Wednesday, 4 April 2012

DJ Vivona & Joi Cardwell – Return To Love

Okay, so it's 2002*. I'm at a pool party at the WMC… I think it was Distant Music and Chez, and I think it was at the Clevelander, but it's been 10 years so I could be wrong… anyway this piano tune comes on and the place just goes instant-mental. The tune in question was Praise Cats' then brand-new Shined On Me and you know how big that turned out to be!

What's all this got to do with the price of fish? Nothing whatsoever – always thought that was a stupid expression. What it has got to do with, though, is that whatever the prevailing musical trends of the day, there is ALWAYS room for a rip-roarin' uplifting piano/vocal tune… and head for the Terry Hunter BANG Transform Mix of this (which comes with an instrumental as well, for the truly voxophobic) and that's exactly what you'll find. It might not appeal to the Hoxton hipsters so much, admittedly, but on dancefloors worldwide it'll slay 'em.

Meanwhile, if it's deeper, more soulful vibes you're after, then either the Original or the more sumptuous Director's Cut Treatment will suit you nicely. Not least because we have the inimitable Miss Cardwell on vocals… we don't hear enough from her these days so that in itself is reason to 'jump for Joi' (ho ho ho).

Class in a glass, basically. The way we used to…

Out: This week on Traxsource promo, everywhere else from May 20.

About: This comes on the mighty King Street, and I should also point out that the somewhat anonymously presented Director's Cut are in fact none other than Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper. Only a label of King Street's stature could present a team-up like that quite so nonchalantly!

*You can imagine the screen going a bit wobbly for the full 'flashback' effect, if you like

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