Track: Cascades Of Colour (Danny Tenaglia's Edit of the Saffron Mix)
Artist: The Ananda Project
Label: Nite Grooves
The Ananda Project is one of the aliases of producer Chris Brann, probably best known for this track. Cascades of Colour is another favorite - ambient heavy with bittersweet lyrics and layered vocals that conjure images of a tropical atmosphere. I'm partial to Danny Tenaglia's mix which maintains the laid back vibe but provides beats that pack a bigger punch than the original.
So Get Up was a hard-hitting anthem by Portuguese house producers DJ Vibe (António "Tó" Pereira) & Doctor J (Rui da Silva) recording as the Underground Sound of Lisbon. The track is widely known for its spoken-word vocals by poet-musician Darin Pappas, alternatively known as Korvorwong or Ithaka, who loudly demands the audience to GET UP! (as the end of the Earth is upon us). Junior Vasquez's Factory Mix samples Shake It from Jark Prongo (1993) and Cajmere's Percolator (1992).
I'll give the nod to Junior Vasquez's version, but Danny Tenaglia came strong with his dark and electro-heavy mix, officially titled Danny's In The Light We Sleep Mix:
Under the Club 69 moniker, Peter Rauhofer remixed Danny Tenaglia's already excellent tribal classic, ohno, into a soul-shaking extravaganza. Your patience is rewarded, as this track progressively builds for several minutes before reaching its stride. Once it gets going, expect heavy doses of tribal drums, organ licks, and more!
If someone hasn't already released a Best of Miami Classic House album by now, I hereby nominate Some Lovin' for inclusion. Producing under the Liberty City alias, the Miami duo of Oscar G and Ralph Falcon (aka Murk and last profiled in this post) delighted clubgoers when they dropped this gorgeous deep house classic in '92. With a stompin' beat, guttural bass line and an all star diva performance from Bebe Dozier, this track manages to please fans of both vocals and bumpin' beats. In 2003, an updated version with Kristine W. became a commercial success, but I thought it was pretty unremarkable. For this tune, stick with the original.
Track: Music Is The Answer (Danny Tenaglia's Tourism Mix)
Artist: Danny Tenaglia (ft. Celeda)
In 1984, house pioneer Colonel Abrams released a garage track called Music Is The Answer. His message - simply that music fostered unity and brings people together. 15 years later, Danny Tenaglia dropped a massive track of the same name. Musically, there's not much in common with Abrams' song, but Celeda's vocals carry the same message which helped elevate this track to anthemic status in house circles around the world. Tenaglia's deep beats and dark piano riffs are mesmerizing. This one's a must for any collection of house music, digital or otherwise.
First, take a listen to Colonel Abrams performing his song in NYC in 2007. He's been around for a couple decades, but he still kills it. The fun begins around the 1:40 mark when some big beats kick in - those weren't in the original!
Now for the Tenaglia and Celada track. The version I've chosen is 14+ minutes. Why? Consider it my protest against all the ADD DJs who play songs for 15 seconds these days:)
This site profiles my favorite classic house tracks. Most selections are from the 80s and 90s with a strong - but not exclusive - deep house, progressive and old school Chicago influence. I could never fully warm up to acid house, overly ambient tracks, or anything that bumps >135bpm. Since many have asked, there's no single definition of classic house music, but Ishkur has an excellent guide to electronica music that can serve as a primer for anyone interested. I know some of the videos get pulled due to copyright issues - just search on YouTube since most stuff gets re-upped anyway.