The beautiful thing about retro is that it’s always rejuvinating itself . So while UK label Strut has been best known for mining the catalogs from the ’70s and ’80s era, the passing of time has brought some quality ’90s house to the front of the nostalgia que. It’s hardly surprising that Cajual Records is ready for it’s rehash. The label’s definitive release, Cajmere’s 1992 smash “Percolator” had a huge resurgence on the dance floor back in 2007 when all things Diplo/Low Budget/B’More hit the underground mainstream. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for this legendary label that is as deserving as any imprint for the reissue treatment. Check the track list after the jump. …MORE
Chicago techno legend Green Velvet has been revisting his fuzzier alter-ego Cajmere lately, issuing a mammoth two disco compilation of hits and remixes titled, It’s Time, which featured a gang of remixes of proto-juke hit “Percolator” by Major Lazer, Claude Von Stroke, Riva Starr and Gant-Man. Now the textile-loving producer has handed over diva-house smash “Brighter Days” to ace hip-hop producer Just Blaze, who backs the soulful vocals by Dajae with a stomping tribal house tempo boom-clap, with more cymbal crashes than the “1812 Overture.” The single also comes with an electro-tinged “8 to 8 Dub Mix,” but check out Just Blaze’s ‘The reOPENed 3am’ mix right here.
Cajmere :: “Brighter Days” (Just Blaze ‘The reOPENed 3am’ mix)
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This mix is one for the ages; provided by one of the head honchos of the Glaswegian imprint NUMBERS, Jackmaster has provided DJ sets that stretch time, space and continents simultaneously. Juggling between classic American cuts provided by Chicago and Detroit producers, as well as proper house, funky and bass tunes from the UK and rest of the world, Jackmaster doesn’t hesitate to cue up something that’s a favorite to some and obscure to others. As evident in his Sonar 2010 set, he pushes the envelope of “trendy” and doesn’t just play the newest and freshest dubs, it’s all about vibes. Whether it’s dropping classic Daft Punk, Aphex Twin or throwing down Chaka Khan, he’s fearless and a total maestro on the decks. After a few wishes upon a star, URB got theirs; an exclusive and obviously packed nearly two-hour mix from the man himself. Considering that we’ll be seeing him at UNSOUND 2010 in Krakow (back-to-back with Deadboy) in the coming days, consider this a preview of what his set could be. This very well could be the mix of the year, blending classic, current and everything in between. Be sure to keep your ears peeled for forthcoming NUMBERS tunes in this mix from URB favourites Ill Blu and Mosca. Check the massive tracklist and download link after the jump.
If you grew up around Chicago everyone and your grandmother knew “Percolator” by Cajmere. I remember watching a bunch of girls grind up on 7th grade boys at cramped Jr High party while the room and the apartments next door blared with people shouting “it’s time for the percolator”. The song in my lifetime has been played in everything from baby showers, weddings, all my school dances, ringtones and this summer I heard it blanketing Union Park while Cajmere a.k.a Green Velvet performed at North Coast Music Festival. While it might be unknown to all these people how big this song is globally, it makes me feel good that these same people who grew up on dancing to “Percolator” are tipping their hats to a childhood club hit and reintroducing it into to all the new crowds. Who knows what 7th grade house party …
URB has an exclusive taste of “Ther Percolator” 2010 with Claude Von Strokes strutting and stuttering remix. Plus the video released last night of Cajmere’s own update. The video features Kid Sister, DJ Gantman, Footworkingz and Future Funk. And if you recognize the jerking toddlers in the video, then you’ve been watching America’s Got Talent.