Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Bringin' about some classic house....again.

Yeah, I know. It's more "techno", as some people like to call it. Well, there actually is a difference between "techno" and "house". House music is much more sample heavy, and is usually at a much slower pace than what's traditionally called "techno". Not to mention, it's many times - and I don't mean this as a slight towards techno - much more uplifting and soulful. That's just the long and short of it. Well, I yanked out a few more of my old house records and have recorded them as mp3s on my hard drive, and am now sharing them with you.

As you'll see, a lot of these are based heavily around old samples. The first one takes a few riffs from an old disco cut. Which one? Well, Patrice Rushen's "Haven't You Heard" is the cut. Rushen is best known for being ripped off for that garbage Will Smith track that was the theme for Men In Black. Seriously. That song was awful. The original was just that - original. Will Smith is now a scientologist. I think there's a connection.

[Download Daddy's Favourite - I Feel Good Things For You]

The next track is also sample heavy, and pretty blatantly so. However, it can be done tastefully, and I think this is one example of it being done so. It received a lot of play from the DJ crews that ran shit back 10-12 years ago, and it was featured on practically every dance compilation you could think of. The sample in Sex-O-Sonique's "I Thought It Was You" is pretty straight-forward. It was Herbie Hancock's tune of the same name. It took me forever to find this, by the way. My records are an absolute mess! This particular version is the Salt City Orchestra remix, and it's a killer. Enjoy it! A video featuring the original is right after it.

[Download Sex-O-Sonique - I Thought It Was You (SCO remix)]

Here's another old dancefloor killer that was released on Azuli back in 1999. It's a stomper of a cut by a group that used some oftentimes obscure disco samples for their cuts, and this one was no different. They used a sample from the track "Le Spank" by Le Pamplemousse for their track "I Like The Sounds", and used if quite effectively. The Studio 45 track is below, and I've given you all a video with the sample there, to boot.

[Download Studio 45 - I Like The Sounds]

Last for this week is an old Deep Dish remix. This track was released way back in 1996. Yes, for some readers, that seems like a long time ago. Or it just says the guy writing this is nearing his mid-30's and reminiscing like a foolish old man. When I was your age....well, I was your age. Most likely could drink a fair number of you under the table back then, also. Just ask George, here. He's seen me at my "finest" on a few occasions.

Well, I had problems finding this track in particular. It's Gusto's "Disco's Revenge", and this remix in particular is, in essence, an extended version of the remix featured on the original release by Manifesto back in '96. A full four and a half minutes longer, to be precise. Well, this also has a pretty loopy sample, and it's of Harvey Mason's "Groovin' You". Yeah, bet you didn't think you'd learn shit today when you read my inane post, eh? Well, you did. So you're that much smarter for it. And knowing is half the battle. Or some stupid G.I. Joe-like slogan. I hated G.I. Joe. You'd see millions of shots and lasers get fired off, yet no one got hit. Seriously? That was lame. Even when I was ten, I wanted to see blood and guts. Sorry, I got sidetracked. Anyhow, here's Deep Dish's remix of Gusto's "Disco's Revenge".

[Download Gusto - Disco's Revenge (Deep Dish remix)]

At this point, my hands are cramped, and considering it's a whopping TEN degrees outside as I type this out, I'm somehow pretty damn cold, too. Even still, I have the energy to tell you all to go out and buy some of this stuff. I worked hard to get this all up for you! So go get it and help these folks out!

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