Sharper Image - Full of It (Get Up Recordings)

Starting out the 2015 release line-up for Get Up Recordings is “Full of It”, a deep house track from Los Angelian Spencer Moore aka Sharper Image. No stranger to the label, in 2014 Spencer did a brilliant remix for its co-owner Christy Love’s “B.W.F.A.” This time around he releases a major jam with remixes from Chicago’s Alinka and fellow L.A. transplant Kenny Summit.

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Spencer was surrounded by music from a young age. Stylistically, his production draws upon his southern roots with an enduring love of soul music and the blues which can both be heard on “Full of It”. It’s essentially a dreamy deep house track that swells with vocal snippets and a soulful, bumping bass line.

Alinka takes the helm first with her remix. In addition to running Twirl Recordings out of Chicago with her partner Shaun J. Wright, she has a thirteen year DJ career under her belt, which includes being a resident at Smart Bar and various global trots. Her knowledge of music and personal production style comes from being surrounded by music all the time. She is able to draw from the best sources and make them into her own unique sound. Her Chicago style rips right through on this remix from its jackin’ vocals to the dark, swinging bass line.

Second up on remix duties is Good For You Records head honcho Kenny Summit. Being a New Jersey native comes with all the perks -- like growing up at Zanzibar and Limelight -- but for Kenny this also meant eventually DJ'ing at both legendary venues. His production work with Eric Kupper and the late house music legend Frankie Knuckles can be heard on his GFY label. His style is deep and housey with a bit of the Jersey sound, which can be heard on his take of the song where he makes perfect use of piano key chords and reworks the diva vocal. His interpretation stays a bit truer to the original, making it a beautiful compliment to this release.

Tensnake - "Nice Alinka remix."
DJ Heather - "I'm digging this!"
Justin Harris (Music For Freaks) - "This is a dope EP!"
Vanilla Ace (OFF Recordings) - "Kenny Summit's remix is great."
Elijah Collins (Mullet Records / Retrospective) - "The original is a sick track."
Lil' Mark (Great Lakes Audio / Bump Music) - "Alinka's remix is ace!"
Alkalino (Audaz Recordings) - "The Kenny Summit remix is my pick. That Alinka remix is also cool."
Distant People (Foliage / Seamless) - "This really captures the warehouse vibe … a solid house shaker!"
Chrissy Murderbot (Planet Mu / Loose Squares) - "I'm loving Alinka's remix."
Daz-I-Kue (Future Soul Records) - "Some nice deepness here."
Vincent Kwok (Eight-Fifteen) - "I'm definitely feeling the original track."
Mojo Rising (F.A.M.I.L.Y.) - "Love it. Such a classic old school vibe. Kenny Summit's remix really hits the spot with those deep bass hits."
Michael Fossati (Spirit of House) - "Truly uplifting and inspiring."
Niksa Dragolin (Eurostar Radio, Croatia) - "House house house! I like Alinka's work on the remix … Chicago roots."
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) - "A delight … this made my day! The piano-driven old school flavor on the solid deep house groove on the original is super."
Jean Jérome (Purpleheadz) - "Real house music right here … nice!"

Available now from Beatport and Juno Download.

Christy Love - Popcorn EP (Get Up Recordings)

The latest release from Get Up Recordings comes from label co-owner Christy Love. The Popcorn EP contains two original dance floor killers, “B.W.F.A.” and “Popcorn”, with remixes of “B.W.F.A.” from Chicago’s John Mörk and L.A.’s Sharper Image.

Christy Love has been immersed in the house music scene for more than two decades and is one of the most sought-after DJs in NYC as she consistently destroys dance floors all over the city and beyond. Her distinct sets comprise of a clever mixture of classic and modern house bursting with driving beats and funky bass lines; she plays a pivotal role in defining the current underground sound of New York. This DJ prowess, combined with her production work as House of Stank with long-time collaborator, W. Jeremy, and the success of their label, Get Up Recordings, has transformed Christy into a house music triple threat. In 2013, she ventured into solo territory with “I’m Goin’ Under”, a classic underground house monster featuring a guest vocal by the world-renowned Mistress of Ceremonies and Scissor Sisters front-woman Ana Matronic. This single was also released on Get Up Recordings.

The first original track off the EP, “B.W.F.A.”, comes straight out of the gate with an infectious groove that lays the groundwork for the rest of the track, including the commanding melodic trumpet. The rhythm of the track bounces hypnotically, automatically causing hands to propel into the air, while the slow undulating build of the break makes one want to plant their feet back on the ground to stomp some more. The first remix comes from Chicago’s own John Mörk. Mörk, who was one half of The Sound Republic in the mid 2000s with releases on Guesthouse and Dae Recordings, now produces on his own and has remixed for Midnight Magic, The New Division, Speck Mountain, Change Request, and Goldroom. He has released music on Nu Jax Music, Seasons Recordings, Plus Plus, and his own label, NBD Music Company. Mörk’s remix of “B.W.F.A.” features his signature bouncy house style, giving it that extra Chicago house rhythm. The second remix of “B.W.F.A.” comes from Sharper Image. Already part of the Get Up Recordings family with their remix of Mikey V’s “Feenin’”, the L.A. duo showcase their superb remixing abilities here by taking a different approach, creating the perfect happy summer house track with a beautiful nu disco edge.

