Friday, July 20, 2012

Peter & The Magician - Memory (Le Crayon Remix)

One of my favorite sounds of the post-disco era is the snare on the Linn LM-1, a drum machine that hit the market in 1980 and was the first to use digital samples of a real drum kit. These days, you can grab samples of the LM-1 for free on the internet, but back then, it cost $5,000, making it accessible only to the wealthiest musicians.

"Early adopters were Peter Gabriel, Warren Cann (Ultravox), Vince Clarke (who had just left Depeche Mode), The Human League and Stevie Wonder," writes synth veteran Stephen Howell. But it was perhaps Prince who most famously embraced the sound.

Many nu-disco producers including Louis La Roche use Linn sounds extensively, and I have to say it was the first thing that stood out to me on this fresh remix by the 20-year-old Parisian producer Le Crayon. I can't guarantee he is using an LM-1 sample, but it sure has that sound to it.

The whole remix oozes disco funk with staccato guitar rhythms, a dual Moog/slap bass line, and funky analog synth riffs. It's a beauty of a remix, and even though it was released on Kitsune less than two weeks ago, it's already making into the DJ sets of on disco house giants like Treasure Fingers. 

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