff" and the full-throttle disco-house of "Ivoire".
21 Jul 17
When U Go (edit) - (3:32) 122 BPM
When U Go - (6:58) 122 BPM
When U Go (MoBlack remix) - (7:00) 124 BPM
When U Go (MoBlack dub) - (6:13) 124 BPM
Played by: Girls Of The Internet
Review: Rather confusingly, Girls of the Internet are not scantily clad ladies with a passion for music production and webcams, but rather two mask-wearing blokes who closely guard their secrecy. This is their first single since 2014 and marks their first appearance on Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's long running house imprint, Classic. Interesting, "When U Go" is something of a slinky and seductive affair; an unfussy, slow burn deep house shuffler blessed with in immaculately soulful vocal and some subtle jazz guitar flourishes. Italian producer MoBlack provides the obligatory remixes. His two revisions (vocal and dub) add a little rhythmic pressure (thanks to some jaunty, bossa-house beats) and subtle dreaminess, whilst retaining the best parts of the duo's simmering original mix.
06 May 16
High Over You (Huxley remix) - (7:52) 127 BPM
High Over You (Luke Solomon's Body edit) - (5:17) 124 BPM
Lush (Catz 'n Dogz Club Tool mix) - (5:40) 124 BPM
Played by: Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House
Review: Introducing the remixes from Hannah Holland's recent EP featuring IMMA/MESS. "High Over You" gets a makeover by UK house hero Huxley which introduces a druggy, afterhours tech house vibe which perfectly suits the vocals if you ask us. It then gets a remix by label head honcho Luke Solomon who gives it some of that funky and swing fuelled Chicago deep house magic like only he can really. Finally The Catz 'N Dogz Club Tool Mix of "Lush" sounds like classic Green Velvet or Cashmere; once again suits the druggy edge of the track in the vein of the rave anthem 'Flash".
13 May 11
14 Oct 16
Review: Bay Area buddies Homero Espinosa and Mark Farina are old studio buddies, producing a string of collaborative singles for Moulton Music. Here, they recuit the services of smooth vocalist Ori Kawa and pitch up on Classic. "It's All Right" effortlessly combines the duo's usual hazy, soul-flecked deepness with the jazz-fired rhythmic swing and low-end bump more often associated with Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's imprint. This latter aspect - and its' sneaky bassline borrowed from a David Joseph/Larry Levan classic - is explored further on the superb accompanying Dub, which also includes some life-affirming piano solo business.
13 Oct 17
Honey Dijon & Tim K - "Love Muscle" (feat Nomi Ruiz) - (4:49) 117 BPM
Honey Dijon & Tim K - "Burn" (feat Jason Walker - Remastered) - (5:14) 106 BPM
Honey Dijon & Tim K - "Thunda" (feat John Mendelsohn - Remastered) - (4:33) 114 BPM
State Of Confusion (feat Joi Cardwell) - (4:56) 124 BPM
Personal Slave (feat Charles McCloud) - (3:41) 123 BPM
Houze (feat Seven Davis Jr - Houze Rebuilt mix) - (3:51) 125 BPM
Catch The Beat (feat Cakes Da Killa) - (3:48) 126 BPM
Lift - (4:52) 123 BPM
Honey Dijon & Tim K - "Look Ahead" (feat Sam Sparro) - (3:46) 124 BPM
808 State Of Mind (feat Shaun J Wright & Alinka) - (7:00) 124 BPM
Honey Dijon & Tim K - "Why" (feat Nomi Ruiz) - (5:04) 95 BPM
Honey Dijon & Tim K - "Burn" (feat Jason Walker - Black Water remix) - (12:10) 106 BPM
Review: Given that she first worked with the Classic Music Company 15 years ago, it seems fitting that the label is releasing the long serving Chicagoan's debut album. Described by its creator as a "very personal statement", the set contains a mixture of remastered gems from the vaults and fresh new material - including a swathe of collaborative cuts featuring headline-grabbing names such as Seven Davis Jr, Joi Cardwell, Sam Sparro and regular studio sparring partner Tim K. It's naturally rooted in deep house, but also rather varied, with the First Lady of Chicago House variously doffing a cap to classic jack-tracks, smooth soulful fare, synth-laden boogie-house, wide-eyed late '80s fare and Dancemania-inspired hip-house. The set also contains a rather wonderful cover version of Carly Simon's "Why".
