dj le roi feat. roland clark – i get deep (remixes) (get physical, 2012)

 

Well folks… when a hit is a hit, remixes will follow. Get Physical has put together a bunch of above average remixes that decorate the fantastic lyrics of Roland Clark. It was canned proper this last year. We were all, I believe, dropping the Late Night Tuff Guy weapon. Well, tuff this man is and accruing to our ears, is the last man standing with a reason. Nobody in this remix package has been able to surpass the immense beauty of his remix. That phat baseline and contagious rhythm is not improved here fellas. Only Dj T does something nice to it although being accustomed to LTNG’s take, the adaptation proves difficult.

Overall a decent package with no surprises.

That is anyway our take, let the boys with a better gift for words seduce you:

Get Physical and DJ Le Roi bring you the freshest cuts of ‘I Get Deep’, a well known and thoroughly played House classic. Twisted, turned and interpreted by top acts like DJ T., Joris Voorn, Embassy Of Love and Late Nite Tuff Guy to bring out the very essence of what it means to get deep.

DJ Le Roi prepares the stage with his 2011 edit, a bouncy mix of tropic bongo and full bass licks. The vocal narration we all know flows over the beats and weaves a picture of the late night club vibe.

Taking things further, DJ T. infuses his blend of cow bell percussion and low bass and picks it up with a classic House hi-hat & snare groove. Chords flutter in and a smile runs across your face. He doesn’t stop there though, T. mixes it up again with new sounds to take the energy higher and the crowd further.

Embassy Of Love cool things down to a warm glow, a dubby pad meets with an thick beat. A melody emerges from the embers and like a fire the track is hot. Bubbling with rhythm and flow this mix slows it down once more and takes a turn to the deeper side.

Raw basslines and sharp percussion, this must be Late Nite Tuff Guy. Bringing the infectious bassline and hot, steady percussion and you’re feet keep moving, legs pumping through the dark damp heat.

Finally Netherlands number one Dutch House squire Joris Voorn brings us a groovy Disco-infused mix. Building energy from nothing and folding it onto itself to create a fuzzy warm feeling inside, like the onset of the well known friends of late night club history. Joris Voorn does not disappoint here and brings a bow to what might well become one of the best releases of the winter season.

Already doing the rounds on BEATPORT. Do check Get Physical for proper updates in the best in good dance music

va. dj t presents united under the ball – 30 years of disco (get physical, 2011)

 

Get Physical is not only minimal techno and glitchy house. It encompasses more than such simplistic reduction. Dj T, its headhoncho, is a cultivated man with loads of years in the music market and tons of records listened to and with many influences that has forged an eclectic mind and that every now and then showcases for the enjoyment of the rest of us. Among so much music and online disorder when it comes to releases, it is more than welcome to have a compilation with a shared theme. That is disco. Disco itself is one of the broadest genres and with many splinters. Dj T tries to give you a bit of everything in this, I think, very good effort in putting together a nice selection of tracks that somehow owe respect to the sometimes derised, abused and misunderstood word disco.

Here you have the press release: 

In the digital age, the compilation has lost much of it’s former glory. Not too long ago it was an indespensable format for the music-lover. Was it brilliantly compiled and telling a special story, the compilation was a significant gain as a particularly successful artist album.

In recent times, the compilation has been cheapened with generic ’Ibiza’ and ’Miami’ labelling as the genre compilation all but dissapeared from the scene.

This brought DJ T. to an idea, to create an homage to this nearly extinct format. As vol. 1 of the project is supposed to be a highly visible counterpoint to the ubiquitous, mostly House and Techno-stocked season sets and theme compilations, his choice fell on Disco; one of the oldest species in club music. Disco is currently experiencing a sort of rennaissance, with many young, and until recently, completely unknown artists and labels carrying the heritage on by working with new and contemporary definitions.

Naturally limited by the selection of works available digitally, DJ T. chose a very personal array of 43 tracks to give the connoisseur an overview of the newest branches in the Disco-tree and to cover as many diverse genres the last three decades have seen.

