In 2012 Mixology-Sam Records Extended Play released 3 different vinyl samplers featuring edits by the likes of Todd Terje, 6th Borough Project, Maxxi Soundsystem & Soul Clap. Before I tell you about the highlights of Mixology-SAM Records Extended Play, I’ll tell you about the history of Sam Records.
The track that opens Sampler One of Mixology-SAM Records Extended Play, is the Soul Clap remix of one of SAM Records’ biggest hits, Vicki D’s This Beat Is Mine. Released in 1981, this gave Vicki D a worldwide hit. Pounding drums, percussion and whispered vocals combine as the track starts to reveal its secrets and surprises. A mixture of yelps, handclaps, rhythm section and keyboards combine before Vicki unleashes a sassy, vampish vocal. Sometimes, her vocal is swathed in echo, while the rhythm section add funk and keyboards give the track its boogie sound. For nearly eight minutes, Vicki D’s vocal is at the heart of the track’s success, as producers Gary R. Turnier and Andre Booth fuse funk, disco and boogie. In doing so, they create a track that’s dramatic and catchy, classic dance track. Tried and tested, this amazing remix of the Vicki D classic works a treat.
The B side opens with another outstanding remix of SAM Records’ biggest acts in the label’s early days, John Davis and The Monster Orchestra. They released Up Jumped the Devil in 1977. The version chosen is the 6th Borough Project’s Jumped Up Jam mix, where the track’s extended to nearly nine minutes. The Monster Orchestra featured M.F.S.B.’s Bobby Eli, percussionist Larry Washington and Don Renaldo’s Strings and Horns, plus the Sweethearts of Sigma backing vocalists. Percussion, rhythm section and guitars combine, before John’s dramatic vocal enters. Not only do the Sweethearts of Sigma add punchy, soulful backing vocals, but share the lead vocal. Later, Don Renaldo’s Strings and Horns play an important part in the track’s bold, dramatic sound. Strings sweep and swirl, while horns rasp and growl. With percussion, pounding rhythm section and a proliferation of percussion combining, it reveals its drama and majestic sound.
Finally Maxxi Soundsystem remix Scandal – Just Let Me Dance. Originally mixed by Jim Burgess, and released in 1981, this sought after disco bomb gets taken down a modern House route to create a speaker rattling club bomb that when dropped in the right place at the right time can energize a dancefloor in a special way.
A1 – Vicky “D”– This Beat Is Mine (Soul Clap Remix)
B1 – John Davis & The Monster Orchestra – Up Jumped The Devil (6th Borough Project Jumped Up Jam)
B2 – Scandal – Just Let Me Dance (Maxxi Soundsystem Remix)