SONGS OF THE DAY:  David Vrong – I Said and  Steve Silk Hurley – Jack Your Body (Doorly Club Remix)

The nu-House genre continues to develop and morph as producers rediscover and rework classic sounds for a new generation of househeads.  John Dahlback protege and comic book character David Vrong blends a ’90s classic house-sounding bassline, loops, and vocal sample with modern electro and progressive electronics for a hypnotic track that lulls you in with a seductive repetitive groove. It’s not a banging big room festival track, but rather a sexy house track that will make you dance rather than jump up and down.  When you think of classic house tracks, “Jack Your Body” by Steve Silk Hurley always comes to mind.  The  anthem gets reworked by UK producer/DJ Doorly in a tasteful modern style that keeps the original elements in place while refreshing it with a modern flavor for the club kids of today.  The new remix is featured on the brilliant ‘US House Legends’ compilation, forthcoming on Toolroom Records which features classics by the likes of Todd Terry, Blaze, Kevin Saunderson, and Frankie Knuckles updated in a way which shows reverence to their place in house music history.  Those looking to learn the history of Jack should definitely hunt this set down.

Images Courtesy of Ultra and Toolroom.

Godfather of House Music Frankie Knuckles Passed Away

Frankie Knuckles has passed away. The Godfather of House Music spun at The Warehouse in Chicago during the late ’70s and early ’80s, which is where the term “house music” came from. Recipient of the first Grammy for remixer of the year, he has worked on just about every important soulful vocalist in the past 30 years – Diana Ross, Patti Labelle, Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, and Patti LaBelle just to name a few. His spirit touched us all and his influence on our world will be felt every time we whistle

Here is a link to my favorite interview with Frankie Knuckle from 2004 during the promotion of his ‘A New Reality’ album.