Day 1 of our charity Advent Calendar in aid of The Steve Reid Foundation.
Pulling the first record out of the Advent Calendar bag is Midland, with his crisp and calculated edit of Orlando Riva Sound’s 1979 disco hit ‘Body To Body Boogie’.
This one from the Salsoul archive may not be on the frontline of the label’s most prized releases, but that’s exactly what makes it so charming. In this edit, the straight-talking, steady dance number has had its tempo dialled up and layers refined into a more compact and electronic finish. With a beautiful synergy between the strings and Bee Gee-esque backing vocals, a driven, funky guitar riff and an undeviating drum beat – It’s not hard to pinpoint why this groove-fuelled cut was put under Midland’s edit microscope. With melody having precedence over a volatile rhythm, it oozes the same accessible charm and eloquence that we hear so often in his mixes and productions.
Here’s what Midland had to say about the track:“This is a record I found in the middle of a two day digging mission in Montreal. For me its a perfect opener, I wanted to take out some of the slightly over the top parts and tightened up the drums in the beginning and ends and sped it up a bit. I chose this because it was the only finished thing I had on my computer!”
Download ‘Body to Body Boogie (Midland Edit)’ from our Bandcamp. It’s pay-what-you-like, with all proceeds going to The Steve Reid Foundation, a charity founded by Gilles Peterson that aims to support musicians in dedication to the visionary jazz drummer.