Sweden’s Drop Out Orchestra take their cues from original Disco pioneers such as MFSB and DFA, launching themselves in 2008 with an array of bootlegs, re-edits and covers that glittered across the dance floors, toying with tracks by everyone from TLC and Daft Punk to Rick Astley and The Sex Pistols, transforming them into luxurious, soulful Disco affairs. As a result, they found themselves remixing the likes of Black Strobe, Flight Facilities and Paul Weller, among others. Their original tracks, including collaborations with Ronika and LCD Soundsytem’s Nancy Whang have graced labels such as Eskimo Recordings and Gomma. The duo bring live elements back into dance music, blurring the divide between live and DJ performances by incorporating live bass and electronics, which has seen them play alongside everyone from Fatboy Slim to Gilles Peterson. As their new single with Mishell |von ‘He’s Always There’ drops on Dafia Records, DMCWorld goes back to mine with Drop Out Orchestra.
Siv Sjöberg – Hallelujah
Funky Swedish Christian music from 1977. That should be an oxymoron – but it actually exists. Hallelujah!
Siw Sjöberg -Hallelujah (1977)
Frankie Valli – The Night
‘The Night’ is possibly the best song ever made. I listen to it a lot, play it to everyone I meet, bought my daughter a copy. Just brilliant.
Frankie Valli - The Night
Little Richard – Keep-a-Knocking
This is as rock’n’roll as you’ll ever get. I love Litte Richard. The drums are a complete assault, he’s screaming he’s way through the track – and it’s from 1958!
Little Richard - Keep A Knockin
Spanky Wilson – Sunshine of Your Love
I read somewhere that DJ Sneak said this was “the ultimate party-starter”, so I went on a crate dig (this was before all the easy ways were available) and eventually found it. He was right! This was our secret weapon when we were touring.
Spanky Wilson - Sunshine Of Your Love
The Beach Boys – Sweet and Bitter
Great song recorded by The Beach Boys back in 1970, then shelved and not released until last year. It’s not hard to understand why, it doesn’t really sound like the band did at the time, it’s more straight-forward, singer/songwriter style. And it’s great!
Sweet And Bitter
The Handsome Family – I Know You Are There
This track comes from an album called ‘Twilight’. It sounds like snow, darkness and cold weather. I’m Swedish, I can relate. The whole album is wonderful.
I Know You Are There
Henrick Nicholson – Brotherly Love
Produced by Lee Perry and recorded at The Black Ark 1978, this sounds like a lost and found track from the Congos sessions. It has that same organic groove and quiet sound, great songwriting too.
Henrick Nicholson - Brotherly Love + Dub (Lee Perry production)
Bill Wyman – Si Si Je Suis Un Rock Star
For some reason, Bill Wyman (then bass player of The Rolling Stones) thought it would be a good idea to go solo. I found this 7” recently and I can’t stop playing it. Very funny.
bill wyman je suis un rockstar
Asa Moto – Safari Glove
This slow groove tribal house track is on the Cult Edits compilation EP CULTED006. It’s built on animal noises and jungle – real jungle – sounds and the groove and effects works almost cinema-like.
Asa Moto - Safari Glove [CULTED006]
T.Rex – Hot Love
This bubble gum pop classic sneaks up on you, and half way through the track you find yourself caught up in an irresistible sing-a-long that seem to go on forever – the perfect way to end a good night!
T REX HOT LOVE.wmv (original song)
Drop Out Orchestra & Mishell Ivon ‘He’s Always There’ (incl K-Klass & Mannix Mixes) will be released on Traxsource promo October 28th / Full release November 4th 2022 on Dafia Records.