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Rarely does an artist pay homage to the classics like Dimitri From Paris. The Grammy nominated producer, remixer, composer and DJ has made every one in his repertoire of reworks sound effortless – no mean feat when the original tracks are by the some of disco’s greatest musicians. He has a long history of remixing classic records, starting in the late 80s and culminating in this achievement of a lifetime, Dimitri From Paris presents Le CHIC Remix.

This 10-track album features brand new remixes alongside all the much-loved essentials that have resonated with artists from Frankie Knuckles to Disclosure, Gilles Peterson to Mark Ronson. Alongside the reworks – three of which have never been released before – are instrumentals of each, most also previously unreleased, for the ultimate bumper pack. To create the project, Dimitri was entrusted to use the original studio masters from circa 1978 - 1980 that feature all of the individually recorded musical and vocal elements. The majority of these songs are for the first time given a respectful new mix and arrangement, unveiling never-before-heard performances, turning the spotlight on the beautiful orchestrations of one the most unique and highly-revered production duos of the Disco era and beyond; Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, along with their CHIC organization of musicians.

Kicking off with the unmistakeable CHIC staple ‘Le Freak’, Dimitri’s timeless remix making the exquisite instrumental harmonies shine like only Dimitri can, the album delves next into ‘Lost In Music’ and a new mix of CHIC’s classic ‘I Want Your Love’. Norma Jean’s life-affirming ‘Saturday’, originally co-written by Nile Rodgers in 1978, is given a remix of cinematic proportions, no doubt set to become the climax of many Dimitri DJ sets to come. Sister Sledge’s ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards for the Disco power group, is given the Dimitri treatment with an extended mix, drawing out the string motifs, showcasing unheard sections from the original master tapes, sounding better than ever. Further exclusives include ‘Forbidden Lover’ and another Sister Sledge masterpiece, ‘Got To Love Somebody’ with cowbell and horns resplendent. More highlights include new mixes of Sister Sledge’s evergreen ‘Thinking Of You’ and the final track, an underdog from French chanson singer turned one-time Disco act, Sheila & B Devotion ‘Your Love Is Good’, a euphoric high to close on and another using many elements from never-heard-before outtakes.

Through Disco grooves and meticulously reverent production, Dimitri From Paris presents Le CHIC Remix gets to the heart of why CHIC’s music remains so universally relevant, underlining the enduring cultural significance of dance music in its most unabashed form. This album is a demonstration of how captivating the sound of a full orchestra of musicians can be, compared to today’s largely computer generated offerings – celebrating the eternally endearing qualities of some of Nile Rodger’s best-selling records, not to mention, for over 40 years, the unquestionable power of a great Disco record.


FORMAT INFORMATION

5xLP Info: The Box is a numbered Limited Edition of 1000 units
5 x 180 gram vinyl
Printed parts finished with a soft touch matte lamination.
Box art uses a matte silver foil for the silver parts.
The box will come with packed with a ‘press photo’ insert of CHIC & Dimitri.

Tom Laroye and Yam Who? return to Glitterbox as Qwestlife with another soulful cut, for their latest musical offering, ‘Hit It Off’. Written by acclaimed soul artist Benny Latimore, and made famous by Millie Jackson in 1979, the track was translated for dance music world when sampled by Tom Trago. Fast forward to 2018 and their take on the 70’s classic features the unmistakable voice of Teni Tinks, a session vocalist to the stars, who featured on Glitterbox releases like The Shapeshifter’s ‘When Love Breaks Down’. Tinks brings true diva flair to the track, and with the joyful chorus and smooth production, Qwestlife once again demonstrate their ability to craft modern disco with traditional analogue techniques, creating glorious dance-floor vibes and honouring a truly classic track. Available on 7” vinyl for music connoisseurs everywhere, a track like this is destined to be heard on wax, with a Disco Soul Instrumental version also available exclusively on the vinyl release.

STAFF COMMENTS

Millie says: Disco anthem right here! This is a massive soulful-disco hit which Tinks has put her own stamp on, with an equally groovy instrumental side. Hit it offff!

