Wood Allen – People on the Move [1994]
May 10, 2011

Wood Allen, aka Black Box, aka Starlight aka pretty much the entire early 90’s Italian House output. Daniele Davoli, Mirko Limoni and Valerio Semplici are names that deserve to recieve the same respect as Sasha, Oakenfold, Tong and the like. These three guys pretty much created the framework for any given piano lead dance monster. Whats that framework? Cheeky synths, relentless bassdrum and layered breaks, diva vocal hooks and uplifting piano riffs that can lay waste to whole cities.

People on the Move is no exception, despite arriving probably a bit too late in the day to get the airplay it deserved, it still stood head and shoulders above any of the other uplifting house tunes of the time – Tin Tin Out im looking right at you. Quality.

Black Box Feat. Loleatta Holloway – Ride On Time [1989]
March 22, 2011

Hate on them as much as you like, they took the epic accapella and propelled it into an entire planets consciousness over the summer of 1989. The very definition of legendary.

RIP Loleatta Holloway
March 22, 2011

Loleatta Holloway

Its a sad sad day for music. We lost one of the truly great female vocalists. In this day of autotune and refined marketability, Holloway continued to find cuts of her vocals in all manner of music, in many cases without any financial compensation. Her voice remains one of the most sampled in the history of music with Love Sensation being one of the most prolific accapella’s of all time.

I grew up with Loleatta Holloway’s voice, from the originals back in the early to mid Eighties to the rise of the sampler and House & Garage tunes from 1987 onwards. From that point on, I dont think ive heard more than 20 different electronic tracks before I find one with a vocal from Holloway. Ive lost the plot with her, i’ve danced around a field with her voice floating across the fields, heard in raves, mixtapes, hardcore, house, drum & bass, commercials, movie trailers, on my ipod about four times a day and i’d hazard a guess that she was playing the day I got married. There are very few artists that I know of that can claim to have been in the collective audio unconscious of sample based music lovers for almost four decades.

She was one of the truly great vocalists of our time and one that will be very sorely missed by me. In an effort to do any kind of justice to this memory, lets get the music underway.

RIP Loleatta Holloway, you were fucking amazing.

…the key to her appeal is that she doesn’t push herself too far to the front. The pleasure of listening to divas like Whitney or Rihanna is that it’s an aspirational experience – women want to be them, men want to be with them. Holloway is a different proposition: a collective experience, of mutual understanding and shared joy. She takes the utopian ideals of clubland – sex, community, abandon – and massively amplifies them back at the dancers, singing to each one of them and the club as a whole. As her voice surges onto and fills the dancefloor, it really does feel like we’re all getting stronger.
Taken from a Great Obituary from the Guardian