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New record on Vive La Musique celebrating legendary French musician Jean-Luc Ponty and his influence on electronic dance music. A prolific composer with over thirty albums to his name which explore a wide spectrum of jazz fused with rock, electronic music and later in his career, West African sounds. A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, famed for being one of the pioneers of the electric violin, Ponty also experimented with synthesis, composing a number of his albums with the Synclavier - one of the first synths to link up to a computer, offering the opportunity to create and combine multiple sounds.

Originally released in 1989 on the Storytelling album, "In the Fast Lane" is a rich and vibrant composition, with Ponty's rhythmical Synclavier keys and uplifting violin melodies dancing over a driving offbeat groove.

The track lit up dancefloors in the UK jazz-dance movement which started in the late 80's and is one of the all-time classic tunes from the Dingwalls sessions as well as being a firm favourite of an endless list of underground heavyweights including Theo Parrish, Floating Points, Gilles Peterson, Patrick Forge and even The Electrifying Mojo! many others, it, was also championed by influential Detroit radio DJ the Electrifying Mojo - leading the track to be referenced by the first wave of Detroit techno producers. Remasterd by Atjazz and cut loud at 45, you're unlikely to have heard a fatter and fuller version of this track on vinyl!

The release also features a brilliant cover version from Opolopo. He faithfully recreates the original synth lines around a deep and jazzy house groove, producing a modern dancefloor masterpiece which impressed Ponty himself!

The 12" is presented with stunning artwork by Michal Rafaj and liner notes written by Ponty f, telling the story of how the track was composed and recorded as well as exclusive photographs that have never been published before. An absolute triumph and a must-have for jazz-dancers lovers!


Matt says: Phwwwaaaooor those bubbly keyboards! Certain to give even the most wooden dancer a bit of wiggle in the hips, this bonafide jazz-dance classic is made available to all again, this time round with a mega cover version by no other than Opolopo.... form an orderly queue!


A. Jean-Luc Ponty - In The Fast Lane
B. Opolopo - In The Fast Lane

The Boogie Man AKA Sipho Gumede

Jika Jika

Back in 1984 South African guitar virtuoso and general gee, Sipho Gumede adopted the one of alias of The Boogie Man for a studio session with Greg Cutler, which has since gone on to be a bit of a digger's bomb. A fact which is utterly unsurprising since the duo made excellent use of the bubbling bassline and sparkling synthery of hip hop / electro classic "The Message". Chuck into the mix a spoken vocal from Sipho (whose pitched delivery had all of us scratching our head to try and discern the language) and some great female backing vox and you have a Balearic dancefloor heater, International disco bomb and crate digging curio perfect for the jobbing bar DJ (Hi Pasta Paul!).


Patrick says: Well this is a bit of alright innit! Ticking as many boxes as you'd like to name, "Jika Jika" sees South African guitarist Sipho Gumede giving us a tasty Afro-boogie killer based on Grandmaster Flash's Message. Limited as you like so don't sleep!


A1. Jika Jika
B1. Jika Jika (The Odd Bits)

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