Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Fiona Harriot - Real Love 1992

GTS Records GT 030

This was a popular track back in the day. Personally, I thought it needed a quality soulful remix. It's a great tune but it could have been sooo much more! For me it was always track 1 but the B-Side mixes are worthy.

The Download Link is: Download
1992GTSGT030.rar Size: 25,149 kb.

Monday, 28 April 2008

Direct Drive - I Need Some Sunshine 1985

DDR Records DRD 3

Paul Hardcastle
made his recording debut on keyboards in 1981 on "Don't Depend On Me", a single by UK soul act Direct Drive. He left after their next release and formed First Light with vocalist Derek Green, whom he'd worked with on the Direct Drive sessions. While enjoying success with First Light, he was still engineering Direct Drives releases.

Helen Rodgers vocals are ably backed by the original band members, Mick Ward (Bass), Pete Quinton (Drums), Bob Williams (Guitar) and Bones (Congas).

  • I Need Some Sunshine
  • Pass The Paper
  • I Need Some Sunshine (Instrumental)

The Download Link is here: Download
Filename: DRD 3.rar Filesize: 32.43 MB

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Keith Patrick - Keith Patrick 1988

Atlantic Records 781 815-1

I bought this album for 'Night To Remember' which was mixed by Nick Martinelli. Although there are some other tracks that have stood the test of time, Heaven is the track here that any self respecting Quiet Storm soul lover should not be without. Absolutely sublime!

Pennye Ford
of 'Dangerous' & 'Change Your Wicked Ways' fame features on backing vocals.

  • Be My Girl
  • How Far
  • All My Love
  • Sail Away
  • Heaven
  • Reach For The Sky
  • You're The One
  • Love U Now
  • Night To Remember

The Download Link is here: Download
Filename: Keith Patrick.rar Filesize: 53.53 MB

Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince - A Touch Of Jazz 1987

Champion Records CHAMP 12-47

Around 1985 a new fun tune hit the rap scene. Girls Ain't Nothin' But Trouble featured a cheeky young lad with a great style and charisma. With his DJ creating some catchy music as a foundation, he told his amusing tale like a comedy routine. I wonder what happened to him?

Word had it, the DJ Jazzy Jeff was something special and there was even talk about him taking part in the DMC Championships but it never happened. Then in 1987, they released an album 'Rock The House' which immediately got tongues wagging. Their product had matured into a more confident style but more importantly, hidden amongst the rap was a groove of great importance!

The album version of A Touch Of Jazz was a major player at a time when the world was learning to embrace Jazz Music. This track was created from some of the soul worlds finest grooves. Built on the hook of 'T Plays It Cool' from the Marvin Gaye Troubleman OST, Jeff Townes layers refrains from songs like Donald Byrd's 'Change (Makes You Want To Hustle)' and also 'Places & Spaces', Bob James 'Westchester Lady' is also in there?

The Extended Re-Touch is good although it's clear that Jazzy didn't create it. On the flip, Fresh Prince raps over it..... whoops! This one wasn't about you mate, sorry. It also has a Chic sample in it which works well but is straying from the quality jazz theme?
  • Extended Re-Touch
  • Original Album Version
  • Collapsed In The Street Mix
  • Collapsed In The Street Edit
The Download Link is here: Download
Filename: Touch of Jazz.rar Filesize: 37.11 MB

YoYo Honey - Don't Come To Leave 1992

Zomba Music Jive CD 308

YoYo Honey released one album back in 1992, the superb Voodoo Soul. Emanuelle 'Mani' Shoniwa is the main man behind the band featuring beautiful vocals from Anita Jarrett. The Deep Soul Mix is the best version here, mainly due to the fact that the BPM of the other mixes are too fast for the song making it sound rushed. If you are a DJ or you have DJ equipment, try the Jazz Mon mix and pitch it down to a more comfortable speed. Yeah, I like that. ;-)

  • Deep Soul Radio Mix
  • Rolex Mix
  • Cling Free Mix
  • Jazz Mon Mix
  • Summer Fever Mix

The Download Link is here: Download
Filename: Yo Yo Honey - Don't Come To Leav..rar Filesize: 37.94 MB

Loose Ends - Choose Me (Rescue Me) 1984

Virgin Records VS 697-12

Released in 1984, this Nick Martinelli production was available in a Limited Edition Double Pack. Choose Me is a beautiful piece of 80's Brit Soul that should be in every serious soul collection. The second 12" (same serial no but -C and D carved in the run out) features the essential In The Sky (Remix) backed with the not so essential, Mastermind Turntable Mix.

  • Choose Me (Rescue Me) (Extended Remix)
  • Choose Me (Rescue Me) (Dub Mix)
  • In The Sky (Remix)
  • Mastermind Turntable Mix: Features Tell Me What You Want & Emergency (Dial 999) mixed by Mastermind.

The Download Link is here: Download
Filename: Loose Ends - Choose Me.rar Filesize: 40.45 MB