[Download] Sunrise HWY cover Happy Mondays’ ‘Kinky Afro’

 

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Ahh to be in the late 80s in an Indie club! Before BritPop made British Indie music shit Happy Monday’s were riding the Madchester wave to Indie-Dance glory. On the cusp of a new decade they released Kinky Afro, and now two decades later New York Disco dons Sunrise HWY are giving the track another spin. Not content with a couple of True Romance released EPs, this trio are giving this one away for free. Give your ears a treat.

Sunrise HWY stay true to the groove of the original while making it well and truly their own. The cover has a raw, immediate, Disco feel. Despite being loaded with smooth keys and heavily processed guitars, the track has a gritty, grimy feel that lends itself to the song well. We will admit it’s a little odd to hear those verses not sung by Shaun Ryder, it’s like Rowetta singing the whole song, but it really does work. With a nice little Acidic undercurrent Sunrise HWY have turned in a fine cover version with a slick funk all of it’s own.

Sunrise HWY – Kinky Afro (Happy Mondays Cover)

Sunrise HWY’s Kinky Afro is out now.

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[Mixtape] Sunrise HWY’s ‘True Romance #4’ mixtape

 

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Sunrise HWY – True Romance #4 = Just in time for the release of their new reMix EP, New York Disco outfit Sunrise HWY step up for mixing duties on the latest True Romance mixtape. Wrap your ears around an hour of Boogie laden Disco sounds.

♫ Sunrise HWY – True Romance #4

The tracklist:
01. Sunrise HWY (Sunrise Highway) – Compass Point
02. Sunrise HWY – Compass Point (Tuff City Kids reMix)
03. Double Knots – Double Vision (Toby Tobias reMix)
04. A Vision Of Panorama – Time Capsule
05. Psychemagik – Rendezvous Edit
06. Brothers Johnson – You Keep Me Coming Back
07. Anita Baker – Caught Up In The Rapture (Pixelated Edit)
08. Jeep – Pager
09. Jesse – Easy Steppin’
10. Jagwar Ma – Exercise (Time And Space Machine reMix)
11. Paqua – Late Train (Idjut Boys Dub)
12. Lexx – Serenity
13. Gwen Guthrie – Getting Hot
14. Congo Radio – TimeKeeper
15. Galaxians – Visual
16. XL Middleton – Sunset On Sunset
17. Soft Touch – Swim In The Night (Chrome Canyon reMix)
18. King Mono (Feat. Jesse Boykins III) – Pet Peeves (Sunrise HWY reMix)
19. Third World – One More Time

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[Audio] Sunrise HWY’s ‘Sunrise Highway’ EP reMixed by Tiger & Woods and Tuff City Kids

 

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Tensnake’s vinyl leaning True Romance is one of our favourite labels right now. We’re avid collectors of their 12”s, each one an analog Disco Boogie gem. One such gem was the laid back retro Disco sounds of New York trio Tim Wagner, Nick Chacona and Amy Douglas, A.K.A. Sunrise Highway,’s self-titled début EP, fist seen in May last year. Now calling themselves Sunrise HWY (presumably for legal reasons) they are revisiting the slick release with an accompanying reMix package that sees Tiger & Woods and Tuff City Kids take on some of the EP’s sweetest tunes.

We weren’t able to pick our favourite of the reMixes, so here’s three for you to wrap your listening gear around. the formidable Larry Tiger & David Woods work their analog Disco magic on Some Kinda’ Fool, sounding not unlike a track from Tensnake’s own Glow, the track liberally spreads a pumping synth bassline over cowbell led Disco beats and heavily filtered snatches of the original’s groove. Germany’s Tuff City Kids choose to tackle two of the EP’s tunes; their version of Never Enough is an 808 heavy slice of synthetic House that pairs robotic Electro sounds with spine tingling piano House that works perfectly with Amy’s big diva vocals. Compass Point emerges from Tuff City Kids grasp with a Euro Disco feel, loaded with warm machine beats and spacey keys to compliment the track wicked Disco lick. The whole release is a joyous excursion into synthesizer Disco, B-Boy beats, summertime vibes and pure Boogie brilliance. We can’t wait to get our hands on the black plastic.

♫ Sunrise HWY – Some Kinda’ Fool (Tiger & Woods reMix)

♫ Sunrise HWY – Never Enough (Tuff City Kids reMix)

♫ Sunrise HWY – Compass Point (Tuff City Kids Nassau Mix)

Sunrise HWY’s Sunrise Highway reMixes drops 20th April on 12” and Digital via True Romance.

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