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Batutastica
Cat: GAMM 149. Rel: 18 Aug 20
Deep House
  1. Batutastica (Danny Krivit edit) (6:58)
  2. Jungle (Danny Krivit edit) (6:57)
Review: Remarkably, superior re-edit, remix and rework imprint G.A.M.M is approaching its 150th release. We'll hear more about what they have in store in the weeks and months ahead, but first the Swedish stable has decided to offer up something suitably special: a pair of previously unreleased edits from the king of the rusty scalpel rearrangement, Danny Krivit AKA Mr K. If it's percussion you're after, we'd heartily recommend insatiable A-side "Batutastica", a riotous revision of a drum-heavy Brazilian batacuda workout that's little more than densely layered waves of sweaty, carnival-ready percussion. It's an absolute dancefloor beast, as is the similarly hectic, intense and celebratory flipside drum workout, "Jungle". In a word: essential!
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Time Of The Season (Record Store Day Black Friday 2020)
Cat: MXMRK 2037. Rel: 27 Nov 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Time Of The Season (edit by Mr K) (7:41)
  2. Theme From Great Cities (edit by Mr K) (9:35)
Review: Reaching deep into the earliest foundations of his voluminous collection, Danny Krivit presents a psychedelic pop classic rearranged for today's sound systems and setlists. Recorded in the Beatles' Abbey Road studio at the height of the Summer Of Love, the Zombies' "Time Of The Season" is firmly linked in pop culture to the late '60s and the Vietnam era, although it almost never made it out to a wider audience. Ignored on its initial release, it was given a second chance by the label as the last gasp from a band that had officially split up a year before. This time around the song steadily gained fans and word-of-mouth plays in the U.S. and by the summer of 1969, two years after it had been recorded, "Time Of The Season" was ubiquitous and well on its way to being firmly enshrined as an emblem of the era.

Krivit's edit highlights the parade of lush sonic textures that ornament the hip composition, from the iconic, exquisitely echoed bass-clap-exhale riff that opens the song to the cascading Hammond organ solos of Rod Argent. Naturally, this MEU issue keeps the audio quality at its highest level, the better to appreciate these nuances. "It's a song from my childhood that really struck a chord," Danny says. "Over the years I often played a rough edit which always seemed to go over great. The song seemed to get better and better, and age like fine wine." We agree!

From flowers and incense, we move to glass and steel. "Theme For Great Cities" envelops us in a soaring, intense groove, as emblematic of the post-punk no wave style of 1981 as "Time of the Season" was to its own era. Produced by Gong's Steve Hillage, this futuristic instrumental is a bit like Bowie's wordless works with Eno, with an added downtown edge. "The original really struck me," Danny recalls, "especially at Roxy in the early '80s hip hop nights, on that Richard Long sound system... It really blew me away with its atmosphere!"

Danny's edit combines the lean and mean original with a trackier remixed version, cleanly lifting off on an epic ride that clocks in at nearly ten minutes. With the revised rhythm section and its quick-punched low end sandwiching the meat of the original's punishing drums and aggressive, picked bass line, Mr. K gives us the best of the expanded sonics of the remix without losing the atmospherics of the original take.
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Stand On The Word
Stand On The Word (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: MXMRK 2036. Rel: 28 Sep 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Stand On The Word (edit By Mr K) (6:23)
  2. Stand On The Word (Mr K live acappella edit) (3:51)
Review: Gospel music has had a long relationship with the underground dance floors of New York and New Jersey, sharing an emotionally charged spirituality that is central to devotees of each. Sitting at the nexus of these worlds is "Stand On The Word," a praise song that opens an album privately pressed by the First Baptist Church of Crown Heights in 1982. Who exactly recontextualized the churchly platter for the spiritual dance floor is a matter of some contention. Was it the born-again Walter Gibbons, a member of the congregation who lived nearby at the time, and then perhaps Tony Humphries, who worked at a local record store that carried the LP? But in an ocean of gospel dance music, this one distinctively sticks out as an underground dance classic. For this special release, Mr. K has trimmed his rare Japan only "Stand On The Word" 12" release from the crystalline intro to the beloved standout vocal lines to an ear-catching alternate piano outro, making it readily attainable on 7-inch for the first time. An astounding acapella fills the flip side with crackling handclaps and thundering foot-stomps, sounding as if it was recorded at church, or the final hour of the 718 Sessions (same thing). A better example of the sacred and secular crossover connection would be difficult to find.
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Love Is The Message
Cat: MXMRK 2035. Rel: 28 Sep 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Love Is The Message (7" Classic edit By Mr K) (5:32)
  2. I Can't Turn Around (7" edit By Mr K) (5:24)
Review: The tunes on this 7" have legendary status and are hard to find in original format. But Mr K serves up a couple subtle but essential reworks here that mean you don't need to look any further. Opening up the a-side is 'Love Is The Message', a perfect soul drenched and funky groove train that never lets up, with big sax lines and chunky drum breaks carrying you as far as you want to go. The flip side 'I Can't Turn Around' is a mainstay of the early house scene and has classic status to this day with its broad horns and tender male vocal.
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Boogie Land
Cat: MXMRK 2010. Rel: 13 Nov 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Boogie Land (Mr K Tribute To Larryl edit) (8:18)
  2. Lady, Lady, Lady (Mr K instrumental edit) (6:35)
Review: Supreme edits from the one and only Mr K: "Boogie Land" explores the insane P-Funk gold of Ike Strong with full emphasis on the obese walking bassline, gutsy backing vocals and layered riffs, all extended with hypnotic glory. "Lady, Lady, Lady" is a dramatic rearrangement of the instrumental version of Boogie Man Orchestra where the pianos and strings are placed centre stage and squeezed for every ounce of drama and disco theatre. Insanely good.
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Played by: Pete Haigh, Desos
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Mr K Edits Vol 1
Cat: MRKEDITS 001. Rel: 20 Jul 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Life & Death In G & A (Mr K edit) (4:40)
  2. Viramundo (Mr K edit) (5:40)
Review: When it comes to the disco edit, few names fill you with an immediate sense of confidence as Danny Krivit. The New York-raised DJ and producer has more edit credits to his name than you've had hot dinners, and a sense of quality exudes through his rich body of work. This new DJ-friendly 12" hones on the Krivit vault of secret edit weapons and selects two that will nice up any dancehall. Up first is an extended tweak of "Life & Death In G & A", an early funk strutter from Abaco Dreams that still sounds very, very fresh some 45 years on! Just as good is the B-side where the K man tackles the Sergio Mendes version of Tropicalia classic "Viramundo", with this edit focussing on those percussion breaks. Delightful stuff!!
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FORTHCOMING
Mortal Kombo #1 EP
Mortal Kombo #1 EP (180 gram vinyl 12")
786
Cat: 786MK 001. Rel: 18 Dec 20
Deep Dubstep
  1. Mr K & DPRTNDRP - "Suppression" (dub)
  2. Quasar & Nova - "Witchcraft" (dub)
  3. Saule & Centauri - "Tyrant"
  4. Teffa & Sound Unknown - "Hide & Seek"
coming soon $15.86
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