DJ Producer Thomas Bisdee, better known as Kissy Sell Out of the beloved, multigenre-mixed show Kissy Klub that used to be on BBC Radio, is set to unleash ‘The Promise EP,’? his own twisted take on ’90s dance music. The title track is essentially a nu-house duet of singer Holly Lois and the overly effected male-sounding vocal that seems to magically appear in many recent tracks.? If you focused closely, pretty much every element could be trainspotted from a classic? track, yet the deft combination and smooth flow give it an incredibly fresh sound that would fit perfectly in a set with recent releases by Duke Dumont and Gorgon City.? While the other three tracks on the The Promise EP are strong and span dance genres well (oh, how it brings back memories of beloved speed garage), it is the quaintly-titled “Ecstasy” that stands out. With its blend of piano house (is that the hook from Happy Monday’s “Step On”?), classic techno, and a speed garage bassline,? it is truly a hands-in-the-air anthem.? Then again, can you really go wrong when harnessing the vocal prowess of classic diva Angie Brown on a ’90s-inspired dance record??
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You know those Bimbo Jones guys are quite a special duo.? Not only do they consistently turn out top notch productions and remixes as a team,? but as individuals they are great producers in their own right.? Marc JB enlists venerable clubland diva Angie Brown (“Rockin’ for Myself,” “I’m Gonna Get You,” “Eat You Up”) for “Free Ur Soul,”? a nearly perfect blending of classic piano house and modern electro.? Starting off with a funky groove, the track builds in energy before dropping down to a dreamy piano line.? Angie comes in singing the uplifting ‘Music is Happiness” as the spacey effects filter through, leading to an epic build and explosion into a full-on funky house track. Kudos to Marc for keeping a handclap going during the whole dropout so that clubbers don’t lose a sense of the beat (and get scared off the dance floor). ?What makes this track special is that it is energetic and uplifting without being aggressive or over-the-top.? It has the sense of the classic happy house of the ’90s with a modern, almost timeless, feel.? I could see myself playing this in the future without it sounding dated.? A plethora of remixes by Van Hej, Max Jackson, Ku Ka Chu, w4x, and Subt3k take the track deep, electro, and dirty funky – so there is a flavor for just about every DJ out there.? I will stick with the original, which is perfect for primetime and end of the night as well as tea dances and pool parties when the weather warms up.
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