JOHN MORALES - THE M&M MIXES VOLUME IV
Described wholly accurately by Boiler Room as “one of the best producers and arrangers of disco music to have ever done it”, Bronx native John Morales has more than three decades of hits and over 800 remixes to his credit. This 4th volume of M&M Mixes on BBE is without doubt the most ambitious yet, containing gems from Barry White, Diana Ross, Level 42, Teddy Pendergrass and Eddie Kendricks among others, all woven together with that special, intricate M&M magic. Gaining unprecedented access to original multitrack recordings from the vaults of Sony and Universal Records, John has once again upped the ante, going where no DJ has gone before. Accept no imitations, nobody does remixes quite like John Morales. Includes songs by Barry White – I’m Gonna Love you Just A Little Bit More Baby; Lenny Williams – You Got Me Running; Dan Hartman – Vertigo / Relight My Fire; Level 42 – Mind On You; Barry White – Let The Music Play; Teena Marie – Lovergirl; MFSB – Love Is The Message; Atlantic Star – Circles; Diana Ross – Tenderness; Tamiko Jones – Can’t Live Without Your Love; Jackie Moore – This Time Baby; Tata Vega – Just Keep Thinking About You Baby; The Jones Girls – Life Goes On; Frankie Beverly – Joy & Pain; The Controllers – Stay; Melba Moore – You Stepped Into My Life; Donna Summer – Heaven Knows; Teddy Pendergrass – Life Is A Song Worth Singing; David Ruffin – Walk Away From Love; Diana Ross – No One Gets The Prize; Cher – Take Me Home; The Emotions – Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love; Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real; Frankie Beverly – Before I Let Go; Eddie Kendricks – Girl You Need A Change of Mind; Tom Browne – Funkin for Jamaica; Harold Melvin Blue Notes – Don’t Leave Me This Way; and Hi Tension – Hi Tension.
AFROBEATS HOT HITS: NEW URBAN DANCE GROOVES FROM AFRICA (VARIOUS ARTISTS)
The hot new world dance style “Afrobeats” (not to be confused with Fela’s Afrobeat) is a dynamic mix of reggae dancehall, soca, West African beats, tropical house and hip-hop and is considered to be the most exciting new sound on the scene today. Drake’s “One Dance” hit utilized an “Afrobeats” groove and featured Nigerian star Wizkid while Alicia Keys’ “In Common” sports an Afrobeats re-mix; artists as diverse as Chris Brown, Tinashe, Sean Paul, Busy Signal and Machel Montano have all collaborated with Afrobeats artists recently. Afrobeats Hot Hits is the first internationally released compilation of some of Afrobeats' biggest hits and newest hits. It includes smash tracks featuring the genre’s biggest stars, including Davido, WizKid, Timaya, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Yemi Alade and more. Such tracks as Timaya’s collaboration with Sean Paul, “Shake Ur Bum Bum,” the remix of “Woju” by Kiss Daniel featuring Davido, and Davido’s “Skelewu” have all been smashes on dance floors worldwide.
KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION - KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION
Kennedy Administration have that vibrant Soul/Jazz-Funk sound that only a really together Band can give us. Led by vocalist Kennedy, Keyboardist Ondre J Pivec, Drummer Nathaniel Townsley and bassist Chelton Grey and augmented by many other musicians including Horn section and strings on some tracks, the band really let rip through their eight original compositions and two outstanding covers. It is their unique up-tempo versions of Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’ and Billy Preston’s ‘Will It go round in Circles’ which really hit home, bringing a new dimension and energy to these classics. Gregoire Maret guests on Harmonica on the beautiful ‘Don’t Forget To Smile’ . ‘Let’s Party’ has an old school early 80’s Groove. The excellent uplifting spoken word vocal ‘Let Go’ is in the style of say Elements Of Life. ‘it’s Over Now’ and ‘Nothing Else will Do’ are good tracks but to my ears unnecessarily spoiled by mid song raps. Overall a very good album introducing a new talent.