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Midnight Magic

Beam Me Up - Inc. The Loving Hand, Jacques Renault & Gavin Russom Remixes

When Midnight Magic popped up on Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space ‘Best of 2009’ they really should’ve had a record out. They also should’ve had something available for download when they appeared on a recent Best of Myspace U.K. And it probably would’ve been a good idea to have something in the shops when Patrick Adams of Waves at Night told his readers that Midnight Magic was “going to be a very hot prospect for ’10.” But they didn’t. Not the best idea. No: not the best idea at all. The best idea was for them to release their first single, ‘Beam Me Up,’ on Permanent Vacation Records this summer—And that wasn’t even their idea! We have to thank the Germans for finally putting an end to the madness. Midnight Magic appears on stage as Tiffany Roth, Morgan Wiley, Carter Yasutake, W. Andrew Raposo, Max Goldman, Nick Roseboro, Caito Sanchez, Jason Disu and Andrew Frawley. They are servants of a secret fire—a psychedelic-soul army inspired by electro, funk, and disco from all around the world. You may recognize some of them from when they played in ‘Hercules & Love Affair’ or from the myriad of DFA Records releases on which they are featured.

Based out of an abandoned Jazz factory in Northern Brooklyn, Midnight Magic would do well to remind you of their forthcoming release on Permanent Vacation featuring remixes by Gavin Russom, Jacques Renault, and the enigmatic Tim Goldsworthy (known to the night creatures as The Loving Hand). But Midnight Magic can’t do that because they are currently scoring a Dario Argento film on the moon. Apparently, there is very good boogie up there.


STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: Another reissue of a classic Perm! Memory lane to the forefront with that Jacques Renault mix - that great bassline hook and the trembling vocals until exploding into the 'Beam Me Up' chorus. Absolute gold.

Reissue of this seminal Red Axes track, originally released in 2016 and going on to characterize a hedonistic Summer the year it was released, it's since become somewhat of a sought after nugget from this technologically advanced duo.

"Sun My Sweet Sun" is an electro-tropical-heater that you'd expect to cause damage at the cutting edge Dance Music™ festivals. Think Dekmantel, Love International and Meadows In The Mountains. "Way To Neptune" is a star-aligned sonic elevation; rampant arps complimenting the celestial stabs and space dust beautifully as this one raises our sprits to the heavens. "Cockroach" concludes with a Martian moon dance you'd more associate with Baldelli's Cosmic scene. Red Axes nonetheless supply an inspired moment of low slung chug ready for the dancers to get frisky too early on in the session. Top stuff, back on wax once again - don't sleep! 


Reissue of this seminal Red Axes track, originally released in 2016 and going on to characterize a hedonistic Summer the year it was released, it's since become somewhat of a sought after nugget from this technologically advanced duo.

"Sun My Sweet Sun" is an electro-tropical-heater that you'd expect to cause damage at the cutting edge Dance Music™ festivals. Think Dekmantel, Love International and Meadows In The Mountains. "Way To Neptune" is a star-alligned sonic elevation; rampant arps complimenting the celestial stabs and space dust beautifully as this one raises our sprits to the heavens. "Cockroach" concludes with a martian moon dance you'd more associate with Baldelli's Cosmic scene. Red Axes nonethless supply an inspired moment of low slung chug ready for the dancers to get frisky too early on in the session. Top stuff, back on wax once again - don't sleep! 


Antena

Camino Del Sol (Joakim & Todd Terje Mixes)

    Some words for those who donʻt know Antenaʻs album "Camino Del Sol"; itʻs an electro-samba classic back from 1983, including several tracks produced by John Foxx. The album inspired many of the big names in pop and dance music, such as Jarvis Cocker from Pulp or the Pet Shop Boys. Moreover several tracks of the album were essential material for the true cosmic sound djs back then in italy. Daniele Baldelli, Mozart and Loda didnʻt end a dj set without playing at least one track of the album, and the track "Camino Del Sol" was one of the biggest hits there. Shivery electric this is.

    Now onto the killer remixes on this excellent package. French electro master and head of now defunct Tigersushi Joakim turns the original into a deep and very tense electro-house track, that should burn down any dancefloor. He uses 100% the chords and harmonies of the original plus bits of the vocals in the beginning and in the break. This is pure chordal magic or quality prime time material we would say, you wonʻt regret playing this tune in your set :)

    Osloʻs wonderboy Todd Terje,  and re-edit maestro rule the cosmic, nu-disco world, comes along with a wonderful extended samba-electro-disco version, that stays closer to the original. Nonetheless this rework builds up top class with its ever twisting bassline. This is sth for all the DJ Harvey diggers out there.