16 Jun 17
Catch The Beat (edit) - (3:48) 126 BPM
Catch The Beat - (7:17) 126 BPM
Catch The Beat (instrumental) - (7:17) 126 BPM
Played by: Juno Recommends Funky House
Review: Honey Dijon may sound like a type of mustard, but is in fact a Chicago-raised DJ known for producing hot and peppery joints. Inspired by Danny Tenaglia's sets at legendary 90s club Twilo, Dijon is travels the world playing everywhere from the Sub Club to Berghain. Whenever she's got a spare minute in all this, she's also dedicates her spare time to transgender activism. Here however she's doing what she does best - delivering a pulsating tech-house stormer that balances tough beats with delicate rhythms. Cakes Da Killa adds some MC flow, bringing a touch of old skool hip-house vibes in the process.
21 Apr 17
Personal Slave - (6:17) 123 BPM
Personal Slave (Drum Machine mix) - (6:14) 123 BPM
Personal Slave (Matrixxman Dungeon dub) - (5:32) 130 BPM
16 Oct 15
29 Oct 12
Beau Mot Plage (Freeform Reform Parts I & II) - (10:38) 128 BPM
Beau Mot Plage (original) - (6:38) 128 BPM
Beau Mot Plage (Freeform Reform edit) - (3:53) 128 BPM
Beau Mot Plage (Onionz Mash Up) - (9:10) 123 BPM
Played by: Juno Classics
11 Aug 17
Review: Fresh from a rock solid outing on Midnight Riot, Australia-based American James Curd returns to longtime home Classic. This time round, he has Shaun J Wright in tow, whose effortlessly soulful vocals - frequently chopped up and manipulated by boompty survivor Curd - rise above stretched-out pads, bubbly synthesizer melodies and energetic-but-unfussy drums on the duo's brilliant original version. Curd's loved-up synthesizer motifs and the bouncy groove are naturally given greater prominence on the accompanying Dubstramental version, which also includes even more cut-up snippets of Wright's brilliant vocal. While Curd rarely disappoints, "Now I Believe" is undoubtedly his strongest single for some time.
06 Oct 14
Freak In Motion - (7:30) 124 BPM
One Eyed Jack's - (6:49) 123 BPM
One Eyed Jack's (accapella) - (3:44) 82 BPM
30 Sep 16
Telephone Call - (6:28) 124 BPM
A Thing Called J (feat S L F) - (7:06) 124 BPM
Z's House (feat Rogue D) - (6:24) 125 BPM
Played by: Alkalino
Review: The revival of Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon's Classic Music Company continues apace, with Hot Natured man Luca Cazal the latest to join the stable. Predictably, he hits the ground running, lacing short snippets of Prince style vocals over a bumpin', low-slung deep house groove on E.P opener "Telephone Call". In contrast, "Z's House", featuring the distinctive spoken word vocals of Rogue D, sounds like a Hot Creations-era take on the jazz-flecked, mid-2000s Chicago boompty of Mike Dixon and Honey Dijon. Finally, S L F lends a hand on E.P closer "A Thing Called J", a fizzing combination of heavy, undulating bass, snappy percussion, wonky vocals and drunken acid lines.
15 Apr 13
10 Jun 13
We Go (feat Natalie Broomes - extended Club mix) - (6:49) 122 BPM
We Go (feat Natalie Broomes - extended dub mix) - (6:49) 122 BPM
We Go (feat Natalie Broomes - Bbq remix) - (9:27) 126 BPM
We Go (feat Natalie Broomes - Bbq dub) - (6:40) 126 BPM
29 Oct 12
Lonely Dancer (Dance Away The Pain) - (6:58) 120 BPM
Lonely Dancer (Dance Away The Pain) (Ewan Pearson Into The Night remix) - (8:42) 123 BPM
Lonely Dancer (Dance Away The Pain) (Emperor Machine Restretched vocal version) - (11:36) 120 BPM
Lonely Dancer (Dance Away The Pain) (Ewan Pearson Into The Night instrumental) - (8:42) 123 BPM
Lonely Dancer (Dance Away The Pain) (Bonus dub) - (6:42) 120 BPM
28 Jul 14
The Acid Games (feat Nick Maurer) - (7:16) 120 BPM
Stop The Riot (feat Sam Lynham) - (8:02) 124 BPM
Second Hand Blues - (7:38) 122 BPM
Review: There's something pleasingly old-fashioned about Luke Solomon's latest missive for the re-born Classic imprint. Lead cut "The Acid Games", for example, sounds like something Solomon himself may have put out with one-time partner in crime Justin Harris on their Music for Freaks label back in the mid-noughties. Nick Maurer's quirky spoken vocal perfectly compliments Solomon's boompty-light beats and a typically snaking acid line. The eccentric title track - all wild vocals, hustling guitar licks and low-end pressure - feels like a long-lost Greens Keepers record (circa their career-defining What's My Man Got To Do With Gan? release), while "Second Hand Blues" sounds like an unlikely studio hoedown between Derrick Carter and Jimi Hendrix, with Soundstream on the edits.
