Few records have gained such a legendary status as Chiapet's Tick Tock. The 12" single, released in 1997, brings back memories for any house or techno DJ of the era.
Now it is making its return as a Yoshi Classic, with fresh remixes from Loco & Jam, Robosonic, and Perc.
Loco & Jam's mix is a nothing short of a powerhouse.
About as driving as techno gets and armed to the teeth with noise, it has become a staple in Sharam's recent sets.
He says of the mix, I can count on that one to go off every time. Robosonic opts for a more groovy approach to the record, using the original chords to create pumping rhythms ideal for peak filler and evening sets. It's not quite house, but not quite techno; the diverse duo once again shows they're comfortable working with a variety of sound palettes.
Finally there is Perc, whose remix is exactly what you would expect from the industrial techno figurehead. Dark and delightfully twisted, it will surely find a happy home in the corridors of Berghain.
Of course to round out the package, we've had the original Apocalypse Now mix remastered by Pole, and his delivery was exquisite. Huge yet dynamic, new life has been breathed into this classic mix. We hope you enjoy this Yoshi Classic remix package and will join us in celebrating the return of Tick Tock.
Release Date: 10th October
Yes, we're back at it again with more Eddie Amador. After the success of House Music and Rise, we decided to diversify and go for a double A sided remix package with
two distinctly different remixers.
So please welcome Ardalan and CJ Jeff to the Yoshitoshi family!
Given Ardalan's propensity for booty bass lines and infectious grooves, Psycho X Girlfriend seemed like the appropriate choice for the Dirtybird affiliate. He flipped the tracked on its head by pumping it full of sub 100 Hz frequencies, mental sound effects, and even a pinch of acid. The remix again shows this young gun's talent for creating bona fide bangers that keep the spirit of house alive.
Greek house don CJ Jeff took on 6AM, the groovy and oft-overlooked 2006 wee hours anthem from Amador. His remix bears a massive 808 kick that floors the mix (no pun intended) into overdrive. His simple, catchy melodies capture the classic Yoshitoshi vibe beautifully.
a1. Psycho X Girlfriend (Ardalan Remix)
b1. 6AM (CJ Jeff Remix)
Seven years after his debut solo album Get Wild, Sharam is ready to unveil his sophomore LP, Retroactive.
One half of the legendary dance duo Deep Dish, Sharam's second artist album continues to tell his story through a retrospective of influences going back to the days where he first discovered his love for dance music in Washington DC's underground club scene.
Comprised of a collection of tracks he's held in the vaults waiting to release as a cohesive concept instead of unveiling as meaningless singles, Retroactive revisits his roots across thirteen tracks that traverse from early 80's Giorgio Moroder inspired disco to futuristic, dark and hypnotic clubby affairs with menacing drum and bass inspired sounds - illustrating house music's metamorphosis into different sub-genres and the house offshoots Sharam indelibly shaped.
“I never want my records to sound like anyone else's, and at the same time I never want two of my own tracks to sound the same," Sharam explains. "Every track is its own adventure, like an individual ride in a theme park. Each ride has to stand on its own, but come together as one cohesive unit in the context of the theme park. In this case the theme park is a warehouse, filled with hypnotic rides and emotional rollercoasters," and I've Retroactively gone back to all those rides and influences" Sharam says.
Retroactive begins with "Arpi," an old-school tune built around progressing techno sequences and bright, melancholic melodies that set the stage for the tonally dark album to follow. "Over You" is a certified dance floor gem, borrowing the thickly-vocoded productions of the late 70's and mixing them with sounds popularized later on in house history. Sharam features one of his heros, the disco legend Giorgio Moroder on his high-octane, heavily-synthesized "Crazi Flute," and conjoins the soaring and heartbreaking vocals of long-time collaborator Anousheh with thudding techno beats on "Blue Red." "Techi" and "A Warehouse" keep things raw with hypnotic layers and big basslines, while "Gypsi" oozes soul looped in a tireless groove. "The Photograph", a collaboration with Alex Neri, clocks in at over 14 minutes and is a testament to Sharam's ability to create a true journey of sounds in one track. The album concludes with the bonus track "Here Comes The Rain Again," a cover of the iconic 80's Eurythmics record. Instead of reworking Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" like many producers before him, Sharam transforms "Here Comes The Rain Again" into a distorted dancefloor dubplate that's sure to anchor sweaty sunrise sets.