As far as remixers go DMC did a reasonable job. At the time when DJ’s needed to get that exclusive mix, that no one had heard yet, the subscription service delivered. Mostly re-vampiing some old classics but also updating some current Dancefloor fodder. They all seem to be around 7 mins long as well. Sometimes the record label would license the DMC mix to be included on the official releases.
Sister Sledge get their ’79 classic remixed by Phil Kelsey. A complete rework and a successful remix. (4)
Bobby Brown (New Edition) gets remixed by Steve Anderson with a bit of Handbag House. Full vocals and other various shrieks and “Come On'”. The Rap break with the House Piano really works on this Party tune. (4)
Felix (Francis Wright) has the old skool Banger mixed by Greed (Jon Pearn and Michael Gray) They lighten things up, keeping Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”samples and the organ mix over more Progressive Beats (3)
1978’s Sniff N The Tears gets a Ben Liebrand remix. Organ riffs and House beats and some ill placed car noises. Credit that he kept the main lead vocals.
Marc Almond And The Willing Sinners – Vermin In Ermine (Cassette)
From October 1984 and the expanded cassette version of this remarkable album, probably there was more room. (A4, B4, B5 are the bonus tracks.) Involving young producer / engineer Flood as well as usual Soft Cell choice Mike Hedges. The clear sound coming from the Hartmann Digital Studios, Bavaria.
Almond’s first solo album and going no where near the Soft Cell sound. Each song is of epic length, he must have been storing them up!
Narrative songs with an International flavour and with a host of backing musicians. He also jumps around the decades with his arrangements.
From October 2009 and featuring 55 minutes of dance remixes from his later collaborations. Featuring work done with Loverush UK! (Roland Faber and Mark Schneider), Punx Soundcheck (John Taylor and Arif Salih) Replicant, T-Total and Divider.
All mixed together by Kinky Roland ad Mark Loverush. He doesn’t atand still does Marc.
Well as I take a rest from compiling the S Bands of the week (Sorry Retro Hound for (deliberately) not including any of your tail wagging suggestions 😁) – I will dedicate today to this band
Soft Cell Sunday !!! (TAA RAA!)
Ready for Marc Almond Monday!
Monoculture (US & UK Promo 12″)
Mike B sent over both the UK and US Promo of a good, but quite forgotten track, “Monoculture” from their comeback album, “Cruelty Without Beauty” (2002) Retreading old ground or a fresh reboot ?
The UK Promo has a couple of long remixes by fans, Playgroup (Trevor Jackson – does he do do any mixes under 10 mins ?)
Dave Ball keeps his foot on the analogue gas and Playgroup even have a play with giving the bass blast from “Tainted Love” a reprisal towards the end. Marc’s vocals are high up in the mix, love those lyrics.
Solvent (Jason Amm) goes very analogue and squelchy on his sparse remix. Retro grade.
Cooking Vinyl – SCP002
Monoculture (Playgroup Remix)
Monoculture (Playgroup Instrumental)
Monoculture (Solvent Remix)
Tribal House is the theme of veteran DJ’s Antoine 909 and Serbian Oggie B.
Jan Driver (German DJ Jan Siebert) adds Big Beats as he builds the track via an electro base dropping a huge Bass sound.
Various – How To Kill The DJ (Sampler)(French Promo 12″)
From 2003 and featuring a couple of remixes of an early Ministry track as well.
“Memorabilia” gets an edit by French DJ’s Fany Coral and Ivan Smagge from what appears to be an early “live” version, very raw but quite a unique mix. (I have the extended 10 min version on the CD LP) The breakdown is very meaty, looping the live sounds and adding reverb and effects.
Ministry’s ’83 release has the original and a special edit from Glasgow duo Naum Gabo (James Savage and Jonnie Wilkes) messing around with the tempo and looping the sequencer and injecting the bass. Very disjointed. Mmmmm gives me an idea for next weeks theme, Just Leave It Alone !
A live cover version of the Suicide track and from the encore of their last tour. There is a bluesy guitar and treated saxophone. Scraming audience and a very wired Almond. Wonder who did the guitar ? It does seems a little quick but heh!
Keychains And Snowstorms (USB Memory Stick Keychain)
From only 2018 and a bit of a Swansong from the duo. Harking back to ttheir love of Northern Soul (check out the video for the track”Northern Lights”) It’s covered in dirty analogue synths with Almond’s voice just holding out.
Leaving the best to last is “One Last Time”, deep drums and a jittering wobble bassline (very PSB’s) Plenty of Dave Ball on vocals. Yes, they still had it. “Say Hello , Wave Goodbye”