Various – Dimitri From Paris In The House Of Disco

June 15, 2014 in Albums

Dimitri from Paris In The House Of Disco DefectedAn ambitious two-CD mix compilation here, as Dimitri From Paris sets out to join the dots between house and disco both old and new. “A fresh generation of artists is finally and unabashedly recording new, sample-free disco nusic,” says the bearded Gallic one, “and the electronic house sound of its origins is making a stylistic return with a sound I would call ‘neo-vintage’: one that embraces the foundation of current dance music, celebrating its culture and history and making it contemporary in the process.”

So what you get are two CDs, one called ‘Neo Vintage Disco’ and one called ‘Neo Vintage House’. The former features current (nu) disco nuggets from the likes of Lindstrom, Todd Terrje, Skream, Ilja Rudman and Escort, interspersed with Dimitri’s own re-edits of classics from Chic, Diana Ross and Sister Sledge. The latter sees the likes of Disclosure, Hercules & Love Affair, Rob Mello and It’s My Bassline rubbing shoulders with (mostly new mixes/edits of) classic cuts from Inner City, Frankie Knuckles, The Fog and Hardrive.

Does it work? Yes and no. If it’s a history lesson you’re after, then simply tossing a few very well-known classics into a mix made up of recent tuneage doesn’t really cut it, especially not when the tutor in question is such a renowned crate-digger. There could feasibly be some young Disclosure fans who’ve never heard Been A Long Time or Pennies From Heaven before, I guess, but for the rest of us it’s a ‘must try harder’ on the education front.

As entertainment, though, it all slots together rather nicely, and like so many In The House… comps before it, this’ll make a decent party-starting soundtrack for getting your gladrags and slap on come Saturday night…

Out: This week

About: This comes of course on Defected, who are now 15 years old and have, I believe, recently started hanging around in the park drinking cider.

Matt Tolfrey – Word Of Mouth Remixes

April 27, 2014 in Singles

Matt Tolfrey Word Of Mouth Remixes LeftroomIn which four tracks from the Leftroom boss’s 2012 long-player (or five if you buy the EP on Beatport) get the remix treatment from what it has to be said is a pretty darned heavy-hitting line-up.

First up, Distant Story from Tolfrey and Kevin Knapp gets a Mr Fingers Deep Mix from the mighty Larry Heard. Kenny Dope then does the dub honours on Ya Kid K collab Turn You Out, before Rob Mello serves up a No Ears mix of Never Assume (credited to Tolfrey and James Teej). Completing the standard package is Freaks’ take on Downtown, but those buying on Beatport also get a bonus in the form of a Misi Remix of Spooks (also credited to Tolfrey and Knapp).

It’s between the Misi rub of Spooks and Heard’s mix of Distant Story for top honours for yours truly, but beyond that I’m deliberately not going into much detail here because with a talent roster like that, you KNOW you need to check this one for yourself!

Out: This week

About: This comes, of course, on Leftroom, who you can find on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Poussez – Fourth Warrior EP

May 8, 2013 in Singles

Poussez Fourth Warrior EP 3am RecordingsArtizan Music bosses Jafar and Maxime, AKA Poussez, serve up a second EP (after last year’s Sandcastle Society) for Al Bradley’s 3am Recordings here. And it’s an EP that might surprise you – it surprised me anyway, cos this is as techy a release as I can ever remember hearing from the lads.

Fourth Warrior itself is a moody, pulsing cut with a strong Detroitian influence… a track that wouldn’t sound remotely out of place in a Garnier or Carl Craig set. RPO is an even bleepier, synthier affair, while Alboom is a slow, druggy houser with its own twisted take on the classic Nina Simone Feeling Good vocal, perfect for warm-up or afterhours play. Making up a foursome is a Rob’s No Ears Remix of the latter, which sees the Classic stalwart taking us into typically freaked-out territory.

Quality stuff all round… as you’d expect from all concerned really!

Out: This week on Beatport, everywhere else from 3 June.

About: This year marks a decade in the game for 3am, if I haven’t mentioned that before… worrying really cos I remember when they were just starting out and it only seems like yesterday! Anyway, find ’em on Facebook or Soundcloud why don’t ye?