The RawSoul

The RawSoul

The RawSoul was hooked on house music around 1986 at the tender age of 6 years old when his uncle, a DJ at the time, introduced him to the sound of Chicago House. The RawSoul was already familiar to the late disco and R&B sounds of the early 80's, but that percolating rhythm really made an impression. He stills remember clearly his uncle saying "this is the sound of the future"! 3 years later, The RawSoul discovered by accident the legendary Tony Humphries Kiss FM show on a road trip down to Florida, on a one night stay around the New-Jersey area. That changed his life forever. From that day, there was no turning back. He has an unmeasured love for the Deep House and Garage sounds, but he likes to mess around with Old School Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae, Detroit Techno, Soul, Disco, Jazz and anything else that has lots of soul and deepness.

Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Chris Simmonds Project “Work It” – Mike Huckaby Remix (1993)

House / Techno

A UK producer, a Detroit remixer and a Canadian label. How did that happened?

Before founding his label Cross Sections Records in 1994, Chris Simmonds was producing and operating Baby Blue Records. This label was specializing in Hardcore / Ragga / Rave / early Jungle. A trip in Detroit in 1993 changed Mr. Simmonds perspective. Here’s the reason of the hookup with Mike Huckaby and Defintive Records heads at the time: John Acquaviva, Richie Hawtin & Karl Kowalksi. Plus 8 was doing major move at the time, having hits records all over Europe. Definitive was set to spread their idea of the perfect house track.

Now, back to “Work It“. The original itself is solid, but the Mike Huckaby remixes are kinda stealing the show. Mr. Huckaby is truly a man of many trades. He can produce midas classic Detroit Techno, Minimal Dubbish affairs, Deep discofied house. Here, he’s on the massive Garage tip. This just sounds like a lost NJ / NYC track with that Detroit ruffer edge. This has been a favorite of mine for ages and with that 90’s house revival now, it’s sounds just right!

Chris Simmonds Project - Work It (Mike Huckaby's Reworkin It Remix)