Review: Washington, DC-based Sol Power Records specialise in "deep sounds inspired by Planet Earth", or to put it another way, deep house that draws extensively on Latin and African music for inspiration. And here, the Sol Power All-Stars bring us three tracks in a total of five different mixes that exemplify the label's ethos perfectly, replete as they are with complex hand percussion, chanted tribal vox, stuttering Latin rhythms and all the other elements you'd expect. If you're NOT a huge Latin/Afro fan, though, then Jaco Matthew's more overtly house-ified remix of 'VA Se Da' may still be of interest.
Review: Washington DC Afro-electronic fusionists Sol Power All-Stars come to Soul Clap Records with their fifth EP release, which features two original tracks plus a remix apiece. 'Take Heed' is a hypnotic Afro-houser built around steppy tribal percussion, a heavyweight, surging bassline and a gutsy vocal performance from Denise Henderson, while the accompanying Kaytronic Heed N' Dub tones down the Afro percussion and places a nagging synth front and centre. The other original, 'It Ain't Right', is a more soulful, smoother-flowing Afro-house jam with a fine saxophone topline, while the Dubbed In DC Mix takes us into 3am tribal territory.