Following on from the runaway success of Le-Edits number 1, Dimitri eases us into 2018 with style and grace by presenting us with another fine set of reworkings from deep within the vaults. In this era of cheap and nasty bootlegs, badly looped breakdowns and bedroom producers butchering the classics with no soul or quality control it was time for a change, an antidote. Le-Edits is exactly that, a platform for Dimitri to express his appreciation of this most influential musical artform in the best way possible – utilising the master tapes, pressing onto virgin vinyl, taking extra care with the label aesthetics and everything else in-between. What you hold in your hands is a labour of love, a journey! Once the needle hits the groove and you’re immersed in the music it will all make sense, you will feel the force of the ‘chic in the music’!
Firstly we find ourselves in the company of the legendary Phyllis Hyman, an artist whose stellar career saw her perform with artists like Norman Connors, Jon Lucien, Pharoah Sanders and the fatback Band among others. ‘You know how to love me’ is perhaps one of Hyman’s best known tracks and is taken from her successful 1979 debut LP of the same title. A swirling, floating groove produced by the criminally underrated powerhouse production duo of James Mtume and Reggie Lucas ‘You know…’ is a wondrous slice of Disco-Soul, mellow in some respects but in the right hands also a dance-floor roof raiser. Dim’s ‘Super Disco Blend’ version of this classy and elegant cut respectfully touches the arrangement up in all the right places, teasing us into the groove with a wonderfully percussive and vocal led intro before giving us the full funk of the strings, the rhythm section and the simply flawless arrangements and production. This is pure soulful bliss and brings new life and dynamism to an already classic record. This is how it should be done!
On the flip side of this beautifully presented piece of wax is another underground aficionado’s choice, the slick 1981 sounds of the incomparable Keni Burke’s ‘Let Someone Love You’. Again, working from the RCA original master tapes and studying Philly legend Joe Tarsia and NYC master mixer David Todd’s studio session Dimitri has blessed us with a brand new version of this popular jam. This mix is an absolute joy for the DJ’s with the drums upfront and Keni’s adlibs leading us into that monumental piano break and off we go! A truly uplifting piece of music, ‘Let Someone…’ is a surefire winner. Again, in keeping with the Le-Edits ethos, this new mix has been created with the full understanding of this music and most importantly with love and passion. Fans of both Phyllis Hyman and Keni Burke’s work will undoubtedly fall in love with these spectacular mixes and make them their own. Essential for all Disco lovers.
Le Edit is off to a fantastic start and as expected, Dimitri has many more incredible mixes and edits hidden up his finely tailored sleeve. Join us on the dancefloor as we elevate the art of remix and present new visions of dance classics from the past – DFP style!