Review: Over the years, many a remixer has tackled CLS's monolithic 1991 dance monster "Can You Feel It". The latest outfit attempting to scale the dizzying heights of this now rite-of-dance-music-passage is Prok & Fitch. The boys have done good too, taking over six minutes to work their magic - slowly building up looping white isle friendly bass and teasing with glimpses of the iconic keyboard riff of the original. Eventually (about halfway through) we get the vocals and that killer riff in full and, from then on in, it's peak time delirium!
Review: Translating to "every time", "Cada Vez" strikes the perfect balance of looking back to look forward. Overwhelmingly big beats and party percussion shuffles and stomps amid well-crafted vocal edits and a background chant-like texture. Hitmaker Michael Grey adds further impact with a beautifully melodic edit. Armed with a big, bold vibraphone lead, we guarantee it will hit the spot.
Review: The mighty Strictly Rhythm return with a handsome, house-fuelled stormer after a rather dormant 2013. These guys are real legends and they're always on-point - this new EP by DJ Lora is the epitome of deep house funk, with her vocals ringing majestically over sexy, driving beats and puristic, peak time melodies. Highly recommended!
Pilar (Johannes Brecht radio remix) - (9:17) 120 BPM
Pilar (club mix) - (6:27) 121 BPM
Review: Although better known for his garage influenced work, here Viennese producer Dubesque teams up with Funk 78 for something of a curveball. "Pilar" is all castanets and flamenco guitars for a big old red-blooded Latin-esque housey romp. Johannes Brecht gets a bit deeper for his own radio remix, rounding off a pleasantly unexpected EP.
Review: From the man who gave us last year's unavoidable anthem "The Trumpeter" comes another instantly infectious slice of dancefloor unity. "Fireworks Bang Bang" swings and sways with such familiar soul and funk you'll be convinced you've known it forever. Coated with the honey-like vocal tones of J Warner, peppered with the perfect amount of horns and driven by lolloping percussive groove, the balance between organic and electronic is kept in firm focus throughout. Guaranteed to be massive, you'd be advised to get on this one now.
Only Way (feat Ayah Marar - radio edit) - (3:13) 128 BPM
Only Way (feat Ayah Marar - Cause & Affect radio edit) - (3:56) 123 BPM
Only Way (feat Ayah Marar - club mix) - (5:18) 128 BPM
Only Way (feat Ayah Marar - Cause & Affect remix) - (6:46) 123 BPM
Only Way (feat Ayah Marar - dub mix) - (5:22) 128 BPM
Review: Trumpet-tooting anthem machine Foxx teams up with Tom Piper and frontgal-du-jour Ayah Marar for a show-stopping slice of bass-flexed house. Chugging with a speed garage signature, the balance between the muscular groove and Ayah's call to action vocals is kept in check throughout. Remix-wise the hotly tipped Cause & Affect retain the UKG flavour with a deeper, darker rendition. Both versions absolutely kill it, Foxx and Piper have created a summer 2014 anthem right here.
Inside My Love (Harry Wolfman & Mark Wells remix) - (6:31) 122 BPM
Inside My Love - (7:11) 122 BPM
Review: Taking a well-known Minnie Ripperton vocal (as famed on Jean Jacques Smoothie's 12 year old "2 People"), Leeds duo Magic Eye roll out a sonic carpet weaved of the thickest, most soulful shag. Underpinned by warm subs and an infectious jacking groove, it's a fine example of how to update an evergreen sample. Remix-wise Mike Mago injects a dose of big room flavour by way of timeless key stabs, a bold bass hook and super-chugged techy beats. Wolfman and Wells' remix continues the bass motif but does so with a more garage-minded drum arrangement. One incredible, untiring vocal, three killer versions; Strictly have this one nailed.
Review: Out-and-out house classic "Disco's Revenge" has been given a series of hardcore EDM steroids right here, as German duo Miami Rockers bring Gusto's 1995 bomb bang up to date. Keeping Harvey Mason's "Groovin You" sample, but very little else these new versions are nothing but peak time electro damagers. "Disco's Revenge": a disc best served hot!
Review: Classic garage vibes abound as London-based Nineteen96 live up their name and embrace the distinctive organ shots and unrestrained vocals of the late '90s with this authentic step-back. Sprightly keys, a steady jacking beat and an emphatic vocal from Gift; each one of the elements is delivered with clarity and effortless soul. A perfect fit with Strictly's heritage, this has potential to be huge - jump on it now.
Review: Forty one years old and The Beginning Of The End's afro funk anthem "Funky Nassau" continues to influence artists and dancefloors alike. Here we find Italian stallion Scavo adding some serious jack juice to the distinctive horn hook. Paying complete respect to the original - leaving the vocal and full flavoured instrumentation wholly intact - Scavo's contemporised this classic with authenticity and attention to detail. Essential.
King Of My Castle (Crazibiza remix) - (6:28) 126 BPM
Review: It's time to step inside the Strictly time machine once again. Our destination is the year 2000, and our consummate pilots on this historic journey are Hungarian house stars Crazibiza. They've taken Wamdue Project's turn-of-the-century chart-buster and given it a full-flavoured contemporary sheen with complete respect. Adding a juicy Paul Johnson-style bass shuffle to the enveloping groove, it's an out-and-out jacking house gem. Drop this and you'll be king of any dancefloor's castle.
The Hype (feat Eliza Doolittle - extended mix) - (5:02) 126 BPM
The Hype (feat Eliza Doolittle - Wookie dub) - (4:50) 128 BPM
The Hype (feat Eliza Doolittle - Danny Byrd remix) - (5:08)
The Hype (feat Eliza Doolittle - Wideboys club mix) - (6:00) 128 BPM
The Hype (feat Eliza Doolittle - S Chu remix) - (5:57) 123 BPM
The Hype (feat Eliza Doolittle - Wookie vox dub) - (4:55) 128 BPM
The Hype (feat Eliza Doolittle - Blue Slims remix) - (4:34) 124 BPM
Review: There will certainly be a lot of hype surround Wookie's recruitment of mockney popette Eliza Doolittle for his latest banger. No expense has been spared either as they've commissioned a whopping six mixes to accompany the release. The original is a classy rolling number, with jazzy pianos and everything. Elsewhere we get killer carnival vibes ("Wookie Dub"), bonkers hyperactive DnB ("Danny Byrd mix"), euphoric tranceyness ("Wideboys Club mix") and slick, restrained house ("Blue Slims remix"). It's a winner!