2018 Nov 11     
2 Bit Thugs

Portsmouth duo Soul Divide make free with Loleatta Holloway's tonsil prowess here

Amplified Records return with their 52nd release, which is a fine bit of cut 'n' paste house using the vocal from Loleatta Holloway’s Love Sensation as the main hook and delivering an Original Mix and a Dirty Secretz remix that are both sure-fire dancefloor slayers.

The Original Mix of Good Vibrations starts with a percussion-led intro in an almost breakbeat style, adds some high-pitched risers to increase the tension and atmosphere, then comes in with snippets of the vocal sample and various rave stabs and sirens that give it a great old school house feel. There's a slightly distorted bassline which is a definite nod to the present bassline house craze, and when the track is in full swing it's a real groover with the vocal sounding as fresh as ever - pretty good considering it first came out in 1980! The Dirty Secretz Remix gives the track a swung backbeat from the off, and brings in the vocal in snippets, cutting it into one-beat loops with added piano stabs of the same length to give it a staccato feel at the start. As it develops you get ‘yo’s’ and other backing pad sounds that give it a smoother sound, and it certainly offers an alternative sound to the original mix.

The vocal doesn't sound tired in any way and appears to be the gift that keeps on giving to many a dance track. My favourite is the remix as it has a late nite vibe to it, but both are well worth a listen.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 9 November



Review Score: 8




Tags: Soul Divide, Amplified Records, house, Loleatta Holloway