    STAFF COMMENTS

    Sil says: Second chance for those who missed this classic. For me it is all about the Joakim revision. But Todd is not far apart at all. A staple in my record bag since released. Make it yours this time!

    Every other year Permanent Vacation's compilation nerve starts itching and if scratching doesn't do the trick anymore, they start collecting music from shores around the globe for a full screen bag of goodies. In this case the result is the 5th installment of the Permanent Vacation compilation, which also marks the longest ongoing series of the label. 12 exclusive tracks from old heroes and new stars that strike the full musical spectrum of Permanent Vacation from blissful percussive Balearica, hypnotic house, fun loving disco to dubby affairs, emotion rich electronica and glistening cosmic. Being aware of the past, living in the present and rooted in the future. Yes cru!

    Brand-new track "Reach Out" by Gerd Janson and Philipp Lauer enjoys a Permanent Vacation here and is joined for some fun in the sun by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard. Erol Alkan and Osborne show up half way through the trip and everyone's happy!

    In original form, "Reach Out" is anthemic and very now. A pop-house framework supporting catchy synth riffs and bright chord progression. It's destined for as much radio play as club play and is the perfect backing for Goddard's distinctive vocal delivery which he aptly adds on top.

    Superstar DJ Erol Alkan transforms the track into a gurgling, spitting acid burner that should enjoy extended plays at Homoelectric the next time he's in town while Oborne's interpretation is a decidedly skippier and lighter affair, Joe's vocal taking centre stage as another pop-house aesthetic eventually envelops the track. Full fidelity and hi-def this is a rich and emotive crowd pleasure that's destined for big things right across the world. 


    EVEN ETERNITY HAS TO BE MEASURED AND THAT'S WHY IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF PERMANENT VACATION WITH A BIG FAT ANNIVERSARY COMPILATION.

    But let's look back for a minute, because a lot has happened since Tom Bioly and Benjamin Fröhlich dusted off the mirror balls in Munich. Since the 1970s the city always had a reputation for being one of the world's disco capitals and Permanent Vacation took good care of this precious heritage being partly responsible for the new found love of Disco music and its variations such as BALEARIC, COSMIC, KRAUTROCK or PROTOHOUSE.

    Back then Tom, who for several years had been working in the music business, was a regular at Play Records that was run by Benjamin, who had also been busy as a DJ and party promoter. Soon they became friends and discovered their astoundingly similar taste in music. The label name PERMANENT VACATION also reflects the way the label came into existence, since the its main concept was developed during pingpong matches rather than at a conference table.

    Already their first release, a compilation of the same name—“PERMANENT VACATION”—, was celebrated as “razor-sharp, pulsating, pornographic, all fuses opening crazy pop” by one of Germany’s leading daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

    Taking off from here Permanent Vacation managed to become one of the flagships of the new movement and had several genre-defining hits with the reissue of Antena’s classic "Camino del Sol" album (even the Pet Shop Boys claimed it as an influence) and the accompanying remixes.

    Next up was the album "Miss Diamond to you" by singer Kathy Diamond, produced by the wild boogie wizard Maurice Fulton. This album was followed by multiple releases worth mentioning, many of which can be called modern day disco classics by now: Tensnake’s “Coma Cat”, which entered the UK top 40, Azari & III “Reckless with your love”, albums by Swedish Italo princess Sally Shapiro and by Vienna heartthrob Wolfram, Jacques Renault’s remix of Midnight Magic’s “Beam Me Up”, 40 Thieves “Don't turn it off”, Todd Terje's “Remaster of the Universe remix collection” as well as regular output by Woolfy vs. Projections, who belong to a loosely associated group of musicians, who moved from Great Britain to California trooping up with the legendary and myth-enshrouded disco guru DJ Harvey.

    But to reduce Permanent Vacation to Disco and Balearic wouldn’t do justice to the label’s ever-growing catalog. Bioly and Fröhlich deem Disco a form of mentality anyway, defying all too fixed and earnest paradigms of dance music. This is why the catalog also comprises library music compilations, Krautrock from the GDR, soundtracks of horror flicks, electro from Dmx Krew, vocoder poetry by New Jackson, cheerful party anthems by Lauer, oddball house by Bostro Pesopeo as well as Pional, an ode to the sun by Red Axes, music from Pollyester that subvert any categorization, blissful pop by Róisín Murphy, folky house by The Drifter, electronica from Lake People, cinematic soundscapes by Lord Of The Isles and the music by John Talabot, who celebrated his first release ever on Permanent Vacation in 2009.

