Scottish house stalwart Kevin McKay pays homage to dance music history without sampling a single note
Sampling has played a major part in the history of the music we love so dearly, and is still common practice. Here, though, Glasgow Underground boss Kevin McKay has produced an album that revisits 10 his favourite house and disco cuts without using a single sample. The album has already been trailed by a couple of singles: a vocal-driven cover (alongside David Penn) of Randy Crawford’s gospel-inspired disco classic Hallelujah back in May, and a version of Whitney Houston’s Million Dollar Bill in June.
I was lucky enough to get an early promo of the album, and it features some superb versions of classics like Rising High Collective’s Fever Called Love and (in collaboration with Joshwa) Brothers In Rhythm’s Such a Good Feeling that I can honestly say sound divine. If you prefer disco-era classics, then check out McKay's take on Donna Summer's seminal I Feel Love, which features Start The Party and is a tour de force in its own right. The album’s closing track is a cover of the Gamble, Huff & Gilbert standard Don’t Leave Me This Way: it's a brave move, given how many recordings of this song already exist, but McKay pulls it off with considerable finesse.
No Samples… is a bold step, but one that has unequivocally worked, and I take my hat off to Kevin and the various co-producers, singers and musicians involved. And I can't wait to hear the sequel – a project this good needs repeating!
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: September (exact date TBC)
Review Score: 9