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.

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.

Storm Queen – It Goes On (Enivron, 2011)

Morgan Geist needs no introduction. The man has been making dance music to the highest standard for longer than i’ve been able to tie laces and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Whether working as half of Metro Area or under his various solo aliases he always brings deep and organic sounding music, retro influenced but forward facing, touching on the 80s sounds of boogie, italo, early house and techno, but always sounding fresh, original and unmistakably his own. In December last year he snuck out a very late contender that wiped the floor with the track of the year competition under the alias of Storm Queen. That track, ‘Look Right Through’ has barely been out of the box over the last 12 months and is due a rerelease on D******D (I won’t say that word) with remixes from Aeroplane, Dimitri from Paris, Art Department and Jamie Jones. So if you’re new to the track, get there quickly, it’s about to jump the shark. Thankfully, as a saviour of the underground, Morgan has seen fit to release another powerhouse in time for this year’s party season.

‘It Goes On’ repeats the trick so wonderfully pulled off in ‘Look Right Through’. He has taken what is in essence a melancholy ballad and styled it as a house track with the late 80s/early 90s aesthetic. Inside the ecstatic body moving rhythm of these tracks, hidden within the exceptional synths and flawless production lie real songs, about heartbreak, longing and resilience. This time round things are less straight forward, the track is less immediate, the progressions less classic which usually means its power will be more lasting. Things begin with a handclap, always a good start, and the key melody of a descending bassline. Things are very minor key, Damon C. Scott (returning on vocal duties) starts to tell us a tale of loss as Morgan’s synths weave their magic, and finally we’re paid off with an uplifting chorus and the hands are in the air. The highlight of the track is the detuned warped synths that follow the first chorus. Inventive, interesting and forward moving electronic music that will pack every floor it’s unleashed on.

You can find both Storm Queen records on vinyl at the Environ Shop and listen to the vocal mix of this gem below.

Todd Terje – Inspector Norse (Olsen, 2012)

We’ve long championed the moustachioed musical wizard around these parts and the man continues his winning streak with this latest release. Coming to prominence a little with the ever reliable party starter Eurodans, Todd then unleashed a myriad of high class disco edits to the world, mostly bootlegged or circulated on low bitrate mp3 but nonetheless essential listening. Sadly with a hiatus from original productions and only the odd (exceptional) remix appearing there were those keyboard warriors who turned on Todd’s playful nature and pop edits and he was branded a ‘wedding dj’. Well in April this year he smashed the haters out the park with the glorious dancefloor bomb ‘Ragysh’ on Running Back and its equally good, melodic and ambient b-side ‘Snooze 4 Love’.

Well, the man has excelled himself and topped these efforts with his new release. Musically you could say it falls somewhere between his previous two tracks, dancable but more subtle than ‘Ragysh’ and containing some lush synth melodies along the lines of ‘Snooze 4 Love’. The track is propelled by a bouncy italo bassline and some synthetic lazer sounds, before the stunning heaven sent melodies start to come to the fore. The beauty of this one washes over you whilst still retaining a tight groove until a rumbling and darker bass sound and some swirling arpeggiator  takes the track to its immersive crescendo. This could already be crowned as the track of 2012.

It first appeared in the middle of a recorded dj mix on soundcloud and had internet heads turning immediately, gradually further information has surfaced and today a presell link has been added to the Piccadilly Records website (check it out for a hilarious press release!). The track will be released on Terje’s own label Olsen (co-run with the ever excellent Smalltown Supersound) on the ‘It’s The Arps’ E.P., so named as all the sounds found on it have been produced by the ARP2600. This is an essential release and is in shops on January 9th, do not sleep on it.

va. full body workout vol. 8 (get physical, 2011)

If there is a record label that has remained true to its origins and its founders’ vision, it has to be Get Physical Music. Owned by the Dj T, Booka Shade and the M.A.N.D.Y. combo, they have been releasing visionary music since 2002 in a timely manner. New acts join the ranks of the German label every year. They all have a common denominator: modern club music that fits the dancefloor; atmospheric and emotive yet bouncy, funky and deep minimal house that hits the right notes among worldwide club-goers. Nonetheless, the tight grip on the style does not adulterate creativity. Check the output from the aforementioned mavericks (remember Dj T’s ‘Freemind’ or Booka Shade’s album ‘Memento’) or the selected releases by Damian Lazarus (Crosstown Rebel headhoncho), Samim, Lopazz, Chelonis R. Jones, Elektrochemie, and many others.

