SONGS OF THE DAY: Duke Dumont ft Jax Jones – I Got U, Arches – There’s A Place, Second City – I Wanna Feel

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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SONG OF THE DAY: Armand Van Helden and Herve – Power of Bass

With the ’90s flashback taking the UK by storm, classic house tracks are being revisited as well.  Armand Van Helden, who was behind many of the biggest speed garage tracks of the ’90s (“Sugar is Sweeter,” “Professional Widow,” “Spin Spin Sugar”) contributes an “updated” version of Raze’s “Bass Power.”  I say “updated” in quotes, because the track sounds like something he could have done in his early days as an X-Mix producer if he was asked to combine hooks from Maurice Joshua’s “This is Acid” and Black Box “Strike It Up” with Pamela Frazer’s classic lines “Get into the music, Let the rhythm move your soul, It’s time to get busy baby, So I can Lose control, I wanna get loose, When sounds are pumping in the place, It’s time to let go and feel the power of bass.”   “Bass Power” is one of those classic songs (like “Show Me Love,” “Finally,” and “I Will Survive”) that gets updated every year or so and you’ve no doubt heard the various interpretations by Rude Dog, Porno/Hannah Jones, etc.  It’s amazing how this new production can sound so classic and of the moment at the same time.  Fans of the Gotsome “Bassline” track will go nuts for this as well any of you old school househeads.   All that’s missing in the Sly & Robbie “Boops (Here We Go)” sample…

Image Courtesy of Ministry of Sound.

Armand Van Helden and Herve – Power of Bass