News : Tunes of the week

 Tuesday, August 21st 2007, 8:00 pm

Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso vs Salem Al Fakir - It's True (Original Mix) - Axtone Records
Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso vs Salem Al Fakir- It’s True (Original Mix) – Axtone
Two of the Swedish house mafia members, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso, are back together producing an unforgettable summer anthem, “It’s True”. Coming out on Axwell’s Axtone label, it features vocalist Salem Al Fakir and it’s going to be the tune that you can’t get out of your head this summer with it’s catchy “it’s true, life will smile for you” chorus. It’s got that French production vibe about it with the electric guitar bassline, over compressed pads and keys and repetitive vocals and it reminds me of “Morjac’s Theme” by Morjac which came out a couple of years ago. I’m sure it’s going to be another summer hit for the Swedes which you’ll be hearing all over the white island this year.

BassMonkeys
BassMonkeys – The Answer (Smax & Gold Remix) – Fierce Angel
The BassMonkeys have been going from strength to strength in 2007 and are two hot producers of funky, vocal house music. Originally coming out last year on the Fierce Angel compilation “Es Vive Ibiza”, “The Answer” is a slice of summery, funky piano led house music that’ll put a great big smile on your face. This set of remixes feature hot mixes from the Bassmonkeys themselves, US keyboard legend Eric Kupper, ex Rhythm Master Steve Mac and producers of the moment Eric Smax and Thomas Gold. If it’s piano house you want then head for Eric Kupper’s fantastic mix but my money is on the tougher Smax & Gold mix. It’s a slice of tough and funky house which always rocks my dancefloors. A tough, stabbed synth bassline complements the compressed synth pads and vocals and with a big old breakdown, this tune will definitely go off at 2am!

K-Klass - Let Me Show You Love
K-Klass – Let Me Show You Love (ATFC Remix) – AATW
Sometimes I wondered how many times the classic house tracks from the early 90s can be remixed but then sometimes I receive a nice remix package which makes me think again. Originally released in 1993, this piano classic from K-Klass has been updated by some of the hot producers of the moment such as Moto Blanco, Mickey Slim, Stonebridge and ATFC. If you’re after an updated version of the original then head straight for K-Klass’ 2007 mixes and they’ll do the business for you. If, like me, you want something which sounds a bit more current then head for ATFC’s remix. He strikes the right balance between cheesy piano house and the distorted electro house of now. It’s a funky electronic builder which hits home after a few minutes when the pianos and synth horns (you remember the ones I mean don’t you?) drop into the mix. He also uses the full vocal but with some great bit-crushed, cut-up vocal samples in the background. This is a grade A remix if ever there was one. Also featured in the remix package is the mix from Mickey Slim which will satisfy all of the dirty house DJs out there. Mickey utilises the pianos every now and again but drops his trademark dirty electro sound. Plenty of sub-bass synths and twisted vocals make it a killer dub mix for the darker dancefloors.

The Shapeshifters
The Shapeshifters – New Day (Extended Mix) – Positiva
The Shapeshifters are back with yet another killer vocal tune called “New Day”. Taking its lead from the current style of house music, the extended mix kicks off with a more electronic bassline than normal but it’s still got to the funk. Add to that the stunning vocals of drum and bass star Jenna G, some lovely strings and brass and you get another fantastic summer anthem. Taking a slightly less commercial angle on the tune is the Dutch producer Erick E, who you might remember from the awesome “Beat Is Rockin'” tune earlier in the year. He gives us a crunchy mix with some rocky guitars, bit-crushed synths pads and stabs and his funky house drums. Both mixes are awesome so go out and get them from your favourite online record store!

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