We don’t talk about too many live dance musicians on Dancing Astronaut, but Crazy P is definitely a group not to be forgotten. The five member ensemble first banded together almost twenty years ago and in some shape or form have been creating house-disco records for the modern age ever since. The latest effort with remixes from Huxley and Mark E, out this week on 2020Vision Recordings, is a standout record for 2012.
Crazy P’s original samples queen Aretha under a driving groove and various aching guitar licks to make a sad but undeniably catchy track. UK favorite Huxley, who has been out and about remixing Maxxi Soundsystem, Pirupa, and Rudimental this year, slaps a huge garage tinge on the track in an unbelievable effort to dig it from its mournful beginnings. Mark E, fully scrubbed clean of his disco past, strikes into the track with a minimal techno hammer. We wait for the full length of this track for him to drop something familiar from Crazy P’s original, but he restrains — only giving us a chopped vocal here and some sustained synth chords there. Stream the full length version of each of these tracks below.