It’s fair to say we have a soft spot for anything that John Morales is involved with, from his excellent treatment of Tracy Hamlin’s excellent version of ‘Never Too Much’, to his mixing of the new Tuxedo album from Mayer Hawthorne and Jake Young. And on March 30th his new mix of The Boogie Man’s project ‘Shake Your Body’ is to be released on Imagenes Recordings.
The original mix is available to download now, and is available to stream on Spotify using the link below. In it’s original form it has a neo-soul groove, whilst clearly harking back to the late seventies/early eighties with its retro sound, complete with a real horn section. This version is backed with the up-tempo ‘Keep on Movin’, a slab of neo-funk which is absolutely delightful on the ear. The bass is thumping, the horns are great and the vocal is nice too. Overall, not a good first release from The Boogie Man project.
Yet it is the John Morales mix of ‘Shake Your Body’ which we’re most excited about. Although only a snippet of the song is available at the moment, it is looking to be one of the best new soul grooves out this year. John Morales has applied his classic M&M style to the track, heavy on the percussion and drums, whilst allowing for the vocals to shine through. We’re really excited to hear the full version of the song later on this month.