[MP3] Ruben & Ra edit The Style Council

The Style Council

It Didn’t Matter is one of the very few songs by The Style Council that doesn’t make me want to punch Paul Weller in his stupid smug face. I’ve always thought it was an awesome song if you can block from your mind who is performing it. I don’t know of edit masters Ruben & Ra feel the same, but the must like the track as they have whipped up a quick edit of the track.

The original is pretty much intact here, Ruben & Ra haven’t really done much to the tune. there’s an added House beat, which actually does the track wonders. The occasional new synth, but the track is more or less the same as it has always been. Still, a nice improvement to a nice song, and one very east to get suck on repeat.

The Style Council – It Didn’t Matter (Ruben & Ra Style Edit)

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[Audio] Ajello’s ‘Kalimba Tune’


Out at the end if this month on Ruben & Ra’s Retrospective imprint is an ecclectic slice of Disco and House in the form of the Kalimba Tune single, the latest offering from DJ Rocca and Fabrizio Taver Tavernelli’s Ajello project. If you’re looking for something a little different to get your butt shaking, then you may have come to the right place, the Kalimba Tune serves up a fresh, ethnic instrument driven, take on Disco-House.

Kalimba Tune itself, the single’s lead track, is a big ol’ melting bot, into which Ajello a little late 80s Acid House, a little Cosmic Disco, a hint of Italo and mixes it all up with some smooth Tropical sounds as a garnish. The the whole affair is given a world Music feel with some beautiful (apparently) Sub-Saharan thumb piano. This track could be huge over the summer on the festival circuit, it’s got just the right left-field Disco attitude. The B-side, Saturday Morning, is a warping, cheeky, slice of Cosmic Disco with a bit of a Scandinavian feel. An analog synth workout, Ajello drop what sounds like a live Disco jam. you can just imagine them rocking around banks of wooden ended analog snyths, slipping bubbling LFO’ed sounds in and out of the track. Of course, amongst the single myriad reMixes comes a groovy little tune from Ruben & Ra themselves. The duo’s Cosmic Jam  version of Kalimba Tune turns the tune into a late night, laid back track for strictly the sexiest of dancefloors, loaded with added House piano and what sounds like added Q-Tip. Intelligent Disco at it’s finest.

♫ Ajello – Kalimba Tune

♫ Ajello – Saturday Morning

♫ Ajello – Saturday Morning (Ruben & Ra’s Cosmic Jam)

Ajello’s Kalimba Tune is released 25th February on 12” with the digital release following in March. it’ll feature reMixes from Hardway Bros, Chris Massey and Verdo too.

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Ruben & Ra reMix Roxy Music


Kings of the retro edit Ruben & Ra are at it again. These guys have a knack of taking sections of tracks and making them sound like they were recorded yesterday. they certainly turn up the heat on Roxy Music’s Don’t Stop The Dance and make it stand shoulder-to-shoulder with this summer’s Tropical hits.

The song is pretty groovy to begin with, but Ruben & Ra add a punchy drum track and  focus all their attention onto, what now becomes, the prefect beach Disco riff. In Ruben & Ra’s hands a dreamy mid-‘80’s Pop track becomes the perfect accompaniment to lounging by the pool. It’s all about the good times. Of course, the is a downside, and that is that Don’t Stop The Dance is actually a Bryan Ferry song, not a Roxy Music song, but at this relaxed point it’s just semantics.

Roxy Music – Don’t Stop The Dance (Ruben & Ra’s Cosmic Dance Edit)

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Rayko ‘Heads Together’ Edit


Ruben & Ra’s Retrospective imprint have another gem in the offering. Rayko, fresh from his ‘Broadway’ being hailed as 2011’s No. 1 Disco track on Juno, delivers his take on The O’Jays ‘Put Our Heads Together’.

As part of the sixth instalment of Retrospective’s Edit EP series and in pure Edit style Rayko takes all the lush synths and thick bass from The O’Jay’s original and turns things up to 11 for some massive ‘80’s synth Funk. The twanging lead line of the track is highlighted perfectly by Rayko and, if possible, he seems to bring the track even more of a groove.

Rayko – Heads Together (Rayko Vocal Edit)

‘Retrospective 6’ is released 27th February.

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Ruben & Ra reMix Fil Lavin

Fil Lavin

Montenegro based producer Fil Lavin is the latest edition to Ruben & Ra’s Retrospective stable.

February sees the release of ‘Soul Brother’ his first release, a deep ‘90’s House jam that’s backed with a reMix by Ruben & Ra themselves. Their ‘Souled Out Dub’ is a deep late night groove with a rolling synth bassline and some big lush filtered chords that are just a pleasure to listen to. Keeping the ‘90’s House vibe but bring it to a smoother place R&R have droped a fresh track with a classic feel.

Fil Lavin – Soul Brother (Ruben & Ra’s Souled Out Dub)

‘Soul Brother’ is released 13th February on Retrospective.

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Ruben & Ra’s ‘Street Machine’ video

Here’s the clip for Ruben & Ra’s take on Break Machine’s ‘Street Dance’, ‘Street Machine’.

What else could the video have been other then this….

Ruben & Ra have just released a new Retrospective four tack EP.

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Ruben & Ra taken on ‘Street Dance’

I thought the title of London Disco duo Ruben & Ra’s new track was evocative of something very familiar, and I was right.

This new tune is their take on Break Machine’s classic ‘Street Dance’ (a bit of a favourite of mine!). Lifting the call-to-dance vocals and that instantly recognisable whistling lead line Ruben & Ra mix it up with a little Nu-Disco, a ‘90’s house organ bass and create a modern anthem.

Ruben & Ra – Street Machine

Ruben & Ra have just released a new Retrospective four tack EP.

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Ruben & Ra’s new EP

Mysterious Disco edit monsters Ruben & Ra return this month with a new EP and a new label, Retrospective Records.

The British duo have become pretty known in the last couple of months for their storming, sample heavy Disco sounds. Bringing back the real Nu-Disco edit sound with their EP ‘Retrospective 001’ and the forthcoming ‘RETRO002’ these guys are relentlessly pumping out smooth summer jams to get you dancing in the sunshine.

Ruben & Ra – Newer Shooz

Ruben & Ra – The Beat Reaction

‘RETRO002’ drops this May.

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