Pierre 'This Is House' (essence esr 022)
is house, the way it was, the way it is,up in the clubs
this is house, the way we dance, the way we move, now this is
house, its who we are, its what we do, remember
Larry, remember Ron, the Music Box, Paradise Garage, now this
DJ Pierre is no stranger when it comes to epic tracks. This
Is House is one of his most epic ever and thats
counting Acid Trax, Generate Power and Masterblaster to name
just three. A tribute to the originators of house music, This
Is House returns to the spoken word format pioneered by
Pierre with Phutures Your Only Friend and We Are Phuture
- and backs it with a truly awesome groove built on floor shaking
beats, massive drops, a fistful of neo-acid effects and the
best bassline of the year. There arent many tracks that
simultaneously make the playlists of Louie Vega the first
to play the record in Miami this year David Morales,
Roger Sanchez AND Junior Vasquez, but This Is House is one of
them. Just sometimes the many nations of house can agree on
what makes a great record.
This Is House features on the forthcoming debut compilation
CD from essence, the essence files volume 1, a double CD featuring
one disc mixed by Pierre and the other filled with full length
12 mixes of our best releases. The Wild Pitch mix
not included on the 12 features exclusively on
the double vinyl LP.
Mas featuring Kathy Brown Something For Nothing (essence esr
a long line of some of the best voices in dance music we've
just landed a vocal by diva extraordinaire Kathy Brown.
Kathy's record of amazing vocals goes back ten years to the
Praxis release 'Turn Me Out' (Cutting), which eventually became
'Turn To Sugar' when bright sparks the Sol Brothers mashed
it up with Armand Van Helden's mix of CJ Bolland's 'Sugar
is Sweeter'. Then she had 'Can't Play Around' (Cutting) and
'Joy' (Azuli) before recording a quartet of tasty tunes for
Defected with 'Don't Give Up', 'You Give Good Love' and 'Never
Again' and J Majik's 'Love Is Not A Game'. Three
of the Defected titles were originally produced and co-written
by Una Mas, who of course also have a slew of pretty damn
good releases in their own right with 'I Will Follow' and
'All I Need' on Union Square and the recent 'Get So High'
on Ultra Vinyl. The Una Mas boys Simon Law and Lee Hamblin
were also partners with Full Intention'‚s Mike Gray in our
very own Sub Rosa. Two vocal mixes and a nice deep dub make
up the package. Release date: 20th September 04
Rosa feat Sharlene Hector 'Some Changes' Hardsoul remixes (essence
the voice? Pay attention next time you watch TV and the ads
come on - the singer strolling down a street singing a song
(Nina Simone's I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free)
and handling out bottles of Coke is none other than our Sharlene,
who hails from South East London. The commercial is the first
ever to be produced in the UK and shown in the US.
Produced by Una Mass and Full Intention’s Mike Gray, the original
mixes of Some Changes were released last Summer to great acclaim
from the likes of Graeme Park, Junior Jack and Roger Sanchez,
who played the tune at the Pacha Ibiza closing party, a session
broadcast on his Release Yourself radio show.
Dutch production and remix team Hardsoul were also among the
fans, and after their inclusion of the track on their Sound
of Love & Dedication compilation, we thought they'd be ideal
candidates for the remixes, especially as their production
of Ron Carroll's Back Together was one of the biggest club
tracks of 2003.
They haven't let us down. These mixes are simply superb and
we reckon they're going to be massive: Messrs Sanchez and
Park have already been back on it. Release date: June 1
'Para Goza' Groove Junkies remixes (essence esr 016)
been admiring these LA boys' productions and remixes for a while
now, especially that 'Deeper' on their MoreHouse label, and
their mix of Ben Watt's 'Lone Cat'.
So when we met up with them in London last year and found out
they liked the original mix of 'Para Goza' so much they actually
bought one in a record shop, it seemed a great idea to get them
to let loose with their live soulful vibes on some new versions.
And have they delivered! Sax, live bass, guitar - these mixes
slam. Full Intention's Mike Gray, the original producer, has
given the new mixes his seal of approval, along with a host
of leading DJs including Ben Watt and Soulfuric's Brian Tappert.
Release date: April 5
Dove & Inaya Day 'He's My Music' (essence esr015)
Day: Hard working and talented Brooklyn singer whose resume
not only includes credits with the likes of Bootsy Collins,
Randy Crawford and a whole host of greats, but also big choons
in her own right with 'Keep Pushin' and Hold Your Head Up
High' (Boris Dlugosch), 'I Just Can't Get Enough' (Harry Choo
Choo Romero) and, lest we forget 'Horny' (Mousse T).
Dove: The Cuban homeboy from New Jersey who's remixed Kim
English and Josh Wink and has a slew of releases forthcoming
on Roger Sanchez's Stealth label.
My Music: The pair's third joint production and, we would
venture to suggest, easily their best. Day's powerful vocals
are accompanied by an equally powerful production from Dove
and the result is a pure peak time tune that's too boisterous
to play in the warm-up session. Roger Sanchez has lent huge
support on this.
date: March 15