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Monday, May 17, 2010

Exclusive: DJ Mini-Mix from Tres Lingerie

Posted By on Mon, May 17, 2010 at 8:52 AM

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The duo of Johan Churchill and Jordan Presnick, known as Tres Lingerie, came together by chance. Both DJs and producers, the boys grew up with the same taste for disco and boogie tunes made before they were born, and met while studying in New York. After Presnick left the East Coast for a scholastic career in the Bay Area, it took some time for Churchill to follow suit. He rejoined his counterpart in January of this year.

Since reforming, Tres Lingerie has set out to take over San Francisco nightlife. You can check out their work at a DJ set and live performance this Saturday, May 22 at Deco Lounge for the Go Bang! party. Churchill and Presnick made All Shook Down an exclusive mix, a taste of what they'll concoct for the dancefloor. They also gave us the 411 on why each track made the cut.


1. Krystal Davis - "So Smooth"
We start our mix with a superb tune by Krystal Davis. "So Smooth" is a great all-around modern soul jam measuring in at about 110bpm with simple synth parts, crisp high-hats, and a solid vocal hook. [It's] one of those tracks to which people sway their way onto the dancefloor or start sticking their tongues down each other's throats.

2. The Cool Notes - "Look What You've Done to Me"
Also from 1985 (the year we were both born) comes The Cool Notes, a modern soul group out of South London who began as a reggae band. The track we've chosen here is taken off their album Have A Good Forever. The slap bass and catchy chorus is what reeled us in. Lucky for us they didn't keep playing reggae!

3. The Antilles - "I've Got To Have You (Tres Lingerie Edit)"
We were recently turned on to The Antilles, another UK-based soul/boogie group from the '80s, and loved this tune, "I've Got To Have You," so much that we did a little instrumental edit. Something about the bass guitar riff combined with the kick drum and some not-so-subtle compression makes this joint kick butt.

4. Change - "Hard Times"
If you can't tell thus far, we really like simple songs about love and lust. But our next number is a song by what we think may be the greatest band of all time: Change. "Hard Times" (1982) reminds us that there were money problems even before the crash of 2008. One thing Change does very well is combine live piano in the background with these little sparse synthy vignettes as seasoning on top. Thank you Jacques Fred Petrus, Italian producer extraordinaire.

5. The Valentine Brothers - "Money's Too Tight To Mention"
Another song about economic hardship is this tune by The Valentine Brothers, "Money's Too Tight To Mention." Can't get a job? Can't pay no rent? Man got you down? Whip out the tape deck, throw on a drum machine loop, and lay some heavy synth bass lines. We also know a cool sax solo when we hear one.


6. Bananarama - "Cruel Summer (Dub)"
Bananarama is one of those groups whose records I always find in the dollar bin, mostly because a lot of their stuff is not so great. But "Cruel Summer (Dub)" is a great groove, a perfect example of that '80s trademark extremely gated reverb on the drums, and has a silly lyrical part that screams "summer jam of the summer."

7. Tres Lingerie - "Boogie Skank"
Well, now that you cracked our dirty little fetish for gated reverb and synth bass, we can move onto a Tres Lingerie tune which, simple as it may be, highlights many of the qualities we've been discussing about the tunes in our mix: fake hand-claps, synthesizer bass, and ridiculous reverb.

8. Rachele - "Dirty Movies"
The epitome of overly used reverb, sex, and '80s sleaze brings us to Rachele's "Diry Movies." We're not sure if it's even worth explaining this track. This song just conjures up an image of Eddie Murphy walking into a random strip club on 42nd Street in New York and doing cocaine.

9. Rxccxxns - "L'eggsalad"
An interlude is provided by our friends Rxccxxns titled "L'eggsalad." Another East Bay outfit, these guys produce some spacey yet energetic ambient electronic music. We admired them even before they performed a live set out of a school bus parked in the Ashby BART station. What a cool idea for a show!

10. The Whispers - "Tonight (Tres Lingerie Edit)"
'80s style and grace, you ask? Sexy male vocals for the ladies, you want? The Whispers, we say, bring just that to the table with a pumped-up number called "Tonight." Sometimes it's best to leave well enough alone, but in this case we felt Tres Lingerie could not resist using "Tonight" as a base for a French House-inspired track.

11. High Fashion - "Feelin' Lucky"
High Fashion is another project from producer Jacques Fred Petrus. "Feelin' Lucky" sounds very close to a Chic song, but with slightly more modern instrumentation with the synth bass. We admire the tight prodution.

12. Komiko - "Feel Alright"
"Feel Alright" by Komiko is possibly our favorite boogie '80s dance 12" of all time. It comes off SAM Records in NYC, which, along with Prelude Records, defined the NYC disco sound and highly influenced all subsequent dance music created in the New York club scene.

13. Tres Lingerie - "Desperate (Michael Sterling Cover)"
Lastly, we give you the Tres Lingerie cover of "Desperate." Michael Sterling wrote and recorded this track in Miami around 1983. Sterling released music under another alias called Formula 6, appearing on TSOM Records. It's a fun track, and it's not hard to tell that Sterling was trying to emulate Michael Jackson with his high-pitched singing and almost as catchy lyrics. For our version, we enlisted James Anthony to do the vocal part. James brings a fresh sound, but also replicates Michael Sterling's original [performance] very well.

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