by Matt Auckland Tuesday 12 July 2011 15:06
Hint - check out the mini mix at the bottom of the page!
Chocolate Puma, Zki & Dobre or respectively Rene ter Horst and Gaston Steenkist are the multi talented DJ duo and production outfit from Amsterdam. After 20 years of producing together and 10 years as Chocolate Puma, their time has come to be celebrated and awarded the well deserved status and title of House Masters.
"We are thrilled to be compared to the likes of Sandy Rivera and Kenny Dope by receiving the title of House Masters" says Chocolate Puma.
They are some of the most respected House music producers on the planet who have carved out a unique and distinct sound for themselves that is instantly recognisable. Here they are paid homage with a new compilation that brings together their best work to date and is specifically designed with the DJ in mind unmixed. The compilation features both their original productions and remixes with almost every track being either re-edited, remixed or re-mastered exclusively for this release.
Chocolate Puma are well known for hand crafting their own DJ sets, by this we mean they do not play other peoples records in their performances, preferring to remix and re-edit tracks to their own requirements and specifications. This means that they relentlessly produce new material and test it out directly on the dance floor to gauge its reaction first hand.
They are best known for their huge 1992 crossover dance track 'Give It Up' under their 'The Good Men' moniker. It all started here for them with the track reaching no.5 in the UK charts and becoming an international hit across the world despite being created in Gaston's bedroom on a small mixer and broken speakers. Being such a fundamental moment, the track has been given as special 2011 re-work on this album bringing it back up to date and reintroducing it to a new generation of clubbers.
This compilation features some other great examples of their reworked classics including their powerful techno flavoured alter ego Jark Prongo 'Movin Thru Your System' (1999), 'I Wanna Be U' (2000) and 'A Star Is Born' (2003). With 'Always And Forever' (2005) being one of the only tracks presented in its original form.
Other essential tracks featured include 'Tonco Tone' the Beatport House number 1, the 2011 remake of Boris Dlugosch and Roisin Murphy's 'Never Enough' alongside vocal monsters 'Morning Rain', 'Touch Me', 'Only Love Can Save Me' and remixes of Strictly Rhythm classics 'Bass Tone' and '(Who) Keeps Changing Your Mind'.
Leading the compilation is their newest release 'For your Love 2011' a melodic disco rework of the Yardbirds original with an infection baseline and mesmerising breaks, an essential euphoric DJ bomb if ever there was one.
With such an illustrious house music career to date and to commemorate 20 years as a production duo this extended 3CD / 34 track House Masters package seemed both deserved, timely and fitting.
House Masters - Chocolate Puma is out now on CD and digital download and available via iTunes and all good music outlets.
Mini Mix Time!!!
Chocolate Puma have produced a wicked mini mix, a collection of their finest productions and remixes. Check it out below: