I’ve always loved the charged Hi-Energy of this Disco (dare I say, Classic) release from 1979. Big, bold syncopation drives the sizzling intensity of this number all the way as Jacobs delightful vocals ignite the airwaves. A chorus full of melody hits you as every drop of emotion of squeezed till the pips squeak. A re-edit courtesy of the legend that is Dimitri From Paris breathes a fresh take of it all but either way, a thing of beauty.
Can’t get enough of the past? Well, you’ve come to the right place. The legendary Salsoul label earned that accolade for one reason only and that was the music they released back in the 70’s and subsequent 1980’s, closing by 84 of that decade. Soaring songs, sonically reverberating instrumentation and production prowess that helped set the tone for tone for what came next. One glance over the tracklist and you can feel all that history breathing including timeless standards such as Double Exposure – My Love Is Free, which appears here with the Frankie Knuckles remix, plus the Shep Pettibone version of Inner Life – I Like It Like That. Other perhaps less well known tracks also compliment such as Larry Levan’s remix of Sparkle – Handsome Man and The Salsoul Orchestra’s – Sun After Rain with Tom Moulton’s glorious 12″ Mix. The second CD is all down to Dimitri who adds his flair to the affair care off a series of re-edits of additional releases that include the likes of fimiliar gems Love Sensation, Ten Percent, and Just As Long As I Got You. Respectfully yours.
Sometimes it’s better to listen to other people’s music rather than your own. Although thankfully Metronomy’s moving cover of Jean-Michel Jarre’s Hypnose is on hand to reward you alongside this neatly timed selection of gorgeous everything’s. From slow-burn soul and funk played out by the likes of Outkast and Tweet, the music proceeds to stroll through the tripped-out Jazz of Sun Ra Creative Partners and Chick Corea right on through to the breezy sounds of Alessi Brothers ‘Seabird’. Special mention for Mick Karn’s exercise in plucking sensual bass strings aka Weather The Windmill, and the beautifully sentimental 60’s nugget from Pete Drake called Forever. If this series has been switching you on, then Metronomy’s pleasure will be in continuing to do the same. In fact how could you fault Late Night Tales for bringing your attention to a generation of such wonderful music, chosen by artists such as these? Oh, and yes don’t worry, Paul Morley is there right at the end to finish off with the final part of his tales of the unexpected, Lost For Words.
No, not the Sex Pistols song, but something as equally devilish sees our return to Hidden Records uniquely unrelenting fold. No Feelings is basically a thumping seven and half minutes of pure spine-tingling bliss – though not of the heavenly kind. Intrigued? Then check the video below. Roberto Capuano provides the frantic remix, while the furious Techno of remaining tracks Test Dummy and White Peony prove that sometimes music speaks louder than words.
Beto Cravioto & Whatever/Whatever No Social Culture Plant Music
Literally just received this and if you need something akin to a smile on a grey Friday evening then this shuffling Disco/ Funk infusion will provide the perfect antidote. Currently on available on vinyl but as digital downloads will appear next week thought it best to point you in the direction of this gem. The Original version loops a selection smooth Rhodes chords together with eighties party-time vocals and infectious bass notes, and is as instantly appealing as anything else I’ve heard recently. New York Dj Beto Cravioto’s debut release proves him one to watch, and the fact that the other part of the equation Whatever/Whatever is no less than the legendary Justin Strauss, along with Bryan Mette, merits anyone’s seal of approval. The first remix is from Eddie Mars who gives it a bouncier, more modern flair, while Willie Burns New Beat Mix explores classic synths in an excited fashion, leaving the Richard Richard Remix to add a funky Balearic twist to the affair. Definitely happy!
Los Amigos Invisibles & Dimitri From Paris Gald To Know you Gomma Records
Perennial favourite Glad to Know You by one time Blockhead Chaz Jankel was originally released way back in the early 80’s but has now been neatly updated by who better than Los Amigos Invisibles & Dimitri From Paris. In ways this captures the originals essence perfectly, although of course feels much heavier with its more contemporary production and fresh sounding vocals. An Instrumental is also supplied just in case you can’t handle the voice, along with Ray Mangs excellent Flying Dub which plays around with elements all over again.
This new Danish label sees Middlesbrough resident Lee Walker deliver what can only be best described as good House music with the aptly named Let The Good Times Roll. Based around its distinctive bass sound and an assortment of crisp tech beats this uncomplicated production never-the-less packs plenty in the way of dancefloor punch. Strangers, feels even more urgent with more in the way of hot bass action and accompanying deep chords adding some extra sparkle, leaving the darker tones TwoFiveOneSeven to complete an impressive EP.