Dubstep and Bass producer tuned Disco funkster Skream’s recent, and slightly controversial we guess, single, the Sam Frank featuring Rollercoaster stirred the pot a little. Disco dudes made frown faces at this one time bass head encroaching on their mirrorballed dancefloor and Dubstep bros bemoaned the mans abandonment of ‘serious’ music for something with a little more soul. At the end of the day Rollercoaster was actually a really good Disco tune, one that just highlighted what a talented producer Skream is, whatever he turns his attention to. Anyhoo, the track’s been given a reMix workout by one of our favourite producers from he last few years, Dimitri From Paris. Check it out.
With a little help on live instrumentation from Alex Finkin, Dimitri delivers a top notch seven (nearly eight) minute dancefloor epic. Loaded with sweet vocoding, heavyweight bass and an utterly irresistible groove. Big, squelchy, vintage synths dominate the track, warbling here and there against the talk box refrain, breaking momentarily for a soaring solo, before launching back into the sparkly funk. Pure Disco bliss.
♫ Skream (Feat. Sam Frank) – Rollercoaster (Dimitri From Paris reMix)
Last week, we tweeted and posted on G+ “If I was writing this week (as opposed to starting again on Monday) I would be writing about this!” in regard to Dimitri From Paris’ reMix of Breakbot’s Break Of Dawn. Since that tweet that track has received a fair bit of coverage, not least because it’s a free download, but we haven’t found anything in the past seven days that we would rather write about, so it gets a post anyway (even though, if you follow is on Google+ or Twitter you’ll have probably already heard it).
The last few months have been a revelation in respect to Dimitri From Paris, we’ve featured him a lot over the years on electronic rumors, but in 2012 he really knocked out socks off. The man has two tracks in our favourite reMixes of 2012, and I can tell you that was very nearly three, and it looks like he’s busting into 2013 in the same fashion. Break Of Dawn is the opener of Breakbot’s acclaimed début album, By Your Side. A gliding, slick, 70s Disco tune that, in Dimitri’s hands, become a late 80s ElectroPop monster. Funky digital bass and little Disco licks give it an Electric Soul vibe whist the B-Boy beat lends a necessary punch. A fantastic way to start the year.
If on Monday you picked up Little Boots’ new single, ‘Headphones’, (and if you didn’t, why the hell not?) you would have been treated to two amazing reMixes. Firstly from our girl Ronika, who delivers a pitch bent grove laden jam. Secondly from Dimitri From Paris, who’s ‘80’s Disco Pop reMix is pure TOTP gold (which actually reminds us a little of Fear Of Tigers reMix of Ronika’s ‘Only Only’, our number one track of last year).
The man has just released the Dub version on his SoundCloud so you can check out the B-Boy bassline, the retro Electronic Soul beat and the big keyboard hits. All this is ties together nicely with an FM bassline running a nice groove and, of course, all the cowbells in the world. there’s even a whistle in there, what more do you need to know. Dmitri’s really channelling the poppier side of Mantronix here, and that’s awesome. You really should go buy the single for the vocal version, but for the time being, roll out your lino and stick the dub version in your boom box. You’ll be poppin’ and lockin’ in no time.
Next month sees French ElectroPop genius Sébastien Tellier finally release his long awaited (well, around here definitely) new single ‘Cochon Ville’, after the brief welcome back of ‘Pépito Bleu’ it’s a funk return to form that leaves us excited for his forthcoming album, ‘My God Is Blue’.
Produced by Ed Banger’s Mr. Flash, the track is smooth slice of French DiscoPop that’s backed by some awesome reMixes. The Magician us front and centre with a track that harkens back to the days of Pet Shop Boys at the Disco. Shifting the mood of the tune into one of late night ‘80’s dancefloors The Magician takes you on a synthesized journey through rain soaked back alleys and seedy bars. Hey Champ! take on the track is pure ‘80’s ElectroPop Funk with hints of Axel F while Dimitri From Paris’ Acid soaked Disco is a strange, but pleasing collision between burbling 303’s and ‘70’s Moroder.
♫ Sébastien Tellier – Cochon Ville
♫ Sébastien Tellier – Cochon Ville (The Magician reMix)
♫ Sébastien Tellier – Cochon Ville (Hey Champ! reMix) (Preview)
♫ Sébastien Tellier – Cochon Ville (Dimitri From Paris Erodiscomix) (Preview)
‘Cochon Ville’ is released 16th April via Record Makers.
Storm Queen is the alter ego of one of the New York House scene’s biggest names, Morgan Geist. His track, ‘Look Right Through’ has been out a while but next month it gets a brand new reMix package featuring some storming tracks.
Aeroplane drop the standout mix of the EP with a synth heavy Disco sound, the filtered arpeggio bassline has got this irresistible little Funk to it, it’s definitely a riff that will stick in your head all day. Areoplane manages to add his own brand if electro Disco in the mix but retains the deep ‘90’s House vibe of the original and works the rich, soulful vocals to their fullest. Dimitri From Paris brings the late ‘80’s Chicago House back around and cranks it up to 11 with some huge piano lines. it’s a track that demands a video shot a night with cheap video effects!
♫ Storm Queen – Look Right Through (Aeroplane reMix)
♫ Storm Queen – Look Right Through (Dimitri From Paris Erodiscomix)
‘Look Right Through’ set for release 1st February on Defected Records.
Dimitri From Paris & DJ Rocca have come together once more, riding the success of their ‘A Reason for Living’ EP, for a brand new six track release.
‘Erodiscotique’ continues in the same vein of floor filling Electro-Boogie with a nice live instrumentation feel. Interestingly, the EP features a cover of Pet Shop Boys ‘Domino Dancing’ which builds upon the song with a sweet ‘90’s house piano. Both Rocca and Dimitri deliver their interpretations of the track, with Rocca mix just taking the prize for being slightly more retro-funky. the EP’s lead track, ‘Ero Disco Theme’, nicely mixes synthesizer Funk with beach Disco for a smooth and sexy party starter. The other original, ‘Back To House’ does exactly what is says on the tin, this is pure Chicago House, pure late ‘80’s, and a really good approximation of it too, it;s got that deep groove and 909 beats, the House piano and a soulful melody on top. And of course, a sample of some deep voiced dude going on about “House Music”, now that’s authenticity!
♫ Dimitri From Paris & DJ Rocca – Domino Dancing (DJ Rocca Club reMix)
♫ Dimitri From Paris & DJ Rocca – Ero Disco Theme
♫ Dimitri From Paris & DJ Rocca – Back To House
Once again Dimitri and Rocca have turned in a quality, and recommended, disco filling release. It’s released 21st November via Gomma.
Another reMix now from Clubfeet’s just released new single ‘Last Words’, this time the groove comes courtesy of Dimitri From Paris.
Complimenting RAC and The C90s reMixes, Dimitri takes the track down a Tropical Disco-House route. Not as ElectroPop as The C90’s version, this mix a laden with raw percussion and hammered piano giving it the air of a live jam, albeit one with some very funky musicians.