Review: The latest single from Horse Meat Disco's excellent debut album, Love and Dancing, is as cheery and life-affirming as its predecessors. In its original form, 'Love If You Need It' is a revivalist disco gem rich in organic instrumentation, strong vocals (this time courtesy of Fi McCluskey) and pleasingly starry synths. AS you'd expect, it comes accompanied by some notable remixes. Mousse T provides edited and extended versions of two revisions: the breezy nu-disco-meets-disco house sparkle of the 'Classic Shizzle' mix and the more driving, thrusting and breathless 'Dub You Need' re-wire. Also worth checking is Dr Packer's rather tidy rework, which adds squelchy, P-Funk style bass and smoother disco drums while smartly emphasizing McCluskey's vocals and HMD's Chic-style guitars.
Review: Originally featured on Mousse T's 2002 album Gourmet De Funk, this collaboration with soul singer Boris Jennings gets a massive reboot with all manner of remixers at the controls. Highlights include Hot Toddy's disco-dusted slinky session, Chris Minus's more electronically-slanted heads-down big room groove adventure, Triads' hypnotic, loopy deep house stomper and a variety of twists and jams from The Reflex. A celebration of a Mousse T classic and a fine snapshot of where house music is at in 2013, Peppermint Jam are bang on the money with this one.
Review: Almost a quarter century into his recording career, Mousse T has not lost his ability to create party-starting anthems. Whereas the majority of his previous releases have blended disco samples with beefed-up house beats, "Rock The Mic" - his first release for Defected's revivalist disco offshoot Glitterbox - is a little less wedded to the kind of chunky, peak-time anthems we've come to expect. The live-sounding drums and orchestral style instrumentation screams "disco", while the Plantlife style, P-funk inspired vocals tip a wink to hip-house. Naturally, there are a few filter sweeps to be found, but these only serve to emphasise the track's block party inspiration. Kon's remix is, arguably, even better, and adds even more disco instrumentation for extra 1979 authenticity.
Pablo Bolivar - "A Special Night" (feat John Vermont - Ian Pooley Main remix) - (6:49) 122 BPM
Raw Instinct - "De La Bass" (Fred Everything remix) - (6:36) 121 BPM
Sebastian Davidson - "Questionmark" - (5:41) 121 BPM
Ben Gomori - "Illusion" - (6:56) 121 BPM
Rony Breaker - "I'll Be The One" (feat Nat Mor - Platzdasch & Dix remix) - (8:02) 120 BPM
The Checkup & Deeleegenz - "My Kingdom" - (6:48) 117 BPM
Mousse T - "The Jam Files, Vol 3" (continuous DJ mix) - (2:07:00)
Review: Hannover's Peppermint Jam predicts that 2018 will be a good year for house music - and what better to support this than with the third outing of the mighty Jam Files series. The label's very own Mousse T. starts the journey with a fresh exclusive, featuring the inimitable Peven Everett on the sensual jam "Pleasure" and even a remix of his anthem "Horny" from '96 by Scott Diaz. Elsewhere, there's also a rework of the classic "Never Enough" by Hamburg legend Boris Dlugosch, plus future classics by newbies like Studioheist on their deep and soulful "In Control" featuring the smooth as silk vocals of Andre Espeut. Also, Raw Instinct get their hot track "De La Bass" reworked by Montreal hero Fred Everything. Jam Files III is the perfect offering for every house music fan or 'music connoisseur' according to the label - we'd have to agree!
Review: Some well deserved modern (and classic) renditions from some right classics of the Peppermint Jam back catalogue featured here. The Hannover based label serves up part four of the Allstars series, featuring two rare vinyl only gems and two unreleased club weapons. Label head honcho Mousse T is featured twice: with none other than the mighty "Sexbomb" - his infamous collaboration with the one and only Tom Jones. Here getting a an even sleazier late night perspective which we didn't mind at all! Next is a remix of Seductive Souls feat. Onita Boone's cover of "Aint Nobody" (Mousse T's Ain T No Good Man Mix). Plus, who can remember Ann Nesby's vocal house anthem "Love Is What We Need" from the turn of the millenium? We sure can - and legend Joe T. Vannelli's remix gives it a deep down and dirtier vibe.
Never Enough (Ian Pooley Main Change) - (8:03) 123 BPM
Never Enough (Ian Pooley vocal dub) - (6:55) 123 BPM
Never Enough (Mousse T & Boris Dlugosch Odd Couple mix) - (7:42) 121 BPM
Never Enough (Manuel Tur remix) - (6:58) 125 BPM
Never Enough (Manuel Tur dub) - (7:15) 125 BPM
Never Enough (Paskal & Urban Absolutes mix) - (6:27)
Never Enough (Drop Out Orchestra remix) - (6:50) 122 BPM
Review: 12 years down the line and Dlugosch and Murphy's "Never Enough" keeps on giving. To celebrate its current relevance in house music Dlugosch and his cronies at Peppermint have commissioned a wealth of sparkling remixes... Jesse Rose applies his trademark robust strut, Pooley goes deeper for a warped, techy groove that makes great use of the strings on the breakdown, Dlugosch and Mousse T get all 80s electro boogie on our asses, Tur strips the situation right back to a sexy techno roller, Paskal & Urban Absolutes get seriously cosmic while Drop Out Orchestra rewind to the 70s with an authentic, organic, un-quantised disco stomp. A great collection of remixes for all situations.
Review: Originally released in 1996, Ultra's soul sizzler gets a futurised refix as Mousse T unearths a few renditions that have yet to see the light of day. As with anything that features Roy Ayers, it's all about the freaky keys that positively insist you shake every wobbly bit on your body. Highlights include the flute and jazz fusion of Deepzone's dub and the classic Chicago house bumps and wriggles on KKC's remix. Mousse T's own deep house take certainly isn't to be sniffed at either. Vibes indeed.