The legendary house queen Screamin’ Rachael has her supercut “U Used To Hold Me” remixed to perfection by many house pioneers on this new release from TRAX Records. The Chicago house legend Joe Smooth goes first with a timeless vocal version that layers up the piano chords and slinky beats to create a funky disco-inspired turn on the track.
Rachael’s DJ sets inspired her to reach out to her favorite producers to add some new takes on her classic tune. An all star cast of remixers step up to add their own unique spin with Joe Smooth, DJ Elmo, Marcus Mixx, Matt Donovan and Todd Terry all stepping up. The full U Used To Hold Me All-Stars Featuring Screamin’ Rachael compilation will be released on July 30, 2021.
“U Used To Hold Me” (Todd Terry’s explosive TNT Inhouse Radio Mix) is pumping and hard hitting, with tough beats and a sleazy vocal running through with solid kicks and scraping hits that really will amp up the party. No wonder dance music aficionados call him “Todd the God”! The superb Late Nite ‘DUB’ Addict Remix is all about those dubby drums and lo-fi sounds, with a percolating baseline always teasing and pleasing.
There is a real wonky feel to the brilliant DJ Elmo & Calambre DJ Mix that has a turbocharged bassline and quirky acid flashes layered in while the original vocal still stands proud. Marcus Mixx Mix retains plenty of the classic feeling and flavor of the original but with a more dark and gritty bassline that brings it right up to date. The Galaxy Rap Remix is a big one with gritty hip hop vocals featuring Chicago’s rap legend RPM and off grid beats that are raw and edgy. The Matt Donovan Mix closes down with something completely different – old school breakbeats and blistering drum work that make for a fantastically tense and club ready sound.