Vincent Floyd – I Dream You
Rush Hour continue to reissue the works of Chicago house legend Vincent Floyd with I Dream You; a four track EP originally released in 1993 on Dance Mania. In contrast to the label’s legendary ghetto house sound, Floyd’s work takes a side-road through lush, dreamy and highly emotive analogue tones, evoking the early works of Larry Heard. With its languid horns and delicate use of space, ‘Get UP’ is a particular highlight off the release, with Floyd’s unique and emotionally wrought take on deep house being a clear influence on the likes of the Pender Street Steppers and Andras Fox.
Westbam and Nena – ‘Oldschool Baby (Piano Remix)’
A regular fixture in the sets of Kompakt boss Michael Mayer, Westbam and Nena‘s old school classic has been reissued by Fuck Reality, and comes repackaged with two remixes by Smallville and Gerd Janson. With its uplifting piano keys, ambient textures and Nena’s ‘ angelic “we are the old school” vocal line, it’s the original which still stands out on the re-release.
Painel De Controle – ‘Relax’
The Athens of the North continues its fine run of releases with a slice of Brazilian boogie courtesy of Painel De Controlle’s 1979 classic ‘Relax‘. The band throw everything on the table, combining jazz flutes, dreamy strings, Portuguese vocals and a classic disco bassline to create a perfect jam ready for the summer. If Nile Rodgers and Brazilian legend Marcos Valle made a song together, we suspect it would sound something like this.
Loui$ – ‘Pink Footpath’
A favourite of Todd Terje and Hunee , Loui$’ 1985 track ‘Pink Footpath’ is one of most widely loved and sought after Italo-disco tracks. By slowly building the track around a dubby boogie bassline, a gentle strum of an electric guitar and euphoric synths, Loui$ exchanges the conventional ‘in-your-face’ style of italo-disco for something much more considered, classic and unforgettable. ‘Pink Footpath’ sounds as fresh now as it is did 30 years ago.
Pepe Bradock – ‘Deep Burnt’
By looping a sample of Freddie Hubbard’s ‘Little Sunflower‘, French legend Pepe Bradock quite simply made one of the most affecting, ambitious and virtuoso deep house tracks of all time. Countless producers such as Leon Vynehall and Midland have gone some way to evoke the same tension and timelessness of ‘Deep Burnt’ but none have eclipsed Bradock’s genius. The 1991 classic is being reissued on the producer’s own Atavisme label.