The Original version of “Higher Thoughts” has been the conversation to many as one of the nu-skool tracks to implement the acoustic guitar breakdown that many are drawing themselves into at the moment. This melodic, guitar based anthem has defiantly rocked every continent’s inclusive dancefloors and it’s time for a review. Dekay’s quality remains intact with this strong production, which is probably his strongest so far, in my honest opinion. Filled with celestial swirls and daunting snares, the track adds distinct drum taps that keeps everything feeling like it’s moving 100mph. The main beast comes in the breakdown that’s as perfect can be. Continuing the celestial feel with the long sweeping sounds, the guitar riffs comes from above the track and everything is left on the floor. This is uplifting and energetic, something that’s finally coming back into the progressive genre, and I like it a lot!
The flip side is created by none other than Mr. Steve Porter. The Steve Porter Mix goes into darker and a bit funkier territories. The guitar riff is broken down in the beginning of the track and the funky b-line is beefed up as well. Honestly, not my cup of tea, but I’m sure other will enjoy it. Somewhere in between there’s even bits of jazz saxophone thrown in to add to the funky sounds. That I would like to hear more of; an exploration of progressive style fused with deep sexy jazz sounds. Other than that, the track doesn’t really go anywhere at all. The beginning of the track starts well, but it eventually lags after the quick teaser of a breakdown and gets dull afterwards.
Quality work from Dekay as always and the Porter mix is different in many ways and may interest some, but not all. My hats off to Sander for releasing two of his strongest and uplifting track from his “Everybody” compilation. Watch out as well for Dekay’s up n’ coming Lowriders Label that’s releasing his Move Yo/More Money, More Power track that looks to be a killer tribal affair.
Fri / 20 Feb 2004