Billie Ray Martin & Aerea Negrot go Off The Rails

After having remixed Billie Ray Martin’s “Sweet Suburban Disco” I thought: this is it, I’ve made it. I worked with one of the most amazing voices in music. A legend who gave us Electribe 101’s Electribal Memories and the unforgettable classic “Your Loving Arms” is releasing new material I could become a part of!

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Little did I know that there would be more. But when I heard she would be recording a duet with Aerea Negrot, whose incredible Arabxilla album was my record of the year two years in a row (because nobody could top it), I asked whether I could remix the upcoming duet. Billie gave me a vague answer along the lines of “yeah, sure, we’ll see” and I thought this was it.

It wasn’t. It simply took the two divas long to find time to record the song. Which happens to be absolutely smashing. Comparisons included Grace Jones (is it me or is Aerea Negrot Grace Jones reincarnated? even though Madame Jones is still touring and working on a new album?). And then Billie approached me with the question: was I still interested? I said yes without hearing the track, then got worried for a second: what if it’s not good? Of course, I needn’t have worried, since the song was — is — amazing.

I made three remixes. One of them — the more dance one — is midtempo piano house. The other, plus dub, is my tribute to Frankie Knuckles’ amazing mixes from the late 80s. I wanted to hear those voices in the foreground of Pet Shop Boys’ style strings and cymbal rides. Of course, being me, I had to pepper the result a bit with vocoders. I used bits of the original (fabulous) Waterson production as well.

The full EP with 11 remixes available here at the low, low price of 4.90 Euro.

And now some praise that I shall re-read in the future if I ever feel unloved and that my music is no good:

“The Ray Grant remix is the best” — Mixmag

“Favourite Track / Mix: Billie Ray Martin – Off The Rails (Ray Grant 6am Mix). Good remix.” — Greg Fenton (Magazine Sixty/ DMC Magazine)
“Favourite Track / Mix: Billie Ray Martin – Off The Rails (Ray Grant 6am Dub). Nice job, thanks” — Daniel Bortz, Germany – https://www.facebook.com/danielbortzofficial – club, Various – Worldwide – club, Mojo, Hamburg, Germany – club, Iboat, Bordeaux, France – club, Suol @ ZT Hotel, Barcelona, Spain – club
“Favourite Track / Mix: Billie Ray Martin – Off The Rails (Ray Grant 6am Dub)” — Delphic, UK
“Favourite Track / Mix: Billie Ray Martin – Off The Rails (Ray Grant 6am Dub). Love the Ray Grant Dub” — Michael Edwards, UK – Nox – Aberdeen – club

“Favourite Track / Mix: Billie Ray Martin & Aerea Negrot – Off The Rails (Ray Grant 2 AM Remix). Like this one, and brm voice is great” — Arthur Baker

“Favourite Track / Mix: Billie Ray Martin – Off The Rails (Ray Grant 6am Dub). Great mixes but the original is my fave!” — Mijk van Dijk (BLN FM / M4TM Radio – Berlin), Germany
“Favourite Track / Mix: Billie Ray Martin – Off The Rails (Ray Grant 6am Dub). Really enjoyed this dub version” — Silvio Daria (France, way too many associations to list!)
“Favourite Track / Mix: Billie Ray Martin – Off The Rails (Ray Grant 6am Dub). Diggin’ the dub!” — Gemma Furbank, England – Orbit-Reloaded – club, Manchester Global Radio Fortnightly Show – radio, Danceradio.ca – radio, Vestax Europe Pro Artist – club
“More decent remixes still the Ray Grant 2am mix from the other package just edges it for my floors” — Johnny Frenetic, UK – Lola Lo Edinburgh – club, Opal Lounger Edinburgh – club, Shanghai Edinburgh – club

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