A new release on one of our favourite records labels has prompted us to get off our butts and back into writing reviews. Apologies for the silence. You know, life stuff happened - and frankly it's really really hard for the two of us to keep up with the incredible releases that seem to be coming out at breakneck speed of recent months, especially given that this website is a labor of love. Anyway, enough of the excuses. Let's get into the music..
It seems that anything that gets released on the Dusty Donust label is just something we need in our record boxes, and trust me when I say they get a good work out at pretty much every gig I play 45s at. The fellas at the label just have the knack for finding tracks that sound familiar (even if you have never heard the original joints before), giving the drums a brand new spit and polish, and dropping records that just sound super fat in the club or in your headphones.
On this new release, things get really soulful. The A side kicks off with a beautiful Bobby "Blue" Band. Now I must admit I wasn't really all that familiar with the original until I just hit up the googles, but it does sound sweet - And the new drums just really bring this soul track to a brand new level. I did an A/B comparison with the original and this new version, and the verdict is in: you need this remix in your life right now.
Naughty NMX and Jim Sharp get all 80s soul on the flip side, taking on the Marcus Miller track "Much Too Much", which was sampled by Jay Z. It's wonderfully typical of what I love about this label: Take a known sample and fatten it up like a christmas turkey, and insert some elements from the Hip Hop version into the mix - Which is exacatly what happens here as Jay Z's verses are spread purposefully throughout the song. Essential.
Released towards the end of November 2016.
Jim Sharp has got these party joints down to a fine art by now, with a number of dope 45's behind him. This latest one follows very closely on the heels on his previous efforts with fellow label mate Naughty NMX, and is very much in the same style as "Hypnotize Herb". These joints sit firmly in the crate of dancefloor heaters.
What we get on this latest one is "Shake Ya Azz", which blends a Mystikal acapella with James Brown's classic "Get On Up". It's fast, fun, and works exactly as expected. However, it's the B Side that gets my interest perked. Perhaps I'm a sucker for the Scenario beat, knowing how hard it is to find on 45. "Pump It Up", uses that exact sample from Kool & The Gang, and blends it with an acapella from Joe Budden. Well, actually the original version of that Budden joint also uses those same horns and Jim Sharp has turned it up a notch on this remix, edging up the BPM ever so slightly and making the backing track more reliant on the original "Soul Vibrations" sample.
Overall, another nicely rounded package. It's not going to blow minds, but I don't think it's trying to either. This release knows its lane: Just straight up fun party shit for the dancefloor, and there isn't anything wrong with that.
Announcements went out overnight for the upcoming new fifth release on the Dusty Donuts label out of Germany. This one comes hot off the heels of the previous release The Antique Anthem, which is still devastating dancefloors around the world. As with all the releases on this label, this new one certainly will not disapoint.
The A side sees Marc Hype and Naughty NMX take on the 1998 classic Deja Vu by Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz. The beats are heavier and more prominent in the mix, and the duo utilise some of the vocal from the tracks original sample Black Cow by Steely Dan - Slightly extending the tune before the raps start, and turning this into a dope head nodding club stomper that will have many people bouncing along.
The B Side sees Jim Sharp take the knife to the folk classic Sugar Man by Detroit Michigan musician Jesus Rodriguez - Once again, putting some sublime hip hop beats behind the groove to give it a solid backing track. This is definately a tune that will catch even the most casual music listeners attention with it's infectious groove, rounding off what is overall another very solid seven inch release on the Dusty Donuts label, due to hit stores later in September.
I can't believe that it was ten years ago that German duo Marc Hype and Jim Dunloop released the party classic The Antique Anthem. Back then it was released as a twelve inch on the Milk Crate label. It such an ill tune that I instantly bought double copies and proceeded to wreck shop with it every chance I got - So I'm extremely happy to see that it has been re-released as a 45 on Marc Hype's label Dusty Donuts, which is also the name for his night in Berlin where he plays 45s exclusively.
For those that aren't familiar with the tune the audio link below should get you up to speed - but rest assured this is a worthy investment made even more compelling by the previously unreleased B Side Make your Move, which sees the duo take on some heavy break beats action in a cut up style - a perfect companion to the A side.