Category Archives: House

M-Swift – Four Seasons Of Love (Makoto 4/4 Refix)

Better known for his drum n’ bass productions, Japan’s Makoto has dropped a preview of a new house remix he has done for fellow Japanese artist, M-Swift. It’s interesting because Makoto brings elements more familiar to uplifting drum n’ bass and builds them into a house track that is, perhaps unsuprisingly, uplifting.

Check it:

Not sure of release dates, but it should be out in the coming months. You can follow Makoto on Twitter (@humanelements).

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Meikbar – Sunshine

Sweet, sweet deep house that is remarkably more than 10 years old now. ‘Sunshine’ was an earlier Rush Hour release from back in the day. It still sounds fresh:

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Georg Levin – In Your Car (DJ Spinna Vocal Remix)

This is without a doubt one of my favourite soulful house cuts. DJ Spinna just does this better than anyone.

Complete with George Levin’s almost casual delivery and ‘nah nah’ vocal breakdown mid-way through, a sort of bouncy bass line and a gorgeous keyboard solo – it has all the ingredients.

The vinyl is still relatively easy to obtain. Check discogs or your local good record shop.

Did I mention I love DJ Spinna?

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Onra – L.O.V.E

French beatmaker, Onra, provides a sample of what’s in store for his forthcoming album. The preview track ‘L.O.V.E’ sees Onra continue down an irresistible path of 80s boogie-infused slow burning house, soul and hip-hop.

Check it – the bass is nasty:

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(Dez) Andrés – As We Rock On

I’m generally sceptical when anyone takes an MJ hit and plays with it. But Dez Andres has created a deep house edit that nicely uses the familiar key arrangement and vocal sample of ‘Rock With You’, while adding a not too overpowering deep bass beat. It’s a solid effort that has echoes of Theo Parrish/Kenny Dixon:

Dez has put out some lovely sounds ranging from more downtempo arrangements (check out ‘About Time’) to the sort of deep organic house championed by Moodymann (which sort of explains why he was signed to the Mahogani label, I guess).

Hard to find info on him, it must be said.

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R-Tyme – R-Theme (Mayday mix)

This is Detroit techno. The twin production genius of Derrick May and Darryl Wynn saw this classic emerge on the back of some nice strings and Detroit beat breakdowns.

Moody at times, it is also making me type faster.

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Paul Simon – Love Is Eternal, Sacred Light (Applejac’s Cosmic Dance remix)

Apple Jac is one talented peep. He began spinning classic hip-hop jams in the 90s as part of a DJ super-group out of Atlanta, before branching out into his own remixes and music productions encompassing soul, hip-hop, house, and even leftfield jams. He’s down with DJ Spinna so that is always a big tick in my book.

Trawling through his Souncloud profile you’ll find a stack of impressive work in his portfolio. The latest one to get an upload is a remix he has done of one of Paul Simon’s newly released tracks, ‘Love Is Eternal, Sacred Light’. It seems it has been submitted as part of a remix competition.

Now this is cosmic, almost dubbed out, house music. It would fit beautifully into a set following something a bit more organic and funkified. I like it!

So make sure you vote online for his remix via here (no registration is needed).

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