Josh Caffe & David Newton - All Gone (feat. Fi McCluskey) (Get Up Recordings)

Get Up Recordings continues to bring the heat this summer with “All Gone”, the latest track from London’s Josh Caffe & David Newtron, featuring backing vocals from fellow Londoner Fi McCluskey. The release also includes remixes from veteran producers DJ Spun and Louie ‘Balo’ Guzman.

Josh Caffe is no stranger to Get Up Recordings. In 2013 he produced and released “Playing With The Maid” with Batty Bass head honcho Hannah Holland to much success. He is also no stranger to his fellow producer for this new single, David Newton. Josh and David have teamed up before to produce the double A-side track on Batty Bass Records, “As I Look” and “Let Love Ruin”. Josh is a prolific DJ in the London scene with two monthly parties in Dalston – one at the Ace Hotel and the other at Vogue Fabrics – and is no stranger to the Glastonbury, Lovebox, Farr Festival, and Summer Rites festivals. He has built a following with his trademark blend of self-assured bitch house, US house, and ghetto tech. David (a.k.a. Jeroen De Pessemier), an acclaimed synthpop musician, has toured the world with his band, The Subs. He has done remix work for La Roux, Alt J, Chemical Brothers, and Cassius, and has worked with and produced with such musicians as Azari & III, Philippe Zdar, Chat Blake, Etienne De Crécy, and Alex Gopher. This time they have enlisted the soulful powerhouse Fi McCluskey to turn out this silky smooth beautiful jam titled “All Gone”. Both Josh and Fi take turns with the vocals while the bass and keys get deep.

The remixes highlight what is beautiful about the track. It gets re-worked by two legendary DJ / producers, DJ Spun and Louie Balo. As a curator for seven years for MoMa / P.S.1’s Warm Up Series and the All Night Rong parties with DJ Harvey, few have contributed as much to the ongoing vitality of electronic music in NYC in the new millennium as Rong Music label owner DJ Spun. In addition to his own production, as well as with Mark Bell as Blackspun, he has remixed for such people as Gavin & Robbie Hardkiss and Douglas J. McCarthy of Nitzer Ebb. Spun takes “All Gone” and strips it down to a simple and beautiful late night deep house dub. The second remixer is long time legendary producer Louie ‘Balo’ Guzman. His list of original and remix production work is endless, from his own label Battlewax Recordings, to The Ride Committee, to his work with Roxy. With releases on such labels as Tribal America, Nite Grooves, Nervous, and Eightball Records to such anthems as “Get Huh”, his house sound is unmistakable. Louie reworks “All Gone” with his signature style by taking bits of the vocals and working them into a frenzy and finally unleashing them on the build up while keeping the mix down deep.

Quentin Harris - “That DJ Spun dub is crazy … I love it.”
Chris Fortier (Fade) - “This has got the soul.”
Robert Owens - “Beautiful track and mixes.”
Alkalino (Estimativa / Audaz Recordings) - “That DJ Spun mix is great!”
Hippie Torrales - “I’m loving the deep groove.”
Hollis P Monroe (Renaissance Infinity) - “I’m absolutely loving the original mix.”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - “I’m all over the DJ Spun version here … perfect, low-slung, seductive, deep house grooves. Yes yes!”
DJ Aldrin (Zouk Club / One WIth Music) - “I’m diggin’ the deep and sexy grooves on the original and DJ Spun dub.”
Joey Silvero (Distant People) - “I like the laid back groove and chunky bass … cool movement on the DJ Spun mix.”
Louis Hughes (6th Sense Music) - “Nice deep beat with a great vocal.”
DK Watts (Short Bus Kids) - “Spun’s remix is my choice … deep, dubby, and dark for the dance floors.”
Manny Cuevas (DJ M-TRAXXX / Afro Acid) - “Dope indeed … very Sound Factory sounding!”
Deron Delgado (Paradise / Stompy) - “I love all three mixes on this thing. Solid!”
Bobi (City Radio 94.7 FM, Skopje) - “So deep and so groovy … the perfect vibe for the clubs. I love it.”
Jean Jérome (Radio FG, Paris) - “That’s the groove, baby! Well done.”
Michael Fossati (Spirit Of House) - “The Boogie Balo mix is a truly mind-boggling, deep, and hypnotizing rework.”

