Romeo Louisa – Move Me

Romeo Louisa – Move Me: Pure Groovy Bliss

If you’re looking for a garage track that injects sunshine straight into your soul, then look no further than Romeo Louisa’s “Move Me.” Forget the head-banging basslines of classic garage. This one’s all about pure, unadulterated groove.

We’re talking light and airy, with a melody that floats like a feather on a summer breeze. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still plenty of bounce in this number. It’s the kind of track that’ll have you bobbing your head and tapping your foot without even realizing it.

“Move Me” is perfect for those lazy summer afternoons, cruising with the windows down, or soundtracking a night of good vibes with friends. It’s a breath of fresh air in the garage scene, proving that the genre can be just as sweet as it is heavy.

You can buy Move Me here or wherever you get your tunes from

Space Cowboy – Jamiroquai (Michael Gray’s Good Vibe Extended)

Jamiroquai’s “Space Cowboy” Gets a Galactic Glow-Up in Michael Gray’s “Good Vibe Zone Extended”

Jamiroquai’s “Space Cowboy” – a certified anthem – needs no introduction. It’s a timeless track, a sonic rocket ship that’s propelled countless dancefloors into orbit. But even legends can benefit from a fresh perspective, and that’s exactly what Michael Gray delivers with his “Good Vibe Zone Extended” remix.

For Jamiroquai purists (myself included!), the prospect of a remix can be a nerve-wracking proposition. Will it capture the original magic? Will it feel forced or unnecessary? Thankfully, Michael Gray understands the assignment. This isn’t a drastic overhaul; it’s a subtle sonic reimagining that elevates the existing brilliance.

Gray acts as our mission control, expertly guiding the track on a deeper dive into the “Good Vibe Zone.” The enveloping rhythm gets a touch tighter, pulling you even further into the groove. Nuances that shimmered in the original are now amplified, creating a more immersive soundscape. It’s like revisiting a familiar planet and discovering hidden wonders you missed on your first landing.

The true win here is how Gray preserves the core essence of “Space Cowboy.” Jamiroquai’s infectious energy remains intact, that signature swagger still shines through. This remix simply adds a layer of sonic polish, a touch of extra sparkle to an already dazzling piece of musical jewelry.

So, whether you’re a die-hard Jamiroquai fan or a new convert to the church of “Space Cowboy,” Michael Gray’s “Good Vibe Zone Extended” is a must-hear. It’s a testament to the power of a well-crafted remix, a reminder that even classics can benefit from a fresh coat of interstellar paint.

UTO – When all you want to do is be the fire part of fire

UTO Reignites the Flame with “When All You Want to Do is Be the Fire Part of Fire”

UTO is back, and this Parisian duo isn’t playing with matches anymore – they’re setting the whole damn dance floor ablaze. Remember their 2022 debut, “Touch the Lock”? A masterclass in old-school grooves, sticky hooks, and Y2K-era synth bops. It solidified them as the coolest kids (adults?) in the room, a breath of fresh air compared to the, ahem, “cultural blight” of indie sleaze.

But nostalgia isn’t their only weapon. UTO, the combined forces of Neysa May Barnett and Emile Larroche, are time-traveling sonic sorcerers. Their latest album, “When all you want to do is be the fire part of fire,” is a love letter to the past three decades of music, a masterfully curated playlist of sounds you know and crave, yet twisted into something entirely new.

Take “Napkin,” for example. It’s a kaleidoscopic banger built on the foundation of Lyn Collins’ legendary “Think (About It).” Think Screamadelica-era Primal Scream on a sugar rush – full-throttle synths and bass that throbs like a heartbeat.

But here’s the thing: UTO transcend mere “sampling.” They weave sonic tapestries, where each element plays its part in a dynamic conversation. “2MOONS” exemplifies this perfectly. It starts as a shuffling trip-hop oddity, then blossoms into a lush orchestral soundscape, complete with jangling acoustic chords that shimmer in the ether.

Familiar yet fresh, surreal yet sharp, intricate yet effortless – that’s the UTO magic. If you dig the playful experimentation of Magdalena Bay, the genre-bending brilliance of KNOWER, or the infectious grooves of Hot Chip, then “When all you want to do is be the fire part of fire” is your next sonic obsession. Just crank it up and prepare to be consumed by the flames.

My one and only complaint with this entire album is the title, its completely destroyed my lovely tiled images but then UTO seem to specialise in destroying genres and just producing memorable tunes.

