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Trans Afro Express (Remixes)
   
Trans Afro Express (Gerd Janson 'Dance' mix) - (6:47) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Trans Afro Express (Gerd Janson 'Dance' instrumental mix) - (6:47) 124 BPM
   
Trans Afro Express (Ricardo Villalobos '242 Free' remix) - (10:32) 130 BPM
Review: As expected, Rekids has assembled a crack team of remixers to put their stamp on Jerome Sydenham, Fatima Njai and Mario Punchard's brilliant Afro-house-goes-electro cover of Kraftwerk's 'Trance Europe Express'. Gerd Jansen steps up first, delivering vocal and instrumental takes that brilliantly re-imagine the track as a Moroder-influenced, retro-futurist disco-house treat (think sequenced bass, Chic-style guitar licks, punchy drums and sweeping synth-strings). Naturally, Ricardo Villalobos takes a totally different approach, crafting a wonky-but-bouncy new rhythm out of Punchard's percussion and his own medical-grade kick-drums, before adding all manner of mind-mangling noises. It's one of his funkier reworks of recent times, but still formidably out-there and unusual. That's a great thing, by the way - it's a hugely impressive rework.
REKIDS 186
10 Sep 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Modern Romance Remixes
   
Modern Romance (Dusky remix) - (5:30) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Modern Romance (Dusky dub) - (5:00) 128 BPM
   
Modern Romance (Bella Boo remix) - (5:19) 128 BPM
   
Modern Romance (Bella Boo instrumental) - (5:16) 128 BPM
   
Modern Romance (Ryan Elliott remix) - (5:51) 127 BPM
   
Modern Romance (Ryan Elliott dub) - (5:51) 127 BPM
Review: Second time around for Catz 'N Dogz and Gerd Janson's first collaborative single, 'Modern Romance', a gloriously retro-futurist fusion of nu-disco, classic house and freestyle synth-pop that's here given a freshen up courtesy of three talented remixers. Dusky steps up first to deliver a pair of insanely sub-heavy revisions, both of which add rave style piano riffs, stirring chords and stabbing bass to a peak-time-ready breakbeat groove. Bella Boo takes an entirely different approach, opting for a mixture of shuffling house drums, chiming melodies, wavy electronics and delay-laden vocal snippets, while Ryan Elliot's remix and dub versions are muscular, classic-sounding affairs that reminded us of vintage David Morales Red Zone mixes of early '90s synth-pop hits. A terrific remix package all told.
MFM08RMX2D
23 Jul 21
Funky/Club House
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Modern Romance (Dusky Remix)
   
Modern Romance (Dusky remix) - (5:30) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Modern Romance (Dusky dub) - (5:00) 128 BPM
Review: Gerd Janson is back on the Misfit Melodies imprint, an occasionally used subsidiary of Running Back, serving up a superb remix here of the track he created last year with PETS Recordings duo Catz 'N Dogz. The one of course is "Modern Romance" and reworked by 17 Steps head honchos Dusky. The main remix has an undeniable UK-style energy about it, capturing that ecstatic Second Summer of Love aesthetic from the late '80s. The rave under the M25 motorway, circa '88, continues on the stripped down Dub version, for all the DJs out there.
MFM 08RMX1D
09 Apr 21
Funky/Club House
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By Night (Remixes) Part 3
   
Lies (feat T.A.V. - Gerd Janson remix) - (6:55) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Lies (feat T.A.V. - Lexx remix) - (5:29) 120 BPM
STRDVIIII
18 Dec 20
Deep House
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Gerd Janson's Jacque'd Toolbox
   
Just Wanna Pry - (6:07) 120 BPM
   
Never Saw Never - (5:36) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Movin' Kinda Screwy - (5:58) 120 BPM
   
One More Slice - (4:34) 120 BPM
   
One More Slam - (3:46) 120 BPM
Review: Following this year's release of Pacific Coliseum's third LP, How's Life, Slim Steve's label debut with the I Do It EP and two Westcoast Goddess titles, Let's Play House caps of a fine year for the empty dancefloors out there with Jacque'd Toolbox - a super combi between 'the' Gerd Janson and New York's Jacques Renault! Throwing into the mix all matter of edits and cutting techniques to disco, pop, electro and house music, the pair throw down hard when giving the free world a dose of what the really want; be it the stringed, pumping heaviness of a piano-ladened "Never Saw Never" or the rave-infused happy house of "Movin' Kinda Screwy". Find some '80s breakbeat electro in the shoulder pad pop of "One More Slice" next to the space pongs and filter loop tropics of "One More Slam" and percussive disco banger of "Jus Wanna Party". Disco, check!
LPHWHT 20RMX 2
20 Nov 20
Deep House
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Modern Romance (Club Mix)
MFM 08D
06 Nov 20
Funky/Club House
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Surrender
   
Surrender - (6:53) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gentle Place - (6:16) 124 BPM
REGRD 004
21 Jul 17
Funky/Club House
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Adoldesscent
   
Ophmar - (3:11) 115 BPM
   
Wake People - (5:55) 114 BPM
   
Tuff City Kids With Joe Goddard - "Tell Me" - (6:02) 120 BPM
   
Nordo - (6:47) 123 BPM
   
R-Mancer - (4:27) 122 BPM
   
Tuff City Kids With Annie - "Labyrinth" - (5:01) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Tuff City Kids With Kelley Polar - "Aska" - (6:05) 124 BPM
   
Boilered - (6:02) 85 BPM
   
Tuff City Kids With Jasnau - "Scared" - (5:20) 120 BPM
   
Farewell House - (5:29) 123 BPM
Review: Here's something to write home about: a surprise debut album from on-point retro-futurists Tuff City Kids, AKA Running Back boss Gerd Janson and old pal Phillip Lauer. Given the opportunities for expression offered by the album format, it's perhaps unsurprising to find that they've decided against packing it entirely with hustling, warehouse-ready old skool house jams. Instead, their usual vintage synth stabs and drum machine rhythms are put to work on tracks that variously doff a cap to skewed synth-pop (Joe Goddard collaboration "Tell Me", Annie hook-up "Labyrinth"), cello-laden late night house (Kelley Polar hook-up "Aska"), acid-flecked electro ("Boilered"), early Human League tributes ("Scared"), and blissfully positive electronica ("Farewell House").
PERMVAC 1532
14 Oct 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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