years and one compilation isnt exactly rushing things.
But essence isnt one of those labels that has a release
schedule to stick to you cant hurry quality.
The essence files volume 1 is a journey through the labels
finest moments, moments supplied by some of the finest producers,
remixers and artists in house music; Full Intention theme
loom large with their two vocal opuses bolstered by individual
tracks by the duos Michael Gray (Nuzzoli) and Jon Pearn
(Pearn & Campbell), and theyre joined by the likes
of Inaya Day, Robert Owens, Kathy Brown, Stonebridge and DJ
the mountain of mediocre 12 releases, dance albums have
become ubiquitous and devalued notes Phil. There
are great albums around, but the cookie cutter comp has become
the flag by which our music is defined the same old
cynical collections of this months hyped up tracks shored
up with a fistful of fillers. Finding quality, unhyped music
can be a real struggle. Label compilations can offer a strength
of vision and integrity of music that the sling-it-together
method cant match. Every track on this album comes with
our belief that its a great track, it isnt there
because we saw it on a chart from the current flavour of the
anthems of the calibre of Dajae & Full Intentions
What Do You Want, Sub Rosa feat Sharlene Hectors Some
Changes, DJ Dove & Inaya Days Hes My Music
and Una Mas feat Kathy Browns Something For Nothing,
quality vocal house flies thick and fast. But essence isnt
all about one sound, nor just established names. Rising New
York producer Alix Alvarez made his debut with essence, and
the two cuts that comprised his first 12 are both represented
here. Chicagos irrepressible Harrison Crump, master
of a multitude of styles, crops up with the quirky Runaway
(currently a hit in South Africa) and the classic vocal with
Dajae, Searchin. Then theres the djembe loving
Swedes Orange Muse with You, New York veteran house and techno
legend Peter Presta with his new release main room action
Whats Your Name? and upcoming Argentinian brothers Ariel
& Damian with their gypsy house groove Lamento.
Disc 1 is one of house musics greatest legends, DJ Pierre.
One of the original Chicago creators, ever since he broke
on to the scene with Phutures Acid Trax, Pierre has
consistently made great records, from Photon Incs Generate
Power and The Dons Horn Song to the recent Put Ya Hands
Up and Nobody But You on his own imprint, DJP Records.
I chose Pierre for the mix because hes part of
the essence family, but also because I know that he has a
unique way of playing. Hes so versatile as a DJ
he can play techno, acid, jazz funk and disco in the same
set that I knew he would come up with some unusual
ideas in his mix.
that score theres no disappointment. Blending the deep
jazz tones of Alix Alvarezs Still Risin into the
staccato drums of Harrison Crumps Runaway and switching
from the tech-house bleeps of Mr Gs mix of Robert Owens
Never Too Late into the Groove Junkies richly musical
mix of Nuzzolis Para Goza, Pierres mix shows scant
regard for musical segregation. Appearing exclusively on the
mix are DJ Pierres own new release This Is House and
a brand new unreleased Smokin Beats mix of Full Intention
and Dajaea What Do You Want.
Disc two, packed with original 12 mixes, acknowleges
not only that house music freaks dont always want their
CDs DJ mixed, but that DJs might want to use it themselves;
some of these tracks are on CD for the first time.
The essence files Volume 1 will also be available on double
vinyl with two previously unreleased tracks in the shape of
Pearn & Campbells Reach (Original Vocal dub) and
the Wild Pitch mix of DJ Pierres This Is House.