You can buy When All You Want To Do Is Be The Fire Part Of The Fire – UTO here

Diane Birch – Flying on Abraham

Diane Birch Soars on “Flying on Abraham”: A No-Mess Flight of Classic Soul with Modern Flair

Diane Birch takes the controls on “Flying on Abraham,” a Bandcamp-exclusive album that bypasses the streaming wars for a more direct connection with her audience. This isn’t just about bypassing middlemen though; it’s about a return to a purer sound.

Birch, a pianist and singer-songwriter with a decade under her hiatus, acts as our pilot, guiding us through a smooth soundscape inspired by 70s AM radio. Think smoky soul, breezy jazz, and the rich textures of R&B and soft rock – a sonic palette that feels comfortably familiar yet avoids becoming a mere retro retread.

The secret weapon here might be Birch’s co-pilot, Paul Stacey (of Oasis and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds). His production is clean and uncluttered, allowing Birch’s voice – as smooth as a perfectly-aged Cabernet – to take center stage. There’s a subtle swagger to her delivery, channeling the likes of Carly Simon without ever veering into full-blown impersonation.

Lyrically, Birch keeps things heartfelt and relatable. The opening track, “Wind Machine,” sets the tone with its melancholic charm: “November is comin’ on and the nights are getting longer/ Summer always deceives/ Little promises like the orange leaves.”

The journey continues with a pitstop at a virtual Hall & Oates concert on “Jukebox Johnny,” complete with a squelching guitar solo and an irresistibly catchy chorus. “Juno” takes a detour into dusky ballad territory, complete with a Pink Floyd-esque guitar solo, while “Boys on Canvas” throws a playful wink with its light funk groove.

The standout track, “Used to Lovin’ You,” shows Birch’s versatility. Think twilight hues and shimmering synth pads as she effortlessly shifts gears from morning oldies to the smooth jams of the 80s.

“Flying on Abraham” is a confident and graceful return for Diane Birch. It’s a welcome escape for those seeking a well-crafted dose of classic soul with a touch of modern flair, all delivered straight from the artist, with no messy distractions. This is a first-class listening experience, best enjoyed with good company and a glass of something smooth.

You can buy Flying on Abraham by Diane Birch here.

Fly Away (feat. Kimberly Brown & The Sultra Gospel Singers) – Michael Gray

A Familiar Soaring, But Does It Take Flight?

Michael Gray takes to the skies with “Fly Away,” featuring the powerhouse vocals of Kimberly Brown and the uplifting harmonies of The Sultra Gospel Singers. The track, a rework of Secret Life’s club classic “As Always” (itself rooted in Stevie Wonder’s soulful ballad “As”), aims for a similar euphoric dancefloor experience.

However, the formula raises a question: does “Fly Away” recapture the magic, or simply echo a well-worn path? The answer might depend on your nostalgia levels.

Gray’s production is undeniably slick. A bouncy bassline propels the track forward, disco-infused flourishes add sparkle, and the gospel singers deliver their signature uplifting energy. It’s a familiar recipe, expertly executed.

Yet, here’s the rub: compared to Secret Life’s “As Always,” “Fly Away” feels a touch derivative. The original’s raw energy and sense of discovery are somewhat muted in this polished reimagining. While undeniably danceable, “Fly Away” doesn’t quite ignite the same spark.

For those yearning for a fresh take on the gospel-house fusion, “Fly Away” might leave you wanting. But for fans of the genre’s established sounds, it’s a competent, radio-friendly offering. Ultimately, “Fly Away” soars competently, but perhaps lacks the same audacious originality that made the tracks it references such enduring classics.

You can buy Fly Away on Traxsource or wherever you buy your music.

Low Steppa & Crusy – “Bullerengue”

The legendary Defected Records turns 25, and they’re throwing a party that transcends borders. Their “Together” series brings together seasoned veterans and fresh faces, and this time, it’s a heavyweight collab: Low Steppa, the mastermind behind Simma Black, and the Spanish selector Crusy. These two have already made waves with “This Is The Sound” on DFTD in 2023, and their latest offering, “Bullerengue,” promises to be another dance floor bomb.

Forget the usual club fare. “Bullerengue” takes a sharp turn for the exotic, drawing inspiration from the rich musical tapestry of Colombia and Panama. Native vocal samples weave their magic throughout the track, adding a layer of authenticity that instantly transports you to sun-drenched shores. But don’t be fooled by the tropical vibes – this is still a Defected release at its core. Low Steppa’s signature driving beats provide the foundation, ensuring this global groove keeps your feet firmly planted on the dance floor.

“Bullerengue” is a perfect example of what the “Together” series is all about: pushing boundaries, exploring new sounds, and creating music that unites people across cultures. It’s a testament to Defected’s enduring legacy and a sign of even more exciting things to come. So crank up the volume, raise a glass to 25 years of incredible music, and prepare to be swept away by the infectious rhythms of “Bullerengue.”

