So we made a decision not to cover tunes that were released while we were on holiday. There was as surprising heap of awesome tunes in the past few weeks and we just haven;t got the time to write about all of them, but this little gem unleashed just before X-Mas as a freebie, and soon to be getting a full reMix package released via d:vision Records, is too good to pass over. It’s dancefloor legends Dirty Vegas thank you to their fans for the support in 2014 in the form of a cover of Duran Duran’s monster 1982 hit Save A Prayer.
Paul and Steve have injected the tune with their instantly recognisable brand of soulful House vibes and Balearic groove; which goes surprisingly well with the song. In a way, Rio era Duran Duran was the original Tropical Dance Pop so it’s no surprise that this translates so well to a summertime floorfiller. The original’s riff have been morphed into a hands-in-the-air chord progression but the enigmatic island atmosphere remains. A beautiful coming together of new and old.
Wednesday seems like a kinda’ off the wall day of the week to release an album, but Swedish Disco duo Drop Out Orchestra have never been a pair to shy away from the off the wall. Take their new release, a who album of disco edits, mostly of ‘80’s Pop songs. there’s some real genius in that.
Brushing aside the legality of releasing an album of, essentially, reMixes of other people songs, which we’re not even going to think about, Drop Out Orchestra’s ‘The Edits’ is an awesome collection of Funked out version of tunes we all know and love. Much of the time these track go way beyond the remit of an ‘edit’, often played live in the studio with four or five musicians. The album plays like a tour through the catchier side of the ‘80’s on a bus full of drunk disco musicians. Sterling Void & Paris Brightledge’s House classic ‘It’s All Right’ gets a speedy update that keeps the vocal and piano hook intact but layers think new slabs of Boogie and a fast fingered bassline. Other highlights of the record include a smoothed over version of Robyn’s ‘Hang With Me’, which becomes a shiny lazy Disco groove. Duran Duran’s ‘Girls On Film’ is morphed into a wicked riffed, dubbed out, cosmic jam and off-the-wall-est of all Bros’ ‘When I Will I Be Famous?’ in a Moog laden Acid tweaking collision with a guitar solo. Drop Out Orchestra obviously had a lot of fun putting these tracks together, and we certainly had a lot of fun listening to them.
Their edit of the Duran’s 1981 hit ‘Girls On Film’ morphs all the best bits into a lick laden Disco stormer that really highlights and bass and percussion of the original. this track’ll get the dancefloor jumping for all the right reasons. Good work by both the Durans and the Drop Outs.
Italian masters of all things crazy Italo Fare Soldi have got their funky hands on Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’. This can only end well (or badly, depending on your position).
Spotlighting the tune’s mental bassline over a 909 beat whist dropping in bits of the song over the top is the path to true Italo enlightenment. Fare Soldi always manage to keep thing fresh and he they do a spot-on job or working the retro and the contemporary into a dancefloor slaying package.