A major part of 90s clubland was the love and respect for the diva – the big female vocal records that everyone sang along to. Oftentimes the singers came from gospel roots and belted out spiritually uplifting messages about “Joy” and “Happiness” There were also the pop and r&b divas whose songs found a second life with incredible club remixes which totally transformed them for a new club audience. For the nuHouse 90s revival of 2014, here are three new tracks that sample a line or two of classic club records and update them to fit the current vibe. “I Got U” reworks Whitney Houston’s “My Love is Your Love” which originally featured an anthemic Thunderpuss remix that sampled Raze’s “Break 4 Love.” Arches’ “There’s a Place” is a cover version using the full vocals from Diana Ross “Take Me Higher” which originally shone with a classic house mix by Tommy Regisford and Kevin Hedge. “I Wanna Feel,” by Second City, takes two lines from Toni Braxton’s “You’re Makin’ Me High” which dominated clubland with a fierce David Morales remix. While all three of these tracks are fresh, modern and will do well in any club, you should take a moment an explore the original remixes as well.
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Honey? Dreamlover? On first listen to “Turn” by Hungarian producer Gero, my mind wondered which David Morales mix of Mariah Carey it was channeling. Then it hit me, it’s actually leaning towards the Shep Pettibone production of “Someday.” So imagine if David Morales had remixed “Someday” in the early ’90s and you get an idea. Add an easygoing, summery vibe and a few catchy vocal hooks and there you have it – a great track to enjoy beachside for these last few summer days we have left. Remixes by Satin Jackets and Marcus Jakes add different flavors by going in disco and garage directions. Is everyone else enjoying the ’90s revival like I am?
Writing up recent releases “Free Ur Soul” and “Gotta Let U Go,” it seems like there is a ’90s classic house vibe bubbling up from the underground. Look no further than Toolroom, who have scooped up the Canadian duo Prince Club, currently leading the old school garage house revival. Close your eyes and you could be at a ball with queens voguing or getting sweaty at an underground house party. With vocal samples, ” The Way I Feel” is a little more immediate, sounding like a classic Mark Kinchen dub with a bit of Morales in the mix. “Come Back” sound like it could be instrumental track for a house remix of a major ’90s R&B hit – in a good way. As classic as these tracks sound, if you listen closely you will hear the minor tweaks that the youngsters have added to give them a modern feel. If you are feeling these tracks, be sure to check out their “Only One” EP that came out on Nervous last month as well.