For those of you just showing up, I made a disco re-edit every week for a year, and posted them here for free. You can scroll through each individual entry, or you can download the whole batch as a .zip file: DOWNLOAD LINK
Thanks for taking the time to look, and I hope you enjoy the tracks!
So I’ve decided that this is going to be the last edit I post on this blog–it’s been a fun year and I’m feeling good that I managed to post something on time every Wednesday, but it’s time to focus on other exciting new things! Thanks so much for taking the time to check in on my lil’ project 🙂
This last edit feels like a fitting way to go out, as it’s something I’ve been playing for a while (and I actually did a juke remix of this track way back when). It’s one in a long line of “_____ your body” dance records: kind of cheesy, but at the same time a total stomper that hits really hard on a dancefloor.
One last thing: I’m happy to announce that some of this year’s edits will be coming out on vinyl soon, so stay tuned to my twitter and facebook for announcements about that!
I can’t believe I’ve already been doing this for a year! Not sure what the plan is for next week…should I retire this blog? Keep it going? I probably should’ve thought about this earlier…
Anyway, this week’s edit is one of my favorites recently–I’ve played it at almost every gig for the last few months. It’s a melodramatic Quebecois disco track with kicks and toms reminiscent of house music, and a nice synth breakdown at the end. I took out the cheesy parts, fixed the timing, added some dubby effects, and re-EQed the thing to work on today’s dancefloors.
Here’s a super-slept-on SF Hi-NRG heater with a fun little breakdown. I corrected the tempo, then cut out most of the vocals and fixed a lot of weird little structural issues that made it a nightmare to mix.
This track was one of the megahits of Belgium’s New Beat scene in the 1980s, and the music is dope but there’s a bunch of samples from the Pink Panther in it that completely ruin it for me. Maybe I’m too young or something? Anyway, here’s the instrumental version that I always wished the 12″ had!
This week’s edit is an overlooked Detroit house heater that was already pretty great, but I felt like it could use a little update. I added a new bassline, some effects, and edited it to be longer and a little more DJ-friendly.
A lesser-known tune featuring one of disco’s best female vocalists, this track has some great moments interspersed with a lot of corny bits that just don’t make sense on a dancefloor anymore. So I stripped it down into just the rawest, most thumping parts so I’d be able to play it out!
This one is a serious curveball compared to the rest of the edits so far…I took one of my fave early-2000s dance rock records, added some weird glitchy effects business towards the end, and tempo-corrected it so it’s easier to beatmix. Probably not what you’d normally play, but it’s a banger trust me!
I love this guy and have done a million edits of his stuff already, but here’s one more. I cut out most of the vocals, and slowed it down into a New Beat / EBM-type tune instead of the Hi-NRG vibe it originally had. Hope it comes in handy!
Here’s an instrumental(ish) edit of a really fun synthy Quebecois disco tune. The original had some pretty annoying vocals so I pulled them out, left the vocoder backup vox, and extended the whole thing.