The second original track is a quirky yet subtle b-side banger. “Popcorn” is a stripped down, bass and percussion heavy track with only a few musical elements that pack a powerful dance floor punch.

With this being the 27th release for the label, Get Up Recordings is definitely keeping the underground house scene poppin’.

DJ Heather - “I love Christy Love and this EP. The Sharper Image rework is quite nice.”
Hippie Torrales - “Nice mix from Sharper Image.”
Vanilla Ace (OFF Recordings / Bunny Tiger) - “The original and Sharper Image mixes are best and ‘Popcorn’ is cool take on a classic.”
Robbie Hardkiss - “The Sharper Image Remix takes me back to ‘91!“
Al Bradley (3am Recordings / Fabric) - ”Cool vibes. All three versions of ‘B.W.F.A.’ are great … the original in particular is really strong.“
Thomas White (Natural Rhythm) - ”The John Mörk remix is for real … full support!“
Aldrin (Zouk Club / One With Music) - ”I’m digging Sharper Image’s nu-disco-ish remix.“
Joey Silvero (Distant People) - ”Stand up mixes … wall shakers.“
Corduroy Mavericks (Drop Music / Coyote Cuts) - ”Tough call between the John Mörk remix and ‘Popcorn’ … great release.“
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch / Mega Jawns) - ”The Sharper Image remix is tasty!“
Nick Jagger (Night Regulation NYC) - ”‘Popcorn’ is pretty hot.“
Louis Hughes (6th Sense Music) - ”Some nice deep jackin’ house. I like the three mixes of ‘B.W.F.A.’ with the Sharper Image mix being my favorite.”
Niksa Dragolin (Eurostar Radio, Croatia) - “Super housey burner … great summer madness stuff.”
Javier Varez (Alma Soul Music) - “Sharper Image made a great remix … support!”
Myxzlplix (Subdivisions Global Radio Show) - “I love the jaunty vibe and tones. Yes, I said jaunty. Supporting 100%. Raising a glass to Christy Love, well done.”

Available now from Beatport and Amazon.

Mikey V - Feenin EP (Get Up Recordings)

Get Up Recordings continues its steady string of underground house releases with the Feenin EP by Mikey V, a DJ, producer, and vocalist from Los Angeles. A staple on the West Coast underground house scene since 2006, Mikey is best known for throwing the infamous HAWT parties. The EP includes two original tracks along with remixes from Sharper Image and Christy Love. First up is “Feenin,” a jackin’ vocal tech house track filled with quirky synths and a rhythm reminiscent of old-school Chicago. It’s remixed courtesy of LA’s Sharper Image, a dance music outfit consisting of Jason Gordon and Spencer Moore. They take a different direction, traveling along a deep house avenue with a fitting bass line and moody chord hits. The second original track is a funky tech house jam called “Just Add Boom.” Continuing with the Chi-town vibe, this one could very well have been pulled from the vaults of Cajual or Dance Mania. Rounding out the release is a remix of “Just Add Boom” from label co-owner Christy Love. Christy also produces under the moniker House of Stank with long-time collaborator and label partner W. Jeremy. She shakes up the recurring windy city element and cleverly molds them into the signature NEW New York underground house sound that Get Up Recordings is known for.

Mark Farina - “Bumping!”
DJ Heather - “I love Mikey V’s tracks. Christy Love’s remix is the biz, too.”
Gene Hunt (Rush Hour / Dope Wax) - “I’m going to bang this.”
Robert Owens - “Love all the tracks.”
Diz (Iz & Diz / Vizual) - “Solid and freaky!”
Tommy Largo (Lost My Dog / Kolour) - “Cool tracks!”
DJ Mes (Guesthouse) - “Nice jams!”
Tom Conrad (Adaptation Music) - “A five star rating for ‘Just Add Boom’ alone. Very reminiscent of the bumpy Derrick Carter sound.”
Lorenzo al Dino (7th District / Ibiza Global Radio) - “Solid burner!”
Michael Fossati (Spirit of House) - “Groovy deepalicious take by Sharper Image.”
Bogdan Taran (Dance Box Radio Show, Latvia) - “‘Just Add Boom’ is my favorite here … both mixes, indeed. This Chicago house sound makes me wanna dance always!”
Sista Stroke (5 Magazine / ChicagoHouse FM) - “Snap, crackin’ boogie … this sh*t’s fun!”
Neil McCall (Spandex Sessions Radio Show) - “This needs to be played LOUD. Great tracks.”
QuestionmarQ (Red FM, Ireland) - “Love the madness of this release … reminds me of the old Cajual stuff, alright.”
Velanche (Velanche’s Playtime Radio Show) - “Christy Love’s remix owns big … that’s a wicked remix and I can’t wait to mix it on my show to add the ‘boom!’”

Available now from Beatport and Stompy.