San Francisco bay area house music label Rouse Records kicks off with a bang, revealing a single that's fully loaded with legendary talent. The incomparable Roy Davis Jr. is joined by accomplished vocalist J.R. Jordan for the deep, rhythmic, and acid-flavored "Take You There". J.R.'s vocal delivery smoothly recalls classic late night excursions as the keys and pads build, leading to a liquid acid line. The production is pure Roy Davis Jr., giving the dance floor a blissful moment to savor. "Take You There" is also a Chicago affair … a couple of the city's other house music legends join the single with remix treatments. Gene Farris (Farris Wheel, Cajual) delivers a rolling, high calibre version that will give the nightclub speakers a workout. Next, DJ Spank Spank, one-third of Phuture -- known as the founders of acid house -- is joined by the combo's newest member, Lethario Lee, for what is fittingly dubbed the Acid Soul Mix. It's an impressive beginning for Rouse Records, and yet another feather in the cap for the man that is Roy Davis Jr.
Johnny Fiasco - "Dope!"
Jask - "I'm liking this one a lot … big up, Roy!"
Groove Assassin (Pacha / Defected) - "Nice pack … I'm feeling the Spank mix. Nice old skool wild pitch feel."
Lars Behrenroth (Deeper Shades Of House) - "Spank Spank Spank Spank!"
Chris Fortier (Fade) - "Legends."
Craig Whitfield (The HHA / Restless Soul) - "Yeah, Mr. Roy Davis Jr. is a don of the acid sound. Only minutes into the original mix you kind of understand why. It's a slick house track with a soulful melody that evolves into a crazy acid track. Brilliant, exciting, and fresh."
Pete Williams (Natural Rhythm) - "Roy Davis Jr. does his acid vocal house thing like only RDJ can do."
RICKY INCH (King Street Sounds) - "Gene Farris adds his ace approach to it … tune!"
Doc Link (Liberate) - "Solid release … I'll be bumpin' it!"
Bruno Lepretre (Ibiza Global Radio) - "Quite good. The Gene Farris dub is great."
Willy Sanjuan (House Kingdom Radio Show) - "I love all the mixes … pure Chicago!"
Michael Fossati (Spirit Of House) - "Amazing remix by DJ Spank Spank and Lethario Lee oozing with a truly dazzling old skool feel."
Louis Hughes (The Truth Radio Show / 6th Sense Music) - "Twisted club house at its finest. Peak time jams to move the floor as they should! Great stuff."
Tee Cardaci (Low Down Grooves / Sine Qua Non) - "Roy Davis Jr. is the truth in a day and age filled with charlatans intent on faking the funk. 'Take You There' does just that, takes you back to real house music!"
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