by Tyler Harrington
Dance Party Chronicles is going all “2.0” next week with a relaunch of the website and fresh design. To celebrate this most joyous occasion, we’ll be hosting Bit Funk, and a hearty helping of DC’s favorite DJs with a Disco dance party at U Street Music Hall! So, in this installment of “Dance To This Shit,” we wanted to take a look at something you’re likely to hear at the event, Disco re-edits.
Re-edits are a form of altering an original track that has become popular across all forms of dance music, but none more so, than Disco. While re-edits are similar to remixes, they are not quite the same thing. Remixes are when an artist takes the elements of the original track, rearranges them, adds to them and essentially produces a new track. Re-edits generally stay truer to the original version of the song and will loop certain sections, remove others, change tempos and possibly reorder certain components. Oftentimes, artists will re-edit tracks that they like in order to make them more “DJ Friendly” for use during their DJ sets. Re-editing tracks, which was originally done by splicing magnetic tape together, is generally done today using various forms of music software like Ableton Live.
When it comes to re-edits, the first name that comes to mind for me is Manchester legend, Greg Wilson. Greg started doing re-edits in the 1980s and to this day still edits music using tape. I first heard this edit of The Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” when I saw Greg perform at Movement Electronic Music Festival last May. Check out this list of re-edits recommended by Greg Wilson himself.
DJ Provoke, a local Washington, D.C. DJ, is no stranger to re-edits. He has 20+ tracks that he has re-edited, posted on his SoundCloud page, and even more in his DJ arsenal. An avid record collector, Provoke is focused on making DJ friendly, dance floor edits using his vast library of vinyl. He performs DJ sets regularly at some of the best venues in the city, including Eighteenth Street Lounge, Dodge City, U Street Music Hall, Marvin, 9:30 club, Velvet Lounge, Tropicalia, & Cafe Saint-Ex. This track, his extended edit of Magnum Force’s “Girl You’re Too Cool” is one of his more recent edits, and one my favorites. To hear more of DJ Provoke’s edits, mixes, or sets, check out his soundcloud page.
Next is a track that recently appeared on Flight Facilities 1972-1982 Mixtape for Triple J Radio in Australia. When the duo from down under set out to make, what Mixmag has called “one of the most ambitious mix series of all time,” they asked their friend and fellow Australian,Tim Fuchs, to re-edit a track from that decade for them to include. He chose David Bowie’s 1975 classic song “Golden Years” and turned it into a dancier, yet equally funky version of the original.
This edit of the “Back Stabbers” comes from the Swedish duo, Drop Out Orchestra. The song was originally created by Philadelphia soul group, The O’Jays. It was featured on Drop Out Orchestra’s 13-track compilation album that consisted entirely of re-edits that they had done, appropriately named, The Edits.
Last, but certainly not least, is an edit for Mr. Bonkerz. Bonk is another established Disco DJ in the District of Columbia and DPC’s resident Disco Dictator. He recently put together a cosmic edit of Foreigner’s 80’s rock classic, “Urgent.” I am a huge fan of the way our cookie loving friend dissected the original song and reassembled it into a spacey dance track complete with italo style synthesizer.
Join the DPC crew at U Street Music Hall, February 6, for our reluanch party. On the decks will be DC’s DJ Provoke, Brian Billion, Smudge, Ozker, DPC Residents, Mr. Bonkerz, Remote Ctrl, and William Devon; and let’s not forget the headliner, Brooklyn based Producer and DJ. This ridiculous line up will be showcasing all types Disco dance grooves.
Thanks for listening/reading!