Jonathan Joosten, producer of The Happy Groover, was invited to play a DJ-set on Partycast.tv. The set was pre-recorded and airs march 13, 2021. For this occasion, Jonathan only played tracks produced by himself. Most of these tracks are currently unreleased, and some may never get an official release.
Among the tracks that may never see an official release are a bootleg remix of Giorgio Moroder – From Here To Eternity, Farley Jackmaster Funk – Love Can’t turn Around, Phil Fearon – Ain’t Nothing But A House Party, and Jonathan’s entry for a recent Klubbheads – Turn Up The Bass remix contest. The entire DJ-set is an eclectic combination of various styles of House Music (Disco House, Melodic Techno, EDM, and more), with lots of roots in the 80s. Enjoy and if you like the mix, feel free to share it with your friends!
Available on all your favorite streaming services and online music stores as of today: Remix The Remix – Diamond In The Night (feat. Bowman). The song is a deephouse remake of Felli – Diamond in the Night, which was released in 1983 on Disco Magic records. The song is considered a classic in the Italo Disco scene.
The story behind this song Originally, a new version of Diamond In The Night was recorded in 2018. Bowman is a U.S.-based singer who recorded new vocals in his studio. These were used on the 2018 version of the song. That version was included on UniGroove’s ADE sampler. Patrick von Hecke, at the time A&R manager at ZYX Music, was very enthusiastic about this sampler and wanted to sign four tracks of it right away. One of those four tracks was Diamond In The Night.
So negotiations began, but before an agreement could be reached, Patrick left the company for another job. Despite reaching out to his replacement, nobody from ZYX responded anymore and the track ended up on the shelf.
After hearing Regard – Ride it in 2019, producer Jonathan Joosten figured the mood of that track would fit the lyrics of Diamond In The Night very well. A new version was recorded, which is the version that came out today.
As there was no artistname assigned to this project, the name Remix The Remix was chosen, as that sort of saptures what happened with this song: The remix of the remix became the version that got released.
Available on all your favorite streaming services and online music stores as of today: Tha Bomb – Dolce Vita. This is a bouncy EDM-style remake of Ryan Paris – Dolce Vita, which is probably the biggest Italo Disco hit record ever. The track is produced by Jonathan Joosten, who has been playing it in his DJ-sets for the past two years. Why the delay?
Joosten: “Originally, I recorded Dolce Vita in 2017. The night I produced this track was one where I really was ‘in the zone’ and everything just fell together perfectly. The bassline at the beginning of the song became the hook. Then there is this plinky melody, which seemed perfect to introduce in the break of the track and build it back up from there. I think it’s interesting I was able to build a complete track based on the first 20 seconds of the original.”
So why Dolce Vita? Joosten: “The night I produced Dolce Vita was the night before I was going to a party with some friends. Ryan Paris would be performing at that party and knowing that probably helped in producing it so quickly. It seemed like a fun idea to see how he would respond to a modern remake of his hit. I think I started working on the track around midnight and by 5:00 AM the track was finished.”
So how did Ryan Paris respond? Joosten: “He was easy to approach. When he heard my new version, his jaw dropped to the floor. He liked it a lot and instantly suggested that he should sing on it. In the end, let’s just say we couldn’t reach an agreement, but even without vocals, the track is very strong.”
Tha Bomb – Dolce Vita is available in two versions: a Radio Mix and an Original Mix.