Ralf Gum - Uniting Music (Gogo Music)
Germany’s Ralf Gum has been creating heavenly house music for a number of years and this album is a culmination of his work. Blissful vocal efforts with guest lyricists make up the majority of this album and these are joined by a couple of striding instrumentals. Live drums are a particularly favourite of Gum and his direct production style means that a number of his musical efforts evoke memories of cuts by DJ Gregory. Winners include Warrior, which is a gorgeous broken house effort featuring Beate S. Lech of Beady Belle fame, the Monique Bingham blessed Kissing Stangers and a flute laced instrumental dream entitled Parachute. This is musical treat from Gum confirms him as a talented house disciple, which steers clear of the over-smooth trap that many soul-kissed house creators fall into.