michael jackson – thriller (ooft music phazed edit) (l.e.s.s., 2007)

I was playing records out in a bar tonight and decided to unleash this old favourite upon the unsuspecting crowd. Needless to say the reaction was raucous, especially considering the paltry numbers there, and everyone got on board with the zombie dance. One discerning gent wanted to know which version I was playing, so I decided to share it with him and the world on here.

Thriller is part of our collective mind. It’s brilliant. Amazing then, that Ooft managed to take one of the all time top pop records and make it even better than before. There’s a long build up, echo left right and centre, the spooky spoken word, but none of the poppy verse. Instead, we’re treated to a drawn out dance workout before the chorus comes in at the end. They even use the transformation section and zombie dance from the video as the breakdown in the middle. Nuff respect. Originally on L.E.S.S. records’ ‘Forever in their Death’ compilation, this one also surfaced on the later L.E.S.S. retrospective ‘The Last Chapter’. There’s a white label bootleg of this floating about out there too, but day by day the quality L.E.S.S. edits become more and more rare, so enjoy responsibly and play on repeat this halloween.

the revenge – funk on a whole nu level

Inspired by the previous post about Solomun’s recent house edit of Michael McDonald, here is the Revenge’s superior Slo-Mo edit, which splices the original with selected Warren and Nate (RIP) highlights. Get ready to nod your head, this is the Revenge doing what he does better than anyone else.

The Revenge – Funk On A Whole Nu Level

6th borough project – one night in the borough (delusions of grandeur, 2011)

6th Borough Project’s debut LP, and the first full length to be released on Delusions of Grandeur is weeks away. The duo, comprising of house stalwart Craig Smith, and recent man of the moment Graeme Clark (a.k.a. The Revenge and half of OOFT) deliver an album which grows out of the blueprint of slow motion disco and mid tempo house they laid down with releases on Jiscomusic and Instruments of Rapture. Taking their inspiration from the raw and soulful end of the disco spectrum the two are adept at extracting the choicest grooves and then extending them into chugging house numbers. This form continues on ‘One Night In The Borough’ where their trademark sound bridges the gap between modern disco and deep house. Over the 14 tracks the duo offer variety without ever compromising the quality of the output. For the straight up house fans there’s the deep build of ‘Changin”, the warehouse jack of ‘Iznae’ or the boogie influenced ‘Back To Me’, whilst disco fans can rejoice in ‘The Fool’ with its glorious vocal breakdown (with full on crowd noise for that live vibe) and the vocal led ‘Find A Way’. There’s also plenty of the slow motion sound that the L.E.S.S. Productions stable made their own with ‘If The Feeling’s Right’ and ‘Deep C’ rocking the lowest and deepest of head nodding grooves.

When an album like this comes around, it’s often the case that it never lives up to the hype. Thankfully here, the hype is fully justified, with the 6th Borough boys delivering an LP which consistently stands up to the promise of their previous singles, whilst working well as an album. To proceed the forthcoming full release, Delusions of Grandeur are releasing three 12″ EPs containing the album tracks, the first of which was released this monday. You can find links to buy all these goodies here alongside some of the essential Instruments of Rapture releases. As a bonus, here are some classic tracks from the 6th Borough and Revenge back catalogue.

6th Borough Project – 7 Grams of Funk

6th Borough Project – Do It To The Max

The Revenge – Night Flight

Marvin Gaye – Funky Space Reincarnation (Revenge edit)