Available now at Beatport and Amazon.

Phenomenal Handclap Band - PHB Loves NYC (Tummy Touch)

Always at the forefront of innovation, the Tummy Touch label continues their alliance with New York-based psych-rock-dance-soul sensation Phenomenal Handclap Band. The band’s anticipated remix album PHB Loves NYC will, without a shadow of a doubt, help make summer ’13 one to remember. Since their humble beginnings - comprised of founding members Daniel Collas and Sean Marquand - the band has snowballed in size and popularity. In 2008 Patrick Wood, Luke Riverside, Laura Marin, Bing Ji Ling, Pier Pappalardo, and Joan Tick joined the band and by 2012 they had released their second full-length album, Form and Control. PHB Loves NYC follows this with remixes by ten DJ / producers working in the NYC scene as the band pays loving homage to the vibrant club culture forever entrenched in richness of their city.

Included are remixes from hometown heroes Dennis “Citizen” Kane, DJ Spun, Tokyo Black Star, and Max Pask (aka Maxime). Characterized by heavy-handed guitar strings and a mounting anticipation, seminal house head Dennis Kane turns in a dreamily meandering rendition of “All Clichés” while Rong Records honcho and close DFA affiliate DJ Spun effects a lighter, buoyant tonality with his carefree version of “Shake.” Marrying elements of indie and disco in perfect stride, “Shake” is quintessential listening for crossover fans of what’s been recently termed ‘indie dance.’ Another example of the kind of exquisite diversity one can expect from this pack of summer tunes comes from DJ / production outfit Tokyo Black Star. Split between Tokyo and New York, Alex Prat and Isao Kumano’s plunging take on “The Right One” is as catchy as it is galactic with its robotic-sounding backdrop and misty vocals. Next, vinyl guru and party promoter Max Pask does what he does best handing over a sleek brooding adaptation of “Mirrors.” Like much of this release, “Mirrors” mixes ingredients from all corners of the disco, house, and indie continuums.

Sit back, relax, and let Phenomenal Handclap Band take you out for an unforgettable night in New York.

Tensnake - “Nice remixes from one of my favorite albums of the year!”
Sunshine Jones (Dubtribe) - “Wonderful!”
Erik Rug - “I’m really into the DJ Spun and Maxime remixes … I’ll play this!”
Greg Wilson - “Really good!”
Sleazy McQueen - “I’m lovin the Mondee Oliver samples in DJ Spun’s remix … yeah!”
Bill Brewster (djhistory.com) - “The DJ Spun and Dennis Kane mixes the picks for me … both are really nice.”
The Glimmers - “Love it!”
LawnChair Generals - “Shake! Shake! Shake! DJ Spun delivers on this one!”
Irregular Disco Workers - “The Tokyo Black Star Remix is amazing!”
DJ Sabo (Sol*Selectas) - “Cool remixes with nice vintage sounds.”
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch) - “A wonderful, inventive stash of remixes here.”
Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show) - “I’m a big fan of PHB. Every track is a winner here.”
Richard Hardcastle (Solid State / All Out War) - “This EP means business from bar one. I’m going for DJ Spun’s mix as my fave but all are brilliant and all are completely different treatments. The sh*t, basically.”
Bootsy (For The Love Radio Show, UK) - “Great remixes of one of my favorite bands. Maxime’s remix of ‘Mirrors’ is my pick. DJ Spun’s mix of ‘Shake’ a close second.”
Black Alley (In Control Radio Show) - “Maxime’s ‘Mirrors’ remix is sooo my vision of a deep and sexy night in NYC.”

Available now from iTunes, Amazon, Juno Download, and the Tummy Touch Bandcamp store.

