And things get slowly worse for our author with Deep Heat 7. I had previously written off number 5 as being the worst, but scratching the surface of this one has led to some horrific moments, not only bad tracks and dodgy hip house but a whole new strain of pain with some of the laziest cover versions known to man over variants of the Soul II Soul break.
Firstly, Don Pablo’s Animals : Venus (Bonus mix). Suffering somewhat from Chad Jackson syndrome, this is chock full of samples, but to be fair that sort of thing was pretty popular. Following this, the Jungle Brothers : What U Waitin’ 4, this version sampling Saddle Up by David Christie, and I think this was remixed by CJ Mackintosh & Dave Dorrell, ex of M/A/R/R/S and the guys who weren’t members of either A.R. Kane or Colourbox. I’ve mentioned both fellows before as they’re responsible for one of my most favourite remixes in Roxanne Shante’s Live on Stage which I’ve posted a few times as well as Young MC’s I Come Off Southern Comfort remix, but I’ll revisit them at some point in future.
Next up, the Beloved : Your Love Takes Me Higher, I’m not sure if this is the original issue or the re-release after The Sun Rising, although on listening I’d guess at the first. Again, I need to post a bit about the Beloved if for no other reason than to post It’s Alright Now. This leads into the forgettable A Way Of Life : Tripping On Your Love, which could be a cover of the Bananarama track but I’m not certain as I can barely remember the Bananarama track other than a Maurice remix of it. However, the banality of that is not enough to prepare anyone for what follows. Powerjam : Nothing Compares 2 U, which seems to be a cover of the Nellee Hooper produced Sinead O’Connor cover of the Prince track. Unfortunately it’s been sped up and the pitch is off, so it gives the effect of the singer rushing to keep up with the music and is really quite terrible in execution.
Next, an unexpected jewel sandwiched between some poor hip house tracks, Coldcut & Queen Latifah : Find A Way and what follows are three covers in a row. Firstly, the Happy Mondays with Step On, one of their most memorable tracks and there’s no point in me posting it as pretty much everyone knows if off by heart. And then a double whammy of awful with Little Caesar : The Whole Of The Moon and Respect featuring Johnny D : Light My Fire.
At least the next track is worthwhile, being Rhythmatic : Take Me Back which brings some much needed bleeps to the table. The rest of this disc is not really worth talking further about other than to note the appearance of the bleeps from Unique 3 : The Theme and the synth stabs from Rhythim is Rhythim : Strings of Life in Liquid Oxygen : Planet Dance, but overall it’s kind of identikit techno.
Disc 2 starts with a Technotronic megamix, which is as stupid as it sounds and continues with another appearance by Queen Latifah : Come Into My House in a DJ Mark the 45 King remix and leads into more bloody hip house before picking up a bit with Leftfield’s Not Forgotten(Dub version) and then going off the boil with Salt n Pepa and Ultra Nate before the appearance of 808 State : Ancodia. It’s next where my personal lowlight of the album appears with Massivo featuring Tracey : Loving You proving that no-one should be trying to cover Minnie Ripperton. The only other track of note is probably Satoshi Tomiie with Arnold Jarvis : And I Loved You, but otherwise the rest of the disc is worthless.
To wash the badness out of your ears after that little lot assuming anyone has read down that far, a few words about Warehouse Raves 4. This series proves it’s worth almost immediately with the first track, one I’ve posted before and will doubtless post again in some variation.
A few years ago I found myself in close proximity to a television that was showing Jesus Christ Superstar, and I couldn’t help but notice the song playing was oddly familiar to my ears. This track, Heaven On Their Minds is a track which I believe inspired in no small part The KLF : What Time Is Love? Also on this disc is 3 A.M. Eternal in it’s Pure Trance original form, and as such represents a good source for clean copies of the tracks if needed. There is also an appearance by Genaside II : Death of the Kamikazee another excellent track
with a bass sample that I’m at a loss to recognise right now and it’s annoying me*. Of the other tracks on here that are notable, Shut Up And Dance : Lamborghini which I’ve posted previously and Juno : Soul Thunder.
*Oh, I know now. It’s the same rhythm used in D-Shake – Yaaaah.