REVIEW ::: Various ‘Tracks Vol 1’ (Mother Recordings)

Berlin based Mother Recordings bring a brand new series expanding its ever-growing family which is showcasing music from friends for friends in a very promising Sampler TRACKS Vol. 1.

Berlin based Superlover’s “Love Me” opens the release and is a wonderful homage to the classic Sam & Dave “I thank you” using the infamous opening line “I want everybody to get up off your seat” over a beefed up sunshine summer ready break which I’m sure will have some hands in the air at Mambo this year.

Swiss-born David Keno’s “Two Face” drops an anthemic combination of keys over a subtle and moody bass drone before dropping a deep Korg like set of chords into the mix, blending reminiscent vocal samples and a firm four to the floor break, a track which I felt was a nod to less fragmented days of house music, nicely done David.

Claus Casper & Jean Phillips drop my favourite of the four on this release with “Give it All”. Proper feel good vibes flow with deep soulful vocal samples layered beneath a subtle building percussive mix which peaks and pauses using the full delights of the soulful diva vocal, before slamming down for the rest of the track into a deadly infectious winner.

Nhan Solo & Dilby’s “Roll” is the last of the four tracks which opens with a calmer feel and more emotive soulful sampling. The roll vocal sample dictates the pace and drops tinkering keys and claps before making way for a deeper mellower piano riff comes into play. Well worked guys.

This is the first of the Mother Tracks samplers and I for one will be really interested to hear what other artists from their stable contribute, my stand out tune is Claus Casper and Jean Philips “Give it All” but I’m sure all four will find a home in a lot of peoples sets this summer.