Here we are, finally, after years of procrastination and a couple of false starts: the first Beauty & the Beat release has landed, just in time to help celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the party. The track “Balafon Jam” by our mates Soundspecies has been a firm favourite since its release on a Boglewaltz comp a few years back, but sadly was never released on vinyl.
After asking John Talabot for a remix a couple years ago, and having him agreeing but not failing to deliver, we’ve asked ‘man of the moment’ Wolf Müller to step in…and that turned out to be the right move indeed. The resulting remix is a belter of a tune, deep, tribal, cosmic, a perfect match to the ethos of the party.
In the process we also had the original mix slightly tweaked by the Keen brothers and re-mastered by Matt Coton, while our mate Breakplus took charge of the peak time version of the track.
Interesting fact: Henry Keen (one half of Soundspecies), Breakplus and myself were all part of the Red Bull Music Academy session in Seattle exactly 10 years ago. Big memories!
We’ve pressed 500 copies of our baby, 180g of course, loud and clear, and self distributed the records to carefully chosen record dealers across Europe and Japan. The success was instant (see raving reviews from Piccadilly and Test Pressing) and within a couple weeks the record has sold out everywhere. Only a few copies will be added to our bandcamp soon, alongside the digital files.