Get Physical is ready to heat up autumn, once again, with the 8th issue of the highly regarded ‘Full Body Workout’ series; showcasing the current state of the scene, and where it is heading to. Featuring 10 hot tracks to pump you up for winter raving. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to Get Physical. Like the sound of it? Get it here

Around the discofutura headquarters we love the hypnotic Pele & Shownecy’s ‘Down Low’, and the fragility of Stacey DeLooze’s vocals in ‘The Price of Beans’ by  Hamid & Arnaud Le Texier. Both are real gems in their own ways.

va. philadelphia international – the re-edits (harmless records, 2012)

 

Over here, we pay close attention to what Harmless Rercords releases. Guaranteed quality music no matter the genre. And what is around the corner sounds exciting. A compendium of releases celebrating Philadelphia International Records fortieth anniversary, a massive fest of releases which you can’t let escape. Read the press release as it is very illuminating.

 

 The Philadelphia International Records 40th Anniversary Campaign

Harmless Records are proud to announce a campaign to celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest black music record companies of all time – Philadelphia International Records. Founded by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff in 1971, the label launched with the album “Going East” by Billy Paul in October 1971 but really hit its stride throughout 1972 with a brace of international hits from veteran Philadelphia based signings like the O’Jays, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and the Three Degrees. Legendary A&R visionary Clive Davis was responsible for bringing the Philly hit machine to the Columbia group for distribution – a gamble which proved to be extraordinarily successful as the major distributor struggled to keep up with the hits that were pouring out from Sigma Sound studio in downtown Philadelphia – the recording home of P.I.R. where smashes like “Backstabbers”, “Love Train”, “Me & Mrs Jones”, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” and numerous others all rolled out in 1972 alone.

Just two years later, Philadelphia International became the second largest black-owned company in the U.S.A. following Berry Gordy’s Motown, which had similarly forged its identity with a trademark sound from Detroit.

Jump forward 40 years and Philadelphia International is still independent and still owned by its original founders, Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff – an extraordinary achievement in an age where most other independent companies (including Motown) have long since been absorbed into large conglomerates.

We are delighted to be welcoming Kenny Gamble to the UK in mid November where he will doing a number of specially selected interviews to support the launch of the campaign in January through February 2012. Details of these will follow shortly.

In light of the above, we felt it was only fitting to celebrate the 40 anniversary of Philadelphia International with some brand new “Philly 40” PIR releases which have been long overdue and will be eagerly anticipated around the world…..

 

HURTXCD111 Released: 16/01/12 Philadelphia International: The Re-Edits

21 of the hottest PIR Re-Edits which have been done by PIR enthusiasts from around the world. Fully approved by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff.

 

HURTXCD118 Released: 30/01/12 Philadelphia International: The Roots of PIR

What happened before PIR? Ace historian and compiler Richard Searling compiles the pre PIR gems from the Gamble & Huff stable plus an exclusive DVD interview with Kenny Gamble..

 

HURTXCD112 Released: 13/02/12 Philadelphia International: The Tom Moulton Remixes

The godfather of the Disco Mix and inventor of the 12” format returns to the label where he started and remixes 15 more original PIR tracks to add to 16 of his best original PIR mixes.

 

HURTBOX1 Released: 27/02/12 Philadelphia International: 40th Anniversary Box Set

PIR expert Ralph Tee goes through the complete history of PIR with a lovingly compiled 10CD deluxe box set with 60 page booklet plus an exclusive DVD interview with Kenny Gamble.

 

 

Eros Volume 1 (Eros, 2011)

This week the second instalment of the Eros edits has landed at Piccadilly Records (specifically here) and so I thought it was fitting to give a taste of what these releases are all about. I know nothing about the label or the people behind the edit, but what I do know is that the first E.P. contained 4 choice cuts that covered the broad spectrum of the Discofutura dancefloor. Philly soul, italo, mid tempo disco and aciiid all got a facelift for dancing pleasure. For me the two real weapons on the E.P. were B1 and B2 (no track names or I.D. info I’m afraid, I’m slipping in my old age). B2 is a real Chi-Chi-Chicago acid banger suited to bouncing off the walls of some dark basement with all the elements of jack you could wish for. B1 on the other hand is a smooth and soulful disco edit, extending and looping the mournful strings over the intro then dropping some heart-wrenching vocals to take things to the next level. For sampling pleasure you’ll find it below, and I urge you to pick up one of the remaining copies from Piccadilly.