To save you some digging time we’ll be compiling a list of our favourite reissues and retrospectives each month. Here’s November’s selection…
Patrick Cowley – Kickin’ In [Dark Entries/Honey Soundsystem]
Soundtracking San Francisco’s gay cruising spots and playing a key role in cultivating the “hi-NRG sound”, Patrick Cowley has left an indelible mark on the dance music landscape. But while his tragic and untimely death cut a fruitful career short, posthumous releases have managed to pay homage to the frequent Sylvester collaborator, unearthing some of his finest work in the process. On the back of releasing a compilation of Cowley’s gay porn soundtracks, Dark Entries have dropped a three-track 12″ based around a 12-minute long hi-NRG epic, discovered by chance on some dusty reel-to-reel tapes. Typically propulsive and dripping with sleaze, ‘Kickin’ In’ is a pure distillation of the hi-NRG sound, while the evocative and sexually-charged dark disco creations that feature on the flip showcase another side to the late producer.
DJ Fast Eddie – My Melody EP [Super Rhythm Trax]
Super Rhythm Trax releases have been breathing new life into vintage rave tropes, but the ninth outing moves into uncharted territory, releasing some of the classic material that informs the label’s curation. Despite being bonafide Chi-Town royalty, Fast Eddie’s magnum opus, ‘My Melody’, never enjoyed a proper 12″ release, so Jerome Hill’s label has achieved quite a feat in signing it up. Fully remastered and backed up with three more of Eddie’s finest, this is a must buy for the 303 fanatics.
DJ Rolando aka The Aztek Mystic – Jaguar [430 West/Underground Resistance]
Another month and another essential reissue from the Detroit dance canon. This time it’s DJ Rolando’s seminal melodic techno cut, ‘Jaguar’, complete with remixes from Octave One, Jeff Mills and Derrick May. You’d be hard pressed to find another 12″ that can boast so many pioneering Detroit artists over just four tracks, but while each remixer puts their own idiosyncratic and distinctive stamp on Rolando’s classic, those boundless melodies are ever-present across all three reinterpretations. Hi-tek soul indeed.
Soichi Terada & Shinichiro Yokota – The Far East Transcripts Part II [History Has a Tendency To Repeat Itself]
It seems like history really does have a tendency to repeat itself as the label that beat Rush Hour to plundering the Far East Recordings back catalogue follow up their inaugural effort with another superb 12″. From bottom-heavy grooves and soaring textures on ‘Tokyo XXX’ to the undulating, downtempo electronica of ‘How Does It Work’, this might be our favourite Terada/Yokota retrospective to date. Finishing things off with an Anthony Brooklyn remix that teleports Yokota’s bucolic original to the mean streets of New York, we’re looking forward to seeing whether history repeats itself for a third time.
Giusy Dej – Walking In The Night [Mothball Record]
Our selection wouldn’t be complete without serving up a dose of vintage italo and November’s pick comes in the shape of a rather obscure 12″ from Mothball Record. Coming to the attention of italo aficionados via the sought-after Touch Of Class compilation, Giusy Dej’s ‘Walking In The Night’ became an overnight classic, so it was ripe for a reissue alongside the lethargic chug of ‘Follow Me’. We’re really digging the beefed-up Flemming Dalum remix, where the driving kick drums are cast aside in favour of some oscillating rhythms.