When it comes to crafting tasty, radio-friendly disco-pop, Luxxury is a true master. His productions bristle with authentic, disco-era instrumentation, slick vocals, and the kind of hooks that will worm their way into your subconscious and remain there for months afterwards. "Feel The Night", the Los Angeles-based producer's first single of 2017, ticks all of these boxes. It boasts a strong, sing-along chorus, sharp string stabs, and some killer instrumentation from his regular backing band (think rubbery electric bass, hustling Clavinet lines, rich synth chords, and so on). It would have been nice to see the original version accompanied by some tasty, club-friendly dubs and remixes, but they may follow at a later date.
Following the recent release of Luxxury's double A-side "Hold On"/"Take It Slow", which featured reworks from J Kriv and Crackazat, Deep & Disco presents four more remixes. Greg Wilson delivers two collaborative versions; an acid-flecked deep house-meets-disco tweak of "Hold On", and a hazy, dubby, stripped-back interpretation of "Take It Slow". Arguably the most impressive remix on the package, though, comes from Aficionado Recordings and Music For Dreams artist Vision of Panaorama, whose version of "Take It Slow" is little less than a sparkling, slow-burning Balearic delight. While it retains some elements from the original - notably the bass, guitars and live drums - the additional synths and electronics are little less than sublime.
When we first reviewed Luxxury's "Feel The Night" back in February, we hailed the original version - a cheery chunk of high-grade disco-pop with sing-along potential - but wondered why there were no remixes or alternate versions. It turns out that the L.A producer was saving them for this expanded reissue. He provides an extended, extra loved-up remix that sits somewhere between tactile nu-disco and vintage Daft Punk, as well as an Instrumental Dub for those who wish to revel in his fine Clavinet, synthesizer and electric bass playing. Best of all, though, is the rework by Ghosts of Venice (AKA producer Lee Dunn), who strips back the synths, instead focusing on the elastic bassline, vocals, and dubbed-out disco drums.
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