Gershon Jackson – Take It Easy

January 22, 2016 in Singles

Gershon Jackson Take It Easy Strictly RhythmSome energetic trad-style house grooves here from the mighty Strictly Rhythm.

Three mixes of Take It Easy to choose from. On the Eli Escobar Remix, stuttering Latin/tribal beats are married to throbbing synth-bass and topped with a full-lunged, blues-style female vocal and ker-razy Hammond doodles. The Mike Dunn Blackball Ezee Mix has more straight-up 4/4s and a stripped-back, 3am kinda feel all round, keeping the vocal in full effect and adding some positively rude bass squelch. And then finally there’s the Sonny Fodera & Mat.Joe Remix, which has a slightly more ‘now’ (as opposed to ‘classic’) feel.

The latter’s the one you’ll hear out most in clubland, methinks, but to these ears Mike Dunn’s rub just nudges it.

Out: This week

About: Find Strictly Rhythm herehere and here.

Sonny Fodera feat Yasmin – Feeling U

December 11, 2015 in Singles

Sonny Fodera ft Jasmin Feeling U DefectedSome proper bouncy Friday night house vibes on this latest from Defected, which is the work of Aussie producer Sonny Fodera.

Just the two mixes of Feeling U to choose from, but it’s all you’re likely to need. Both sport a full (and full-lunged) vocal from Yasmin, but the mix you’re likely to hear out the most methinks would be the Deep Mix, which does that big room/peaktime (ahem) “deep house” sound better than most* and is no doubt all over Kiss like a rash. But it’s the bigger, stompier Club Mix that’s really grabbing this reviewer by the ears/balls/heartstrings, wherein all pretensions to deepness are abandoned and the track becomes a full-on podium belter that’s like a star portal straight back to Love To Be or Paradise Factory circa 1995.

Still can’t beat a bit of quality arms-aloft handbag action now and then! Monster tune.

Out: This week

About: Find Defected here.

*Probably because Fodera’s background is in, y’know, actual deep house, having started out on labels like Drop and Salted

Janet Rushmore – Joy [Sonny Fodera Remixes]

September 30, 2015 in Singles

Janet Rushmore Joy Soul HeavenHere’s one that’ll sort the men from the boys (or the women from the girls), because to younger readers this track might not mean much but for those of us a little more, ahem, ‘time-served’, Joy is a tune that brings back many a happy memory. So much so, that you’d think perhaps getting it remixed wasn’t such a great idea.

Thankfully though, Soul Heaven have called on the very capable Mr Fodera and he proves himself more than up to the job. On the A, his Deep Mix is basically a more polished update of the 1994 original – faithful but with today’s smoother production values, which should make it easier to programme. It’s the Sonny Fodera Beatdown Mix on the B that’s the killer, though. This, too, starts out pretty faithful to the original, albeit with slightly tuffer drums… then at around the 1:40, in from out of nowhere flies a positively RUDE squelch bassline and we’re left in no doubt that, yes, this is definitely 2015 after all.

The word ‘triumph’ might be slight overkill here… then again, it might not! An essential purchase either way.

Out: This week

About: Find Soul Heaven on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Sonny Fodera & Gene Farris – We Work It

April 9, 2015 in Singles

Sonny Fodera & Gene Farris We Work It Visionquest

Back in more familiar house territory now, we have this team-up between two scene heavyweights that comes complete with an equally big-hitting remix line-up.

In its original form, We Work It is quite a tuff, techy houser with a bowel-bothering bass wobble and a looping, lugubrious vocal that lists all the various pharmaceutical pleasures in which the titular “we” apparently indulge as they, in their own words, “work it”. ‘Caine, rolls, drough and Special K, apparently, and you can tell I’m getting old cos I had to hit up UrbanDictionary.com to find out what a couple of those even are! Still, if it’s heads-down3am bizniss for darker floors you’re in search of, this should do the job nicely.

Remix-wise, Freaks get all glitchy and a wee bit acidic while Lee Curtiss takes the track in a more technofied direction, but it’s the original that gets the biggest thumbs-up from yours truly.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Curtiss’s own Detroit-based Visionquest Records, who you can find here, here and here.

Sonny Fodera – Beats & Business EP

September 2, 2014 in Singles

Sonny Fodera Beats & Business EP DFTDGood to see Sonny Fodera doing so well at the minute, having been a fan since his early releases on Salted and Drop (see here, for instance). This week, he’s doing the do for Defected sub-label DFTD.

There’s just the two tracks, both of which see Sonny fully embracing the current bass-music influenced style of house. On the A, Where You At puts a spoken “got to find, where you at?” male vocal atop chunky beats, crowd noise and a phat, throbbing b-line. Flip it over and you’ll find Let Me Be, a pacier cut whose ominous rumbling bass comes topped with chopped-up, hip-house-y vox.

Two rock solid, no-nonsense house cuts that you can imagine getting dropped by a whole slew of different DJs.

Out: This week

About: You can find DFTD on Soundcloud or at the Defected website.

Sonny Fodera – Deep, Down & Defected EP

July 22, 2014 in Singles

Sonny Fodera Deep Down & Defected EPSonny Fodera is the man responsible for Defected’s next Deep, Down & Defected mix comp – volume six in the series, which is out on 17 August – and the album’s trailed by this three-track sampler featuring three of Fodera’s own mixes for other people.

Reboot’s Enjoy Music, presented here in Sonny Fodera Vocal Mix form, was never really gonna fail with this reviewer, seeing as it’s essentially a remake of Naked Music NYC’s classic I’ll Take You To Love from back in ’96*. Next, it’s the turn of Huxley & Shenoda’s Premier to get a stripped-back remix that’s long on drums, female vox and big fat squelching bass. And then finally another classic vocal gets a run-out, as Sonny serves up a bassline-tastic refix of Johnny Corporate’s Sunday Shouting, a track that was big at the likes of Garage City, Shelter and Soul Heaven back in the day (‘the day’, in this instance, being 2000… which isn’t really ‘back in the day’ in my books at all but will be for most of today’s club generation).

On this evidence, the album should be one to look out for…

Out: This week

About: Find Defected here, here and here.

* Which for those that don’t remember was one of the very first Naked Music releases before the production team mutated into a record label.

Sonny Fodera feat Amber Jolene – Hold It Down

November 16, 2013 in Singles

Sonny Fodera Hold It Down Soul HeavenNothing to do with the 4hero/Lady Alma track of the same name, what we have here is a certified big room vocal house anthem, as Amber Jolene’s sultry vocal and This Year’s Bass Sound do battle atop crisp, driving beats.

Cause & Affect tech it up somewhat on their remix, but the Original’s the one here. Just add big speakers.

Out: This week

About: This comes to you on the recently relaunched Soul Heaven label. Find ’em here and here.

Sonny Fodera – Trainsurfing EP

October 24, 2013 in Singles

Sonny Fodera Trainsurfing EP DFTDIt’s been a couple of years since Sonny Fodera’s name cropped up on TIWWD, but now here he comes again with an EP for Defected offshoot DFTD that’s “very much a game of two halves”, as they say.

Trainsurfing itself is a chunky, techy, bassy groove with a hip-house style “go stick ’em up” vocal, tailormade for dimly-lit basements. Over on the flip, meanwhile, Lighthouse (credited to Sonny Fodera feat Natalie Conway) is slice of soulful bizniss complete with an (indecipherable, presumably chopped-up?) female vocal from Ms Conway.

The latter will work on the soulful floors for sure, but it’s really the dark n’ sleazy A-side that’s winning this its place here today.

Out: This week

About: Find DFTD here and here (Soundcloud, web)