Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Timo Garcia & The Chesire Catz remix)
Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Tom Belton S Ssl Re-rub)
Review: Coldcut return with the stand-out single from their critically-acclaimed album, "Sound Mirrors". The pioneering duo take Joe South's classic 70s hit "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" and re-work it in the tradition which started with their own "Autumn Leaves" and incorporates Massive Attack's "Unfinished Sympathy" amongst others. And, as usual, Coldcut know how to pick a collaborator. Robert Owens should need no introduction. One of the true legends of house music, his career as a musical innovator (as well as the possessor of an all-time great voice) runs from pioneer days as one half of Fingers Inc in Chicago in the 80s right up to collaborations with Photek and London Elektricity, via any number of classic tunes including "Tears", "I'll Be Your Friend" and "Ordinary Son". The version of the tune included on the single ties the epic nature of Coldcut's production to a skipping, swinging house rhythm and the kind of anthemic build that leaves you exhausted. It's a truly beautiful piece of music, the contrast between the delicacy of Owens' voice and the weight of the orchestration perfectly realised. And that's before you've even reached the mixes. Tiga takes the original, strips out the music and replaces it with technoid pulses and a harder dancefloor rhythm, with the sweetness of Owens' voice cutting through the intensity. Henrik Schwarz (of Berlin-based Sonar Kollektiv) builds the original into a melancholy, jazzy number which still sets the foot tapping. Tom Belton goes straight for the disco-funk hands-in-the-air jugular, before Timo Garcia hardens up the kick for a full-on club odyssey.
Sara Parker - "My Love Is Deep" (Blak 'N' Spanish)
Rusharn - "Mine O Mine" (Trapped vocal mix)
Masters Of The Underground - "Reach For The Top" (II Tough vocal mix)
Review: From the label: Three slamming garage tracks all from the 90's - Blak 'N ' Spanish mix of Sara Parker - My love is deep, Vocal cut from Rusharn with Mine O Mine & lastly underground track from Masters Of the Underground - Reach For The Top. A must need EP for the true garage heads .
Prince Dred & Bunny Sigler - "Freak Like Me" (DJ Dan mix) (7:06)
DJ Homewrecker - "New World In My View" (Saison remix) (6:06)
DJ Mes - "90s Groove" (6:18)
Rescue - "Here & Now" (6:49)
Review: Of the many threads to the excellent Oakland-based deep house stable Guesthouse, the Super Secret Squirrel Trax series is one of the surefire highlights. Loaded with choice operators locked into some serious West Coast funk, things kick off in fine style with the infectious party starting antics of Prince Dred and Bunny Sigler, who get the remix treatment from DJ Dan on "Freak Like Me". Saison takes a more mainline approach when reworking DJ Homewrecker, while DJ Mes is in heads down mode on the tracky but addictive "90s Groove". Rescue's "Here & Now" serves up a cheeky R&B re-rub for the peak time crowd.
Review: Italian producer Reekee is back on his Wrong Notes label with another assured take on the soulful house template, which leads in with the bugged-out funk of "Another Day." Erik Rico's vocals sound on-point for this track, pushing Reekee's production into the stratosphere. "Tell Me Something" keeps the vibe resolutely deep, while "Feel Good" shuffles through a heads down club workout of the highest caliber. You'd be forgiven for thinking this record was landing on a label like Kai Alce's NDATL. Patrice Scott lends his masterful touch to "Another Day", edging the track into a different plain of emotional expression without losing the focus of Rico's vocal.
Review: Fully tapped into the true US tradition of soulful house music, Riccardo Masi has been delivering the goods for the past couple of years to labels like Uzuri and his own Wrong Notes Records. On this new single the good vibes just keep on flowing, kicking off with Erik Rico's on-point vocal draped over "Reaching". Rico also forms the centre point of "No One Else", another masterclass in pattering drums and honey-coated keys. "Tortellini Jazz" shores up on the B-side, drafting in Paolo Campani to lay down some sultry sax tones over the mellow chords and playful Rhodes trills.
Love Ain't Just A Word (feat Anne Marie & Dizzee Rascal) (4:02)
Rumour Mill (feat Anne Marie & Will Heard) (4:06)
Common Emotion (feat Mnek) (4:49)
Go Far (feat Will Heard) (4:31)
Foreign World (feat Anne Marie) (4:19)
Too Cool (feat Ella Eyre) (3:59)
Bloodstream (with Ed Sheeran) (5:10)
Treading On Water (feat Sinead Harnett & Will Heard) (5:15)
Needn't Speak (feat Lianne La Havas) (4:58)
Lay It All On Me (feat Ed Sheeran) (4:02)
New Day (feat Bobby Womack) (4:20)
Review: The second album from London's soul-loving, pop-munching, chart-bashing crew Rudimental enjoys a vinyl release. Peppered with big vocal appearances including Bobby Womack, Ella Eyre, Dizzee Rascal and Ed Sheeran, the album ranges from their signature shiny drum & bass to soulful house ("Go Far"), rare groove style funk ("Common Emotion") and all shades in between from sultry and smoochy to out-and-out festival unifiers.