The Move (various artists): (Tokyo Dawn Records)
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UK release date 28.06.2012
I always get a bit excited when receiving promo material from Tokyo Dawn Records. They are a label that represent a plethora of music styles, but with a common goal that all of the music they release is of a very high standard.
Known for their more down tempo material, The Move album is according to their press release, Ã¢€˜strictly about house music.Ã¢€™ Reading through the track listing, I know my ears are in for a treat as artists like Gregory Porter and Colonel Red are represented whilst remixes appear courtesy of Afronaught, Atjazz and Opolopo to name but a few. There are remixes and edits on this album that will leave you salivating, believe me, IÃ¢€™m wiping my keyboard as I type this!
We start off with the Opolopo remix of Gregory PorterÃ¢€™s Ã¢€˜1960 WhatÃ¢€™ which doesnÃ¢€™t need any introduction to you. Next up is an Alex Barck remix of VindahlÃ¢€™s Ã¢€˜The QuestionÃ¢€™ which takes the track into a funk fuelled electronica frenzy, followed by the oh so very joyous Afronaught and Mark de Clive LoweÃ¢€™s remix of Soulparlor Ã¢€˜Nothing Ever Changes.Ã¢€™ This is a vocal track of truly astronomical proportion with a hook that embeds itself into your psyche!
Om Unit are on remix duty next, reinterpreting Colonel RedÃ¢€™s Ã¢€˜HollaÃ¢€™ and this version is so, so moving. ItÃ¢€™s an utterly fantastic remix, and something I can see getting some serious plays in 2012.
VindahlÃ¢€™s Ã¢€˜Head Over HeelsÃ¢€™ gets the treatment from Vilhelm Sundin next whilst Atjazz puts his take on Comfort FitÃ¢€™s Ã¢€˜ Ask the Devil.Ã¢€™ Atjazz is an incredible producer and DJ and adds a gilded electronic edge to this release. This is raw house music, 3am kind of stuff and I for one love 3am music!
Next on stage is the LFX remix of Stan Smith Ã¢€˜Disco TechnicÃ¢€™ which again renders an incredible translation of the original. ItÃ¢€™s OpolopoÃ¢€™s turn to be edited this time with Simon Tappenden doing his thing on Ã¢€˜Waiting.Ã¢€™ This is yet another awesome edit, combining influences of house, deep house, broken beat and old electro. Oh man, the more this edit goes on, the more I love it!
The next track Kissey Ã¢€˜HouseÃ¢€™ is something unique on this album, an original!
ItÃ¢€™s the turn next of Soul Parlour Ã¢€˜NowÃ¢€™ remixed by the highly underrated Souled. I have an Erykah Badu edit that Souled did years ago of Ã¢€˜HoneyÃ¢€™ which I still play to this day. They work their magic on this number too, making a catchy and quirky piece with their trademark vocal chops and obscure samples.
OpolopoÃ¢€™s tweak of Blaktroniks Ã¢€˜NothingÃ¢€™ and Andreas SaagÃ¢€™s remix of Swedeart Ã¢€˜Sex On The AirplaneÃ¢€™ come next and are followed by the Henry L and Ingo Sanger remix of Positive Flow Ã¢€˜Tapesteries Of My Mind.Ã¢€™ This latter mix delves heavily into a deeper house territory and provides a fascinating insight into another way this can be delivered. ItÃ¢€™s a brilliant remix and flows from beginning to end.
Last up is the Entropy Mix of Portformat Ã¢€˜Where Do I BelongÃ¢€™, a bass heavy and quite dark vocal lead piece of music that provides a nice finale to this album.
I have to say, there are some utterly fantastic remixes and edits on here and I for one will be playing a lot of these. This is a very brave album from Tokyo Dawn Records, but they have got it absolutely spot on. There are some amazing tracks on this album and with summer here (ahem), I know youÃ¢€™ll be hearing a lot of these played out over the coming months.
You can listen to snippets of the tracks here: http://www.tokyodawn.net/the_move/
A solid release.
Words GARETH MORGAN