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5 Forgotten Soulful House Classics


5 FORGOTTEN SOULFUL HOUSE CLASSICS

I like to pride myself on the preservation of certain records that never get the full credibility that they deserve. Far too many times I see albums and tracks come out from back in the day that are the same old tired songs and tracks that are over played and often over rated. Yes I have complained about those evil major record label practices before of re-wrapped and repackaged plastic fake nostalgia.

Lets tell another little part of the real story shall we? with a selection of remixes and tracks that either have been forgotten in the mists of time or just simply mislaid on the shelves because maybe these records were and are too honest for those tacky compilations. So here is another fine selection of classic gems selected by me, but this time focused on the more smooth emotional but yet very soulful side of the dance floor. Tracks that deserve to be fully resurrected, in no particular. Enjoy.
      


KENLOU GIMME GROOVE MAW RECORDS 1995



One of those infectious tracks that is massively repetitive but somehow never gets boring. An almost dream like record with a soft harmonious vocal sample and the loop hook taken from Bob James Soulful Jazz classic I Feel Like Making Love from 1974. This track has all the trademarks that MAW had in those days, which were tough live clanging beats, accompanied always with smooth loops and samples. As I stated, its a very repetitive groove but one that never tires.

SADE PEARLS UNKNOWN ARTIST REMIX RED VINYL BOOTLEG 1994


Early 1994 this red vinyl bootleg appeared in the stores. I remember hearing this on the dance floor at a club called Venue 44 by DJ Graham Park. It was once said that Bad Boy Bill produced this, but also that it was actually Masters at Work.But other than that I have no information as to who was responsible. Its an absolute stroke of genius whoever did make this by combining a Sade ballad with a house groove.

A period in house music when it was starting to take itself rather more seriously with remixes of tracks that were never designed for a dance floor, but mixes that found their way reaching out to a new audience.  Various other remixes came out which were also bootlegs of Sades work mostly from America but this was the key track from that era of obscure bootleg remixes. This sublime remix has those haunting strings during the introduction on top of the hook vocal and the wailing Hallelujah vocal makes this a definite early morning groove. Beautifully put together and still sounds as fresh today as it ever did.


ANDY CALDWELL ALL I NEED NAKED MUSIC RECORDINGS 2001




Post millennium soulful house is what I would call this beauty. The big comedown from the 90s may have seemed subtle at the time as millions of clubbers began to leave behind the mayhem in pursuit of more chill out based music such as Moby and Dido. There was a change in the air that was refreshing to say the least for club land, and this came partly due to the rise in bar culture and the need for more soulful music to be the ambience of the night. 

This track is one of those made to order from that era in the early 2000's. its smooth Rhodes chords and little swishy synths and funky wah wah guitar vibes make this a smooth classic indeed. The vocal is as sexy as every other vocalist on that label ever were. Perfectly sung and with no fakeness in the deliverance, its pure soulful house on the highest and most wonderful scale.  

SOUTH ST PLAYERS WHO KEEPS CHANGING YOUR MIND FRESH FRUIT 1994


When this remix came out in late 93 from Hollands world famous Fresh Fruit records and its in house producers DJ Zki and Dobre. It was in comparison to many other tracks at that time to be very fast and it always had to be slowed down to a minus pitch due to its fast tempo. But you have to bare in mind that the same guys who produced the hit anthem under the name The Goodmen and their massive military drum anthem entitled Give It Up in that same year makes it all understandable. At that time in Europe, House & Techno was produced at a much faster tempo than its UK and USA counterparts. Many of those tracks were simply dubbed Euro-House, but they did come up with some absolute corkers throughout this era, and this is one of them.

This remix was nothing like its original mix which was put out by Strictly Rhythm. It removes the verse chorus structure and gives us a very short vocal hook of only part of the chorus. Accompanied by some very menacing strings and the warmest pads known to man, it really does have a superb quality about it. This was one of the highlight tracks on John Digweeds classic Journeys by DJ'S mix tape and has also seen countless remixes over the years by Sure is Pure and others that slip my memory. But here in its European form this remix deserves much more recognition.



D-NOTE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS X PRESS 2 REMIX DORADO RECORDS 1995



Again another Sunday morning track that belongs at the after party. This however was often used in warm up sets and was a staple in my early sets during that period. A stunning and hypnotic remix by X-Press 2, with the Marimba styled melodies that breeze through with the rolling echo effected drum loops nicely carrying along the strings and Jazz like pianos in perfect unison. The vocals are just as mesmerising with the track having plenty of space for each section which dips in and out of the dynamics that carry it off into the cosmos. Perfect chill house years before the phrase was ever coined.  

       
                          







5 Forgotten Soulful House Classics 5 Forgotten Soulful House Classics Reviewed by Waxadisc Music on 07:21 Rating: 5

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