'It's Alright Now / Um Pessado Bossa' - DJ Graham B
12 " / Freestyle FSR045
A1. It's Alright Now
B1. Um Pessado Bossa
Regarded by many as a pioneer on the Dutch music scene DJ Graham B moved to Amsterdam in the late 80s and helped kick start the house scene there, promoting parties and radio stations, etc. He also co-founded and produced the first two albums of the ever-popular New Cool Collective . As one half of Jazz Juice, DJ Graham B has notched up some of the biggest selling singles on the Freestyle label and has carved a niche for their own style of electronic infused samba and Latin music - winning over fans such as Gilles Peterson, Mr Scruff and Annie Mac along the way.
Following the huge success of his debut single "Sambamadness", Graham steps out on his own once again to deliver another dancefloor bomb. Utilising some familiar samples and a kicking hook "It's Alright Now" is a peak time crowd pleaser of epic proportions - already road tested at Messin Around and various other sessions around the country. Over on the flip, "Um Pesado Bossa" picks up where previous single "Riot In Rio" left off - samba style percussion, a funkin bass and some grooving guitar work.
'Drummies / Fireball' - Leeroy of Saian Supa Crew
7" / JAKARTA007
Jakarta Records are back with another limited seven, this time by a main player from French hip hoppers Saian Supa Crew. Here Leeroy delivers a Bollywood infected funk-breaks track "Drummies" (a rework of an old Ananda Shankar cinematic sitar-funk classic) featuring uptempo beats, sitar and flute plus the odd sample thrown in here and there. This is sure to get the dancefloor rockin! On the flip with "Fireball" we stick to the Indian-flavoured sound, but the tempo is slightly slower and the beats chunkier, creating a b-boy essential.
Leeroy of Saian Supa Crew (official site)
The Saian Supa Crew
Under My Dub / It Will Never Dubben Again - RS / TH
12" / Balearic Biscuits BB05
A1. RS - under my dub
B1. TH - it will never dubben again
Balearic Biscuits presents two rock records re-edited in two very different ways for extended club play. "Under My Dub" is of course "Under My Thumb", an early song by the biggest rock band in the world The Rolling Stones. This mix dubs out most of Jagger's vocal and uses the main marimba hook of the track to create an evocative, repetitive dance-rock theme. "It Will Never Dubben Again" is a melancholic edit of Tim Hardin's gentle 1966 album track "It'll Never Happen Again", an early jazzy folk-rock touchstone. [Piccadilly]
The classic Rollin Stones ‘Under my Thumb’ comes under the radar of the Balearic Biscuits label for a remix. Looping the start adding their own delay effects and utilising the vocal to extenuate the remix. On the flip we have the sublime Tim Harding with his ‘It will never happen again’ dubbed and echoed to the max. [Fat City]
Let It Happen - Beatfanatic Remix / Mekano - Vangelis / Turelli
12" / GAMM gamm037
A1. Vangelis - Let it Happen (Beatfanatic's Balearic Boogie Remix)
B1. Turelli - Mekano
This latest addition to the GAMM family provides a blissful new version of an old Balearic fave courtesy of the Beatfanatic. "Let It Happen" by Vangelis and Demis Roussos is given a delicate drum beat and aural massage, turning it from an on obscure album track to a 12-minute rave-up! B-side "Mekano" by Turelli sounds like authentic Italo disco alright and has some great hooks, but we're quietly confident that this is a disco production of the 'nu' persuasion. [Piccadilly]
Stockholms favourite Balearic experimentalist delivers the goods once more for GAMM reworking a different disco gem for each side of this 12! Let It Happen is a sprawling mid tempo disco epic - the perfect end of night anthem perfectly re-made by the Swedish maestro. The Turelli edit on the flip cruises into uptempo boogie territory with a fun and frivolous early 80s club sound.... [Fat City]
::: All these tracks should appear on a forthcoming mix soon :::