Chuck Love

Bring Enough to Spill Some

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Maybe it's the fact that he plays all of his own instruments rather than just spinning and beat-matching the work of others, but Chuck Love brings something very unusual to the house music scene: a sense of the song rather than just a sense of the groove. On this two-disc set he showcases both his original compositions (on the really stellar first disc) and a full DJ set of remixes of work by such eminent colleagues as Ricardo Rae, Andy Caldwell, White Lotus Society and the always impressive Colette. The DJ disc is a solid achievement without being anything particularly groundbreaking or exceptional, but the first disc is a real treat. Love's work with his Minneapolis friend Fourfeet is especially good -- the surprisingly funky and breakbeat-laden "Never Forget" and the more mainstream house-oriented "Back in My Life" are both top-notch songs. But "Bailando," a Latin house workout featuring Estaire Godinez, and "Long Way Down" are also minor gems. Things do bog down just a little bit near the middle, with the tedious "Beatdown" (a song built almost entirely of clubland clich├ęs and catch phrases) offering the low point. But everything else is so good that it's easy to forgive the occasional soft spot. Highly recommended.

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