Friday, April 15, 2011

Turbo 100 - Turbo celebrates a century with ZZT ZZafrika remixes

Turbo 100
ZZafrika Remixes
Released May 30

100 years ago i had a dream: release music I love, with pro graphics, without going bankrupt. 100 12-inches later, Turbo stands high on the rubble of crumbled empires: Mo'Wax, Factory, Institubes all dead in our wake.... we will never give up the fight: music we love, dressed for success, format-democratic, NEVER going bankrupt. Climbing to the stars, 300 copies at a time. it's just us and Jack White, motherfuckers... bring on the next 100. See you in 2017.

Love from Montreal,


The list of artists who have appeared on Turbo Recordings is staggering by any measure. For an indie dance label to survive 13 years and over 100 releases is a remarkable feat, but for a singles-driven label, the magic has often revolved around the institution of the remix. Turbo A&R have done an extraordinary job of bringing in talent, poaching the most exciting artists of the moment. It makes sense then, for its 100th release, that they would craft a package that highlights this prowess.

For anyone who heard it out, ZZafrika was unquestionably one of the biggest records of the year of 2010. The renegade dove-child of Tiga and Zombie Nation, ZZT has built up a cult following by virtue of its off-the-rails, wildly eccentric party tracks. They don't do interviews. They don't do remixes. They don't do filler. As the duo puts the finishing touches on their outrageously great debut album, Turbo has decided to settle some unfinished business and follow up the one-sided pro-etched vinyl 12" with a full-blown release, one that would do the track justice and bring it to the wider audience it deserves.

For the mega triple-pack vinyl we have six cuts:

Gesaffelstein, the next big French techno star, white-hot off his new Conspiracy EP, has turned in an absolute god-hammer. The Turbo office has been flooded with requests for advance copies. And we've flooded other people's offices with straight-up "NO"s.

Julio Bashmore, one of the UK's most promising young producers, turned in what Tiga is calling his favourite song ever, expanding on the delicate Rhodes intro and turning it into a beautifully melodic synth-ballad.

Australia's Light Year team up with Turbo-pals Finger Prince to craft an awesome rework. They've kept the riff intact but broadened the breakdowns, beefed up the beats, and dropped in touches of tweaky funk.

Plein Soleil, a Krikor and Chloé production alias, chug out another rugged, warm masterpiece. Classy, versatile, stripped-down, highly playable. A major winner.

And there's more...because we never stop...

New Turbo signing Crowdpleaser lends his stoned, easy-going good-time groove. Put it on. Light up your lava bong. You'll start dancing and forget what time it is. After-hours underground house jam, Geneva-style.

Tomas Andersson finally returns the favour for Tiga's legendary remix of Washing Up, tightening the core into a festival-jacking techno anthem.

Wait wait...we're still going!!

We have 4 more amazing versions...

We won't lie...we wanted a hit. Also, we thought the world needed to get ZZafrojacked, to BE ZZafrojacked. Afrojack delivers the digital only goods to rule Beatport and Beatport alone.

Belgium's Sound of Stereo gets the kids' hands up high. These guys are going to get huger sooner or later. Anyone need a breakdown?

Proxy protegé Marseille brings the raw ghetto insanity of Russia to the people. It's got more WOOs and bleeps than the rest of the remixes combined. We counted.

Finally, Turbo Scottish young guns Clouds rough out a grinding, deep-fried bass-trap belter. It momentarily relents and teases the Rhodes, then it's right back to pitiless face-mashing for these eleven-year-old prodigies.

At Turbo, it's always been as simple as this: keepin' people dancin' as we keep on livin' for a livin'.

Limited to 500 copies, this 180-gram triple-vinyl boxed set will include a unique code
to download the Turbo Century retrospective compilation of the label's best music
from it's first 100 releases.

Turbo 100 will be available for pre-order from April 28th.

Vinyl tracklist * released May 30th

A1 ZZT: ZZafrika (Julio Bashmore Remix)
B1 ZZT: ZZafrika (Crowdpleaser Dub)
C1 ZZT: ZZafrika (Plein Soleil Remix)
D1 ZZT: ZZafrika (Tomas Andersson Remix)
E1 ZZT: ZZafrika (Gesaffelstein Remix)
F1 ZZT: ZZafrika (Light Year and The Finger Prince Remix)

Digital tracklist(s) * all released May 31st

01. ZZT: ZZafrika (Julio Bashmore Remix)
02. ZZT: ZZafrika (Crowdpleaser Dub)
03. ZZT: ZZafrika (Plein Soleil Remix)
04. ZZT: ZZafrika (Tomas Andersson Remix)
05. ZZT: ZZafrika (Gesaffelstein Remix)
06. ZZT: ZZafrika (Light Year and The Finger Prince Remix)
07. ZZT: ZZafrika (Clouds Remix)
08. ZZT: ZZafrika (Sound Of Stereo Remix)
09. ZZT: ZZafrika (Marseille Remix)

Beatport exclusive:
10. ZZT: ZZafrika (Afrojack Rework)

Juno exclusive:
10. ZZT: ZZafrika (Crowdpleaser Drums Remix)

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