Classics: Sneaky Sound System – Friends (Plastic Plates Remix) (Modular Recordings)
“Friends, why can’t we be friends? Feels like we should make amends. See the daylight brings you back again. I want to know where the story starts and where it ends…”
Is it just me (belonging to another generation)? Or do you also happen to feel the same in an environment where the rules seem to be changin’ every day?
To be honest, I don’t seem to know neither where the story starts. And by that I mean our every day life. Nor where it ends neither. As if I’d lost its sense to a certain extend, and I’m obviously not the only one. Adding my name to the one of this Australian pair Sneaky Sound System (Miss Connie Mitchell and producer Black Angus McDonald). And also to the ones of Abicah Soul and Julius The Mad Thinker… Themselves at the initiative of the magnetic ‘Many Questions’ back in 2008.
‘Friends’ just stands in the First League of Nu-Disco where is to be found Crazy P’s ‘Never Gonna Reach Me’. Not to mention Lovebirds‘ ‘Want You In My Soul’. With these two hot tracks both remixed by Hot Toddy. Meanwhile Felix Blossom aka Plastic Plates is responsible for this firing rework of ‘Friends’. Needless to say as to how one hardly finds any better in the genre as a matter of fact.
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It was back in 2004 when Miss Connie and Black Angus started making beautiful music together. A series of singles at first. Then in 2006, their self-titled, 3 x platinum debut album. Spearheaded by a spectacular salvo of chart topping hits – ‘UFO’, ‘Pictures’ and ‘I Love It’ – Sneaky Sound System won ARIA Awards for Breakthrough Artist and Best Dance Release, the first of 14 nominations to-date…
Second long-player and #1 album ‘2’ arrived in 2008 with yet more dancefloor slayers. The latter in the form of ‘Kansas City’, ‘When We Were Young’ and the #1 UK club smash ‘It’s Not My Problem’. Meanwhile ‘I Will Be Here’, a collaboration with Dutch superstar DJ Tiesto, took Sneaky to the top of both the US dance airplay and UK club charts the year after.
In late 2011 album number three, ‘From Here To Anywhere’, arrived. With its title referencing its creation in hotel suites, planes, and studios around the world from here (Sydney) to just about everywhere (London, Paris, Ibiza, Moscow).
Accolades from critics around the world flowed… MTV called it “an incredible effort”. Rave magazine Brisbane deemed it “a minor pop masterpiece”. And Sydney’s Daily Telegraph said it’s “a delicious feast of world class dance-pop songs”. A nomination in the prestigious 2012 International DJ Awards in the Live Performance category underscored their escalating international reputation. Meanwhile Felix Blossom aka Plastic Plates brought Sneaky Sound System to the attention of the Nu-Disco audience. This with his intoxicating remix of ‘Friends’. In a vein not that far from thatmanmonkz’s remix of Kraak & Smaak feat. Eric Biddiness‘ ‘Smile’ as a matter of fact…
In the swirling midst of albums and tours, Connie lent her vocals and lyrics to albums from superstars Jay-Z, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg. And in 2013 she was a guest mentor on Australia’s biggest TV show, The Voice. Later that year, News Limited polled musicians and critics to determine Australia’s greatest all-time singers. And Connie came in at no. 18.
And then of course there’s Sneaky Sundays, the beloved club night Sneaky Sound System have been running for 15 years in Sydney. And, in 2018, into its fourth year at the world renowned Mykonos hotspot, Scorpios. It’s a celebration of House Music, from slow chugging Disco burners to groove laden Techno stormers… One of these things where you always feel like you’re in the middle of Summer. With the past few years seeing Sneaky releasing music more akin to the sound of these weekly parties. This via cuts like ‘Summertime Madness’, ‘All I Need Is You’ and ‘I Ain’t Over You’.
July 2017 saw Sneaky Sound System’s debut release on Sweat It Out Records. This under the form of underground club tune ‘Do Ya Thing’. And, in September, fresh reworks of the mega-smash ‘Pictures’ flew back to the upper reaches of the ARIA Club Chart, spending four weeks at #2.
New remixes of much-loved track ‘I Love It’ followed in early 2018, also reaching the upper echelons of the club chart. Proof indeed that good music never dies.