Aeroplane's Vito De Luca teams up with Chicago house legend Jamie Principle to deliver a killer chunk of electro pop that sits somewhere between classic, '80s house and noughties nu-Balearica. It's a great move calling on Principle, whose angelic voice has lost none of its heart string-pulling power some two decades after he made his name. Mysterious loop-house Tiger & Woods do their usual bang-up job on remix duties, teasing snippets of vocal and cut-up synths over a tight boogie-house groove. The package also includes a pair of deliciously touchy-feely reworks from Louis La Roche (woozy nu-disco) and Chopstick & Jolyon (Larry Heard meets Alfredo vibes). Highly recommended.
Given that the Eurocrats have been recently unveiled as the collaborative project of Dmitri From Paris and Aeroplane, it comes as no surprise that their music has a keen sense of history. Both the original tracks here, "Unite" and "Follow Me", sound like sparkling '80s dance-pop productions brought kicking and screaming into the nu-disco era. "Unite", for example, sounds like a reboot of the classic Bobby 'O' sound (as remixed by Shep Pettibone), while "Follow Me" comes on like Regret-era New Order. Both are pleasingly jolly, with tremendously upbeat remixes to match. Of these, it's the remixes of Unite from Busy P (cut-up, mutant electrofunk) and Strip Steve (early Pet Shop Boys go rave) that most excite.
Inspired by Chicago house, Black Hole Bass relives the glory days of primal rhythms and kettle drums without sounding contrived or cheesy. The 606 version is based on heavy beats and a searing bass, while Alejandro Paz' version introduces a fresh take on Chicago house thanks to its funk bassline. The stand out version however, is the 909 remix; full of evil acid squelches and dramatic snare rolls, it captures the heady madness of late 80s Chicago. The acapella version features the unnamed male vocalist making the claim that 'once you black, you never go back'. You can't really argue with that.
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