Here’s a summer package that’s full of sizzle and spice. Because that’s the way it is with remixes. Producers: Various
album release date: June 19, 2001
Gospel Remixes pulls together a set of nine predominantly dance-oriented remixes, spanning the tried and true (“Fall Down” by Tramaine Hawkins) to the fresh and new (“Once” by Londa Larmond).
The new stuff is stellar, with a brand new danceable cut from Brent Jones and The T.P. Mobb making an impression. While not technically qualifying as a remix (because it doesn’t have an original version), “Spiritual Things” is a cut that fits with the rest. Plenty of rhythmic power and lead vocal punch from both Jones and Miranda Ward mark it, with production prowess from Asaph “Alex” Ward.
Larmond’s “Once” is remixed by Marcello Pennell. It’s a slight variant on the original from the debut Toronto artist, with extra production zing on opening bars. Darwin Hobbs’ percolating hit, “Everyday” (with Michael McDonald) gets the Mookie treatment, who parses it down to elementals. Not as rich as the fabulous original, this version is laid on top of a riding dance beat, and is obviously designed for late hour celebrations.
Fred Hammond steps back in to refurbish the Lamar Campbell and Spirit of Praise cut, “When I Think About You” from their junior project of the same name. Fred produced the original, here he layers a very urban drive on the song.
Classics are here too. Sounds of Blackness’ hit vibe "Optimistic" was previously created, but this Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis mix from 1991 will see more light here. And Vassal Benford’s take on Tramaine Hawkins’ "Fall Down" from 1983 gets a deserving second window.
The project is topped up with the inclusion of recent (and previously released) mixes of material from Ricky Dillard and New G (“That’s Just Like Him”, a thirteen-minute marathon of groove from “Jackmasterfunk” Farley Keith) and Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers (Junior Velasquez’ rework of “Testify”, with LeJuene Thompson raining down vocals).
There’s also the very popular “Thank You” from BeBe Winans, with “Little” Louie Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzales in charge of the beat makeover (previously issued in 1997).
So go ahead, get your mix on.
reviewed by Stan North —
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