DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul – President House EP

November 13, 2015 in Singles

Urban Soul President House EP King Street SoundsA 00s release from Clark gets the ‘remix and reisssue’ treatment from King Street Sounds here.

President House itself, with its proclaiming, preacher-style vocal, is presented in two mixes: a chuggy, tribal-tinged rub from Gary Caos, and a remix from 7th Star, Valentina Black and Less Hate predicated around energetic percussion and a killer descending bassline. Accompanying those are two mixes of Black In My Soul. The Apollo 44 & Konflicted Soul Remix is a driving peaktime houser with a satisfyingly funky-assed b-line, while the Valentina Black Remix ploughs a deeper, more “heads down at 3am” furrow.

Four very solid remixes so not picking a fave.

Out: This week

About: Find King Street herehere and here.

Horatio – Past, Present And Future

October 5, 2015 in Albums

Horatio Past, Present And Future Natural RhythmOnce more I find myself playing the ‘albums catch-up’ game of a Monday evening, with three quite different long-players to tell you about.

First up, this ‘collected works’ set from Horatio. If you don’t know Horatio by now, then you’ve either been living under a rock for the past couple of years or just don’t like tech-house very much, in which case you can probably stop reading at this point. If you DO know Horatio, though, then you’ll know that the hard-working Romanian’s speciality is proving that you can make straight-up tech-house without it all getting formulaic and same-old-same-old… and so it is here.

Which is another way of saying that while all 11 tracks here – a mix of old faves and upfront material, including collaborations with/remixes by the likes of Darius Syrossian, Roland Clark, Larisse Van Doorn, Reboot and Stefano Noferini – all essentially come under the tech-house umbrella, there’s enough variety on offer to make sure things never get boring, with the diva-vox’d Does It Really Matter Yos?, moody, middle eastern-tinged The Ritual, acid-squelchin’ How Much 909 Can You Take? and chunky, bassy Chicago Tales the standouts for this reviewer.

Out: Now

About: This is brought to you of course by Horatio’s own Natural Rhythm label, who you can find here, here and here.

Todd Terry & Roland Clark – Tee’s Church

September 26, 2015 in Singles

Todd Terry & Roland Clark Tee's Church InHouse RecordsTwo revered house veterans team up on this single-track release, and the results might suprise you…

Sure, there are the tuff, crisp beats you’d expect from Todd, and a full-lunged, preacher-style vocal of the kind that’s graced many a Clark production. What you might not be expecting, though, is the big fuck-off warping speed garage bassline that drops around the 1:30 mark.

When it does, it’s game over… this is a BEAST of a tune.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Terry’s own InHouse Records, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Filthy Geeks & DJ Roland Clark – We Love Our House Music

March 16, 2014 in Singles

Filthy Geeks Roland Clark We Love Our House Music DualismAnd from one US house veteran to another! Apparently this team up between the legendary Roland Clark and the UK duo of Stu Allan & Adam Wagstaff, AKA Filthy Geeks, first dropped last year… must have missed it then but not to worry because here are no fewer than eight new mixes to choose from.

All the mixes see Mr Clark in full-on preacherman mode, preaching – of course – the gospel of house: “We live for this music, we’d die for this music, we dance to this music, we cry to this music/Body rock to this music, don’t stop to this music, put our hands in the air and don’t care if we lose it”. The mixes come from Luca M & JUST2, Al Bradley, SundayClub, Gus Bonani, Ricardo Galindo, KP Deep Mesh, Carlos Alfaro and Cales & Mr Hyde… and because there are eight of them I’m not going into each and every rub. Suffice to say that house lovers of many different tastes will be catered for, but Al’s 3am Bodyrock Dub and the KP Deep Mesh Mix are standouts for yours truly, with SundayClub’s darker, more twisted pass also deserving an honourable mention.

