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Wednesday, Nov 18 2009 | 19:02 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

6906Whilst a certain Parisian electronic duo were still (probably impossibly chic) toddlers, French band/production project Space had worked out that making lots of hooky synth disco and wearing Space suits in public at all times were a potent pop combination, one that enabled them to sell 12 million records across 4 albums from 1977-81, before imploding in the time honored fashion of lawsuits and bitter recrimination all round.

To follow on from our recent “Best of Space” release here at Nang / Tirk towers, we were thrilled when Didier Marouani and Space producer JP Illiesco gave us a licence to tinker with the Space multitracks. Whilst nothing can touch the pure genius and mastery of the originals our limited edition mix album does present some of these classics in a post millennium light.

We open with the classic “Magic Fly”. Here we decided we steer clear of remixes which would no doubt come up short, but we did remaster it to give it a 2009 sonic punch. Next up Slovenian Ichisan (who we recently heard described as a Lindstrom for the dancefloor) takes on “Just Blue” from Space album #3. Sare Havlicek’s take on “Fasten Seat Belts” pays homage to the synth-bass drive of the original. Staying with Album #1 Italo man-of-the-moment Bottin takes “Tango In Space” on a funked up clavinet and slap bass detour. Bottins mix of “Carry On Turn Me On” is also included on vinyl from the recent Tirk release. Loudery and Bottins dancefloor grooving edit of “Mixed Up” also makes a welcome appearance.

“Air Force” is given the nu-disco treatment by Bearfunk new star King DJ. We’ve un-earthed a previously “buried in an un-used multitrack” performance by Didier on vocal monster “Deliverance” and label buddies Foto do their rolling bass thing twang on it. Ilya Santana goes twiddley on “Running In The City” and Acos Coolkas take things downtempo with a moody take on “Flying Nightmare”. Our Russian label debut releasers D-Pulse deliver a most excellent funk-guitar heavy mix of “Prison”. JP Illiesco describes their version as “like the way I always wanted it to sound”, which we were all most honoured to hear.

We also include some long lost original mixes from back in the day. Superstar DJ (from before there were Superstar DJs) Rusty Egan gets all drummy on his take on “Tender Force” and we go bongo-tastic with “Save Your Love”.

Tracklisting:

01. Magic Fly (2009 Remastered Version)
02. Just Blue (Ichisan’s Quatro Diversion)
03. Fasten Seat Belts (Sare Havcilek Mix)
04. Tango In Space (Bottin Remix)
05. Air Force (King DJ Remix)
06. Carry On Turn Me On (Bottin Remix)
07. Prison (D-Pulse Remix)
08. Mixed Up (Bottin & Loudery’s Halo Halo Version)
09. Tender Force (Rusty Egan Remix)
10. Deliverance (Foto’s Boulevard Of Dreams Mix)
11. Running In The City (Ilya Santana Remix)
12. Flying Nightmare (Acos Coolkas Version)

The album SpaceThe Remixes” (Nang) is going to be released November 27, 2009.

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