A lot of sample-based records are being released right now – tracks that use just a line or two of vocals from an older record and add them to a new – or what is often more accurately – a nu-house track. There seems to be three categories – direct samples/revocals of a few lines (Second City, Arches, Duke Dumont), complete manipulation so it’s almost unrecognizable (Le Youth), and the use of a hook to build a new song around (Inna “Be My Lover”/ DJ Antoine “Light it Up”). “Perfect Lady” by Made to Move falls somewhere between the first two categories. Using lines from Mary J Blige’s “Family Affair,” the lines are scrambled and reassembled so they aren’t instantly recognizable, yet you will pick up on it if you focus. The original is a bassline-led nod to ’90s-era Guerrilla/Tribal deep house with a bit of haze and sleaze in the mix. Ben Mono effects the vocals to change the gender and pumps up the mix with some bounce and acid. Joseph Lupo, Simeo Belle, and Skrutinize all go a bit deeper on their respective mixes, creating soundtracks for a late night lounge that wants their house a bit chilled. If perchance you are looking for a full vocal remix of Mary J Blige’s “Family Affair,” dig up her 2002 remix album for the Spanish Fly remix or look around online for the infamous Sharp Boys remix or the exquisite Murk Boys white label.
The only thing seemingly missing from the whole Nu-House retro-’90s craze is a properly legendary diva vocal. Whereas Dajae, Barbara Tucker, Kim English, Ultra Naté, Joi Cardwell, and many others were featured prominently on the house tracks of the day, the current house revival has for some reason not let the singer be heard. Leave it to the Grammy-nominated British duo Disclosure to go back to the foundation and enlist Mary J Blige to sing on top of their massive track “F For You.” Originally released back in June, I wrote about the track here and played it in my club sets all year (it mixes so perfectly with Breach “Jack”). The pairing is perfect and Blige’s vocals add warmth and soul, elevating the song to an even more epic level. Miss Blige recently joined the duo for a performance at New York City’s Terminal 5, and an updated video featuring her vocal contribution was just released on YouTube. Now just imagine how amazing it would be if they performed this live at the Grammys on Sunday?
Image taken from music video. Song courtesy of Interscope.