Next up from Get Up Recordings is the tech house slammer “Paradise” from label owner Christy Love. The package includes the original and two remarkable remixes by fellow NYC DJs and producers The Carry Nation and Lauren Flax, each adding further depth to the release.
Christy Love has been immersed in the house music scene for more than two decades and is one of the most sought-after DJs in NYC because she consistently destroys dance floors all over the city and beyond. Her distinct sets are comprised of a clever mixture of classic and modern house bursting with driving beats and funky bass lines, playing a pivotal role in defining the current underground sound of New York. This DJ prowess, combined with her production work as House of Stank with longtime collaborator W. Jeremy and the success of their label Get Up Recordings, has transformed Christy into a house music triple threat. Her production work on “Paradise” is characteristic of her other work; it has a big, thumping bass line complimented by a driving house percussive beat. She cleverly uses vocal samples to highlight elements of the track. The orchestration of the organ stabs, reminiscent of the '90s industrial rave sound, really becomes hypnotic and makes this into a lovely big room house track.
First up on remix duties is The Carry Nation, a NYC-based production team comprised of Will Automagic and Nita Aviance. Both noted producers and DJs on their own in the NYC and London scene, their collaboration brings a unique, stripped down version of “Paradise” to the table. The remix is a true 'bonus beats' type of track with heavy drums, claps, rides, and cymbals. The quick, choppy use of rhythm is The Carry Nation’s signature style.
The second remix of “Paradise” comes courtesy of Lauren Flax, a DJ, songwriter, and producer from NYC. Flax is currently a member of the band CREEP with long-time collaborator Lauren Dillard and was the official Fischerspooner tour DJ from 2008 - 2011. Her debut single, “You’ve Changed”, featured vocals by Sia of Zero7 fame. Flax’s remix is a beautiful departure from the original and The Carry Nation’s addition. She gets real deep and warm with her complex take on “Paradise”. Using the strong elements of the original, she adds analog bass and hits that make it into a full on dreamy, melodic track all its own.
DJ Heather - "As usual, fantastic stuff from Christy Love."
Vanilla Ace - "The original is great and I like the Lauren Flax remix for the warm up."
Lupe Fuentes (Inhouse Records / Nervous Records) - "My favorite is the original."
Hard Ton (Gigolo / Permanent Vacation) - "The Carry Nation remix is the one for me."
Alinka (Classic Music Co. / Twirl Chicago) - "I love the whole release … great work!"
Severino (Horse Meat Disco) - "That Carry Nation remix is sexy! I love the original, too."
DJ Craig C (Peace Bisquit / Pound Boys) - "This is what I'm talking about … "Paradise" is some serious stuff! That will get rocked."
Pat Lezizmo (Conya Records / Karmaloft) - "Lauren Flax brings the right emotion in the track. I love it!"
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - "Really cool … all three have quality, but the Carry Nation version is an original slice of beatiness. It's good for when you want to break the 4-on-the-floor flow and throw some jerky-movements onto the dance floor."
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch / Mega Jawns) - "The original is great, but the deep vibes on the Lauren Flax mix win it for me."
Sam Hopkins (AccuRadio, Chicago) - "Both of the remixes are stellar. I love the deep, almost balearic Lauren Flax mix, and the Carry Nation mix is a tech-y groover."
Louis Hughes (6th Sense Music) - "Peak time tech-house right here. The remixes are nice but it's all about the original for me."
Corbin Dooley (Electric Feel Radio Show) - "Grooves to get us ready for the beach parties. I really like the morning vibe of the Lauren Flax remix."
Kosta (Vibe FM / Dance FM) - "Possibly the best single I've heard this year. The house is strong with this one!"