The storied vaults of Atlantic Records have been raided for a disc of classic 1970s-era soul, funk and jazz re-imagined by contemporary remixers.
The storied vaults of Atlantic Records have been raided for a disc of classic 1970s-era soul, funk and jazz re-imagined by contemporary remixers. Due May 10 from Rhino/Atlantic, "Atlantiquity" is based on material from the likes of Donny Hathaway, Carmen McCrae and Chic and defined for the dance floor under the guidance of Los Angeles radio/club DJ Garth Trinidad.
"Each remixer has a unique style and I picked tracks according to their musical personalities," Trinidad says of selecting material for the likes of King Britt, Daz-I-Kue and DJ Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5) to tackle. "This was an amazing way for all the DJs to pay homage to artists that have influenced them and introduce these classic artists to a younger generation."
For his remix of Kleeer's "Tonight," Sa-Ra tapped the talents of Me'Shell Ndegéocello to add new bass lines. Nu-Mark revisits Eddie Harris' "Bold and Black," while Dark, a member of Attic Blues, reshapes the Average White Band's "Pick Up the Pieces."
"Charlie didn't just go in and flip the beat," Trinidad says. "He went in and used all the existing elements of the song to create something completely new, which really embodies the spirit of this project."
In addition to the CD release, a two-LP vinyl version will be issued May 24, with an extended version of King Britt's remix of Chic's "A Warm Summer Night."
Here is the "Atlantiquity" track list:
"Tonight," Kleeer (Sa-Ra Remix featuring the Sa-Ra All Stars & Me'Shell Ndegéocello)
"Watching You," Slave (Vikter Duplaix Remix)
"Bold and Black," Eddie Harris (DJ Nu-Mark Remix)
"Getting Uptown (To Get Down)," United 8 (Quantic Remix)
"Pick Up The Pieces," Average White Band (Charlie Dark Remix)
"We Are Family," Sister Sledge (Daz-I-Kue Remix)
"Little Ghetto Boy," Donny Hathaway (Freddy L. Remix)
"A Warm Summer Night," Chic (King Britt Remix)
"I'll Be Around," Spinners (Kev Brown Remix)
"Just a Little Lovin'," Carmen McCrae (GB Remix)
"Riding High," Faze-o (Remix featuring Tiombe Lockhart & The Army Of Love)
"Nubian Lady," Yusef Lateef (Metisse Remix)