Following the 7” revisiting Candi Staton’s much-loved gospel anthem, this Glitterbox Recordings 12” features four diverse remixes of ‘Hallelujah Anyway’, three of which are new to vinyl. Kicking off with Larse’s Vocal mix, touching deeper territory with a mid-tempo house rendition, Dr Packer’s indulgent piano-littered mix is next, picking up the energy and re-introducing the disco beat. Italian producer Moplen delivers a 90s-influenced Classic Club Vibe mix, maximising Candi’s uplifting vocal. Finally is FK’s Director’s Cut Signature Praise 12” Edit, a Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper production which is available here on vinyl for the very first time. Picking up the pace with soaring synths and a grooving beat, the mix takes the anthem firmly back to the dancefloor, compelled by the original song’s call for jubilation. Four must-hear mixes from Glitterbox, breathing fresh energy into this timeless record.

Ron Hall & The Mothafunkaz Feat Mark Evans

The Way You Love Me - Inc. Dimitri From Paris / Tom Moulton Remixes)

Glitterbox resident Dimitri From Paris and remixing pioneer Tom Moulton present their retouched mixes of Ron Hall & The Muthafunkaz modern day soul classic "The Way You Love Me". Initially released in 2006, Marc Evans provides velvet-smooth vocals complimented by background harmonies and timeless disco production. For his iconic T.S.O.P. remix Dimitri From Paris enlisted the help of Salsoul Orchestra founder Vincent Montana, Jr. for fresh strings as well as a new full orchestra arrangement. Tom Moulton’s retouched sweet-sounding ‘Philly Re-Grooved Remix’, previously released on Harmless in 2013, comes laden with guitar riffs, dreamy harps and xylophone for even more instrumental glory. Two disco legends come together under one stunningly soulful Glitterbox release leasing new life into this timeless record.

The Shapeshifters Feat. Teni Tinks

Try My Love (On For Size) / When Love Breaks Down

The first ever 7” vinyl release from Glitterbox Recordings is a very special double whammy from The Shapeshifters featuring the undeniable voice of Teni Tinks. The double single features the brand new track ‘Try My Love (On For Size), a re-imagining of the Sharon Redd disco anthem from 1980. With fresh horns, strings and arrangements produced by Simon Marlin of The Shapeshifters and a sublime new vocal recorded by Teni, it’s as life-affirming and uplifting as a dancefloor belter can get. Teni is a session vocalist and arranger who has worked with the likes of Rudimental, Quincy Jones, The Jacksons and Emeli Sandé, and has recently been bringing down the house with live PAs at Glitterbox. Working initially with The Shapeshifters on ‘When Love Breaks Down’ – the second single on this 7” package – in late 2017, this release showcases in full the stunning results of their collaboration.

Ahead of the 10-track album Dimitri From Paris presents Le CHIC Remix, this limited, hand-stamped white label features two of Dimitri’s meticulously reverent mixes alongside their respective instrumentals. In his mixes of Sister Sledge’s evergreen ‘Thinking Of You’ and the unmistakeable Chic staple ‘Le Freak’, Dimitri’s touch underlines the enduring and undeniable power of these timeless disco records. On the A-side, Dim delivers extra polyrhythmic power, kick drum punch and stereo space to deliver the definitive version of Sister Sledge killer "Thinking Of You". Meanwhile on the flip, the Frenchman mixes up the arrangement and ups the intensity to add a little extra dancefloor oomph to "Le Freak". C'est magnifique.

FORMAT INFORMATION

12" Info: Hand stamped 12"

Glitterbox continue to represent the sounds from the modern day disco / house underground, enlisting Folamour to provide the dancing goodness on release number eight for the label. Sharing many of the timeless production traits of golden era disco; lively instrumentation, direct beats and harmonized melodies, "The Power and The Blessing of Unity" plays like a mini album, exploring Folamour's love of house and disco with a fearless intent. The title track sparkles with brass stabs and a textbook swinging disco beat while "Island Of Recent Father" breaks things down into synthy house goodness. "Let’s Grab Some Smokes" channels a more contemporary lo-fi sound before "Home Beyond The Clouds" see Folamour close with uplifting house hooks and percussion. Folamour brings the disco blueprint kicking and screaming into 2017 with a high end mix down, ultra fat mastering and a few nicely modern day processing traits that make it kick, bite and throb on our powerful, high end sound systems. Other than that, the spirit, energy and philosophy is exactly the same as its late 70s counterparts - feel good music to share and to dance to. Folamour keeps the vibe alive for disco lovers around the world, Recommended. 


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