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Tune of the Week – “Strings Of Life”

Back in 1987, a Detroit buck called Derrick May created this tune. From the get-go, this was a stone-cold classic, a track which would survive the twists of time and espcially the many attempts made to butcher it. Yes, there …

Thu, May 3, 2007, 11:34

   

Back in 1987, a Detroit buck called Derrick May created this tune. From the get-go, this was a stone-cold classic, a track which would survive the twists of time and espcially the many attempts made to butcher it.

Yes, there have been many cover versions of “Strings Of Life”. After all, dance music likes to revisit the classics every other year and give them a trance/prog-house/hard-house/this-year’s-house rerub. What you usually get with such reworkings is a complete mess. In fact, most versions of “Strings Of Life” have not been worth the time and effort exerted on them and just send you scurrying back to the 1987 original.

That’s until Christian Prommer’s Drumlesson came along. A German producer and drummer associated with a slew of nu-jazz and house combos (one half of Fauna Flash, one third of Tr├╝by Trio and one third of Voom:Voom), Prommer’s new ensemble have taken May’s tune and flipped it into a piece of out-there jazz-dance magic. It has a spirit and an energy which are probably closer to the original (especially May’s gorgeous “Beatless” mix which pops up now and then) than any other re-run over the years. You can tell that Prommer decided to deal with the classic with respect not reverence. Best of all, the drums and the pianos just groove like no-one’s business.

I first heard it on Gilles Peterson’s show and you can understand why the Brownswood man has been going ga-ga about it. Apparently, even May himself thinks it rocks.

The single is out now on Sonar Kollektiv and you can check it out here.

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