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Spacey Houses Vol. 1

    Spacey Houses would have been part of the old Knaresborough Forest when Blind Jack roamed The Nidd Valley way back in 1888. Now it’s a district that divides the Yorkshire Ridings Counties. The very first Dream House EP - 1.1 introduced a talent from Wattrelos by the name of Jimini. He then created the very first "Return Tripp EP" and now the very first Spacey Houses. A record specifically space crafted by Jimini & Luv*Jam together.

    Fans of Luv*Jam's impeccable series know what to expect now. Super lush, highly textured and ultra dreamy musica which drifts through balearic-tinged house, hypnotic downbeat and a vast expansiveness totally in keeping with the Welsh mountain from which most of the labels' output originates from. This colab perfectly epitomizes the ethos as we groove between the celestial and the organic in fine style. As usual, copies are limited and much sought after, so make sure you get those orders in quick to grab a piece of the action. 


    Codek is the brainchild of Jean-Marie Salaun who grew up in Paris influenced by the folklore of the inner city. In 1978 he joined art rock group SpionS and collaborated with Robin Scott (M “Pop Music”). He began working as Codek, a play on the brand name Kodak with the “Me Me Me” single released in 1980. In 1981 the “Tam Tam”/“Closer” single was released on West African Music, a tiny label from the Ivory Coast, and re-released a year later by Island Records in the UK (where the B-side was re-named “Tim Toum”). “Tam Tam” was inspired by Burundi drummers playing in the plaza in front of Beaubourg where the song was recorded. Jean-Marie enlisted one of the drummers from the circle, Georges Atta Dikalo, to lay down percussion for the song. The female singers were from the French Caribbean and added falsetto tribal chants. Claude Arto achieved complex rhythmic patterns using a modular synthesizer and heavy processing. Jean-Marie recorded himself beating his chest for the thump noises. The recording of spanned over two years. They started on 16-track in Studio d'Auteuil, where Jean-Marie blew the woofers, before resuming in Studio Centre Georges Pompidou with an added 8-track recorder.

    In 2017 Dark Entries reissued the “Tam Tam”/ “Closer” single and shortly after the 24-track master tapes were discovered in Paris by original engineer Gérard Chiron. The idea for a remix EP came very quickly!
    First up is producer and DJ Daniele Baldelli who gave the original single a spiritual home in the Cosmic 80s scene of Italy. Here he’s teamed up with Marco Dionigi for two remixes. Remix A goes full on funky disco baseline while Remix B a more balearic affair. On the flip, Justin Strauss teams up with his Whatever/Whatever production partner Bryan Mette for a hypnotic and pulsating house remix and an extended edit for the die-hards. All songs have been mastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The jacket is new twist designed by Eloise Leigh on the 1981 edition artwork by Angela Boy, inspired by primitive electronics and African paintings. 


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