2021 May 22     
2 Bit Thugs

Andrew Emil gets his remix mitts on the S&S Records back catalogue

If your house tastes lean towards soulful US vibes, you're not going to want to miss this monster 34-track collection from S&S Records. For those that don't know, the label was set up by Steve 'Silk' Hurley and Shannon 'DJ Skip' Syas in 2005, and now they hand over the keys to their vaults to current Chi-town hero Andrew Emil, AKA Change Request, as they invite him to work a little of his remix magic.

A little back-story here. Born in Kansas, a young Emil so excelled in the classical percussion training he started aged 10, that by his early 20s he was a fully paid-up member of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra – but a move to Chicago for college in the 90s saw him fall head-over-heels in love with house music, in which arena he's been plying his trade ever since, building an ever-growing reputation with his soul- and jazz-infused production style, both as Change Request and under his own name. 

And now he busts out some of those chops all over an eclectic selection of cuts which range from first-gen anthem Baby Wants To Ride to brand new material, via a host of tracks that first came out in the 90s, 00s and 2010s. With over a dozen different tracks presented in – as stated above – a whopping 34 mixes, there's no room here to go into each one individually. Just one look at the artists involved, though – Roy Davis Jr, Ce Ce Peniston and Syleena Johnson for starters, not to mention Common, Yusuf Malik and Kanye West – should be enough to tell you whether you need this album in your collection or not.

But – also as stated above – if you like your house on the soulful side and served with a jazzy twist, I'd suggest you probably do, with the pleasingly squelchy new Jamie Principle re-rub leading the charge for yours truly while a take on D-Train's You're The One For Me, tucked away at the end and credited to (deep breath) Christopher Williams, Carolyn Griffey, Steve 'Silk' Hurley, DJ Skip & Zonum, proves an unexpected treat.

Oh, and gotta love the way the sleeve looks like a jazz LP from 1957, too! Don't think we didn't notice…

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: Out now



Review Score: 8




Tags: Steve 'Silk' Hurley, DJ Skip, Jamie Principle, Roy Davis Jr, Common, Yusuf Malik, Ce Ce Peniston, Syleena Johnson, S&S Records, Chicago, soulful house