| Hed Kandi head honcho Mark Doyle says: “ CD 1 kicks off with 2 soulful classics from the slightly obscure Ceybil Jeffries and the absolutely huge Robert Owens. Moving on, Inner City need no introduction and both Pamela Fernandez and Nicole may not sound overly familiar but one listen will take you straight back to a dancefloor in 1990. Malaika’s “So Much In Love” may be new to many people but it was one of my favourites and was missed by a lot of people when it was released. |
“We raise the classic factor further with tracks by LittleLouis, The Fog, Ten City and Colourblind. The penultimate track is a rare treat - a completely unreleased track by Degrees Of Motion. After their success with “Shine On” and “Do You Want It Right Now”, “Celebrate” never received a full release. It’s only through our relationship with Eric Kupper that we were able to contact Richie Jones and secure this track for the compilation (side note to my little ramble here but Back To Love is a constant reminder of what a legend our good friend Mr Kupper is… just look at the production credits for many of the tracks we’ve included during this series and you’ll see Eric’s name time and time again). We close CD1 with a hands in the air Chicago house piano anthem the timeless “Better Days” by Jimi Polo and move on to CD2.
“As always CD2 is a mixture of goodtime tunes that don’t stick to any set style but were the tracks that dropped near the end of the night purely for the reaction of the crowd. The first few are fairly relaxed but still goosebump-raising soulful anthems, from Chante Moore to The Brand New Heavies each track is a hands-in-the-air-on-the-dancefloor-with-your-friends anthem. The next few tracks add a bit of party attitude kicking off with Neneh Cherry’s “Buffalo Stance” and finishing with Sugarbear “Don’t Scandalize Mine.” The close of the night (and the CD) is all about the party and I’m so happy to finally be able to include Sister Sledge “Thinking Of You.” That is swiftly followed by another soul anthem from Skipworth and Turner and the CD closes with a rare disco classic from Chicago.”
This edition - the 7 th in the series - is shaping up to be one of the best ever, and with Hed Kandi’s profile just about to launch into full throttle over the Ibiza season, Back To Love will be finding its way onto many a sun-kissed stereo this summer.
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Ceybil Jeffries Open Your Heart (Extended Remix) Chante Moore Love’s Taken Over (Extended vocal)
Robert Owens I’ll Be Your Friend (David Morales DEF Mix) The Sounds Of Blackness I’m Going All The Way
Inner City Big Fun (Original 12” Mix) Absolute (2) Introduce Me To Love (Original 12” Mix)
Pamela Fernandez Kickin’ In The Beat (Extended Dance Mix) Mr Fingers What About This Love (Extended Version)
Nicole Rock The House (Club Mix) Frankie Knuckles It’s Hard Sometimes(FKClassicClub)
Malaika So Much In Love (Choice Mix) Brand New Heavies Stay This Way (Heavy Mix)
Little Louis & Marc Anthony Ride On The Rhythm Neneh Cherry Buffalo Stance (Fast Pop Mix)
The Fog Been A Long Time (Gio’s Doped Mix) NWA Express Yourself (Album Version)
Ten City Right Back To You (Extended Mix) A Tribe Called Quest Can I Kick It
Colourblind Nothing Better (TMVS Club Mix) Sugarbear Don’t Scandalize Mine
Degrees Of Motion Celebrate (12” Mix) Sister Sledge Thinking Of You (Album Mix)
Jimi Polo Better Days (Original 12” Club Mix) Skipworth & Turner Thinking About Your Love
Chicago Street Player (Album Mix)
‘Back To Love’: May 30 05 Hed Kandi.