Changes (Dimitri From Paris Is Back To The Garage)
Changes (Dimitri From Paris' Instrumental take)
Changes (Dimitri From Paris' Nightdubbin' Instrumental)
One of the first 12 inch singles I bought was D-Train's "You're the one for me". Back in the early 80's when it was released, it came close to being a crossover radio hit in many countries.
I was used to hearing the short radio mix but became amazed at the extended remix I found on the 12" pressing. Back then I did not to care much for b-side instrumental versions which were usually the same as the A side with just the vocal removed. This made the track less exciting to me. However, this particular "instrumental" was a totally different version. It was far more eventful than the vocal. It had a new arrangement, extra breaks and also vocal parts in various sound effects states. I instantly looked at the label to see who had crafted this amazing piece and saw the name of François Kevorkian. I had just heard my first Dub mix as I found out it was called. I had never come across such a creative remix before and it literally changed my life. From then on I was chasing all of François K's mixes and decided, I too wanted to become a remixer.
When searching for records I would go straight for the instrumental b-sides and discovered that other producers were "dubbing" out the songs. Along with François: Larry Levan, Paul Simpson, John Morales (as M&M) Shep Pettibone, Tee Scott and Nick Martinelli, a few others were making those instrumental dubs much more interesting than the plain vocal versions. I very soon started splicing parts of the dubs and vocals together on my cassette recorder hence creating my first re-edits. This eventually led me to get my first remix job in 1986 and started my career in production and DJing. This compilation features my selection of the most creative Dub mixes in my opinion. It is by no means exhaustive or definitive and there hopefully will be more volumes to come. Although the art of the dub mix in itself has become somewhat lost, it seems many of its elements have been absorbed by today's electronic music.
Pioneering UK duo -The Idjut Boys were the first to incorporate the spirit of the Dub mix into the realms of House music. In the mid 90's along with DJ Harvey, they were at the helm of the so - called London "Nu Disco" scene. With numerous and elusive releases through the now cult U-Star, Noid or Black Cock labels they all gave the Dub sound a new lease of life and paved the way for a new generation of producers and fans. Current acts like Metro Area, Chicken Lips, Todd Terje & Prins Thomas, Rub & Tug, Munk, and even pop darlings Justice to name a few, owe something to the sound of the 80's dub mixes. The Idjut Boys were the first producers I ever asked to remix a track of mine - (Dirty Larry,1996) and the first I invited to DJ with me in Paris (Respect is Burning @ Queen Club). They were also the first to release my re-edits on their Noid Label (Noid 066, 1996) so it is quite fair to say the three of us have some history. When I was putting this compilation together, I immediately thought of asking them to further dub out the selection I was making. Their clever use of vintage techniques and live old school mixing bring these Dub versions to life in one continuous spaced out trip.
Today, almost 30 years after their creation these musical milestones sound fresh as ever.