You can buy Bullerengue on Traxsource here – or whereever you get your music.

Bob Marley Gets a Remix: Jamming (Fisher Rework)

The undisputed reggae king, Bob Marley, is no stranger to posthumous remixes. His timeless catalogue offers a treasure trove of grooves for producers to reimagine. The latest entry is “Jamming (Fisher Rework)” by Australian DJ FISHER, currently sitting at number one on the Beatport charts.

This rework takes the iconic 1977 anthem and injects a dose of contemporary tech house. The original’s infectious energy is translated through a bumping four-on-the-floor beat and pulsing bassline. Marley’s vocals remain untouched, a welcome nod to the song’s legacy.

However, for some listeners, the “Fisher Rework” might feel a touch uninspired. The electronic elements, while competent, offer a relatively basic foundation compared to the rich tapestry of the original. The signature guitar skanks and the interplay between drums and percussion are absent, leaving a sonic space that some might find lacking in depth.

One wonders if the rework necessarily elevates the original. “Jamming” already possessed an undeniable dancefloor magic thanks to its infectious groove and Marley’s uplifting message. The “Fisher Rework” undeniably delivers a club-ready version, but it sacrifices some of the original’s sonic textures and nuanced instrumentation.

Perhaps the track’s chart success speaks to the enduring power of Marley’s music. Even a straightforward rework can find an audience hungry for a familiar classic reinterpreted for a modern soundscape. Whether it adds something new to the original is certainly debatable.

You can buy Jamming (Fisher Rework) here or wherever you get your music.

George Cynnamon – You can do it

Get ready for a shot of pure positivity! George Cynnamon’s new track, “You Can Do It,” is a house music anthem that injects pure sunshine into your ears. This feel-good banger lays down a foundation of solid, driving four-on-the-floor beats, perfect for getting your head nodding and feet moving. But “You Can Do It” isn’t just about the rhythm.

On top of that infectious groove, shimmering uplifting piano chords weave their magic. They build a sense of hope and optimism, perfectly complementing the track’s message of empowerment. Vocals, whether soulful samples or clear, soaring toplines (depending on the specific version you’re listening to), become the heart of the song. They deliver the titular message with a conviction that’s impossible to resist. This, together with the driving bassline make this a surefire dancefloor hit.

George Cynnamon expertly crafts a track that’s both uplifting and danceable. “You Can Do It” feels like a warm embrace on a tough day, a reminder to push forward and chase your dreams. It’s a perfect anthem for the dance floor or a personal pick-me-up. This is a house track guaranteed to leave you feeling motivated and ready to take on the world!

You can buy You can do it by George Cynnamon here on Traxsource.

Rolling gives me early 90s vibes with a future twist

A neon-drenched trip down memory lane, “Rolling” by BAS6, released on our very own sponsors Disko Intelligence recordings label, the lovechild of ex-Awesome 3 member Shane Hughes explodes onto the scene with the unapologetic swagger of a 90s rave anthem. From the opening bar, it’s clear this track isn’t just influenced by the golden age of breakbeat – it inhabits it entirely. The scratchy bass heavy breaks opening thumps with primal energy, laced with razor-sharp snares and dark hi-hats that dance across the soundscape like laser beams. The melodic repetitive hook gives the whole track a sparkle whilst laying the foundation for the sonic euphoria to come.

But “Rolling” isn’t just a nostalgia trip. It remixes the classic elements with contemporary flourishes, ensuring it feels fresh and vital. The producer masterfully weaves in warped vocal samples, echoing with the spirit of forgotten raves, while the cleverly layered melody, energetic breaks shuffles and snares add a layer of depth and intrigue. The track builds and builds, each element locking into place like a perfectly timed light show, the only thing missing for me is the true breakdown and euphoric hands in the air moment. But to be perfectly honest, having listened to this track now several times, its a perfect antidote for the often cliched breaks, drop, breaks formula that has so often been laid down and rehashed. What BAS6 have managed to do here is not only create something fresh and exciting but stay true to the darker side of the old skool breaks era when tunes didn’t rely on the cheap gimics of a bit of M1 piano (though I do love a piano!).

“Rolling” isn’t just a throwback; it’s a love letter to a bygone era, meticulously crafted for a new generation. It’s a reminder that good music transcends time, and that the spirit of the early rave scene – the energy, the community, the pure joy of movement – is alive and kicking. So crank up the volume, dim the lights, and let “Rolling” transport you back to a time of pure, unadulterated dancefloor bliss.