Haldo - Back to the Past #1 (Proceed Records)

Founded by renowned DJ / producer Haldo, Italian house music label Proceed Records is proud to present the Back to the Past #1 EP, the first in a series of familiar songs covered in a deep house style. No stranger to producing deep and soulful house music, Haldo has released with labels such as Transport Recordings, Conya, Adaptation Music, and labels of his own with remix work for house heavyweights like Tony Humphries and Victor Simonelli. For this first installment he adds his finesse to ’70s disco, ’80s new wave pop, and ’90s house and soul with the help of vocalists Sergi’o and Silvio Gigante (also known as London producer Stereo-Junkie).

Silvio Gigante contributes vocals to two of the EP’s cuts; with his help, Haldo turns gospel-singer-turned-disco-songstress Roberta Kelly’s “Zodiac” into a driving cosmic trip. Next, Silvio and Haldo transform the ever-lovely Sade’s “Paradise” into a speedier wave of synth pleasure with a sense of an easy-going groove, much like the source. Enter Sergi’o from stage left, singing on “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free,” Sting’s aphorism-inspired original. In Haldo’s Deep Mix a jazz tinge is kept, but to spacious effect. After stumbling across a DJ tool acapella for “Finally,” Haldo decided a more sophisticated and smooth song was waiting to be built around CeCe Peniston’s classic. His Different Mix does just this, all while maintaining the fun of the original. Combined, this release is a chance to take a trip down memory lane, entertaining new ones along the way.

CJ Mackintosh - “This version of ‘Paradise’ is nice.”
Glenn Underground - “The new music on ‘Finally’ is superb.”
Nick Holder - “I’m digging this.”
Mr.V (Sole Channel Music) - “‘Zodiac’ is the one!”
Hippie Torrales - “Real smooth work … great covers.”
Abicah Soul - “‘Paradise’ is sweet.”
Claudio Coccoluto - “Nice tracks!”
Lorenzo al Dino (7th District) - “Killer package of songs … well done!”
Vincent Kwok - “Some nice, deep tracks here … great job!”
Mark Mac (The Sounds Collective) - “What a top EP. It’s great to revisit some classics and bring them into the present.”
Jamie Topham (CDPool) - “A very fine effort from that man Haldo, extremely brave to take on such club classics on this four tracker. This has been given some pure love from all involved.”
Alan Powell (The Midnight Mix on Solar Radio) - “Every track from this EP is of the highest quality … fantastic remakes of great soulful tunes.”
Phonatics (Housesession Records) - “This is brilliant … I will be giving these remakes a spin!”
Marco Fullone (Radio Monte Carlo) - “Very nice package … classic songs with new super elegant deep house attitude. Bravo!”
DJ Soulmate (Summer Fondue Sessions, Russia) - “Wow, a very cool selection of old goodies in a soulful flavor! I really love every track.”
DJ Phil T (DJ Times Magazine) - “Simply amazing … I love these remakes. Deep, soulful, and hot!”
Mason Rothert (Below Zero Radio Show) - “Yes! I dig this soulful sound.”
Michael Fossati (Spirit of House) - “A gorgeous EP bringing back memories from yesteryear.”

Available now from Beatport and Juno Download.