well… i could not leave without dropping this one. i do not think it needs much introduction. it came out on a white label and it said isolee on the central biscuit as you can see in the picture.
what else do you need? isolee is synonym with distinctive musical quality so i bought it without listening to it. and i was not disappointed. on the face is a top vocal house tune. on a closer listening (with headphones preferably) you will note loads of quirkiness and playful electronics/effects masterfully dropped on it.
as with anything isolee does, it is warm, approachable, very danceable and…uhmm… thought provoking. an absolute carpe diem hymn.
derrick carter and luke solomon have had a great idea. To re-release all the Classic Music Company catalogue. it is good because it was a record label that defined the sound of house music with a strong Chicago influence in the late 1990s and 2000s. Gemini’s ‘Swimmin’ wit’ Sharks’, Isolee’s ‘Beau Mot Plage’, Dj Sneak ‘You Can’t Hide From Your Bud’ or any Rob Mello No Ears dub excursion, were all repeatedly spinned worldwide by many dj’s and became content of many house compilations and dj mixes. Proper ‘boompty boomp’.
That was last decade. There is a whole new generation that is alien to the Classic sound and now in the all-digital era, it was well missed. Apparently all vinyl releases have been remastered and there will be some new new additions to the catalogue that for first time will be available as digital download.
Expect a revival in deep house!
Here you have a bit of taster, courtesy of youtube, since I do not have time to digitize this all-time favorite of mine. Gemini has always been on the edge. House music with a bit of a twist and craziness. Be that in the vocals, melody or in the synths and effects. The result is total genius and uncompromising driving 4/4. And this is perhaps (together with ‘we are the future’ in the same e.p.) his best legacy.
a good informative mini article on Spencer Kincy a.k.a. Gemini can be read on this excelent French blog.
The last I have read about this guy is that he lives rough in the streets and suffers some mental illness. Very very sad. Hope to be wrong and somebody correct me please.