Fred Everything & JT Donaldson - "Here Come The Beats" (Ian Pooley remix)
Fred Everything & 20For7 - "Friday" (feat Vanessa Baker - Crazy P remix)
Tortured Soul - "You Found A Way" (Art Of Tones classic vocal mix)
Tortured Soul - "You Found A Way" (Art Of Tones beats)
Review: To celebrate five years of his Lazy Days imprint, Fred Everything gets Crazy P, Art of Tones and Ian Pooley to provide a bunch of remixes of some of the label's best-loved tracks. While all provide solid reworks - particularly Crazy P, whose re rub of Fred Everything's own "Friday" is excellent - it's Art Of Tones who really excels. His two reworks of Tortured Soul's "You Found A Way" are everything a disco-loving house head would wish for; loose, bumpin' and deliciously soulful, riding a wave of loose-wristed live drums and classic synth strings.
Review: Soulful jazzy house that switches gears from deep to very up, with lyrics that set the tone. Christian Urich's distinctive vocals are very present and sounding similar to Stevie Wonder in places. Serious bass, acoustic guitar, percussion, vocal harmonies and keyboard solos make for quite an authentic jazz sound. Fred's A-side dub has a stripped down thick heavy synth sound with lush strings juxtaposed nicely to lighten it up. Fred's B-side mix is beefed up a little for the dancefloor with a seemingly more uptempo beat. He isolates the best parts of the original and brings them out in full view, giving them a chance to be fully realized.