For those of you in the Bay Area, you’ll know that the will know all about the Yerba Buena Discos team, if only from their huge 20th release by Homero Espinosa featuring Allegra Bandy – and now they are back with some equally fine soulful deep house to enjoy!
This is an impressive follow up to the summer groove of ‘In The Sunshine’ that saw the inspired pairing of the the label’s Homero Espinosa and vocalist Allegra Bandy back in the spring. To keep us going through the last stages of this Indian summer now the nights are closing in, here’s their latest good time deep house soul groover, ‘Then You Smiled’.
You don’t need me to tell you how good the original mix as we’ve got a soundcloud link below for your listening pleasure and you can hear that killer vocal and bassline for yourselves.
It’s hard to know what to do on the remix when the original track is so good but label co-star Allen Craig’s comes a close second with his up-tempo effort. The combination of San Francisco’s David Harness and Chris Lum as HarLum Muziq (did you see what they did there?) take the remix to an odd Fleetwood Mac-esque rumour period – perhaps it’s the Californian buttery vocals (which could be a good thing?) but be warned if you’re listening on the earphones whilst riding your bike as it sounds like a dog was barking which is a little disconcerting.
The next time I’m on Delectabeats, it’d be tough not to play the original but Chillin’ Music’s Rob Slac puts in a shift that would give Andy Garvey and his percussive sidekick Cass the proverbial vinyl hots – one for Nang Records to investigate this side of the pond?
Reviewed: Homero Espinosa ft. Allegra Bandy – Then You Smiled (Yerba Buena Discos) Cat. No. YBD024 Release date; 14th November 2011
Tracklisting: Then You Smiled (7:58)
2. Then You Smiled (HarLum Muziq Remix) (7:58)
3. Then You Smiled (Allen Craig Remix) (7:47)
4. Then You Smiled (Rob Slac Remix) (8:02)
5. Then You Smiled (Dub) (6:16)
Delectabeats with Andy Garvey and guest Gerry Hectic ‘live’ on Afrodisiac 2nd October 2011 at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/17647979