As the ’cherry on top’, the compilation contains a handfull of exclusive and unreleased tracks, including two new edits of the old DJ T. classics ’Philly’ & ’Funk On You’. Catz ’N Dogz appear with a remix of ’Dis’, the big hit of his second album. DJ T. also put his hands on one of his favourite classics ’Around The House’, one of the early works of the Hamburg-Disco-King Tensnake. In addition there are two unreleased tracks from the two mexican artists Robbie Akabal & Muan and Damian Uzabiaga.

PRE LISTENING and BUYING HERE

Softcell – Memorabilia (Luke Solomon’s Disco Vocal Mix) (White Label, 2010)

This is a perennial favourite around these parts. I have nary a bad word to say about Softcell, the pervy duo were high priests of the sleazy synth and that is no bad thing. They produced weird hit after weird hit in the 80s, pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable for the charts. As well as their fine back catalogue of smutty pop they also turned out a blinding slice of proto techno in the slinky form of Memorabilia. A dark club anthem fuelled by poppers and ecstasy for the most murky crowds.

This 12″ came out in 2010 and outrageously snuck under the radar a little because this is a blinder. Luke Solomon provides two versions for dancefloor demolition, one dark and growling, the other pitch black and terrifying. Like moving from the most perverse Berlin club basement to their secret back room only the regulars know exists; the kind of place where the Tapeworm hangs out in Irreversible. I tend to go with the slightly more vanilla ‘Disco Vocal Mix’ than the full on S&M of the Ecstasy dub and this one grabs you from the get go and never lets up at any point. Propelled by skittering synths and all sorts of eerie percussion we get a sleazy sex doll whisper in the ear and then some trumpet with a world of echo swirling around your head. This track is intoxicating, imagine your own smoke machines and lasers…

Atmosphere – Swede’s Scandal (Instrumental Edit) (Radius Records, 2007)

Originally released on Superradio Records (a treasure trove of classic Italo) in 83, this track returned to prominence through Morgan Geist’s superb and unmissable ‘Unclassics’ project. My copy is an edit not a million miles away from the original taken from this Superradio compilation on Radius. The track utilises textbook spaceship noises, has a killer bassline, and then the synth brilliance takes over. Camp as Christmas and dripping with sleazy euro appeal this track is one of my all time favourites and today I’m sharing it with you.

Free Life – There’s Something Better (Epic, 1979)

To get us back into the Discofutura flow, here’s a gospel goodie perfect for all end of night emotional occasions. 2011 was an eventful year, and the new year has seen a lot of change and a lot of goodbyes for Discofutura. So this is the official Discofutura anthem for 2012, turn it up to full, get ready to throw your arms into the air and embrace your loved ones.

Mongo Santamaria – Watermelon Man (Tappan Zee, 1979)

Originally making an appearance on Battle Records in 1963, but in this instance lovingly recorded from a Tappan Zee sampler (all tracks chosen by the faultless Bob James) this Grammy Hall of Fame inducted slice of latin disco funk is one of my favourite dancefloor selections for when the crowd are ready to go left. Pop pickers may recognise the intro as the basis for ‘Oxymoron’ from the Idjut Boys’ Key to the Tripod, and what an intro it is. The Cuban percussionist goes all out with some train track sounding vibes, then the bongos, then the kick, before finally dropping into some sort of copshow funk. He then takes Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man, pulls it apart before letting loose with some far out Jazz Funk. Truly dope.

Dimitri From Paris – Free Ton Style (Dim’s Classique Extension), (Yellow Productions, 1996)

Following on from the Dirty Larry post yesterday, I couldn’t leave you without this gem. Those keeping a finger on the edit pulse may remember Pete Herbert and Dicky Trisco’s edit of Young & Company’s ‘I Like It (What You’re Doing To Me) from around this time last year released as Disco Deviance 16. As consistent a label as Disco Deviance may be, I could never bring myself to play that edit over Dimitri’s. Instead I self indulgently blended the two together, creating some sort of extended disco monster. When I’d finally decided that this was probably too much for the poor dancefloor, I reigned myself in and packed Dim’s version alone, and today I’m sharing it with you.

