Artist: Room 806 feat Holi
Title: Darkness (The Remixes)
Remixes: Jerk House Connection, Moodyfreaks,Monocles & Slezz, J&M Brothers,
Loic L & Betasweet Teabag
Label: Atal Music
Genre: Deep/Soulful House
Room 806 featuring Holi – Darkness [Original Mix] is a deep melodic track oozing soulful vibes which is given the royal treatment through credible remixes by some of the most influential producers in Deep House music currently.
Dynamic duo, Jerk House Connection put a refreshing spin on the track with a percussive fuelled remix. They create an almost ‘live’ sound, similar to the funky fresh grooves offered ala by hip soul/dance group Tortured Soul. The soulful Holi, provides the perfect ambiance with her sultry vocals, making this a worthy track to kick start your set or for a chill out session.
Mzansi’s [South Africa] own Moodyfreaks deliver an intelligent ‘Into Soul’ remix of the track. Their rich production skills are very much evident here. Don’t be surprised to hear this one bumping in sets at a trendy spot near you or in forthcoming Deep/Soulful House compilations.
The standout track for me is the ‘Bittersweet Teabag Perc Mix’. This is the most musical of all the remixes. It strips away the gloss and focuses on the simple yet inviting appeal of the percussion instruments and takes nothing away from Holi’s vocal talent. This may neither be popular with the masses nor dance floor filler but it is sure to warm up to those with a keen sense of good music.
The ‘Monocles & Slezz 2Deep Paradise Mix’ is a somewhat deeper and moody, dropping the pace to set up a hypnotic groove. This is deep house personified as we have come to know it, somewhat minimal but undeniably groovy.
Other noteworthy remixes are the Loic L remix, which delves into an even deeper side of House dabbling with an afro-percussive and piano laced beat which is tailor made for local and international dance floors.
Also worth a mention is the J&M Brothers remix. This track grows on you by the minute with its deeply melodic sound of the drum and bass aided by a minimal tech and piano groove which altogether form a classy medley deep house track.
Review: Julian Julz Green