27 Oct 17
Played by: Matt Quirk (Twerk Douglas), Valique, FINGERMAN, Thatmanmonkz (Shadeleaf Music), YAM WHO?, Chris Rhythm / SUPER MOTION, RocknRolla Soundsystem, BACHGENAUR, Juno Recommends Disco, LIMPODISCO, Alan Dixon, Bruno Le Kard, Hard Ton, FRAN DEEPER
Review: Label boss Luke Solomon returns to Classic with his first original offering in three years. On "Light You Up", Solomon recruits the poetic talents of Queen Rose and his recent disco cohort Amy Douglas - who's no stranger to Classic having collaborated with Juan Maclean on the Peach Melba project. For its live and loose feel, Solomon brings in long-time friend Andy Neal on bass and guitar and Powerdance bandmate Danny Ward aka Moodymanc behind the drums. With its sleazy guitar lick and absolutely fine vocal work over those snaking rhythms and liquid bass: it's already being championed by the likes of Horse Meat Disco. The track was mixed down by West Coast deep house legend Lance DeSardi for Builders Of Paradise.
01 Apr 16
Illusions - (8:28) 123 BPM
Illusions (Eric Kupper & Kenny Summit Present Proper remix) - (6:03) 123 BPM
Illusions (Bas Ibellini remix) - (6:37) 126 BPM
Review: Los Angeles native Mikey V takes a break from usual studio partner Eddie B to release this monster EP on Luke Solomon and Derrick L. Carter's Classic Music Company. "Illusions" is the kind of tunnelling dark house that's reminiscent of classic Felix Da Housecat vibes on Nervous. NYC deep house legend Eric Kupper is back on the scene after a long hiatus with a bit of help from Kenny Summit making the track a much deeper journey reminiscent of Sydenham & Ferrer's old stuff; not at all a bad thing. Finally London's Bas Ibellini fresh off a release on Tuskegee gives the track a sweet minimal makeover that's druggy and rolling and perfect for the afterhour's scene.
29 Oct 12
About You - (7:54) 120 BPM
About You (Tom Ellis Bump mix) - (7:33) 120 BPM
About You (Tom Ellis Lounge mix) - (6:57) 120 BPM
About You (Mic Newman's remix For You) - (6:24) 120 BPM
Played by: The Littlemen
13 Jan 17
Wonky Bassline Disco Banger (KiNK remix) - (8:03) 127 BPM
Wonky Bassline Disco Banger (Leopard Eats Luke edit) - (7:47) 125 BPM
Played by: Dirty Channels, YAM WHO?, Lempo, Dj steef, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Disco, Juno Recommends Deep House, Djs: Most Charted - Deep House, Massimo Vanoni (The Smoker), Tomasz Guiddo, SEEN ON TV, Sound On Sound, Melon Bomb
Review: Given the success of Red Rack'em's hard-to-beat "Wonky Bassline Disco Banger", we were initially skeptical of this remix package. Happily, all involved have done a good job in offering a fresh slant on one of the club hits of 2016. KiNK steals the show with a version that strips out much of the original's disco flavour, instead combining Rack'em's wonky electronics with trippy new noises and freakishly druggy elements. The result is a fine chunk of heavyweight weirdo-house. Classic chief Luke Solomon joins forces with the mighty Eats Everything and Lord Leopard on the virtual flipside, serving up a skewed version that veers from loose disco-house warmth to brain-melting electronic wonkiness, and back again.