THIS IS Retro - Volume 1
Release: May 7 (Beatport) / May 21 (iTunes & all other digital platforms)
Keeping true to the label's decision to go for sophisticated, retro disco / funk flavour, This Is Recordings presents an album with a twist - This Is Retro. The LP is choc full of deeper sounds, but ones which will still work on the dancefloor as well as being perfect for home listening.
The album is an introspective, thoughtful and predominantly heartfelt collection of hand-picked cuts.
THIS IS RETRO
The music on This Is Retro has been compiled with dedication and genuine consideration. It has an unquestionably retrospective sounding streak running through the selection, but also a fresh approach to today’s music – it’s retro, but it’s firmly relevant in today’s market.
Tracks feature from the likes of THIS IS label owner Sander Kleinenberg and many others. Sander contributes to the album with tracks such as Chemically, Remember When, Follow Me and The Healer.
Quality contributions have been hand-picked by the label, artists such as Kraak & Smaak, diskJokke, Djuma Soundsystem,NSFW, Ante Perry, Kolombo and Downtown Party Network. This really is a retrospective voyage into the old to come up with something new, combining some tracks incorporating that 'classic sounding' vibe with a fresh 2012 flavour.
The LP is truly essential listening, compiled with love and care by Sander as we approach summer 2012.
This Is Retro comes to us as a strong package of dancefloor as well as easy listening gems. This Is Retro genuinely covers the whole spectrum.
The album kicks off with Sander Kleinenberg vs Kraak & Smaak´s 'The Journey' feat Ursula Rucker. This version is the Kolombo remix, dropping the BPMs and taking us back to the 80s with a series of stabbed synth sounds and probably the funkiest bassline this side of James Brown. Young and upcoming Dutch talent NSFW furthers his growing reputation with a track entitled 'Coconut’. Unbelievably simple, but impressingly infectious, this is a track which is full, round, warm and uplifting. When the female vocal slides in, as well as the piano line, you know this track is where it’s at. Kolombo offer their second offering on the track with 'Passin’ Me By'. The track also makes use of subtle vocal snippets, up and down key changes, complemented with those crisp 80s drum pads.
Sander takes up the reigns with the impressive The Healer track, offering a more mellow, dreamy experience, with NSFW storming back with his remix of Kolombo & Oliver Klein’s 'Espionnage'.
Djuma Soundsystem & diskJokke’s 'Maneter' slows the BPMs even more before Ante Perry & Kolombo’s 'Completely Positive' also does the business in a laid-back vibe.
Main man Sander rounds off the album with his sublime vocal workout with UK singer/songwriter Jamie Cullum. The track is the seminal 'Remember When', featuring Jamie’s heartfelt vocals, with Downtown Party Network on the remix.