London based Simbad was asked to remix Seun Kuti’s track for an excellent remix package. While also turning in a solid remix he also crafted a sweet dub that didn’t see the light of day, until now. This hypnotic Afrobeat monster has some really gentle subtleties and complexities that keep it fresh and interesting. It’s certainly got a lot more going on than most of the dub versions we’ve heard recently. Find a big system and crank it up!
In a House of Disco exclusive Marvin gets a work over from Black Bridge. This groovy jam hinges like so many Marvin edits do, on the vocal. It’s got a really sweet pacing though and perfect for those summer days.
It’s been a while since we put up anything from Lonely Boy. We’ve always liked his productions and this is no different. Moody and atmospheric ‘We Need The Dark’ samples a wonderful vocal from Jim James’s ‘State Of The Art’ to heart string pulling effect. Lovely stuff for an afterparty or a more contemplative moment.
This edit of Anita Ward – Spoiled By Your Love isn’t the first out there by a long shot but it’s a nice version for sure. Ian Pooley’s ‘Disco Love’ also takes a noteworthy approach to this inspiring original. L’Imperatrice takes a really small section and beef’s it right up with Hip-hop sensibilities and a heavy dose of summer sun, particularly in the second half where he goes his own route with congas and some beautiful new melodies. Lovely really and we were glad to hear him have a few flute flourishes in there.
This track is truly timeless. It first came out in 2004 on arguably Dublin’s best record label D1, the vinyl sold out and is still in huge demand, so much so that Dekmantel Records are re-issueing it, and rightly so. Brimming with feeling and true emotion its simplicity is its power, spot the ‘Lost In Translation’ vocal. This has had a lot of plays by some of the best selectors out there for years now and the guys at D1 were kind enough to give it away. Cheers lads! If you want a copy on vinyl you’ll have to be quick I think.