When Psychemagiks Danny McLewin decided to launch Spacetalk Records, he didnt just want to reissue rare material. From the start, one of his stated aims was to deliver fresh new versions of obscure cuts from his record collection.
Its perhaps fitting, then, that the labels second 12 breathes new life into a suitably little-known gem: Avant Gardes 1982 Euro-boogie B-side, Everybodys Lover.
The track was originally featured on the flip of the seven-piece Dutch outfits second and final 7, Walking Back To Happiness. It has been a feature of McLewins DJ sets for years, inspiring countless track ID requests from excited clubbers.
Earlier this year, McLewin set out to track down the songwriter-turned-producer behind the record, Avant Garde mastermind Hans Van Hemert. Happily, the search was a fruitful one; not only did Van Hemert own the rights to the song, but hed also kept hold of the tapes from the original recording sessions.
With the Dutchmans agreement, McLewin asked old friends Jaz and Party Dad, and label co-owner Paul Mudd Murphy, to put their own spin on the super-smooth 82 original. Predictably, theyve done a bang-up job.
On the A-side youll find Jaz & Party Dads version, which is little less than the extended 12 version that Everybodys Lover always deserved. Smooth, soulful and tactile, the duos rework makes full use of the Dutch bands wonderful vocals, loved-up chords, sparkling synth flourishes and killer bassline, adding a touch of delay to the beats for added 80s boogie effect.
Murphy takes a different approach on the flip, drawing influence from the pioneering 1980s proto-house dubs of acclaimed New York producers Paul Simpson, Winston Jones, Boyd Jarvis and Timmy Regisford. Delay-laden guitar flashes and synthesizer flourishes echo in and out of the mix, whilst saucer-eyed pads rub shoulders with reverb-heavy beats and Avant Gardes rolling bassline. Its one of Murphys most confident remixes of recent times, and makes a fitting partner to Jaz & Party Dads vocal-heavy A-side interpretation.