Classic House Series Episode #31 – It’s All Good(Full Intention Mixes) – Da Mob feat. Jocelyn Brown

In preparation for the launch of his incredibly successful and influential Subliminal Records label, internationally renowned DJ and producer Erick Morillo made sure he had all of his bases covered.  Having achieved his first success through a plethora of releases on the legendary Strictly Rhythm label, Morillo knew firsthand what was needed to establish Subliminal as a leader in  top quality house music.

It’s All Good” remains high on the list of the very best tracks to come out of the Subliminal camp and that should come as no surprise given the producers behind it.  The second release from Da Mob (after 1997’s “Fun which also served as the label’s debut release) is a soulful, funky vocal house number with a nice jazzy feel and the incredible vocals of legendary R&B and dance music singer Jocelyn Brown.  The 2×12″ release features a dub courtesy of The Dronez, but the real gems in this package come courtesy of the gorgeous remixes from acclaimed house producers Full Intention.

Michael Gray & Jon Pearn take the original and turn it into an uplifting piano-house anthem with more than pinch of gospel influence and their signature pumping drums and percussion.  The result is a track every house-head dreams about; one minute you’re dancing in a group hug with all your friends and moments later you’re lost in your own world but still completely locked into the same groove as everyone else around you.  Well worth tracking down if you don’t already have it, this one can still deliver in any prime-time house set just as well as it does as a late-night classic.

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Classic House Series Episode #11 – Tears – Frankie Knuckles pres. Satoshi Tomiie

As yesterday marked the 2nd anniversary of the passing of perhaps the truest legend in house music, it would rather ignorant to have a blog about classic house and not have a post about Frankie Knuckles and one of his most revered productions, Tears.  Laying the groundwork for the genre through his sets at Chicago’s legendary Warehouse club, the broad genre known as house music took its name from the club in tribute to the records Knuckles played there.  Knuckles would often bring in a Roland 909 drum machine to play over other tracks, giving a distinct, heavy-sounding edge to his signature style.

Produced in conjunction with Japanese producer and protegé of Knuckles’ Satoshi Tomiie, the track features a seminal vocal from another house music legend Robert Owens.  The track was an instant club success and the mournful narrative of the lyrics firmly established it as a timeless classic.

Numerous remixes have followed over the years, including a pumping remix courtesy of Full Intention in 1999 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the original.  After finally finding a vinyl copy about 2 years ago, I was inspired to put together a remix of my own not long after Knuckles’ passing.  While I can’t say if it is as timeless as the original, I wanted to give it a bit of an update while putting the emphasis on the song and the groove.

Easy to pull out and incorporate in any form, “Tears” will live on forever as one of the greatest house records ever made and one of the greatest songs ever recorded.