Crate Digging: Melting Pot's Simon Cordiner and Andrew Pirie
A selection of tunes ahead of the disco night's eleventh birthday
Fonda Rae ‘Living In Ecstasy’ (Mood II Swing mix) (Wave Music) has to be one of our favourite ever records. It’s now a classic, a timeless house track featuring a fabulous vocalist from the disco era in Fonda Rae and the superb house producer Mood II Swing, and a break to die for at the end.
It’s hard to believe Manuel Gottsching E2-E4 (Inteam GmbH) is now over thirty years old, it was the work of a pioneering synthesiser genius and will never age. It’s so immediate it can be fitted into a house set, or it’s the perfect chill out record for afterwards. Like most of his work, Arthur Russell’s ‘That’s Us/Wild Combination’ (Rough Trade) is perplexingly peculiar and astonishingly beautiful. We think the 2004 compilation Calling Out of Context on which this was released represents his finest collection of songs, you can’t help but lose yourself in them.
Simon played David Joseph ‘You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me)’ (Larry Levan mix) (Island Records) at the first ever Melting Pot, he played it at the most recent Melting Pot, and he’ll probably play it at Melting Pot eleven years from now. When we started this typified the sound we wanted to play at the club: deep, loose, dubbed out. Throw in the best drum outro ever and this tune’s a stone cold killer. It was also the track Greg Wilson used when he was the first UK DJ to mix live on television.
More than any other record, Double Exposure ‘My Love Is Free’ (Salsoul Records) has been Melting Pot’s last tune of the night. Gospel vocals, Rhodes piano, joyous strings, and a massive bassline - it’s pure emotion, total inspiration. If you’re not on the dance floor you might as well have stayed in.
Melting Pot’s 11th Birthday Party with special guest Danny Krivit is at the Admiral Bar Basement, Glasgow, Sat 3 Mar.