michael jackson – thriller (ooft music phazed edit) (l.e.s.s., 2007)

I was playing records out in a bar tonight and decided to unleash this old favourite upon the unsuspecting crowd. Needless to say the reaction was raucous, especially considering the paltry numbers there, and everyone got on board with the zombie dance. One discerning gent wanted to know which version I was playing, so I decided to share it with him and the world on here.

Thriller is part of our collective mind. It’s brilliant. Amazing then, that Ooft managed to take one of the all time top pop records and make it even better than before. There’s a long build up, echo left right and centre, the spooky spoken word, but none of the poppy verse. Instead, we’re treated to a drawn out dance workout before the chorus comes in at the end. They even use the transformation section and zombie dance from the video as the breakdown in the middle. Nuff respect. Originally on L.E.S.S. records’ ‘Forever in their Death’ compilation, this one also surfaced on the later L.E.S.S. retrospective ‘The Last Chapter’. There’s a white label bootleg of this floating about out there too, but day by day the quality L.E.S.S. edits become more and more rare, so enjoy responsibly and play on repeat this halloween.

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6th borough project – one night in the borough (delusions of grandeur, 2011)

6th Borough Project’s debut LP, and the first full length to be released on Delusions of Grandeur is weeks away. The duo, comprising of house stalwart Craig Smith, and recent man of the moment Graeme Clark (a.k.a. The Revenge and half of OOFT) deliver an album which grows out of the blueprint of slow motion disco and mid tempo house they laid down with releases on Jiscomusic and Instruments of Rapture. Taking their inspiration from the raw and soulful end of the disco spectrum the two are adept at extracting the choicest grooves and then extending them into chugging house numbers. This form continues on ‘One Night In The Borough’ where their trademark sound bridges the gap between modern disco and deep house. Over the 14 tracks the duo offer variety without ever compromising the quality of the output. For the straight up house fans there’s the deep build of ‘Changin”, the warehouse jack of ‘Iznae’ or the boogie influenced ‘Back To Me’, whilst disco fans can rejoice in ‘The Fool’ with its glorious vocal breakdown (with full on crowd noise for that live vibe) and the vocal led ‘Find A Way’. There’s also plenty of the slow motion sound that the L.E.S.S. Productions stable made their own with ‘If The Feeling’s Right’ and ‘Deep C’ rocking the lowest and deepest of head nodding grooves.

When an album like this comes around, it’s often the case that it never lives up to the hype. Thankfully here, the hype is fully justified, with the 6th Borough boys delivering an LP which consistently stands up to the promise of their previous singles, whilst working well as an album. To proceed the forthcoming full release, Delusions of Grandeur are releasing three 12″ EPs containing the album tracks, the first of which was released this monday. You can find links to buy all these goodies here alongside some of the essential Instruments of Rapture releases. As a bonus, here are some classic tracks from the 6th Borough and Revenge back catalogue.

6th Borough Project – 7 Grams of Funk

6th Borough Project – Do It To The Max

The Revenge – Night Flight

Marvin Gaye – Funky Space Reincarnation (Revenge edit)

 

rhythm kings (traveller records, 2011)

is house back for good? there has been a strong resurgence of old school done now that is pushing the re-edit mania out of business, propelling house, the essence of dance music, back in the decks…

dj Ionik, headhoncho of Finnish Traveller Records  and killer re-edit label Kojak Giant Sounds, introduces us to a triple pack of serious 4/4 deep house: Rhythm Kings.

It is a triple vinyl pack with one monster track per side. And to water your mouth and ears… OOFT and man of the moment Nicholas (No More Hits) are in here. The former give us a hypnotic deep trip of electronic music although it does not manage to take off for me. High expectations and a bit of a let down, but hey… here comes Nicholas ‘ ‘When I Think About It’, who pumps the dancefloor with soulful deep house with a 1990s flava.  He adds a gorgeous female vocal on the beat, and injects more punch with a stirring choice of infectious  synths and bassline. It is really an irresistible killer that builds slowly, and one of the top highlights here.

lesser known names, but serious contenders are Leonidas who offers slow deep house number reminiscent of the best mr. fingers or any prescription release. Discoshit’s ‘You Make Me Feel’ on Side D, is everything but disco. It is an atmospheric techy house with some great vocal samples and a driving bassline that develops into an essential track that will please house heads with a techno inclination. Superb and the dancefloor punters mos def will thank you for it.

On the same note we have Black Alley’s ‘Trying to Find a Way’. It is darker in tones and harsher but still housey enough and a potential weapon if the crowd is right

These gems will be in stock at your local purveyor of quality sounds from April 6. As with any Kojak 12″, this release is  to be appreciated better when played LOUD!

and here you have a taste of the kings of rhythm bringing deep house back for a spin

And i could not resist to add Italian wonderboy’s masterpiece in its full glory. Proper.