New mixes take the classically-styled vocal houser in more up-to-date directions
After Sanchez and Park & Sons’ original delivered a classic-style vocal house ethic earlier this year, these three remixes lead the track down more contemporary-sounding avenues.
First up is Low Steppa, who takes us on a swung-drummed, sax-tooting, piano-led funky journey. Snare rolls and risers come at you in waves as they build in all the right places, before the vocal comes in and takes control of the floor with skill and panache. The mix has forward motion from the off and should hold a crowd throughout. Next up is the legendary Junior Sanchez, whose dub gives it it a tougher twist and gets busy looping bars to give it an enduring feel. The vocal is cut and pasted in all the right places while he concentrates on the bass which, with help from the rolling percussion, builds into a wall of sound that again is a total dancefloor devastator. Finally you have Dutch newcomer Redford’s dub, which stretches vocal notes, adds a funky bass riff and choppy guitar in the quieter sections of the track and really comes up with the goods.
What we have here is a fine selection of mixes that all work equally well, but for different reasons. Picking a favourite is a pointless exercise when you can play and enjoy all three!
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 7 December
Review Score: 8