Saturday, December 6, 1997

Single Reviews - December 6, 1997

December 6, 1997

Jamiroquai - High Times (REMIXES) - Sony Soho Square 12"
With "Alright" still being plugged in the US and Canada, Jay Kay and co. drop their latest single in the UK. "High Times" original production was on a funky disco tip, and now sports club friendly mixes courtesy of Roger Sanchez, and downtempo mixes by the group themselves. The Roger S. mixes are good, with just enough added to make it even funkier. The Jamiroquai remixes are more on the sparse hip-hop side, with the vocals mixed strangely low. Definitely more creative that Todd Terry's remix of "Alright" (though I must admit I like his mixes, and they make me dance...but sometimes it feels like he just presses a button and , VOILA! Instant Remix!)

4 Hero - Earth Pioneers EP - Reinforced/Talkin' Loud 2x12"
Nice new EP from 4 Hero, with tracks taken from their upcoming full length album. Six tracks of wicked drum and bass grooves, some on the harder side of D&B. I personally prefer "Planetaria" and "Loveless" which feature strings. They are simply two beautiful tracks.

Bran Van 3000 - Drinking In L.A. (Mount Real Mixes) - Audiogramme 12"
One of the coolest songs of Summer 97 resurfaces in the Winter sporting brand new remixes. While you can't beat the original (as is in most cases), there are some really nice reworkings done on the track. Dave One does it Hip-Hop style with some cutting and scratching from DMC World Champion and fellow Canadian DJ A-Trak. There's also three Drum and Bass remixes from Haig V., Haji, and Fink (from the Ninja Tune label). As a bonus, you get two album tracks : "The Problem With Sheldon" and "Couch Surfer". Bonus marks given for being pressed on turquoise vinyl with a cute bunny and deer on the label.

Ghetto Concept - Krazyworld - 7 Bills Entertainment 12"Local Hip-Hop group Ghetto Concept return to the music scene with a new 3 track 12". Skip the main plug track "Krazyworld", which sounds like salt to me. Flip to the B-Side and jam "Livin' It Up". It's my kind of Hip-Hop track : a nice sample, sweet vocals on the chorus and a good flow from the MCs. Production quality is excellent!

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