William DeVaughn – Be Thankful For What You Got (Onur Engin Edit) (Square Records, 2010)

Here’s a top quality E.P. from last year that’s earned itself a return to my record box over the past few weeks. Onur Engin is Istanbul’s (or is it Constantinople?) finest purveyor of soulful edits and has been going from strength to strength of late. His choice of source material is always impeccable and his subtle style gives some wonderful tracks the extra power they need to sit comfortably alongside today’s peak time numbers. This E.P. on Square is the perfect example of his selection and style, taking on 4 glorious soul cuts, Diana Ross’ ‘Brown Baby’, Gene Harris’ cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘As’, João Donato’s slice of latin funk ‘O Morro Não Tem Vez’ and DeVaughn’s timeless ‘Be Thankful…’ and enhancing the groove and warmth of each of the productions modernising but without losing the authenticity and appeal of the originals. The pick of the bunch is the ‘Be Thankful’ edit, sped up enough to fit into a set, but without losing its tone, looped and extended with some lovely touches like the chimes over the intro and with those glorious vocals soaring over the top. The original was already a classic and it’d be foolish to call this an improvement, but it is fair to say that this is the version you’d use to bring a dancefloor to tears, rather than for home listening.