DJ/producer David Morales has been mastering his craft for nearly 30 years. His name on a record more often than not guarantees a certain amount of sophistication, soul and emotion.

DJ/producer David Morales has been mastering his craft for nearly 30 years. His name on a record more often than not guarantees a certain amount of sophistication, soul and emotion. On his second artist album, "2 Worlds Collide" (it follows 1993 set "The Program"), Morales does not disappoint. The instrumentation is lush, the featured vocalists are incredibly soulful and the house beats are rugged yet smooth. In other words, trademark Morales. Whether or not this sonic landscape fits into the here and now is up for debate. In fact, the glorious lead single, "How Would U Feel" (featuring the sublime vocals of Lea-Lorién), sounds incredibly at home when played alongside Morales' remix of Björk's "Hyper-Ballad," which dominated dancefloors in 1996. Ultimately, though, Morales has never been one to follow the latest trend. Instead, he has remained true to quality house beats of a musical kind. And on tracks like "Here I Am" and "Take My Love," featuring Tamra Keenan and Vivian Sessoms, respectively, the lyrics and music soar.—MP

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