Disc 1 kicks off with Black Box's 1990 cover of Earth Wind & Fire's 'Fantasy', continues with the 1977 'La Vie En Rose' by the inimitable Grace Jones, the sultry vocals of soul siren Sylvia Robinson, and fares its way to the nu-jazz & funk escapades of the Stereo Mutants and Jafrosax. With its deliberate drippy pace this mix is best suited for double dates in dark lounges or couples staying warm near a fireplace.
The second disc sways less from the retro sound with groovy classics by the likes of the Originals, Cerrone and disco diva France Jolii. Modern day live house instrumental band, Tortured Soul is fused timelessly into the mix along with Peter Heller's whopping house classic 'Big Love'. A more lively mix than the first, Disc 2 emerges as the home dance-party favorite.
Other notable moments on each of the discs include DJ Genesis's 'Tonight', a rare version of the vintage hit 'The Look Of Love' by Elaine & Ellen, and the captivating voice of rising star Yukimi Nagano on 'Drawn to You'.
In The House of Love is a romantic historical mix, which could do with a little reduction on the retro to be more appealing to today's house & electronica fans. It will catch the ear of those who have been around long enough to remember when many of these tunes were new, or anyone who has the urge for disco heaven with shades of house, jazz, and funk dazzling the skies for the sake of love.
Wed / 1 Mar 2006