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A Minute / Can’t Hide

Having returned from a 4-year break in August with its latest release from GW & Henry, A&R Edits follows up with a debut for Moplen. With a recent remix of Frankie Knuckles ft. Jamie Principle and a Salsoul Reworks EP, Luca Moplen has been gaining new traction of late, so it felt fitting to release two of his evergreen edits on vinyl for the first time. Moplen’s edit of Tavares’ classic disco stomper ‘It Only Takes A Minute’ coupled with Greg Wilson’s edit of Moplen’s edit of Larry Levan’s mix of David Joseph’s ‘You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me)’, if you can follow all that!

An all brother group hailing from Providence, Rhode Island, Tavares were a band that evolved with the disco sound, hitting their peak in 1976 when both ‘Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel’ and ‘Don’t Take Away The Music’ became huge club favourites. They scored their first R&B #1 in ‘1974 with a cover of Hall & Oates ‘She’s Gone’ and in 1975 they returned to the top of the R&B chart whilst going top 10 pop and scoring a #2 Disco hit with ‘It Only Takes A Minute’. In 1992 a cover by boy band Take That would gift them their first top 10 entry, many people unaware that this track had first been recorded 17 years earlier.

Rising to prominence in Brit-funk band Hi-Tension, David Joseph soon found his footing as a solo artist after they’d split, with his first release being ‘You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me)’ in February 1983. That same month, Greg Wilson appeared on The Tube, mixing between two copies of this very record – the first time mixing had been demonstrated on British TV. It would subsequently enter the UK chart, climbing into the top 20. The track would then be remixed by legendary Paradise Garage DJ Larry Levan, resulting in a #2 placing on the Billboard Dance chart. Upon hearing Moplen’s extended dub edit, Greg worked further into it reintroducing the song – given his history with the track it was unthinkable that he’d play it without the vocal. The result is a unique version where Moplen’s dub sets the vibe during the first half of the edit before the song is finally introduced.

T-Connection's demolition ball disco classic, "Do What You Wanna Do" gets reworked by no other than Moplen on this tasty 12" for Dutch label High Fashion Music.

T-Connection migrated to Miami from the Bahamas when they signed to TK Disco and released this certified bomb in 1977. Italian powerhouse Moplen, whose releases on Lumberjacks in Hell & GAMM, amongst others, have garnered him a loyal following; gets invited to offer up two reworkings of this original track, each spread lavishly across a side of wax.

Taking both the vocal and dub versions, Moplen's deft touch remains sympathetic to the dancefloor throughout, yet somehow injects a brand new energy into this tried-and-tested dancefloor filler that'll have you grabbing it over the original version for at least the next 5 years! How he's bolstered and crisped up them drums is anyone's guess, and the whole mix seems to breath more space, with all the fine details in the recesses coming out to play. A triumph! His dub version plays with the instrumental stems, adding flurries of sparkly keys, funky AF clavs and rampant perc lines, a truly spellbinding 9 minute instrumental disco odyssey! 

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