Review: Since David Morales delivered his first Red Zone remixes at the turn of the '90s, the occasional project has showcased some of his most potent work. This third collection of original Red Zone productions was, like its predecessors, inspired by the kind of dark and hypnotic grooves favoured at the legendary NYC club night of the same name. There's much trippy, club-ready late night fare to be savoured throughout - see the clandestine throb of "Pascari", the heavy pressure of "Overdrive", '90s nostalgia of "Atmosfear" and TB-303 driven house psychedelia of "Focus" - but also a smattering of muscular deep house positivity. "Feel The Drum", where drowsy chords and marimba style melodies cluster around dense, Latin style percussion, is particularly impressive.
Review: Back in the late '80s and early '90s David Morales first earned a name for himself as resident at New York's Red Zone, pumping out a signature of deep house. Here he revisits those heady days with more tracks riffing off that original sound. There are eight in total, with raw and nasty opener "Rocking Music" almost certainly an authentic staple of his early sets, with the rest being modern jams. Highlights include the sleek, late night Latin-house jaunt "Brooklyn Friends Groove", the brash rave-funk of "Chicago" and the deep sleaze of "Bass Zone".
Review: Morales returns to the bold chunky soulful sound he really made a name for himself with 20 years ago; a hook that nags so hard you'll be humming it for weeks, beats that chugging so relentlessly you won't sleep for weeks and a groove so funky you'll be shifting you booty for hours, "Lovin" has all the hallmarks of a straight up summer anthem. Move over deep house, it's time for soulful house to shine again.
Don't You Want My Love (Disco mix) - (8:48) 126 BPM
Don't You Want My Love (Glitterbox mix) - (10:06) 126 BPM
Review: It's been nearly 20 years since David Morales scored a hit with stomping disco-house favourite "Needin' U", which was credited to The Face. Here he dusts down the pseudonym and uses it for the first time in almost a decade. Regular vocalist Nicki Richards returns to add her soaring, soulful tones to a superior chunk of jaunty, string-laden disco-house that features far more authentic musical touches - walking disco bass, rising horns, and so on - than the producer's previous sample-based outings as The Face. The high quality Disco Mix - nine minutes of unashamed dancefloor release - is accompanied by the arguably superior Glitterbox Mix, a kind of stretched-out instrumental dub that includes some killer new piano lines and a more prominent role for Morales' sweeping orchestration.