An immaculate blend of deep house gems, beatific Balearic grooves, lusty Latin flavours and uplifting sing along vocals mixed with absolute precision by HedKandi wheel-joggers Ben Santiago, Carl Hanaghan and Phil Faversham. The Beach House series is the defining sound of HedKandi’s jet-set party lifestyle and while the northern hemisphere embraces the balmy sunlight, southern house-heads should undoubtedly tune this offering as the soundtrack to their chilly winter nights.
The sundrenched tunes are spread across three sultry long plays – the first mixed by groove selector Carl Hanaghan and it’s titled the ‘Sunrise Mix’. A tuneful blend of 15 golden house sonata’s which kicks off with an extended original mix of ‘Falling’ by Ben Westbeech, closely followed by Sandy Rivera’s ‘Take Me Back’ featuring vocal sensation April. Harley & Muscle team up with vocal house queen India as they put forward a vocally enthused ‘Then Came You’. Stephanie Cook and Diephuis bestow us with a ‘Beautiful Life’ while Micky Moore and the famed Angela Johnson prove it’s never ‘Too Late’ to fall in love with this magical sound. It’s the French born connoisseur Yass who delivers on an ‘Everyday’ classic mix originally produced by Ziggy Funk where he features Taliwa.
The second of the three disks is appropriately titled the ‘Sunshine Classics Mix’ as it re-visits momentous summer grooves. This offering elevates ones soul from the on-set with an original rendition of Office Gossip’s raunchy and bass driven “Street Talk” which is effortlessly followed by Ian Pooley & Magik J’s psychedelic ‘Piha’. Pooley takes another spin on the block and this time with his enthralling remix of Noel Nanton’s ‘Your Love’. Miguel Migs will ‘Do it For You’ with his original vocal mix as will Franck Rogers reinterpretation of Blaze & Barbara Tucker’s ‘Most Precious Love’. Seamus Haji’s gives us his rendition of Bah Samba’s ‘Portuguese Love’ and K.O.T’s timeless vocal symphony ‘Finally’ starring the majestic Julie Mcknight hits the spot once more as it’s persuasively mixed into the disco revival mix of Groovefinder’s ‘All This Love That I’m Giving’. Rasmus Faber’s mesmerising re-edit of Thick Dicks “Insatiable” imprints the power of classic soulful house choon, while Grant Nelson delivers an unmistakable Latin vibe of Negrocan’s ‘Aquela Esquina’ – as Jon Cutler’s distant music mix of ‘It’s Yours” resonates with jazzier sediments.
The third and final mix on this exquisite long play is distinctly expressed as the ‘Sunset Mix’ as it delightfully strung together by HedKandi’s Ibiza resident DJ, Ben Santiago. He sets his musical voyage in motion with an elusive mix of NUfrequency’s ‘Fallen Hero’ by the Motor City Drum Ensemble fluently pursued by a vocally drenched ‘Look Right Through’ by Strom Queen. The groove literally turned up a notch when the original version of Robert Babicz ‘Bangaday’ is fluently brought into play and it’s smoothly followed by Mario Basanov’s ‘Up’ which effortlessly keeps up the pressure on cue, while Urban soul vocalist John Legend is featured on Magnetic Man’s Yoruba Soul Mix of ‘Getting Nowhere’. Dualton presents the right ‘Formular’ to set the dance floor on fire and Marco Plex’s original of “Vibe Your Life” drives the thumping point home.
Beach House Series 2011 also includes titles from the world most revered house music practioners including Ralf GUM, Jay J, Knee Deep, and Jay Tripwire.