derrick carter and luke solomon have had a great idea. To re-release all the Classic Music Company catalogue. it is good because it was a record label that defined the sound of house music with a strong Chicago influence in the late 1990s and 2000s. Gemini’s ‘Swimmin’ wit’ Sharks’, Isolee’s ‘Beau Mot Plage’, Dj Sneak ‘You Can’t Hide From Your Bud’ or any Rob Mello No Ears dub excursion, were all repeatedly spinned worldwide by many dj’s and became content of many house compilations and dj mixes. Proper ‘boompty boomp’.
That was last decade. There is a whole new generation that is alien to the Classic sound and now in the all-digital era, it was well missed. Apparently all vinyl releases have been remastered and there will be some new new additions to the catalogue that for first time will be available as digital download.
Expect a revival in deep house!
Here you have a bit of taster, courtesy of youtube, since I do not have time to digitize this all-time favorite of mine. Gemini has always been on the edge. House music with a bit of a twist and craziness. Be that in the vocals, melody or in the synths and effects. The result is total genius and uncompromising driving 4/4. And this is perhaps (together with ‘we are the future’ in the same e.p.) his best legacy.
a good informative mini article on Spencer Kincy a.k.a. Gemini can be read on this excelent French blog.
The last I have read about this guy is that he lives rough in the streets and suffers some mental illness. Very very sad. Hope to be wrong and somebody correct me please.
laibach – sympathy for the devil – who killed the kennedys mix
what a discovery from back-in-the-day. 1988 saw the light of this laibach rendition to the rolling stones ‘sympathy for the devil’.
many covers, remixes or edits have been made out of the original, but this one is special because it sounds very very fresh and unexpectedly good. like just out of the press. but no, it is 23 years old! the laibach original is ok… but it is lady anja rupel a.k.a. germania and her great synths a la italo that makes you shake that booty. around minute five, when we are left without the vocals, the track gets its peak time. like totally massive. a repress would be welcome of this forgotten dancefloor bomb.
for promotional intentions only folks so listen and destroy!
in the overflown with mediocrity world of electronic music, it has become extremely arduous to become something. with technology both facilitating and destroying creativity constructing a respectable name deserves at least to be praised.
a devon (u.k.) based record label, greta cottage workshop, has defied everything. just with hard work and persistence it has carved a name that has to listened to. although not a big player, it has already released several releases with loads of substance. with the whole catalogue being released on digital rather than good ol’ vinyl, word of mouth becomes more crucial than ever. i am doing my bit here.
i can guarantee you that every release has something special to offer. on their rota you can find mudkid, wasserfall, michael j. collins, rich jones and out of plato’s cave among others. for those not familiar with these producers, the best entry point would be the melancholic yet mesmerizing and evocative ‘surrounded by the sun’. this ep includes the dancefloor friendly remix by scottish wunderkid sei a, and the epic and dreamy brun mix clocking a 12 minutes trip. the original is a proper ‘balearic’ affair with soulful vocals included.
modern times require modern media. the entire catalogue is on digital but just a few months ago they released the first piece of black wax including a shorter and slightly different version of brun’s take on ‘surrounded by the sun’, and a dancefloor stormer swayzak mix on the other side.
definitely a label to watch which is taking form slowly but surely, and looking extremely promising by being low key and releasing quality sounds consistently.
get the vinyl here (while it last!):
swayzak/out of plato’s cave 12″
the entire digital catalogue can be listened and purchased via discogs:
first stormer of the year which have been doing the rounds among the socialites of the re-edit scene, has arrived to the shops and disappeared the same day. as usual, and perhaps a merchandise strategy, the finnish label kojak, seems to not want to sell their records in great numbers.
new kids on the block maxxi soundsystem drop two edits to the ever growing collection. a timeless one and mediocre the other. the latter is a weak version of ‘papa was a rolling stone’ that only adds a vocoder to the vocals. so totally avoidable. i do not find much originality on this one plus it is uber recognizable and very predictable.
the surprise, the great surprise, lies on the alexander o’neal take. the 1987 original gets pumped up with a respectful driving beat and a retro 1980s flava and lively bassline. altogether taking this, already a stormer, to new heights. As said, consider this 12″ a one sided one. Find a copy on discogs. Success guaranteed.
Appreciate this gem right here.
At last the English version (and paperback, synonym of affordability) is hitting some specialized online shops like the innnervisions one. It seems this book has something to unveil regarding the reasons why Berlin became the centre of the techno scene, and pill popping raves with meccas like Berghain becoming weekend temples for hordes of youths from many points in the world.
