Released in two parts, the album packs 35 (mostly) new mixes of classic Nervous tracks
Nervous Records – undoubtedly one of THE great New York house labels – celebrate their 30th anniversary this year. This compilation, released to mark the event and coming in two parts, packs a host of classic Nervous Records tracks as remixed by the cream of today's talent. In some cases, the original mix is also included.
The sadly departed Willie Ninja's Hot For You was always a personal favourite for yours truly, and kicks off the compilation in style, with three mixes to choose from – Louie Vega's Why? Because I'm Hot Remix from the original twelve, plus two new rubs: one credited to Louie Vega & Josh Milan, the other labelled Expansions NYC Dub. After that, we're treated to further vintage gems from the likes of Kim English, Byron Stingily, Ralph Falcon, Todd Edwards (as The Messenger) and Sandy B. The new mixes of said cuts, meanwhile, come from the heavy-hitting likes of Radio Slave, Dr Packer, Tensnake, Ralf Gum and Gerd Janson – which should give you some idea of the quality on offer!
Which is just as well, because with 35 tracks/mixes to choose from I'm not gonna sit here and go through them all one-by-one. Personal standouts include Tensnake's remix of The Messenger's End This Hate, and Darius Syrossian's pounding take on Stingily's Get Up Everybody, which will give that classic vocal a new lease of life in big, dark rooms for sure. But which tracks I personally like or don't like is immaterial, innit?
What's far more important for you to know here is that a) the originals, by and large, stand up remarkably well b) the new mixes do a great job of updating them for modern floors without walking roughshod over their, erm, cultural legacy (or something) and c) if you claim to be a lover of classic NYC house music, then you probably need to add this compilation to your collection right now.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 1 October/15 October (Part I/Part II)
Review Score: 8
Tags: Nervous Records, NYC, house, Kim English, Byron Stingily, Ralph Falcon, Todd Edwards, Willie Ninja, Louie Vega, Josh Milan, Radio Slave, Dr Packer, Tensnake, Ralf Gum, Gerd Janson, Darius Syrossian