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Entries in Donna Summer (8)

Tuesday
Oct292013

Premiere: Donna Summer - Sunset People (Hot Chip 15:51 Min Extended Remix)

The amazing Donna Summer remix album Love To Love You Donna is out now and look at the treat we have! Hot Chip's stunning take on Sunset People is featured twice on the album as edits and here's the full remix, clocking in at almost 16 minutes! It's a luxurious listen to say the least and the reference to Love To Love You Baby's original length of 16:50 is almost blinding us with bright disco lights. We love the new tempo and the added beeps and blips that makes it trademarked with the Hot Chipness of it all. The Pete Bellotte and Giorgio Moroder produced single was originally released in the summer of 1980 becoming a moderate hit. As it was taken from her iconic 1979 Bad Girls album it meant Casablanca Records owned it. Donna herself had moved on by then to Geffen and left disco music behind her (or so she thought) and was getting ready for a new album era with The Wanderer. She felt sexually exploited by her old label and had redicovered her Christian faith in the process. Hearing this superb remix it's mind blowing to think of all the politics behind it all back in the day. It however does not take away from being a stunning disco number then and a slice of electro heaven now. Enjoy below! Thoughts?

Tuesday
Oct012013

Premiere: Donna Summer - Bad Girls (Gigamesh Remix)

Donna Summer's 1979 monster #1 hit Bad Girls is arguably one of the most recognized songs from the past, let's say, 50 years. The Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte produced disco anthem we're thinking can fit into practically any party or social function unless it's an extremely boring one! We're sure even death metal affectionados would get down to it. Written by Donna after one of her assistants was mistaken for a prostitute by a police officer it's sent many a floor to the absolute boiling point. We usually love Gigamesh's quirky re-imaginings and piercing synths. This is no excpetion. Completely sending these bad gals into 80's mode with instrumental sections fit for any 2013 gathering! Luckily the legendary Summer power vocals are front and center with the background chants full intact as well. Thankfully the toot, toot, beep, beep's made it as well! How'd we do without 'em? Not so well! This shining new remix uses none of the original horn section, sick bassline or sickenin' guitar solo. We can't have it all it seems, but played one directly after the other makes for one perfect good time to trot. Beep beep! The remix album Love To Love You Donna is out on October 22nd. 

Thursday
Aug292013

Donna Summer - Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger) [Chromeo & Oliver Remix]

We cannot even with the sadness that Donna Summer isn't here to crank audio systems up and experience the awakened interest in disco and old school house. She'd been perfect on the new Daft Punk album, that's for sure! On October 22nd we're getting a brand new remix album, Love To Love You Donna, filled to the brim with new mixes by people like Hot Chip and legendary Summer producer Giorgio Moroder. The lead off is this funk-tastic club banger by Chromeo & Oliver of 1982's Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger) originally produced by Quincy Jones. The original funk and robo voice suits Chromeo perfectly and we love the amped up feeling they are bringing. We can see this burn up many dance floor at hipster parties as well as any badass 60+ party! Get d.o.w.n with D.o.n.n.a! 

Friday
May242013

Mashup: I Feel Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Love

We're suckers for a good old mashup combining two or more worlds. Since Daft Punk and Giorgio Moroder collaborated on Random Access Memories what better than mixing the former's 2001 single Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger with the eternal Donna Summer 1977 masterpiece I Feel Love? Even throw in some of the trailblazing 1981 Patrick Cowley remix! Perfection even! That distinct Moroder beat never ever feels out of date and the blaring robotic voice adds a whole new futuristic feel to it, with Cowley's old school futurism working its way in midway. Enjoooy! Thanks DJ Alain Vinet!

Wednesday
Nov142012

Donna Summer - I Feel Love (Giorgio Moroder 2012 Remix)

I Feel Love - the 1977 electronic masterpiece by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte was added to the American National Recording Registry this year - and really, how could it not be? The criteria it more than qualifies for as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States." This iconic song will live forever for sure! Since the world of music lost Donna to cancer earlier this year it feels like the perfect tribute. We love that Giorgio is so active in social media and releases goodies on a weekly basis as well. His 2012 remix of I Feel Love premiered at the Louis Vuitton show at Munich Fashion Week in Arabellapark. All this is wonderful as it comes full circle thinking it was recorded all those years ago in Munich's Arabella-Hochhaus and history was made. Speaking of full circle; this remix made us think of the classic 15+ minute remix odyssey from 1978 by electronic music pioneer Patrick Cowley. This version sounds deep and fresh and we cannot wait for the full length version to drop! Go Giorgio!