One of our all time favorite house divas, Stephanie Cooke, is back on King Street with her newest release, “Sweetest Thing“. Referencing the beauty of jazz and soul, Cooke joins forces with Josh Milan to deliver brand new vocal, instrumental, and “beat” mixes to fit any DJs needs and keep the club bumping. DJ/Producer Ezel follow on remix duty with a funky and fresh vocal re-edit sure to leave you smiling. Finally, Japan based TomoInoue dives into the deepness, with a darker more sensual take on “Sweetest Thing“.
Tokyo‘s thriving music scene has proven to make one of the most sought-after cities in the world for performers. Especially House music devotees who are the true connoisseurs of the genre and as we’ve experienced first hand, many artists from the USA will come back time and time again gleaming from the sheer outpouring of love and support they get from the fans with every performance. King Street has been on the forefront of East meeting West dance music collaborations and nowhere has it been more evident than on the Tokyo Calling compilations. Three have been issued so far since the first in 2001 and this year we’re proud to release the 20 Years Essentials collection in honor of the anniversary. Twenty choice cuts like Chieko Kinbara‘s “Changed My Life” (Code Red Vocal), STUDIO APARTMENT feat. Joi Cardwell “Love Is The Answer” (Reel People Club Mix), P’taah feat. Miho Hatori “Tears And Light” (Kuniyuki Remix), Boyd Jarvis “Don’t Deny Love” (Mondo Grosso Edit), Ananda Project feat. ShakimaMoore “Bahia” (Kyoto Jazz Massive Mix), Jephte Guillaume Presents AK “Shining Your Way” (A Danny Krivit Edit) and many others. Come and join us in this milestone cross-cultural dance music celebration!
House Legends: DJ Roland Clark presents Urban Soul One of the most relevant, multi-talented, multi faceted artists in house music today is DJ Roland Clark. From producer to dj, to genius spoken word artist to singer, he’s had a lion’s share of releases on King Street over the years. Spawning two #1 Billboard Dance Hits with “Show Me” and “My Urban Soul,” he’s gone on to sign over 2 dozen or so more songs with the label, many of which are included on this 5th edition of King St‘s latest series, House Legends. Following previous House Legends comps dedicated to Kerri Chandler, Cevin Fisher, and Mateo & Matos, this one includes 34 of his biggest and best works remixed by some of the most well known producers in the House biz. Here you’ll find originals as well as the Timmy Regisford DJ Shelter Mix of “Happy,” Maurice Joshua‘s Body ‘N Soul Mix and Nicola Fasano & Steve Forest‘s Fish & Chips UK Mixes of “Jump Into The Water, Joey Negro Club Mix of “Before You Reach For Love,” Franck Roger‘s Main Mix of “We Alive,” DJ Pierre‘s Wild Pitch Mix of “Sex On My Mind,” Eric Kupper Club Mix of “What Do I Gotta Do” Alex Kenji‘s Main Mix of “Brown James” and so many more all under one great comp. Here’s to some great tunes by a great artist!
Two of the top djs and House producers in Japan, Daishi Dance & DJ Kawasaki step out of the King St/Nite Grooves vault with an armful of fierce classics & neo-classic jams. They get their regular fill of playing for large crowds on the mainland where Daishi Dance holds residency at some of Tokyo’s biggest clubs like ageHa, Womb, and Precious Hall in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Likewise, Kawasaki, whose repertoire is a crossover between House & Jazz, also has a residency at Club Room in Tokyo. On this digital album, their styles shine through as they lay down 26 of some of the finest tunes to ever hit the dance floor in the last 20 years. They’ve included some of their own cool production work like Kawasaki‘s original release “Blazin’,” his remix of Ananda Project feat. Avery Sunshine‘s “Stalk You,” and Daishi Dance‘s remix of Roland Clark presents Urban Soul‘s “Life Time.” They also throw in a massive set of classics like the Roy Davis Dub and DJ Pierre 1994 original of “Good & Plenty Love” by X Fade feat. Lavette, Satoshi Tomiie‘s mix of Ultra Nate‘s 1995 hit “Party Girl (Turn Me Loose),” and David Morales‘ Def Club Mix of “Glory Glory” Ananda Project feat.TerranceDowns released in 2000. No King St classic comp would be complete without Blaze presents Underground Dance Artists United For Life feat. Barbara Tucker‘s “Most Precious Love,” here with the Freemason‘s “Proper” Club Mix, Lenny Fontana presents Eastside Movement‘s “Inner City,” and Timmy Regisford Shelter Anthem mix of “When Can Our Love Begin” by Kimara Lovelace. Original tunes by Kiko Navarro, Sunshine Jones, Anthony Nicholson, Ivan Iaccobucci and others are also in the mix. Take a listen and be captivated by some new & classic catalog.
