Let’s Play House (soundcloud) – the NYC-based imprint and party series headed by Nik Mercer and Jacques Renault – is back at it again with yet another stellar release, this time on it’s sub-label Let’s Play House White. LPH has had a big year, with several releases on both the main and sub label, including the Earth Boys’ ‘Myrtle Music’, Project Pablo’s ‘Risk the Rip’, Adesse Versions’ ‘Don’t Stop The Acid‘, as well as a 10” remix single by Tom Noble and label-head Jacques Renault. With more releases in the works (a new DJ Boring track was recently premiered), LPH continues to solidify its reputation for showcasing great talent and putting out banging dance records (as well as the frequent parties!).
LPHWHTDD certainly does not disappoint: four stomping edits by Swedish duo Klubbhuset (who released their debut record on LPH just a few months ago), label-head Jacques Renault, Lovers, and Japanese stalwart Keita Sano (soundcloud). Today we are premiering Keita Sano’s track ‘Long Run (Pt. 3)’, a six-minute house edit of the Crown Heights Affair 1978 single, « Say a Prayer for Two ». Many elements of the original are retained; Keita Sano leaves his mark by repurposing the groovy tune for the modern dance floor. The percussion remains, with the addition of a thumping kick, washy hi-hats and reverberating snare. Subtle synth chords are accompanied by distant guitar and keyboard motifs to create an ambient effect above the driving bass line, which steadily builds until the hook – “wanna say a prayer for you” – is introduced. A rhythmic synth completes the modern feel of the track. The effect is most easily compared to Tiger & Woods’ (who have played several LPH parties) nu-disco releases, which similarly build contemporary dance tracks by looping catchy samples over 4-to-the-floor beats. Klubbhuset (‘Omedelbar Kärlek’) and Lovers (‘Fresh ‘N’ Hot’) follow with two more disco-inflected edits, while Jacques Renault closes the record with a bumping edit of Audio Two’s ‘Top Billin’’.