After a mem­o­rable first vol­ume devot­ed to clas­sic Salsoul Records remix­es, Harmless is resum­ing their promis­ing line of Mixology com­pi­la­tions on August 27th with Sam Records Extended Play.  This vol­ume is devot­ed to a lesser-known dis­co spe­cial­ist label that released a string of cult favorite records, includ­ing mate­ri­al from the likes of Gary’s Gang and John Davis & The Monster Orchestra.  It will be a two disc set that presents sev­er­al Sam Records clas­sic in new edits as well as a con­tin­u­ous mix by Jacques Renault.  Read for all the deliri­ous dis­co details, includ­ing a full track list­ing…

MIXOLOGY: SAM RECORDS EXTENDED PLAY

featuring remixes and re-edits by Soul Clap6th Borough Project, Todd TerjeMaxxi SoundsystemAndy AshPrince LanguageWalker & RoyceRunawayClinton HoulkerBonar BradberryVolta BureauCatz ‘N Dog

Released: August 27th 

Welcome to the sec­ond album in the Harmless ‘Mixology’ series. The first album kicked off with New York’s inde­pen­dent Salsoul label – prob­a­bly the most influ­en­tial Disco label of all time through­out it’s hey­day in the mid to late 1970s.

However, the whole point of the ‘Mixology’ series is to high­light the out­put of dif­fer­ent labels through­out all the eras of Dance music’s illus­tri­ous his­to­ry. So it gives us great plea­sure to wel­come anoth­er icon­ic label into the fold – New York’s Sam Records – a label which not only spanned the 1970’s Disco era suc­cess­ful­ly with inter­na­tion­al smash­es from Gary’s Gang and John Davis & the Monster Orchestra, but also trans­lat­ed per­fect­ly into the 1980s via its con­sis­tent cut­ting edge releas­es and pro­duc­tions.

Originally start­ed by U.S. music biz vet­er­an Sam Weiss in 1976, Sam Records was most­ly active between 1976 to 1983 – the key peri­od for Disco and its even­tu­al muta­tion into the syn­the­sis­er dri­ven dance groove of the ear­ly 1980’s – all areas which were pio­neered by Sam Records through­out its his­to­ry. The label even­tu­al­ly passed over to Sam’s son, Michael Weiss, who by the begin­ning of the next decade, in 1991, was also run­ning the hottest dance music label of it’s time, Nervous Records – the term ‘like father, like son’ has nev­er been bet­ter demon­strat­ed.

Fast for­ward to June 2012 and Harmless was hap­py to receive a call from Michael telling us all about his plans to reis­sue some key pack­ages from the Sam cat­a­logue.  We imme­di­ate­ly came on board and this album is one of the results of the con­ver­sa­tion.

Our sin­cere thanks go out to Michael Weiss and the staff @ Nervous U.S., Jacques Renault for over­see­ing the project and pro­vid­ing a belt­ing con­tin­u­ous mix and great re-edit plus Soul Clap, 6th Borough Project, Todd Terje, Maxxi Soundsystem, Andy Ash, Prince Language, Walker & Royce, Runaway, Clinton Houlker, Bonar Bradberry, Volta Bureau & Catz ‘N Dogz for pro­vid­ing some bril­liant re-edits, all of which are per­fect exam­ples of why the Sam Records lega­cy con­tin­ues to thrive to this very day.

This album is in mem­o­ry of the late Sam Weiss, 19th September 1926 – 19th March 2008. Rest in peace Sam — this beat is yours!

Ian Dewhirst July 2012

CD1: The Original Re-Edits & Remixes

1. Vicky “D” — This Beat Is Mine — Soul Clap Remix 7.42

2. John Davis & The Monster Orchestra — Up Jumped The Devil — 6th Borough Project Jumped Up Jam 8.24

3. Gary’s Gang — Keep On Dancing — Todd Terje Remix 9.31

4. Scandal — Just Let Me Dance — Maxxi Soundsystem Remix 8.24

5.  Gary’s Gang — Let’s Lovedance Tonight — Jacques Renault Edit 5.16

6. John Davis & The Monster Orchestra — Stay With Me — Andy Ash Edit 6.26

7. Convertion — Let’s Do It — Prince Language Hands Up Edit 7.08

8. Rhyze — Just How Sweet Is Your Love — Walker & Royce Touch 7.40

9. K.I.D. — Don’t Stop — Runaway Remix 6.09

10. Mike & Brenda Sutton — Don’t Let Go Of Me (Grip My Hips And Move Me) Clinton Houlker Edit 6.20

11. Komiko — Feel Alright — Bonar Bradberry Edit 6.02

CD2: More Original Re-Edits and Full Length Mix By Jacques Renault

1.  Mike & Brenda Sutton — We’ll Make It — Volta Bureau Edit 4.32

2.  John Davis & The Monster Orchestra — Bourgie Bourgie – Catz ‘N Dogz Remix 6.40

Tracks 3–15 Continuous Mix By Jacques Renault 59.35

3. Vicky “D” — This Beat Is Mine — Soul Clap Remix

4.  John Davis & The Monster Orchestra — Up Jumped The Devil — 6th Borough Project Jumped Up Jam

5. Gary’s Gang — Keep On Dancing — Todd Terje Remix

6. Scandal — Just Let Me Dance — Maxxi Soundsystem Remix

7. Gary’s Gang — Let’s Lovedance Tonight — Jacques Renault Edit

8. John Davis & The Monster Orchestra — Stay With Me — Andy Ash Edit

9. Convertion — Let’s Do It — Prince Language Hands Up Edit

10. Rhyze — Just How Sweet Is Your Love — Walker & Royce Touch

11. K.I.D. — Don’t Stop — Runaway Remix

12. Mike & Brenda Sutton — Don’t Let Go Of Me (Grip My Hips And Move Me) Clinton Houlker Edit

13. Komiko — Feel Alright — Bonar Bradberry Edit

14. Mike & Brenda Sutton — We’ll Make It — Volta Bureau Edit

15. John Davis & The Monster Orchestra — Bourgie Bourgie – Catz ‘N Dogz Remix 6.40