Review: Since 2003, Rachel Modest has been a fleeting presence. We're not happy about that. The soul vocalist has only sung over a handful of EPs, including one on Phil Weeks' Robsoul Recordings, and this new single is really her first solo appearance. Thanks to the young ATA label, we are graced with the majestic tones of "I Try", a powerful soul ballad that instantly cuts to the core and leaves you yearning for more. On the B-side, "Forbidden Love" is similarly seductive in its approach, but this time Modest's tactic is smoother, more contained and sexier. Whichever side you prefer, we think both are fantastic, and that this EP is a true gem among the contemporary soul releases. TIP!
Review: Timely re-issue of this remix 12" as both Deekline and Blim are about to re-surface in the next few weeks with different projects; Deekline with his next mix CD with Wizard, and Blim’s return on both his own Track imprint and some serious (and currently top secret) remixes for Botchit. The Deekline remix goes straight for the jugular with an uncompromising old-skool vibe that will have both breaks and urban dancefloors screaming for more. Blim goes for a totally fresh approach again, taking the best elements of the original and carefully weaving them into a driving tribal breaks masterpiece. "Left 2 Live 4" marries dirty bass with celestial strings, all underpinned with a relentless break.
You Can't Hurt Me (High Caliber's Stripped Down dub)
You Can't Hurt Me (High Caliber's Funky Dancefloor dub)
You Can't Hurt Me (DJ Rork RK's dub)
Review: Toe Jam (Paul Woolford, Toby Wiltshire, Ben Barker and Dan Goldman) return with a rocking vocal house number featuring a brilliant vocal performance from Rachel Modest. This sounds like a perfectly executed Paper Music track with touches of 80's synths, slick percussion and a deep disco kiss.