In the wise words of Mr Kim (Five time Shaolin Kung-fu karaoke world champion): “Welcome to Mr Kim’s Records. May you have good fortune, good friends, good times, and good music!” Which brings us to introducing Kurt & Russell‘s “Looking For The Real Thing.”
Post Disco pop? Its vintage warm strings, funky bass line, and catchy lead line and vocoder melody may lead you to think it is but Mr Kim would like to call it ’Double Happiness Disco’ as it not only makes you want to dance, it makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Along with the original are 3 enlightened remixes from the western world:
Chicago born-and-bred house music heavyweight James Curd (especially renowned for Greenskeepers, behind the scenes work in TV and film, and having remixed the likes of Groove Armada, Flight Facilities, and Kaskade) has teamed up with Empire of The Sun’s bassist, and fellow DFA mate, Sidwho? on this remix. They take things up a notch, and rework it to a house-eee dancefloor-peak-hour groove. Will easily fit into a range of DJ sets that both Aeroplane or Jesse Rose can work with.
Flip it over and you have another 2 solid remixes:
The first is by Australian electronic producer Harris Robotis. Shouts to underground Berlin. It’s pitched down (Mr Kim is certain Harris got the devil to re-sing the vocals), stripped back and deeper, which is super-characteristic of his unique style. The low wobbly bass-line and steady groove will be just the thing for Jamie Jones, Audiojack, and Art Department lovers.
The final remix comes from Florida (not Flo-rida), and is courtesy of Space Coast, the collaboration of Sleazy McQueen and Jorge Collazo. Space Coast whole-heartedly believe in space travel and plan on providing the sound track to it. They haven’t strayed too far from the original, beefing it out with some extra atmospheric disco sounds and an added heartfelt sub-bass.
Mr Kim would like to leave you with one thought when you are “Looking For The Real Thing”: “Squirrel who runs up woman’s leg not find nuts!”
Aeroplane - “The Space Coast mix is great, as is the James Curd & SidWho? mix.”
Tom Findlay (Groove Armada) - “I really love this.”
Will SumSuch (DeepWit / Etoka) - “If Crazy P and Daft Punk smoked a few pipes and had a jam session, it might sound a little something like this. Sublime!”
Sleazy McQueen - “Heavy!”
Sunshine Jones - “Go, Mr. Kim!”
Luke Solomon - “Great bass in the Harriss Robotis Remix. Full support.”
Danny Ashenden (C90s / Earl Grey) - “Bang! I love this!”
Chrissy Murderbot (Planet Mu / Loose Squares) - “So good!”
Black Alley (In Control Radio Show) - “i like this kinda modern take on disco … fresh!”
Deadbeat Disco Radio Show - “Harris Robotis gets the gold star for his authentic sounding bumper, sounding like it was found in the vaults at the old House Of Music label offices in the early–80s in Italy, via the medium of Italo-electro-time-travel.”
Chang Bang (Red Bull Music Academy) - “Lots of nice remixes here. I’m diggin’ the sinister bass line on Harris Robert’s remix. Space Coast delivers a nice journey to Mars.”