Review: Originally released in 2011, but even more relevant today, Systematic revisit Detroit legend Parker as he dusts off the organs for a swinging homage to Seven Grand Housing Authority. With a timeless, strutting funk and perfect vocal pilfered from Jamie Foxx, if you look up 'classic house music' in the dictionary this tune will be listed. For a deeper, more contemporary (but still utterly soulful) remix then head for Romboy's take. Both are amazing. Let's get high...
Love's Got Me High (Marc Romboy Systematic Soul mix) - (6:41) 118 BPM
Love's Got Me High (Jimpster remix) - (6:34) 123 BPM
Review: The prevailing wisdom in music is 'if it ain't broke don't fix it', and we had some trepidation when we learned that there were reworks planned of Terrence Parker's "Love's Got Me High". Despite these reservations, it's clear that Romboy and Jimpster have delivered versions that are respectful of the original and certainly meet its high standards. Romboy's take centres on loose, organic drums and soulful keys, filtered subtly. These elements provide the basis for a sensuous male vocal to intone the track's title. Jimpster's take is trackier and more suited to DJ usage, its hissing, rasping percussion combined expertly with an insistent rhythm, but here too rhodsey keys and crowd screams and yells ensure it has a high soul quota. Check it!
Review: As the title suggests, Terrence's Parker's first album since 2014 was inspired by the two constants in the experienced producer's life: his Christian faith, and the ongoing struggles of Detroit. Musically, it's an unashamedly retro-futurist affair, with Parker largely delivering a range of feel good tunes that draw heavily on techno, gospel, New Jersey garage and Chicago house. Highlights are plentiful, from the warm sci-fi ambience of "The Sabbath" and rich, late '80s soulfulness of "Transition", to the bubbly techno shuffle of "Let's Go" and the rush-inducing piano house stomp that is "Don't Waste Another Minute". "Latter Rain", which is served up in two distinctive versions - the beat-less, string-drenched soul of the "Hearing The Rain Mix" and the classic US garage skip of the "After The Storm Mix" - is also superb.
Review: A veteran soul singer of James Brown and Maceo Parker fame, Martha High has been riding er, high, again of late thanks to her work with top British R&B revivalists, Speedometer. Bandleader Leigh Gracie has now produced this new studio album for Martha and it's just what their fans are expecting: 11 tracks of vintage-tinged, retro soul and funk. Highlights include the total brass-fest of "Never, Never Love A Married Man", the bright and breezy cover of "Sunny" and her acclaimed take on the late Etta James' mournful ballad, "I'd Rather Go Blind".