Sulli & 5657 feat. The Skatt Bros - Walk the Night Remixes (Hype & Soul Recordings)

Hot on the heels of Hype & Soul Recordings’ well received single from Jeromy Nail comes a special sonic surprise for dance music denizens high and low. After months of detective work and negotiation, Hype & Soul forged a relationship with Richie Fontana, one of the last remaining members of renowned disco-era act The Skatt Bros, and were granted permission to release this updated version of the classic track “Walk The Night.” This is one of those cool cuts that gets nods of recognition whenever it’s heard; a slinky, dark groove with rousing vocals, hefty guitar, and serious late night appeal. Hype & Soul’s in-house production team Sulli & 5657 boldly tackle to tune with an aim to bring it to underground house music dance floors, full stop. While keeping the original vibe intact, S&5’s version pumps up the BPM and layers a stronger kick under some snappy house music rhythms making for an effective peak time version. For a take that’s closer to the original, look no further than Rong Music’s NYC disco champion DJ Spun. Spun’s Disco Edit is just that, elongating the intro and outro and keeping the depraved low slung vibe of “Walk The Night” in place. For a more mangled treatment, Spun also presents his Rong Music Distorto Mix which dubs out the original adding heaps of low end and an electric, gritty feel. Prime after hours basement tackle, here. San Francisco bay area DJ/producer Sparkinzi (Selekta Recordings) is on hand for a dubbed-out driving house music version in a Sound Factory-esque dark room vibe. Deep house elements share the stage with thick drums and a pounding bass line making for a definite DJ set enhancer. Philadelphia’s DJ Dennis, proprietor of Selekta Recordings, also tackles “Walk The Night” with big house music energy in his sights. Like Sulli & 5657, Dennis uses the vocal, surrounding it with beefier house music rhythms and a rolling, solid low end to update the cut for today’s nightclub speakers. Finally, TekFreaks are a duo based in San Francisco but also frequent inhabitants of Burning Man’s Black Rock City. They take the jam onto the playa and hang it outside during a sandstorm resulting in a ragged-edged electro rumbler that shows elements of the original now ordained with pink fur boots and giant steam punk goggles. All in all, these six tracks make up a diverse and exciting package that confidently thrusts The Skatt Bros into the year 2012.

Nick Warren - “Wonderful stuff. Spun’s disco edit is like the `glitter band on E.”
Ewan Pearson - “It’s such a classic - so it’s Spun’s Disco edit for me here.”
Justin Robertson - “The DJ Spun edit is top revival pressure. I’ve been playing this a lot again recently.”
Jim Stanton (Horse Meat Disco) - “At last someone who knows what they’re doing with an untouchable record like this! Bravo SPUN on his disco edit and dark dubby thing. 5 stars!”
Mark Farina - “Great. Classic tune.”
Phat Phil Cooper - “Great, loved the original … nice freshen up of the classic track.”
Chris Duckenfield - “Spun manfully handles this big beast!”
Severino (Horse Meat Disco) - “Major release! DJ Spun’s edit is my fave, and the Sparkinzi mix is very good, too.”
JD Twitch (Optimo) - “All time classic that I feared was untouchable but some nice reworks here.”
OOFT! - “Spun’s Disco Edit will come in handy for sure. Also digging the Sparkinzi remix - big house!”
DJ Rocca (Ajello) - “Great remix package on this timeless classic.”
Cosmo Vitelli - “This is forever in my box. The 2 Spun remixes/edits will be very useful.”
Deadbeat Disco Radio Show - “At first we thought ‘oh no- you just can’t!’ A few listens to both of Spun’s mixes changed that. True to the original - this is the key. Also, Tekfreaks make a valiant effort to modernise the sound.”
DJ Morpheus (Lysergic Factory) - “I loved and played the original version to bits, but the DJ Spun mixes, and the DJ Sulli & 5657 mix, and the excellent breakbeat mix from Sparkinzi are all adding something fresh to the old classic. Top stuff!”
Michael Stukes (Mystic Vybes Radio Show) - “This is how you revisit a classic!”

Additional support from Rayko, Robin Lee (Faze Action), Sleazy McQueen, Dirt Crew, Tiago, Justin Harris (Freaks), Gavin Hardkiss, Social Disco Club, DJ Schwa (Shades Of Gray), Makossa & Megablast, Eric Duncan (Still Going), Stereo 77, Nico De Ceglia, Jota Wagner (Colors Sound System), Rick Preston, and Psychemagik.

Available now from Beatport.