We’re not gonna end the day by telling you young whippersnappers a “when I was your age” tale, but some of us olds on the Beatport staff (that’s pretty much anyone over 30, if you’re counting) remember with vivid detail the first time we heard Daft Punk’s now-classic “Around the World” track back in 1997—and damn, it was a joyous occasion. So suffice it to say that dudes like myself are pretty stoked (do you kids say “dudes” or “stoked” anymore?) that the tracks that first turned our ears toward electronic music have, as of today, been given a huge new push from EMI’s Mixed Repertoire label in the form of some amazing lost remixes from the vaults. First up, for me personally, is that iconic Daft Punk track remixed by none other than the equally legendary Masters At Work.
As is usually the case with an MAW track, Mssrs. Kenny Dope and Louie Vega focus primarily on ramping up the drums, and they stomp hard on this cut with that old-school New York vibe. But to say that this track is the reissue campaign’s gem is to undercut sooo much amazing music found on these releases. The rest of the Remix Album is filled with house and techno classics from Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles… you name it.
Elsewhere in the collection, special remixes of Todd Terry and Soul II Soul can be found on the Dubs EP; Juan Atkins, System 7, and others appear on the Techno Innovators set; rarely heard acapella mixes of Inner City, and more grace the Pellas EP; and Marshall Jefferson and Arthur Baker heat up the House Innovators comp.
Rounding out the whole shebang is the main Electrospective compilation highlighting some true dance-music classics, like The Normal’s “Warm Leatherette,” Inner City’s “Big Fun,” and special versions of tracks from Future Sound of London, Pet Shop Boys, The Human League, and plenty more. So check out this clip of Richie Hawtin, Mute’s Daniel Miller, Carl Cox, and David Guetta discussing their favorite Electrospective-related releases, and then grab all the releases here.