chromeo – when the night falls – hercules & love affair mix (turbo, 2011)

After the magnificent house tune that is the take of The XX’s ‘Shelter’ by Hercules and Love Affair, which not only caused my ears to melt in pleasure, but also illuminated on the remix power that these guys have. They do proper vocal house tunes and they do real damage on the dancefloor. Although ‘Shelter’ is a thousand times better than this offering here, it lacks length. I will never get why superb tracks are sometimes are so short in duration. In any case, here is another Love Affair gem which does work ace. It has seen the light just three days ago on Canadian label Turbo. Commanded by Tiga. With some avoidable releases on some occasions, this time they press the right keys and make this vinyl a top buy.

If you like this, go and get the vinyl!

jan hammer – crockett’s theme (extended 12″ instrumental mix) (MCA, 1986)

Many weeks ago I posted the FPU cover of this classic, with the promise of digitising the glorious and superior original. I then started a new job, went on my summer holidays and forgot my previous oath. I won’t let such an error happen again. This is one of my all time favourite tracks, balearic, cinematic and epic, certainly cheesy, but at the same time fully heartfelt. Jan Hammer is a man of many talents, responsible for some truly far out fusion both with the Mahavishnu Orchestra and on his lonesome, whilst also contributing a number of hideous 80’s TV beds. This however, is his TV standout. Loved by the balearic, ambient, pop and electronica fans, it’s a true essential in anyone’s collection. Alongside Phil Collins’ ‘In The Air Tonight’, which never sounded as good as in the Miami Vice pilot episode, ‘Crockett’s Theme’ is the standout signature track from that powerhouse of 80’s pop culture. A gift, for you….and while you’re at it, spare the 4 minutes to watch one of the greatest scenes in TV history…

 

fpu – crockett’s theme (turbo, 2002)

Since i brought the label up, here’s a Turbo track that lay forgotten in the depths of my scull and collection until very recently. Many moons ago a friend was raving to me about a cover of Jan Hammer’s finest hour, and I was duly skeptical about whether it could possibly better the original. The short answer is that it doesn’t, and is a cover which keeps very strictly to the sound and feeling of the original. However, that said, it is still an emotional and evocative piece of music, which acutely reminds one of the sights and smells of the time, namely white ties and poppers. Soon enough I will post the gorgeous Jan Hammer version, but until then, saver the electroklash drum clicks and bass synths, and the genius artwork.

gesaffelstein – glass (turbo, 2010)

Here’s a corker from last year from french producer Gesaffelstein (bless you!) on Tiga’s label Turbo. For the past decade Turbo has been a home to some of the highpoints of the electroklash, electro and techno movements, albeit with some missteps along the way. When you listen to this bristling moody take on modern teutonic techno, you’ll be amazed that he’s not in fact German. The track is driving and moody and ends up coming across like a hyper charged version of a Carpenter soundtrack.