Monday, December 21, 1998

Single Reviews - December 21, 1998

December 21, 1998

Billie - "She Wants You" - Innocent/Virgin UK CD-5
This is Billie Piper's latest single from "Honey To The B", just in time for the Holiday rush....I really like it! Classic pop song structure and a very catchy melody line and chorus. 

CD 1 comes with two cover version B-sides: "It Takes Two" and Wham!'s "Last Christmas". The former is not too bad, but nothing special. However, "Last Christmas" is a really nice number. Very good production and vocals from Billie. It might be even more enjoyable than the original!

CD 2 features remixes from Erick Morillo and Cevin Fisher. With "Because We Want To" and "Girlfriend" getting UK progressive styled mixes from Tall Paul and Tin Tin Out respectively, it's a welcome change to get some remixers from New York. Erick Morillo's mix is pretty standard house fare, nothing really exciting. Though he does use almost the whole vocal, which I always like. Cevin Fisher's version is more of a dub. Not too much of the original vocal track, just little samples here and there. I'm hoping to get a copy of the vinyl 12". It has the Erick Morillo dub, which will hopefully be more exciting as well as a new remix from the Sharp Boys.

Tom and Joyce - "Vai Minha Tristeza" - Yellow Records 12"
Delicious new Brazilian vocal track from Thomas Naim and Joyce Hoze. Original and acoustic mixes on the first side, with the B-side having a slightly different interpretation: "Bob's Le Mix", from Bob Sinclar. This one uses a different Housy drum pattern and has nice keys from Cutee B, who you've probably heard on Dimitri From Paris' productions. A Must-have!

Fat Joe - "Bet Ya Man Can't" - Big Beat/Atlantic 12"
The latest from "Don Cartagena" features Big Pun, Cuban Link and Triple Seis in a catchy jam that is very similar to "still not a player". Recommended party track.....

Nick Holder - "Retrospective EP" - DNH Records 12"
One of Nick's most recent releases, and one of his best! The A-side track, "Da Sambafrique" is an instant jazz-house classic. Great keyboard and sax loops. Beautiful! I only wish that it was much longer.... The B-side has a more mellow house vibe, called "Feelin' Sad" Bonus beats for each track round off the 12" package.

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