Single Of The Week: Joey Negro – Stomp Your Feet (Hot Toddy Remix) (Z Records)
What has made the Brits so apart along with time is their obvious penchant to twist things. Then eventually make them sound apart. In other words, make them theirs while givin’ them their own perspectives. This being for much in the diversity one can find in the British scene. Itself most likely inherited from a local DIY tradition like no other in the world.
Here we have not one, but two obvious Disco jerks by the likes of Joey Negro and Hot Toddy belonging to two different generations. The one standing as an ambassador of the genre, along with Danny Krivit and Dimitri from Paris. The second brilliantly injecting its influences into original productions or remixes. Therefore makin’ himself a serious reputation in the said Nu-Disco scene.
I can already guess the scepticism of some of you when speakin’ of Nu-Disco. But hold on a sec! We’re not talkin’ here about that basic recycling which is the proper of most of the Nu-Disco releases around. But more of subtle winks to original Disco bringin’ it a modern flavor. With ‘Stomp Your Feet’ being a brilliant illustration to this. Hot Toddy cleverly blending reminders of both Harry Thumann‘s classic ‘Underwater’ and T-Connection‘s ‘Do What You Wanna Do’ in his rework…
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Not to be missed with the famous Irish drink of the likes. In other words, a blend of liquor and water with honey, herbs and spices… Hot Toddy is the nickname Chris Todd. A studio guru who, along with Nottingham University pal Jim Baron, gave birth to Crazy Penis in the mid-90’s. Crazy Penis becoming a 5 member-combo in 2002 with the arrivals of bassist Tim Davies, percussionist Mav Kendricks and vocalist Danielle Moore.
Crazy Penis, who turned their name into Crazy P in 2008, have released a total of 10 studio albums so far. With the first – ‘A Nice Hot Bat With…’ – back in 2008 and the last to date – ‘Walk Dance Talk Sing’ – 7 years later. Eventually putting an end to a 4 years hiatus during the Summer 2017. This, with a 4 track EP – ‘True Light’ – featuring ‘One True Light’. Meanwhile, Hot Toddy has released 2 albums on his own. Beginning with ‘Super Magic’ back in 2000 and ‘Late Night Boogie’ 10 years after. Establishing himself in the meantime as an in-demand remixer.
How could we ever forget about his rework of Crazy P‘s ‘Never Gonna Reach Me’ back in 2009? Not to mention the reconstruction he did on the Lovebirds‘ ‘Want You In My Soul’ in 2011. Or his remix of Kraak & Smaak‘s ‘Back Again’ more recently! But also his rework of Soul Clap featuring Nona Hendricks‘ ‘Shine (This Is It)’. With Joey Negro‘s ‘Stomp Your Feet’ adding itself to the list…