Record Label: LuckyMe
LuckyMe are proud to announce Eclair Fifi’s debut record - ‘Never Let Go’ by Mickey Oliver & Shanna Jae. The first in a series of Chicago House and Latin Freestyle Drumapella, Percapella & Synthapella reissues & remixes.
“I’ve had this record for years – my parents were into Chicago House and it’s been with me forever. Shanna Jae is better known as Paris Grey from Inner City… Goes without saying ‘Good Life’ is one of my favourite childhood records but a few years ago I was caught playing ‘Never Let Go Drumapella’ out at New Years Eve in London and it always changes the energy in a club. I’m a sucker for percapellas and have played them in as pivot tracks in sets since I started DJing; high energy drums, wet vocals and the space to take the set into different directions – ‘Never Let Go’ is a moment whenever it’s played.
When I first approached Mickey Oliver it was through the comments section on his old website that kept crashing. I had to find his email via the site’s code. We were sent a master to work with, recently digitised from the original 1987 tape. Then I had the record remixed by a load of friends I’ve met touring, all picked for their drums. Aden’s is jacking, Strip Steve for his percussive 808 house sound and Airmax97 for a contemporary club edit.
I wanted to compile a series of records and remixes that I have a long connection with since my first days DJing on Interface Radio in the early 00s, long before LuckyMe. To bring it together I tracked down phone and fax numbers, label studio addresses that had been turned into auto trade garages in Miami... It’s been a long time coming to put this series together. I’ve hand-made cover illustrations for all of the vocalists. It’s not just a ‘project’ to me – I can boldly say this is my favourite music and it’s about celebrating true dance music.” – Eclair Fifi. London. 2016
Mickey Oliver is the pioneering Chicago House producer, DJ and founding member of the Hot Mix 5 from Chicago’s 102.7 WBMX. Shanna Jae is the preeminent vocalist renowned for both her solo record produced by Mickey Oliver and as one half (as Paris Grey) of Inner City with Kevin Saunderson.
The announce of Eclair Fifi’s debut series of 12” Eps comes fresh from her headline radio show on NTS that launched in January 2016. The Scottish artist and illustrator started DJing on pirate radio at Interface FM in London at 16-years-old, and has since gone to to host her own In New DJs we Trust residency on Radio 1, the LuckyMe show on Rinse FM and of course there’s her iconoclastic RA mix that closed out 2015. If you joined her European headline tour with Nina Las Vegas, or fell in love at any of the Eclair Fifi & Pals parties in Paris, or lost your mind at MoMA PS1 in New York or at Ed Banger’s 20 Years of Party in London, you already know her peerless vibe and consummate knowledge of Latin Freestyle, Italo, techno, hip hop and RnB. When not DJing Eclair Fifi is the designer and illustrator behind covers and videos for Baauer, Ryan Hemsworth, Machinedrum and many more.
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