The first rays of summer sun have finally washed over the entire expanse of the UK and what is more essential when basking in the warm embrace of radiant sunshine than some choice seasonal vibes. Lee M Kelsall’s ‘Something EP’ may well provide us with the feel good tunes that will augment the lazy months ahead. Kelsall caught the attention of the dance music industry with his debut release, ‘On the Road’, coming out of the Jamie Jones and Lee Foss label Hot Waves. He has spun records at some of the most prestigious venues across the entire planet including, Creamfields, Global Gathering and Space Ibiza. This is certainly an enviable C.V by anyone’s standards.
‘Something EP’ is a sublime three track released by MEXA Records that has warmth and soul that will fit the humid days and nights ahead. The youthful MEXA label based in Mexico is a great advocate of quality deep house and nu-disco sounds founded by Louie Fresco and Jay Blakk. By enlisting the talents of Kelsall they have definitely raised their music portfolio substantially.
The original mix is a luminescent, incandescent rolling funk and soul delight that benefits from the alluring vocal style of Thabo. His lead vocal glides attractively over a lithe, gossamer piano melody, while the incursion of a contemplative guitar insert lifts the song up to a different level. The track encapsulates a glowing summer atmosphere and would go particularly well with an ice cold cocktail while lounging poolside. Remixes come courtesy of Oxfordshire duo Carlos Posada and Jamie Jay (Cubiq) and United States outfit Volta Bureau who both do the original justice.
Cubiq’s ‘Nick of Time’ Remix leads with a rebounding bass line and clicking hi hat composition that allow for a subtle submerged manipulation of the powerful vocals. It takes a few unheralded turns down the dark paths of deep house before emerging into a shimmering and vivid open space. This remix proves the flexibility of the original because of the pure contrast in style that has been displayed here by Cubiq.
Volta Bureau again put together a remix that is far removed from the original yet maintains core elements of its appeal. They utilise a squelchy little bass line lead and voluminous pads to send the track soaring and swooping into a dreamscape. Only at the end of the track is the echoing vocal released to full effect. Kelsall has created a malleable track that is perfect for the long hot days that will no doubt have tanned bodies strutting along till the cold months of winter return once more.