Dimitri From Paris and DJ Rocca have lots of history of producing together asErodiscotique and once again here they team up on a new single for Hell Yeah. The stunning original, Disco Shake, comes backed with remixes from Luminodisco,JKriv, D&G and A Mix by remix pioneer and living legend Tom Moulton.
Dimitri from Paris is a true electronic music legend – he pioneered his own French house sound at the start of his career, has mixed seminal compilations including the cult “Deluxe House of Funk” and the infamous “A Night At The Playboy Mansion” and has remixed everyone from The Rapture to Storm Queen in recent times.
His partner in crime here, DJ Rocca – who is part of Ajello and the excellent Crimea X – is one of the key figures in the new Italian house scene. He has released lots of productions and remixes for Classic, Rekids and International Feel and once again comes up with the goods here.
In original form the single is a foot stomping bit of disco with organic drums, breathy vocals and plenty of laser like guitar lines shooting through the arrangement. Bright golden chords add a luxurious quality to the Italo referencing pianos and the twinkly, starry breakdown allows a moment to catch your breath before is off to authentic disco town once again.
Soulful and sugary at the same time, if eventually makes way to the Tom Moultonmix: Moulton is credited with inventing this style of club ready remix and here steals the show with the camp strings, unbridled joy and celebratory disco vibes of his seriously classy take on the original.
First on the flip is Luminodisco, a regular on the Hell Yeah label who blends everything from afro to funk to disco into his productions. His remix is a little more cosmic with frazzled synths, Studio 80 style disco colour and perfectly ramshackle percussion.
Next up is JKriv, the DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist head of Deep&Disco Recordings and touring DJ for disco outfit Escort. His version builds in layers, exploding into a pixelated blast of arpeggiated synth lines, tumbling congas and smoky vocal riffs.
Buy the EP digitally and you will also be treated to the D&G interpretation, which is a more low slung and deeper version than any other. Here the drums trudge along with loopy chords and a grinding bassline that really makes you move your ass.
Modern day disco rarely sounds as authentically uplifting and creatively exiting as this: it’s alive with very real human soul both in original form and when reimagined by a carefully chosen selection of experts in their field.