Headphones: A Column Dedicated to House Music – July 2005

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 Reviews of Scott K. vs. O'Jays, Jaime Lewis, Raw Artistic Soul, and more!!!Scott K. vs. O’Jays “I Love Music” Boxmusic Considered a true classic by the biggest house pioneers, “I Love Music” is remixed and redone in the most fantastic of ways. In fact, I would have to say that this is my favorite track of the year! Right up there with Malinga 5’s “Kalimbo” and the nostalgic K-Klass’ “Footsteps,” this little number is defining my summer in the meanest way. Chicago native Scott K. takes the raw, old-school flavor and makes it extremely smile- and DJ-friendly. It features an extra-long, conga-only intro and outro with overdubbed vocals by E-man (wow!) and builds the track for the O’Jays vocals. In heavy rotation with Julius Papp, Miguel Migs, Louie Vega, Stacy Kidd and Marques Wyatt, only true househeads will be seeking this one. Look for the new release coming out this summer! 

 
Louie Vega pres. Dance Ritual
Masters at Work + Wednesday night @ Cielo (New York)
R2 Records
What began in 1998 by Louie Vega and Joe Claussell is available for the first time on CD format. Starting out as a party without musical boundaries where African, jazz, Latin, soul, gospel and R&B styles could blend through house form, the warm, soulful atmosphere created on a club night is readily handy and emotionally addictive. First pressings included with this compilation is a limited edition bonus CD featuring unmixed tracks featured on the full-length. Keep a lookout for Part 2, presented by Joe Claussell. www.r2records.co.uk 
 
Jamie Lewis
My Girlfriend is Out of Town
Purple Music
Praise him! The first ever completely self-produced and manufactured Jamie Lewis and Purple Music release is available. Including the most successful house hits of the summer, this release provides exquisite quality house music with the delicious contrast of Jamie Lewis and his couture expression of style. It features tracks by Armand van Helden, Sandy Rivera, Shawn Christopher, Grant Nelson, Ron Carrol and Jamie himself. Also, this CD includes an order catalogue of the new trendy merchandise collection called “My Girlfriend is Out of Town,” registered by Purple Music. Lust and music just met! www.purplemusic.ch 
Raw Artistic Soul
What About Love
Gogo Music
This14-piece collective of singers and quality musicians performing under a variety of different cultures (Cuba, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and various Latin and jazz backgrounds) are brought together by percussionist, producer and remixer Phil Kullmann. Embodying cotemporary worldly grooves and textures from Spanish to African, this magical debut masterpiece is guaranteed to complete your summer. Being the second release from Ralf Gum’s GoGo Music, this full-length maintains house flavors, yet overcomes tradition with a fresh perspective in afro-beats and Cuban flair. www.gogo-music.net 
 
Deepswing/Redsoul
“Celebrate”
Generate Music
What a delicious house party track for summer! Chanting and full-energy vocals performance by Donna Washington (remember “Take Me to the Disco” and “I’m a Believer”) intertwined with the classic funky-disco-filter beats of Generate Music, we have a wild ride of emotion and release in a three-track EP. Written by Eric Wikman (Sunkids/Deepswing) and David Wareing (Redsoul), this testifying number is an array of UK styling and US jazz sessions. Horns, chord stabs and timeless bass lines includes classic piano mix, original, Redsoul dub and DJ tool. www.generate-music.com