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Title: Basic Colour Theory Remixed By: Catz ‘N Do […]
Karizma aka Kaytronik gets straight to the point, strips down the original and tensely builds the track slowly, keeping the groove on the bone.
Karizma’s “Beats & Bobs” series of raw beats and basement edits continues with the first guest appearance from the UK’s one and only Atjazz.
Atjazz needs no introduction having provided us with exceptional productions since the mid nineties, this time flipping two jazz classics into modern dance floor killers.
Seven Davis Jr recruits two close friends and kindred spirits to rework cuts from his debut album Universes: house music titans Karizma (aka Kaytronik) and Osunlade (aka Yoruba Soul). Basement Boy Karizma takes on “Sunday Morning” delivering a high octane “Ruff Kut” dub and a choppier Baltimore Club tinged “Love Break” dub. On the flip, Osunlade gives “Welcome Back” his trademark exquisite touch. Two dons at the top of their game!
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Karizma’s Kaytronik Let’s Get Tha Love Dub remix now available on Traxsource!
Karizma’s “Beats & Bobs” series of raw beats and basement edits continues with a vinyl only edition for Record Store Day 2015.
First up Karizma reworks “Nuffin Else” into a soulful, melodic and heartfelt House cut, transporting you to a beautifully emotive place and time. Just kick back and let the feeling cloak you in the glow.
On the flip Karizma gets back to the dirt, running a rude boy groove that builds and recedes, teasing the dance floor into delirium. Straight heat!
These tracks will only be available on this 10”. Limited to 500.
BEATS & BOBS – RECORD STORE DAY EDITION
1. NUFFIN ELSE (NELLIE’S ANNOINTED DUB)
2. GET DEEP
Melodic and heartfelt, with lush pianos and life-affirming male vocals ‘Nuffin Else’ is set to be a soulful house classic. Read mix mag’s excellent review here.
The third installment of Karizma’s “Beats & Bobs” series of raw beats and basement edits continues with a special free edition!!!
Beats & Bobs Vol. FR33 is a gift to his fans and supporters on his birthday and contains 3 more heavy hitters to keep any dance floor shaking.
“Kno Honey” is a straight up pulsating electronic exploration of nasty groove weaving layers of sonics through the clicks, booms and snaps of a signature Karizma beat.
“La La Break” takes a familiar melodious vocal refrain and laces it with a teasing rugged percussive thump – the sweet and the heat in perfect balance.
Finally, “The Jerk” sees Karizma return to soulful jazzy club stomper territory with this devastating Hammond work-out over the customary irresistible Karizma house groove.
Released 28 March 2015
Produced by Karizma
As anyone can tell you, few artists can be called by one name. It is just a name, but when a man puts his life work in making that name synonymous with creativity, flair, and style. His name is DJ Spen. You might know him around the world as Spen and the DJ sir name is just one form of all the talent he is world renowned and noted for. You are about to venture in one of his first releases that gives him the platform of the man behind the music. Each song has his stamp and style that many know and love. He has a level of dance and rhythm that few can follow, but many immerse themselves in. If he were to do all the depth of music he does, the album would be endless and varied on many levels of music. This LP is a cornucopia of sound and diverse rhythms that only skim the surface of his creativity and pursuit. An expression A culmination of work A movement in rhythm A Transition.
1. I Feel (Sahib Muhammad Original Mix)
2. Stone Fox Chase
3. Thanks to You (with Tracy Hamlin)
5. Searchin (DJ Spen Mix)
7. Because I Love You (featuring Typheni)
8. Thru the Fire (Daniel 3:1-30)
9. The Definition of Transition
11. I Know (featuring Natasha Watts)
12. Yes (Spen & Karizma Mix)
13. Don’t Be Afraid (featuring Gary Hudgins)
14. He’s a Friend (Jose Burgos featuring Kenny Bobien)
15. It’s About That Time (featuring LeRoyal)
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Few if any producers have managed to make the transition between hip-hop and house as successfully as Vincent Williams, a.k.a. DJ Spinna. But until now his hip-hop career has been better documented. Here, for the first time, is a collection of the cream of Spinna’s house remixes, a collection likely to win a place in the homes of anyone who loves their house music with a deep and soulful twist. Brooklyn-born Spinna absorbed all the influences that were available to a young man growing up in 1980s New York, from the Caribbean and Latin vibes found in his own home (his father’s record collection a major stimulus), through the block-rocking beats that were being dropped by the nascent hip-hop scene at neighbourhood parties, to the soul and disco being spun by Frankie Crocker and Shep Pettibone on the radio, and by Larry Levan at The Paradise Garage where Spinna became a punter.
Spinna took this rich musical heritage and ran with it, learning to DJ and quickly gaining a rep for himself on the hip-hop scene of the latter-half of the ‘90s, a reputation cemented by a string of classic studio productions as part of The Jigmastas. When the hip-hop scene split so radically between its commercial and underground wings towards the end of the decade, Spinna, a hero of the underground, found himself frustrated by its inherent insularity. ‘I didn’t want to be playing to the same two-dozen guys every night’ he says.
Disco and soul had always been part of his repertoire as a party DJ though, and as he became disenchanted with the smallness of the underground hip-hop scene, he found himself drawn increasingly to their contemporary manifestation, house music.
Sure enough, Spinna almost immediately found a wide audience for his dance productions, hitting paydirt with his remixes for UK singer Shaun Escoffery, achieving cult success in New York with Space Rider and true worldwide anthem status with Days Like This –one of the biggest tunes of the past ten years or so for the soulful house cognoscenti. Both are included here, along with his remixes of stellar contemporaries like Kerri Chandler, Karizma and Louie Vega, ‘live’ artists including Raul Midon, Bah Samba, saxophonist Jimmy Sommers with Rahsaan Patterson, Fertile Ground and Tortured Soul, and a slew of up and coming dance producers.
One listen should make abundantly clear why many of the world’s premiere DJs have known to head straight for ‘the Spinna mix’ for a decade now.
In the third (and last) part of “So Many Ways Remixed” series we have yet another special set of heavyweights, delivering their own reinterpretations of Lay-Far original album tracks. Please welcome Kaytronik, D-Malice, Phil Asher and Red Rack’Em!
Kaytronik aka Karizma opens the EP with his Rub of “Yes You Can”. Frankly speaking, from the very beginning of the project we were expecting something special from the Baltimore-based house guru, but the final result surpassed it all for us – what you’re about to hear is a very soulful and deep dance number but with power and grit to shake large festival dance floors! Get ready!
On A2 the pro-active afro-house aficionado D-Malice (Defected, Soul Candi, DM.Recordings) delivers a percussion-heavy banger that will make you swing in no time. You know where it all began, don’t you?!
The UK house legend Phil Asher kicks off the Side B with a remix of “Can’t Deny”, featuring Yannah Valdevit and Souled. Strong dance grooves is what Phlash has always been notorious for – this remix is another vivid example of the principle! Ain’t no need to question the authority.
Last but not least we have the old pirate Red Rack’Em, delivering his trademark deep & dirty house sound with hints of Detroit and dub techno influences. A perfect soundtrack for a midnight voyage on a ghost ship or a basement party, maybe. Aye!