I heard of neither Pompeya nor Jimmy Edgar. But this instrumental remix of Power has a swinging, slightly dub house piano charm set against a crisp electronic percussion. Rather good. Free download of older track.
Pompeya’s 70s/80s funk-influenced original is as retro as that description implies. Too far into jazz funk for my tastes. Thought I’d better look up Jimmy Edgar. His biog has”Lover. Fighter. Prophet. Freak magnet. Time-traveler. Musician, photographer and designer Jimmy Edgar is a wayward star-child streaking across the cosmic …” zzzzzzzzzz. So far so irritating. But the remix wasn’t the flashy, glitter fuelled fluff I was fearing. This has a real laid back confidence. There’s a lovely piano line that straddles piano house but also with dub influences. The surrounding electronics are crisp and precise, with all 70s/80s influences removed, leaving something that’s a vast improvement on the original. Confidently groovy.
And here’s an older track for free download:
Blurb: Russian pop/funk outfit Pompeya are set to release the Tropical Remix LP January 2014 via Brooklyn label No Shame. The Remix LP follows the Oct 29 release of their debut album Tropical via No Shame. Jimmy Edgar has remixed “Power”, marking the second single release from theTropical Remix LP, following Fred Falke’s remix of “90″. A Detroit native and now Berlin-based, Ultramajic co-head Jimmy Edgar has established himself as a revolutionary producer pushing sonic boundaries in directions from glitchy underground hip-hop to his signature erotically charged robot funk. His remix of Pompeya’s “Power” is no exception to his proven ability to manipulate unique and often mutant-esque sounds, reflective of the multimedia visionary and modern renaissance man he’s come to be. With roots firmly established in their Russian homeland including extensive touring and TV appearances, Pompeya are broadening their reach to the U.S. and beyond with their distinct blend of 70s disco, 80s New Wave, and 90s indie rock. Recently, the band’s debut album Tropical received praise across influential outlets including Under The Radar Mag, MTV Hive, Interview Mag, Earmilk, and DUMMY Mag.
Pompeya will tour Mexico and the U.S. in late 2013 and plan to play SXSW 2014.
Sat, Nov 23 // Miami, FL @ The Garrett at Grand Central
Wed, Nov 27 // Autlán, Mexico @ Autlán’s Festival
Thu, Nov 28 // Mexico City, Mexico @ El Imperial
Fri, Nov 29 // Guadalajara, Mexico @ Casa Ignacio Diaz Morales
Sun, Dec 1 // Managua, Nicaragua @ Meka House
Tue, Dec 3 // Miami, FL @ Soho House
Thu, Dec 5 // Tampa, FL @ The Hub
Fri, Dec 6 // Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
Sun, Dec 8 // Raleigh, NC @ Pour House Music Hall
Tue, Dec 10 // Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Thu, Dec 12 // Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
Fri, Dec 13 // Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery
Pompeya – “90 (Fred Falke Remix)”
Tropical album vinyl (includes Tropical Remix Compilation free with purchase)