Finally the time has come! After a long 6-year wait the third edition of the popular “Computer Incarnations For World Peace” series is due to release very soon. The idle time will be rewarded with a bunch of stunners: Tracks by Georges Rodi & Dave Sarkys, Brenda & The Beach Balls and Anna Domino will be featured on the compilation selected by Sonar Kollektiv-A&R-Manager Alex Barck. Of which more later, when the release is ready. To start with, an outright highlight of this set is gonna come out as a pre-release 12inch including two contemporary reinterpretations.
“Airport of Love” by Love International came out in 1981 on Polydor France as the flipside of “Dance On The Groove (And Do The Funk)” and was back then most notably a huge club and radio hit in Italy. In the meantime the song has risen to become a Cosmic Disco classic and can be found in the record bags of every DJ that likes to play a bit more eclectic and left-fieldish.
Behind the project “Love International” were the two french guys Phillipe Chany and Philippe Kootchey, who – despite the considerable success – only produced this single track together. Chany has been a busy bee as a producer up to this very day, achieving worldwide success together with Caroline Loeb („C’est La Ouate“ was Number One in 17 countries in 1986), helping Jean-Paul Gaultier to start his own career in music and being a well respected solo artist and composer of film music with a remarkable output.
When deciding which remixer should have a go at “Airport of Love” Sonar Kollektiv consequently chose a Frenchman. Joakim is probably even one of those producers, who shaped the club sounds of France like no other over the last 15 years. His love for throttled, spooky voices come to full bloom again on his reinterpretation of “Airport Of Love”. You also get the typical, crisp Joakim sound, which still sounds as fresh as back then when he remixed Max Berlin’s “Elle Et Moi”, 16 years after its initial release, to become a worldwide club hit. On the digital release Joakim provides a “Slow version” which doesn’t goes down to the nitty-gritty as hefty as the club mix– but is ecstatic nonetheless with the added cheers and chants.
Not as long in the business as Joakim is Freedarich from Berlin. But it’s here where the 30-year old producer learned how to make music that will bring a jam-packed dance floor to boil. His remix is a proper early morning anthem with euphoric synth chords and the prolonged chorus saved until last. He as well delivered a slow version for the digital release which is aligned a bit more with the original, but still is as cranky and well-hung as only music from 2014 sounds like.