    Talabot’s album "Fin" became a massive success in the dance scene as well as in the indie world. He can be considered somewhat of a game changer as he is one of the biggest stars, who emerged out of the electronic dance music in recent years. The other big homemade success story was told through Irishman Mano Le Tough, who landed on planet Permanent Vacation with two widely popular albums, which can loosely be described as tender house. Already the first album boosted Mano into the universe of the world’s leading House DJs and producers. Finally, there is the latest Permanent Vacation adventure – the debut album by German production duo Tuff City Kids, Phillip Lauer and Gerd Janson, who were able to transform their previously more remix-based work into a fun and skilled ride through different electronic music styles without loosing consistence.

    And this brings us back to the present and the year 2017, where Permanent Vacation remains a solid constant in the obscure jungle of modern dance music, testament to which is the compilation you are holding in your hands.

    Benjamin Fröhlich and Tom Bioly were able to gather all the regular vacationers (including themselves) and some special guests such as Joakim or Daniel Bortz, all of whom contributed celebratory exclusives. The result features 16 tracks that are going from loud to quite, from fast to slow, from jungle to desert and thus capture the whole Permanent Vacation sound spectrum. Here we go and cin cin to the coming 100 years.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Tom Bioly and Benjamin Fröhlich's iconic German record label Permanent Vacation celebrates 10 years at the top. A decade that's seen John Talabot become a household name, Kathy Diamond a soul staple and Tensnake's "Coma Cat" achieve 'classic' status (!!!). Trend-setting and innovative in equal measure, PermVac show no signs of slowing down.

    The third and (for now) final chapter of the big book of the Woolfy vs Projections (aka Simon James and Dan Hastie) saga has begun. "Stations" completes the trilogy which the duo started with 2008's "The Astral Projections Of Starlight" and 2012's "The Return Of Love". The concept of the albums by the California-based band are all loosely based on the adventures of the lost astronaut Captain Starlight, who is the hero in Zazu's notorious Balearic rock classic which also set the bench mark for the group's sound, a deep Balearic twilight vibe combined with a classic west coast sound, dubbed disco, beard rock and a heavy funk bounce. Tracks like "Absynth" (described by Resident Advisor as 'Air covering Steely Dan'), "Neeve" or "Set Me Loose" can all be considered as modern classics of genre.

    "Stations" is perfecting the technique to filter a psychedelic folk album through modern day cosmic disco / Balearic aesthetic. Whether it's spaced out house jams like "Combination" and "Tangiers", or the idyllic vibes of "Walkaway" or "The Bright Light Of The Truth", a hazy mood stretches over 10 tracks, plus a careful reconstruction of "Who" a Balearic classic from Odyssey that brings the listener into a state of bliss. "Stations" is not only the last resort of Captain Starlight but also a graceful end to this space epos.

    The concept of the compilation is very simple: Permanent Vacation asked their favorite producers if they could each contribute with an exclusive track for the compilation. All of these artists seem to work from very different angles at first glance. But from our point of view, they are all unified through a certain down to earth and back to the roots vision of house music that is more inspired by the time when disc jockeys cut the rhythm sections of the records one after another to create a steamy and sweaty atmosphere through the whole night than the streamlined excrescence of house music that got popular in the era of the super clubs.

    Lluckily, almost everyone they asked was up for it, and if that wasn't enough they even got two new pairings of artists who gave their debut on our compilation: Soul Clap and Trickski teamed up for a slow house bomb, while Jacob Korn and Cuthead from the Uncanny Valley family also got creative. Together they morphed to the double-headed mythical creature Kornhead who can kill you with a single groove. We also get ace cuts from John Talabot and Pional, who both individually gave PV back their faith in new house music that doesn't sound like clones of the old masters. Talabot created "Leave Me" one of his most dance floorfriendly productions to date. Beautiful Swimmers drop their first release outside of their Future Times homebase and Slow Hands, after the success of his track "Rough Patch" on the Wolf + Lamb vs. Soul Clap DJ Kicks, brings us "Kreuzberg Blues". Which leads us directly to the big Berlin resident crew consisting of Hunee, Mano Le Tough and Session Victim. All three tracks are crackers. The same is true for Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt, who bewitched us with "Roamer". This time the Permanent Vacation producers also seized the chance to participate in the compilation with "Hendiadyoin" and an edit for the epic "Sightless Brightness" by the ever innovative Contra Communem Opinionem.

    The second compilation CD on Munich's formidable Permanent Vacation label shines with a blend of Kraut disco, cosmic rock, modern day house music and electronic dance pop, again mixed and handpicked by label head honchos Tom Bioly and Benji Frohlich. Includes tracks by Junior Boys, Findlay Brown, Home Video, Stephen Malkmus, Woolfy vs Projections, Lexx, Tomboy etc, and remixes from Hot Chip, Tim Goldsworthy's Loving Hand, Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve and Holy Ghost!


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