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Boomkat Product Review:
Part 1 of the Needs (Not Wants) Retrospective. Re-mastered by François Kevorkian.
’Needs (not wants)’ surveys highlights of the Needs label, as run by siblings Lars and Marek Bartkuhn and their pal Jan “Yannick” Elverfeld, with nine suave gems from their golden years 1999-2006. It’s the sound of what we can now, with the benefit of hindsight, see as an opulent era when house had become practically mainstream, and the more debonaire Euro fellows were looking to the sound’s classiest Afro-American roots to soundtrack the times.
Of course, if you weren’t flush back then this stuff could sound offensively smug and was better associated with too much coke and expensive denim, not the poor man’s raving diet of pills and ket. But for those who like the highlife, these cuts are just the ticket, laying down purring basslines and vibes in Bomobjazz’s ‘Midnight Ceremony’ sashay, beside the quease-inducing wiggle of Doctor M’s ‘Park Jam’, over-easy extended jams from Passion Dance Orchestra, and of course loads of smarm by Needs.