New York veteran DJ Dove serves up an absolute blinder here
DJ Dove may have a release CV that dates back to the mid-90s, but if you think that means he can't still put together some fresh-sounding house grooves you'd be sorely mistaken, as this two-track EP for Soulfuric Trax demonstrates.
It's all about the A-side for me here. Beggin', a joint effort with DJ Queen, takes a multi-part male soul/R&B vocal (whose source I couldn't tell you – it could be anyone from the O'Jays to Jodeci for all I know!) saying "Baby, baby I'm beggin', beggin' baby", loops it up to within an inch of its life and places it atop a background of no-nonsense 4/4s and a speed garage-style bassline that is, frankly, sheer filth. The end result is an irresistible, energetic cut that will surely rock any house dancefloor worthy of the name.
On the flip, Soul Sista is also plenty playable, being a Latin-tinged filter disco cut reminiscent of Soulfuric's glory days that'll no doubt come into its own as the 'Beefa season looms. But to these ears, it can't quite compete with the sheer belt-along gusto of Beggin'.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 8 March
Review Score: 8