ANTONIO GIACCA, “Every Way”
L.A.-based, Italy-born dance producer Antonio Giacca made two of my favourite dance tunes of 2015/16 with “Ignited” and the wickedly catchy “Sensation”. He returns in full effect with some slamming house with “Every Way”. Pop music fans will immediately recognize that “Every Way” is a rework essentially of the early Motown hit “He Was Really Saying Somethin'”, a minor 60’s release by The Velvelettes. It’s better known in Europe and the UK in a 1982 cover by Bananarama that was their second UK Top 5 chart hit. But “Every Way” sounds like it samples a slightly pitched-down vocal from the original and makes it brim with funky house energy that will be very inviting for club DJ’s anywhere.
MARTIN VALLÉE featuring VICTOR PERRY, “Uptight”
One song that will catch you in that danceable bounce of a moment is “Uptight”, a redux of the (Little) Stevie Wonder classic, brought to us this time by French producer Martin Vallée with vocals by NYC singer/songwriter Victor Perry. Don’t think Motown – this version of “Uptight” is deliberately far away from that style and Stevie’s younger days. Think buoyant synths and vocal effects, all bridged nicely by Victor’s top notch phrasing of the main chorus that we all know from the original. Victor’s vivid voice is just sweet enough to work as a convincing substitute for Stevie, without even trying to be like Stevie. Having just spent a week in Miami immersed in dance music, “Uptight” is well-suited for club DJ’s looking to connect with their audiences through classic songs. Check it out at the link above.
MARVIN GAYE, “Heard It Through The Grapevine” (Alex Preston rework) (free DL)
Yes, you are reading this correctly, so do not be afraid 🙂 Australian house producer Alex Preston boldly takes on a Motown classic that should otherwise be untouched, Marvin Gaye’s 1968 chart-topping cover of “Heard It Through The Grapevine”. In order to make his point, Alex excises the haunting bass work and rhythm track of the original, and replaced it with an amped up, driving house rhythm. He adds a lot of echo to Marvin’s original emotional vocal, making it sound even more isolated in the face of those hurting, cheating lyrics. The first three minutes of this rework are an utterly seamless tribute to the original and will have club goers cheering. The remaining two minutes are technically wonderful mixing handoffs for creative club DJ’s. Best of all, you can have this update for free for now at the link above. Alex Preston’s rework of “Grapevine” is a convincing and masterful surprise – more please!! Reworks like this cannot be done without inbred passion for the source, and it’s a real treat for long-time Motown fans like me.