Dimitri From Paris – Dirty Larry (Dim’s A La Old School Flava) (Yellow Productions, 1996)

Here’s some classic bizniz from the many monikered Dimitri. Arriving on the scene as France awoke from its musical slumber in the mid nineties and casting the net wide in the search for influences, the cosmopolitan Dimitri championed a jet setting sound. Although a House DJ at heart, Dimitri took his early inspiration from the sounds of 50s Jazz, Exotica and Film Scores, creating in ‘Sacrebleu!’ (Mixmag’s Album of the Year in 96) a set of sumptuous downtempo muzak, lush and layered yet at the same time playful and full of character. However, if one were to peer through the Gauloises fug, inside that suave exterior was a house head sipping the same disco punch that the Idjuts and Harvey were serving up. This 12″ on Yellow Productions (a consistent label for cultured house co run by the consistently questionable Bob Sinclair) is an absolute gift for anyone with even a passing interest in having a good time.

The track first appeared on the Sacrebleu! LP in somewhat sophisticated fashion. Intended as a ‘tribute to the late Larry Levan and the great Lalo Shiffrin(sic)’, Dimitri serves up a house track incorporating the otherworldly melodies of Lalo Schifrin complete with not only harpsichord, jazz drums and bass, cinematic horns but also a bumping house kick and some far out dancefloor psychedelia a la Levan. If the more restrained LP version fell into the Lalo Schifrin camp, geared for lounge bars and home listening, perfect for an evening inside a Stella Artois advert, then the ‘Old School Flava’ mix was Larry’s revenge. Uptempo, proto house drums, dub disco bassline, lazers and the same far out synths as the LP version. If you’re a fan of the excellent Night Dubbin’ compilation on BBE then this one’s for you.

If you like what you hear then I strongly recommend finding a copy of this vinyl as the Crue-L Grand Orchestra and Idjut Boys mixes are also superb.

legowelt – 2002 (ghostly international, 2002)

Writing about Marcos Cabral, I quoted Legowelt’s views on what techno must be. And in thinking about him, I recalled this monster hidden in the last part of the Disco Nouveau series on one of the most forward thinking labels emerging from Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ghostly International. The sound is very Moroder, lo-fi, italo, and analogue enough to gain the support of the purists. Perhaps. It has a rampant yet constrained beat adorned with catchy melodies reminiscent of a Blade Runner scenario. Pure bliss I would say. If you like this, try his 2011 album, TEAC. Check his website, where you can grab it in exchange of some monetary donation, in that way as he states:  ‘I can buy more crap synthesizers to make stuff like this and repair my Roland Juno 106 which stopped working  during the recording of this album…probably cause this shit is tooo deep and it just couldn’t handle it….doesnt matter, the bottom line question is CAN U HANDLE IT???’ Blah blah blah…

From my own waxy round black thing and retaining as much analoguism as i thought convenient. Play out loud for better results.

marcos cabral – cassandra (long island electrical systems, 2011)

Marcos Cabral is half Runaway with Jacques Renault and co-owner of On the Prowl. This vinyl here is himself charting the well-treaded dubby techno territories and does not disappoint. It is not a mere copy of any Basic Channel / Moritz Von Oswald production. Instead, it is a release full of originality and uniqueness, fine tuned and well-executed. Cassandra, my chosen offering here (promotional purposes only, folks) is a delicate, gentle and melodic dub exercise in nuance and texture layering. This is techno in one of its many splintered variants. And i am fully conscious of the connotations the word brings to some. So let me reassure you. Let, actually, Legowelt, an also experienced electronic music crafter,  clarify you what kind of techno we are dealing with over here: ‘(…)when I say Techno, I don’t mean that booooooooooring contemporary sh*t they call techno nowadays with overrated talentless pretentious douchebag c*nt DJs playing a few halfassed dumb mongo beats and being all artsy fartsy about it.” So be it.