RE-EDITS RE-EDITS RE-EDITS.
Today is officially the hottest day of the year (yawn). But with sunshine, must come the appropriate musical selection. Funnily enough, I have just the thing. As anyone with even a passing interest in dance music and it’s myriad off shoots will tell you, RA is the definitive online hub for quality news and reviews, as well as one of the best podcasts out there. Released weekly, these mixes have covered the biggest hitters to the newest up and coming acts. The quality never wavers, even if it isn’t the exact genre you’re into. Personal highlights have included the genius Ame, Giles Smith, Move D, Gerd Janson, Dixon, Bill Brewster, Trus’me, Michael Fakesch, Quiet Village and the standout fave; RA 112 – Mark E.
Mark E is part of the recent re-birth of interest in disco/balearic/cosmic jam/re-edits. A scene that has coalesced around London (Dalston) with club nights such as Disco Bloodbath leading the charge, accompanied by literally dozens of highly secretive re-editers and re-arrangers create stunning soundscapes from sometimes the most mundane throwaway of songs. (Two such examples are on the Mark E mix – Cole Medina’s re-edit of the Bee Gees ‘Love You Inside Out’ and The Revenge re-work of Marvin Gaye’s Heavy Love Affair)
Ther Mark E mix is typical of his style, dubbed ‘slowies’. The mix is a stunning ride through three distinct moods, all blended together to create a mix that works in 90º sunshine or 90º sweatbox underground club. Starting with some slow languid grooves, the mix hits it’s first mark with the Bee Gees re-edit and is balanced perfectly around Mark E’s own re-edit of the Grace Jones classic ‘La Vie En Rose’ – this tune is absolutely magical, taking the climatic chorus break from the original and looping it adds and probaly improves on the original. It’s no surprise this re-edit is still unreleased, it’s the sort of thing anyone would want in their DJ box. The final hurrah before winding down (into a krautrock trippy vibe) is the frenetic re-reading of ‘Heavy Love Affair’ – again taking a throwaway cut from the In Our Lifetime album and given serious balls by the Revenge team.