Thursday, 27 May 2010

ALBUM REVIEW: V/A 'Dimitri From Paris: Get Down With The Philly Sound' out now on BBE

The love I lost was complete love. I will Never, no no never love again. I wanna tell the world how I feel about 'cah baby. Someday we can tell our children that all the wars are gone. These are just some of the words behind the dancefloor killing sound of Philadelphia where the disco sound was first conceived.

Coming from a family of enthusiasts and people who lived through the period I 've heard a fair old number of these tracks before and even own a few of them on vinyl. There's some of the classics from Teddy Pendergrass ("You Can't Hide From Yourself" & "The More I Get The More I want"), Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes ("Bad Luck"), The Jacksons ("Living Together") and The Trammps all make an appearance. If you've never heard these songs before (and there may be a number of you who haven't if you're reading this and you are under 20 :p) the this is great introduction the the epoch and the sound that gave birth to the modern dance era.

Those of you who have a love for the sound and already own a bunch of the originals then fear not. This 2 disc package has a bunch of reworks by Dimitri adding his own special cocktail of dancefloor magic to the mix, in particular the 11 minute monster rework of 'The Love I Lost' that is simply priceless.
 Sadly Tedy Pendergrass passed away in January of this year and a specially poignant touch by Dimitri is his dedication of the album to the great man. You can hear his thoughts on the album as he takes you through the project in his 3o minute mix available to download below.



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