The super-duper producer is still in full effect, 30 years on
We all have our likes and dislikes, even within our chosen genre of music. iDJ's own Harold Heath, for instance, won't have house records with saxophone on them, not at any price. Others are seemingly allergic to flutes, or vocals... or, alternatively, will go absolutely crazy for anything with a funk bassline, or old-skool rave pianos, or whatever it is that floats their particular boat.
Me? I've never heard a record with Tyree Cooper's voice on it that I didn't like. And the Chi-town hip-house originator's latest team-up with Philly's Pure G.O.D, on his own Chicago Vinyl Records, is doing little to discourage my addiction.
There are four mixes of Back Home to choose from. The Original Hip-House Vocal Mix takes the A1 pride-of-place position and will delight long-terms fans, with Cooper's trademark party-hearty flow ("let's all get high tonight, get drunk get crunk get fly tonight") sitting atop jaunty beats, wiggy organ and an intricate, fat-ass b-line that's oddly reminiscent of the backing vocals from Heatwave's Boogie Nights, not to mention a soaring violin line. That leaves A2's Original Hip-House Instrumental Mix not needing too much explanation I guess, so let's flip to B1's Alternative Mix, which has more driving 4/4s and a more contemporary-style throbbing bassline. It's this rub that's then been used as the basis for B2's Bonus Beats, which completes the package.
As the song has it: "Tyree Cooper, the producer/house legend, representing/old school on all-new manoeuvres/something brand new for all body movers." Essential.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 20 November
Review Score: 9