Mancunian institution Electric Chair shut it’s doors on the cusp of 2008 with The Unabombers moving onto endeavours new, including their band The Elektrons and curating the somewhat more Dadhouse orientated Electric Souls parties.
A sad day it was too, one of my fondest clubbing memories was at a Electric Chair party in Elbow‘s studio somewhere in Manchester, holding onto a radiator for dear life whilst in the sweaty grip of the fear after a heavyhanded first dabble in the substance some like to call Michael Douglas, as everyone else happily danced to Henrik Schwarz.
Tirk Recordings pay a warm farewell with the news of a forthcoming and final Electric Chair mix cd – playfully entitled Electric Chair Saved My Life released mid October and full of seminal tracks from the likes of Faze Action, Pepe Bradock, Roy Davis Jnr and Isolee*
For those of you who think dance music was created by Daft Punk, fine tuned by Justice and had the Think break added by Herve this compilation can be classed as a schooling. Previous Electric Chair compilations have been a standard in the Slutty Fringe record box for many a year.
Tirk like their DJs and have an extra gem up their sleeve prior to the full CD release in the shape of the Electric Chair RIP EP – a three track vinyl sampler that fully encapsulates the sweaty, hedonistic, funk fuelled spirit that made Electric Chair special.
Taking in the bassbin bursting UK hip hop circa 1995 of SUAD‘s Black Men United, the gospel choir Loft classic that is Levan‘s edit of Joubert Singers (currently bastardized by the godawful Keedz track) and the mutant discoid funk of Like Some Dream (I Can’t Stop Dreaming) by Daniel Wang.
Fans of Fabric live mixes will recognise the Wang track from James Murphy & Pat Mahoney’s disco soujorn but it has been near the top of my vinyl want list for several years now so my pleasure is like punch it’s getting put on wax on October 16th.
A vaguely related bonus track comes in the shape of this masterful re/edit of Stevie Wonder’s winebar rugcutter Superstition by Todd Terje, which Greg Wilson dropped at the Electric Souls Carnival party on Monday to massive delight. Several years of fielding continual drunken requests for the original had cultivated some sort of throbbing ball of hatred towards the track but trust Terje to cut right through that.
It’s practically ready to cash in it’s pension in blog years, having surfaced in March but it’s new to these ears and we’re starting to care less about blog hype.
*full CD tracklisting after the jump
01. Shut Up And Dance – Blackmen United
02. Fluke – Tosh (Fila Brazilia Remix)
03. Joubert Singers – Stand On The Word
04. Human League – Hard Times
05. Metro Area – Caught Up
06. Sinnamon – I Need You Now
07. Jaziac Sunflowers – Spacehopper
08. Nasty Dolls – Steamy Windows
09. Daniel Wang – Like Some Dream (I Can’t Stop Dreaming)
10. Faze Action – In The Trees
11. Sly Mongoose – Snakes And Ladders (Rub n Tug Remix)
12. The Electric South feat. Bob Lind – Sing (UnaBombers Electric North Remix)
13. Pépé Bradock – Deep Burnt
14. Isolée – Beau Mot Plage
15. Josh One – Contemplation (King Britt Funke Remix)
16. Quentin Harris – Let’s Be Young
17. Roy Davis Jr. feat. Peven Everett – Gabriel
18. Rufus and Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody (Frankie Knuckles Hallucinogenic Dub)