Love & Music are forms of addiction that no drug in existence could ever replace. Put them together and you have the makings of a beautiful compilation. Throw in some House beats and you have the latest Valentine’s Day Collection: King St Sounds Essentials for 2013. The third installment in the series, songs were hand-picked with the utmost care, in varying stages of energy from the sweet and sentimental “Washes Over Me” (Rasmus Faber Epic Vocal Mix), “Sweetest Thing” (Tomo Inoue King Street Remix) and “Kiss Kiss Kiss” (Alternate Mix Re-Edit) by Heather Johnson (Ananda Project), to the more upbeat feel-good tunes like DJ Pierre‘s “Good Luv” (Wild Pitch Vocal), Orienta-Rhythm feat. Joi Cardwell‘s “Happy,” and Studio Apartment feat. Ron Carroll “I’m In Love” to darker, more frenzied feel of “R U Feeling Me” (Alex Kenji Main) by Chris Perez & Louie Gorbea feat. Ms. Patty and so many more. Twenty songs in all are presented to represent the label’s twenty-year history, and they make for one long & romantic journey.
Japanese producer Tomo Inoue is back on King Street & spins some sweet sounds on his latest comp, Luxury Space. Known for his numerous mixes and contributions to the label, he picks 19 smashing tunes meticulously picked from the catalog and smoothly blended together for one deep, soulful and tech house-y journey. Renowned tunes like the Alix Alvarez New Vox Mix of Heather Johnson “Million Miles,” A Directors Cut Treatment of DJ Vivona & Joi Cardwell’s “Return To Love,” From P60 with Lisa Shaw’s “Magic,” Soneec’s Remix of Big Moses feat. Kenny Bobien “Brighter Days,” and his own King Street Mix of Tomo Inoue feat. Stephanie Cooke’s “Better” are put against more underground flavors of Cerux’s “This Is,” Franco De Mulero’s “Porroig,” and Eric Powa B’s “Cafe Mambo.” These and many, many more make for a well-rounded and booty bumpin’ collection, and needless to say, they all sound great together. Buy the comp and get the full-length mix!
The Hype: House Music Singer / Songwriter / Producer Stephanie Cooke has been on King Street Sounds’ artist roster since her debut single in September of 1995. In 2004, we released her debut full-length album “Everything” that was critically acclaimed receiving rave reviews by press, djs and tastemakers alike. Since then she’s collaborated with even more top producers in the game releasing such gems as “Beautiful Life,” (Jose Carretas Remix), “Sweetest Thing,” (Ezel Remix), “Just A Little Bit,” (Sean McCabe Remix), “Better” (Tomo Remix), “Excuses” (Groove Assassins Dub), and “Thinking I’m Beautiful” (Sean McCabe Remix). This new album opens the musical floodgates and down rains Stephanie in all her glory. Some brand new unreleased cuts with collabs such as “Sunshine” with Soul Dhamma and remixed by Cookie Monsterz, self-produced “It’s Like Nothing” remixed by Reelsoul and more. Included on this digital LP are also classic hits like “Rain” remixed by Soul Dhamma, Jay-J, and Romanthony. Other soulful jams like “Alright” remixed by Sir Piers, “Holding Onto Your Love” (Frankie Feliciano Remix, Big Moses Instrumental & Mood II Swing Dub), “Everything” remixed by Orienta-Rhythm, “One True Love” and “Don’t Take Your Love Away” both remixed by the legendary Eric Kupper, and “I Never Told You (You Could Stay),” remixed by Josh Collins, and many more. With a full 17 cuts including remixes by the most notable names in soulful House music, Stephanie Cooke’s new follow up album, Beautiful is simply that.
Release Date: 1/30/12
Label: King Street Sounds
Cat #: KSS 1358
The Hype: Another group of hot soulful remixes, stemming from the Blaze presents Underground Dance Artists United for Life “Keep Hope Alive” album comes out on King Street. This batch reinterprets Blaze feat. Ultra Naté, “Wonderful Place” putting some extra spring in the step. UK DJ/Producers Bobby & Steve hit us with a lovely rendition reminiscent of a classic percussive soulful MAW mix that’s sure to please. Our very own Tomo gives us a deep synthy laid back dubby feel with slight vocal injections for added flavor. On the flip, the Fanatix, Britain’s Aaron Ross from BBC 1Xtra and uber-producer Neil Pierce, keep us movin’ with an all out digital melodic interpretation, on their Main Mix minus some of Ultra’s vocals on the dub. What a Wonderful Place indeed.