It sounds like an interesting reading to me. This book by Tobias Rapp, was published only in German a year or two ago, but it has been translated to English now, and more importantly as paperback. Here you have a good briefing of what you will discover if you get. Extracted from the innervisions website:
Almost everyone in the world knows someone who has flown to the German capital in recent years and proudly returned with bizarre stories of previously unimagined highs at endless techno parties at Berghain, Watergate or Tresor. All these stories contain a grain of truth. But many questions remain unanswered: Why is it that thousands of clubbing tourists land at Berlin Schönefeld airport every weekend? Why have clubs like Berghain become the stuff of legend the world over? Why have some of the best-known producers and techno DJs like Richie Hawtin and DJ Hell moved with their labels to this city? These are the kind of questions explored in Lost and Sound by Tobias Rapp, a German music journalist who has been living, working and partying in Berlin since the beginning of the nineties. He has spoken with DJs, clubbers, label bosses, hostel managers and urban planners; he has looked and listened carefully; and most important of all, he has been part of the dance floor himself. Following its publication in Germany in February 2009, Lost and Sound made an impact not seen from a book about popular music for a long time. Originally published by the renowned Suhrkamp Verlag, which also manages the works of Brecht, Adorno and Benjamin, the book almost single-handedly brought techno back into the eyes of the German media. Suddenly everyone wanted to get on board again. In the spring and summer of 2009 all the German daily and weekly papers carried reports on the Berlin party scene. It was around this time that Rapp switched employers. Germany’s best-selling news magazine Der Spiegel appointed him as its new pop music editor a few months ago. As far as music journalism in Germany is concerned, there are few higher rungs on the ladder. Lost and Sound was simply crying out to be translated into English. Aside from the fact that English is the lingua franca of techno culture, the majority of the people that this book is about – producers, DJs, tourists – hardly speak German. But these are the people responsible for the altogether more pleasant associations Berlin now triggers – after ‘Hitler’s city’ and ‘the walled city’ comes ‘the party city’. It is these people who cultivate Berlin’s spirit of excess, along with the other groups which make up the Berlin clubbing demographic: the gay community, the East Germans (known as ‘Ossis’) and the offspring of middle-class West Germans. It is they who roam Berlin’s new club mile, from Schlesisches Tor to Alexanderplatz, turning night into day and day back into night. And it is they who have prompted some local journalists to speak of Berlin as a kind of a metropolitan Ibiza, a party Mecca on constant overdrive on the banks of the Spree. But Ibiza is a wholly inappropriate point of reference. As Rapp shows in Lost and Sound, the mechanisms of commercialisation and displacement which have long-since turned the Spanish island into a tourist nightmare have made little mark on Berlin. Fortunately, it has retained an indomitable spirit of creative cooperation and coexistence. The city still has great pulling power. Anyone who reads Lost and Sound will feel the same compulsion to hop on a plane and join Berlin – as Rapp did – for a week of raving.
Get it at http://www.mutingthenoise.com
New year, more MCDEs upon us. This time a double vinyl pack. Wtih three different acts inside. MCDE themselves, Hundred 20 and Creative Swing Alliance. All very nice music indeed. But as with every double 12″s pack, they tend to be loads of fillers and not many killers.
Unfortunately, there are not many of the latter here. Hundred 20 go all Chicago a la acid with evocative atmospheres but turning very repetitive. No surprises in either ‘Summer 89’ or ‘Upper Alley’.
Creative Swing Alliance, speeds up the tempo and adds some soulful snippets of female vocals on it in ‘Now’. But ultimately it sounds like a weak MCDE number.
The whole package can be reduced to two tracks, and should have been just one vinyl. The contender not to miss is ‘There’s a Truth’ with captivating vocals from Stee Downes. This is a typical MCDE affair with those dark yet sensual and melancholic chords and the always driving beat. All showered by loads of soul. Proper house music here. On ‘Monorail’, MCDE leave aside the vocals and concentrate on synth. Again, with the old good working formula and their characteristic sound. Although good, not essential. John Roberts remixes this one but does not improve it.
At the end these double whammy gets reduced to the one and only ‘There’s a Truth’. This one will me on many discerning charts and will please many dancers.
Get it while it last. They tend to sell out quickly. However, all things said, if you do not care about the fillers on this double 12″ and just want the gems, get this release instead. It is on digital and was released last year.
there we go with some old some new but all timeless music for your own enjoyment.
1. bomb the bass – bug powder dust – k&d session dub mix
2. nina simone – four women – dj obah edit
3. holger czukay – my persian love – remix
4. slumbor jack – disco dragon
5. stupid human – still alive
6. stevie wonder – love light in flight – the revenge edit
7. michael jackson – do you remember – cole medina edit
8. unknown artist – untitled
9. discodeine – singular
10. teaspoon and the waves – oh ye soweto
11. blancmange – game above my head – kid who edit
12. nona hendryx – to the bone – rayko edit
13. escape from new york – fire in my heart
14. paul simon – diamonds – todd terje edit
15. b-52’s – deep sleep – skinny joey edit
The last instalment of carefully crafted edits by Stupid Human are doing the rounds among the literati, musos and influential bloggers. They are, as usual, two total weapons for discerning dancefloors. Disco oriented acts, especially ‘get on up’, will keep you warm and moving. it will be relatively easy to guess who is getting the stupid human treatment on ‘get on up’. The opposite happens with the other side of the record. If anyone knows, drop me a line please!
On the flipside, Mark will give us what it can be (already) a serious contender for the 2011 biggies. With a middle/eastern european touch, ‘gun ga ding’ will suprise you with its enigmatic vocals and dark, mysterious string arrangements. Pure film soundtrack aural pleasure, but with an amazing drum beat and infectious bassline. This one will definetely stand the passage of the time as it happened with already classics and highly sought after ‘swamp funk’ and ‘together’ on stupid human vol. 1.
Mark’s last adventures in the world of editing other people’s music comes to and end with the release of this uber essential piece of highly limited piece of black wax that will hit a few lucky record shops at the end of MARCH. After this there will be no more edits. Perhaps the end of the editmania we have been enjoying the last three years!
Only 300 will be pressed.
Check his own website ……….. www.stupid-human.co.uk ………. to not miss it.