Sensation

Trax was the legendary Chicago label that put out early house records, tracks like No Way Back by Adonis, Jamie Principle and Frankie Knuckles’ Your Love, Can You Feel It by Larry Heard, Marshall Jefferson’s Move Your Body and Phuture’s Acid Trax- pretty much the records that invented the scene.

In 2011 with the involvement of Bill Brewster, a DJ and writer who knows his onions, they put out an album of re-edits. Seven years on the album is a bit hit and miss although some of the reworkings sound pretty good (it’d be difficult to make a complete mess consdering the source material). Some of the re-edits are a bit too safe, missing the weirdness and WTF-ness of the original tunes, too reverential. In most cases you’ll want to hear the original straight after, just to confirm its mid-80s brilliance. The re-edits also tend to sound a bit samey, using the same kit and software that was then the cutting edge in 2011. But there are some worthy efforts in the double cd. Ron Hardy was as much as anyone at the centre of the mid-80s Chicago house scene, DJing with twin turntables and a reel to reel tape-deck and producing tracks too. Richard Sen’s re-edit of Sensation is a juddering monster with synth stabs…

Sensation (Richard Sen Re-edit)

Toby Tobias and Sean Johnston’s Hardway Bros add some sparkle and shimmer to Adonis’ We’re Rockin’ Down The House…

We’re Rockin’ Down The House (Toby Tobias and Hardway Bros Re-edit)

Advertisements

Love Is Enough

Plus Instruments were an early 80s industrial/electronic pop outfit, the work of Truus de Groot and whoever else was around (this included Jim Sclavunus from Grinderman with Nick Cave). After thirty years out of the game Truus returned recently and now Love Is Enough has been remixed for a 12″ by Khidja, Luke Solomon and Richard Sen. In a piece of happy synchronicity Richard Sen did the cover art for Sabres Of Paradise’s Smokebelch 12″ which I posted a few days ago. I chanced upon the Sen remix yesterday, a dark house reworking with a thumping kick drum, trippy strings and icy vocals. The video is pretty hypnotic too.

Songs Of Pressure

Harriet Andersson starred in yesterday’s cover star Ingmar Bergman’s 1953 film Summer With Monika. I saw this still and others from the film and thought, phew, blimey etc.

This has just come out on 12″ vinyl, Richard Sen’s Songs Of Pressure. Driven by a massive bassline with sound system dub effects all over it. There’s an even more dubbed out Asphodells remix on the other side that I posted last year. Richard Sen started out as a graffiti  artist, recorded as Padded Cell and Bronx Dogs, djs and remixes, and collects pine cones which he classifies and displays according to size, shape and colour. I may have made that last bit up.

Songs Of Pressure

There’s a burst of Weatherall related activity here currently- what’s new? you might ask.

This is an Asphodells remix of a new Richard Sen song. I think Weatherall may be singing on it- quite dark and dubby.

Night Navigator

Something deep, dark and sexy for Saturday night, brand new from Richard Sen and remixed by Scott Fraser. Somewhere in the intersection of acid, techno and house.

The Strange Art

Today I have withdrawn my labour in protest against Michael Gove and his plans to further alienate the teaching profession. The Secretary of State for Education seems to have the view that teachers are the enemy and that the education system must be destroyed. Unfortunately striking will achieve precisely nothing- but when asked to strike I believe we should.

I don’t know who FK Club are but this song/remix package is ace, in an Asphodells and A Love From Outer Space vein. The original mix is fairly full on, drums and an up-in-the-mix hi hat, an insistent piano riff, a bassline like a rubber band being repeatedly twanged just inches from your earhole, nicely repetitive. Of the remixes Richard Sen’s is the one for me, adding bongos and a new, whopping great big bassline, although the others are no slouches. The In Flagrante one is a free download, the rest were released on vinyl a little while ago.

You Think Girls And Boys Are Just Toys

I’ve posted the Richard Sen remix of Toys by Hedford Vachal before, back in the early days of this blog when somewhere between three and five people were reading it. It came up on the mp3 player in the car driving home from work yesterday and I knew I had to post it again. Released in 2008 on the ever-reliable Tirk Records this is a magnificent remix by Mr Sen,  Nu-Disco or something like that. It’s got a wonderful descending bassline, wonky synths, handclaps, a big bleepy bit just before the breakdown, … oh just listen to it. You’ll love it. And it might wear the carpet out if you play it late at night after you’ve had a few.

Toys (Richard Sen Remix)

For no particular reason the picture with this post shows August Sander, an aviator from the 1920s.