Review: Famed across the country throughout the '90s as one of the first promoters to import big US house DJs, Hard Times' relaunch has been a refreshing reminder of house music's heritage and longstanding influence beyond the current cookie-cutter deep house bubbles. For its second release it takes us back to 1996 with eight different remixes of Karen Pollard's criminally overlooked classic. Each version slaps, but highlights include the grunting bass rumbles of Mineo's mix, the tunnelling sub drone of Mat Playford's mix and the rising refrain of the bass hook on Spen and Soulfuledge's mix.
Come Together (Malachi Insta dub) - (6:28) 124 BPM
Review: Steve Rain's Hard Times label has been a cornerstone of the house scene since its inception, back in the mid 90s, and it's still going strong to this day. In fact, we'd say that it's seen a bit of a revival as of late, and it's thanks to some breathtaking re-interpretations and remixes that it's back on our radars. Robert Owens' magical 1995 piece Come Together is enough of a lure to attract even the most jaded of house aficionados, but we get two tasty remixes to get stuck into here. Malachi is the man to provide the vibes, and his remix is what classic house is all bout - phat-ass beats, deep basslines and ethereal pads guided by angelic r&b vocals. Job's a good-un. But, there's the insta dub mix as added material, coming through with even badder bass tones, and more of a jacking swing to lift the floor...and the souls.
Bounce To The Beat (Rhythm Masters 2015 remix) - (7:32) 123 BPM
So Everybody (Get Off It) (Brotherton Wing remix) - (6:11) 124 BPM
Bounce To The Beat (Jay Vegas remix) - (5:47) 122 BPM
Review: When Sound Design aka Todd Terry dropped the original of Bounce To The Beat back in the mid-'90s he caused quite a stir in house music circles. Now the show-stopping anthem is back, this time remixed for contemporary dancefloors by two different artists. Leading the charge are the Rhythm Masters who add a bit of their trademark big room muscle to proceedings, next Jay Vegas takes things in a old skool direction with its trippy snare and organ riffs. Finally "So Everybody (Get Off It) also gets reworked into edgier underground UKF by Brotherton Wing.