Boomkat Product Review:
God-tier 1994 deep house by Moritz von Oswald & Mark Ernestus, including its legendary Chicago mix by Chez Damier and Ron Trent, reissued for first time in too long!
Always a clarion call to the ‘floor, ‘I'm Your Brother’ epitomises von Oswald & Ernestus’ passion for US house in a fraternal call-and-response between Berlin and Chicago. As the name implies, Round One was the first in a series of five 12”s that offered a sultrier adjunct to their pounding Basic Channel tackle and laid some meat on the bones of their momentous, parallel, ‘M-Series’ of dub house templates. It served to firm up deep links with US house and techno first forged by Ernestus’ Hardwax record shop form 1989 in Berlin - the first to start importing the stuff into mainland Europe - and would become a club staple on both sides of the Atlantic.
The head-high stride of their OG ‘I’m Your Brother (Club Mix)’ still turns us to mush 30 years after release. Loosely based around Isley Jasper Isley’s 1985 soul ace ‘Caravan of Love’, it features Andy Caine’s timeless blue eyed soul vocal gilded to the plumpest bassline, gospel-house strings and organ in a sing-a-along garage house anthem for the ages. Chez Damier & Ron Trent, then fresh from classic turns on KMS, responded with the ‘Chicago’ Twisted Mix’, augmented with one of the ‘90s greatest intros, before dipping that bassline in special sauce and savouring the vocal with a craftier, deferred gratification.