With the ’90s house revival, underground classics are popping up again for a new generation to treasure. The Fathers of Sound mix of Pacha’s “One Kiss” is a true classic, with a full-on deep bass and groove workout for six minutes before the vocals of Debbie French/Majuri come in to heat it up even further. A longtime Vasquez staple and still being played around the world by DJs in the know, this new mix by Federico Scavo keeps the original vibe firmly intact and adds a sprinkling of modern flavor (and a bit of Federico’s trademark bouncy groove). Also included in the package is the Classic mix by Fulvio Perniola (half of Fathers of Sound with Gianni Bini), which is a long-awaited digital version of the vinyl classic. While the length is different (the original is 10:19 and the new one is 11:17), even the most devoted house heads would be hard pressed to hear the difference.
Dutch production/DJ duo Firebeatz are normally on the aggressive electro side, releasing big room monsters like “Dear New York” and “Just One More Time.” For their new track “Wonderful,” they’ve dialed back the aggression but kept the energy firmly in place. The vocals are either a sample or revocalization of the classic “Music is So Wonderful,” originally sung by Vivian Lee in 1987 and redone by Sharon S/Fathers of Sound in 1993. The Firebeatz duo have toned down the glitch and stomping beats for a bit more subdued blend of catchy synth lines and a progressive pop feel which is hooky and dancefloor-ready, but not so pounding that it’s unlistenable outside of the club. While I would normally slam a track for the generic dubstep breakdown, in this instance it fits so perfectly that I just can’t. I wouldn’t say it’s a new, softer side, but rather a nice growth in the breadth of their sound. It’s also great to see the duo in the beginning of the video (put a face with a name) as they transform into an animated creature that has fun all over the cityscape.