Surrounded By Disco
"Every day of my life i get a little bit higher", with this phrase alone, Kurt Hauenstein, head of the funk-disco legend SUPERMAX, whoops a punchline into the grooves of the record which brings along great pop music, the hedonistic attitude of disco and, of course, Hauensteins deep relationship to Jamaica. Swimmingpool had the idea to do a Supermax-Remix while they were recording the original "Last Night" (on the album "good old music", LP/CD), because for them - with its minimal funk - it presented the perfect forward pass. It took a year to get the remix done and the result exceeded all expectations you previously may have had. Hauenstein managed it, not least because of the vocals, to instill not only the desired dose of pop (a kind of retro-pop that nobody else does this way) but also, at the same time, to impose the necessary BANG on his beloved reggea music. We haven`t heard this combination yet and it certainly desires a detailed examination of the contents. An examination that absolutely could start with the reading of the artist`s biography (www.supermax.cc). In the first instance, among other things, he had to cope with a misconception that used to be a constant image problem for disco music and especially for Supermax: the curse of superficiality, which in great moments, of course, used to turn into a blessing. The maxi`s title is in line with this theme. "Surrounded by Disco" provides the frame for the 3 tracks that fill it out in its own way but never clichÃ©-like and simply euphoric. So does the A-side "Bernard" (from the album "good old music", published in May 2006), the track that, like no other SWIMMINGPOOL track, hits the right note to describe the ambivalence between superficiality and depth, and still rocks every club. Every strong point of Swimmingpool is bundled in "Bernard": the straight minimal arrangement, always simultaneously oriented towards the track AND the song, but never using hip cut-ups or other distractions. The soul-like harmonies, NEVER using wishy-washy tones borrowed from soul music and thereto this unbelievable sound. What Bernard does in the club you should not try to describe. You can only recommend to everyone to see for oneself how deep and fat such a disco feeling can be, even without vocals.LOWTEC is one of the artists, whose deep house-tracks have always evoked our interest and we were looking forward to work with him. His remix "Chic Plaza" shows why: house music cannot be warmer, easier and more straighter.