Out: This week

About: This is brought to you by Dualism Records, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – King Street Instrumental Collection

April 14, 2013 in Albums

King Street Sounds Instrumental CollectionWell now, here’s a package you can’t fault in the VFM stakes… whether those initials stand for ‘value for money’ or ‘very fine music’

Value for money, because for your buck here you get 20 tracks’ worth of King Street house bang. And very fine music, because the collection includes instrumental versions of such classics as Dennis Ferrer’s Bar A Thym, Blaze pres Barbara Tucker’s Most Precious Love and Mood II Swing’s Closer, as well as more recent cuts from the likes of Guy Gerber and Tiger Stripes.

I’m not going into all 20 individually, for obvious reasons, but with tracks from the heavy-hitting likes of Kerri Chandler, Roland Clark, Johnny Dangerous, Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero, Ananda Project, Ron Trent and Eric Kupper, for lovers of US house this is pretty much unmissable.

Out: This week

About: For all things King Street head here.

DJ Roland Clark pres Urban Soul – Have A Good Time

January 31, 2013 in Singles

Urban Soul My Urban Soul Street KingWho’d have thought, back in 1991 when we were all waving our arms in the air to Alright, that we’d still be sat here talking about Urban Soul 22 years on? But here we are. Respect, etc.

That said, today there’s not actually anything new from Mr Clark, as such, just three rather spiffing new remixes of older trax. Have A Good Time, a Mr V-sporting exhortation to dance from 2007, gets a chuggin’, throbbin’, cowbell-tastic Monkey Safari Remix, while Walker & Royce serve up two new rubs of 1998’s My Urban Soul: their jaunty, Jersey-ish and jazz-tinged Remix retains the spoken, house music-eulogising vocal (“techno… it’s not black enough!”) while their Dubstramental takes us into a later-hours zone altogether.

Proper New York house music, what more do you want?

Out: This week

About: Just found quite a decent interview with Roland Clark from Blues & Soul magazine… as for the label, this comes on Street King, who you can find at the usual King Street sites

Various – Finest NY House 2012

December 16, 2012 in Singles

Finest NY House 2012Finest NY House 2012Not one but two sampler EPs here from King Street, following the label’s usual, somewhat confusing strategy of putting out completely different yet identically titled EPs for Beatport and Traxsource.

In the red corner then we have the Beatport Edition. This is a seven-track affair, with contributions from Fisher & Fiebak, Satoshi Fumi, T Ruggieri, Iban Reus & Oliver Schmitz, M2, vexuS T and Mass Digital. Here, the emphasis is mostly on drummy, tracky shit: Ruggieri’s Love Shines Through, Fumi’s Shiny and Mass Digital’s deeper Those Moments stand out.

In the blue corner, meanwhile, the Traxsource edition features a further seven cuts, this time on a more melodic/musical/funkier tip. Marco Bruzzano’s Rebirth is one highlight, Quentin Kane’s euphoric, Rod Stewart-sampling M.U.S.I.C another, with further contributions coming from Washerman, Alex Font, Phazed Groove, Urban Soul and Hamza.

As you might expect from a collection focusing mostly on up-and-coming names, there are a couple of tracks that fail to hit the spot but overall, both EPs do their job of showcasing the current house sound of NYC admirably.

Out: This week for the Traxsource edition; you’ll have to wait till December 24 for the Beatport one.

About: As well as their own website you can now find King Street/Nite Grooves/Street King on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Various – Finest NY House 2010

December 12, 2010 in Singles

finest ny house 2010Sorry folks, been a bit of a quiet week on the blog front, just cos it’s been hectic on every other front… but anyway, back now, with a four-track EP from the mighty King Street Sounds, who certainly ought to know a thing or two about NY house!

The real treat for me here is the Silver City remix of Ptaah’s Fade Away, which is as dreamy a house nugget as you’re likely to hear all month. Got to say am considerably less impressed by the trance/electro-isms of Stefan Noferini’s rub of Roland Clark’s Got To Believe, but the Supernova mix of Kerri Chandler’s Hallelujah and bonus cut Ice Trucking by G.IL.V are both solid bets, making this a worthwhile package for lovers of more straight-up traditional house.
Out: This week
About: Hit up King Street here.