Time to get clubby! I got inspired to make this ΔY Funk Collection during my first week of living in Berlin, seeing the outs and ins of the notorious warehouse clubs on the East side of the city. Party’s raging on from Saturday evening all the way till Monday morning. It’s an interesting phenomenom for sure, almost as going to a very long church ceremony. When you enter the ceremony, your smartphone camera gets taped up. Because what happens inside is for the crowd’s eyes only! No old songs this time, all new goodies.
Michael gray – missing you (doorly remix) (2015)
Michael Gray is best known for the summerhit ‘The Weekend‘ which describes the need to go partying in the weekend after a stressful week at the office. The track was a worldwide hit in 2004, already 13 years ago, damn! The track is still as fresh as ever. No one less than Denis Sulta played an instrumental version of ‘The Weekend’ in the Panorama Bar on the first Sunday afternoon of November. ‘Missing you’ was a single by Michael Gray in 2014, so 10 years later than his world hit. I don’t particulary like the original, but the gifted DJ Doorly made a strong remix of the track. Doorly is a busy bee, with a large line up of collaborations and shows. Especially his 2014 collab with Shadow Child called ‘Piano Weapon‘ was an instant hit on Beatport and Traxsource!
Gibson brothers – heaven (gerd janson & shan edit) (2017)
The edit was made in 2017, but the original track was released in 1978. The original is a whole lot faster than the edit, as it averages at 135 beats per minute, compared to 124 beats per minute of the edit. That’s roughly the speed at which nowaday’s house music gets played at, so in a way Gerd Janson and Shan updated the track to the nowaday’s club scene. The happy piano part got emphasized in the edit, which makes this song turn a smile on the faces of club goers.
Gerd Janson is behind the Running Back label and is highly respected in the scene. Definitely a guy to have on your radar!
Karizma – Work It Out (2017)
Karizma is a DJ from Baltimore with a hell of a lot of remixes and productions on his name. For me this song easily gets the title of ‘Hit of the Summer’. It’s only when you check the original sample of the track, you discover it’s ‘Jesus’ who can work it out. Karizma sampled the 1980 track ‘Dr. Charles Hayes & Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir – Jesus Can Work It Out‘. You must say, it’s quite ingenious how he transformed a church choir song into a dancefloor stomper. Good Job, Karizma!
Dominica – Gotta Let You Go (The Edit) (2015)
This release was a quite debated one. According to Discogs, this edit of the 90s classic ‘Dominica – Gotta Let You Go’ was initially thought out by BICEP. The edit was purely intended to be used in their own sets, with no intention of releasing. The track went on to be a big underground hit and people all over were asking if they could get their hands on it. Altra Moda, the label behind the original, decided to provide an answer to this demand by making a copy of the edit. The copy came pretty close and was able to block the original BICEP edit from their Soundcloud. It’s a shame they didn’t just release the BICEP edit.
Kerri Chandler – Turn off the lights (2016)
If you haven’t heard about Kerri Chandler, then you haven’t heard about house music! Kerri was one of the originators of deep house, adding soul to house since the early nineties. This man got his first record signed the year I got born (1991) and still is on the foreground of the scene. There’s not a lot of people who can claim the same. What many people might not know, is that Kerri Chandler is a very spiritual man. According to his RA’s biography, he prays before every record he makes. Each project is an attempt to inject his free spirit into a groove. With this particular track I would say his prayer got heard quite well. Amen.
Picture credit goes out to Joseph Karras. My Greek friend from Thessaloniki.