JOHN DAVIS & THE MONSTER ORCHESTRA - UP JUMPED THE DEVIL (LOUIE VEGA REMIXES)
House music maestro Louie Vega returns to Nurvous to remix Disco hit ‘Up Jumped The Devil’ by John Davis & The Monster Orchestra.
Originally released in 1977 on Sam Records, ‘Up Jumped The Devil’ featured music performances from some of Philly’s finest musicians, many of whom also featured on albums by the Salsoul Orchestra. Among them were Michael “Sugar Bear” Foreman on bass, drummer Charles Collins and guitarist Dennis Harris. Percussion came from Larry Washington, whilst Don Renaldo provided the strings and horns. With a rugged and rough rhythm section and blazing horn parts, the track was an absolute bomb amongst disco DJs at the time and continues to shine as a gem today.
Fast forward 40 years, Michael Weiss – son of Sam Records president and founder Sam Weiss – sends the track’s digitized elements to close friend and associate Louie Vega, whose timeless body of work includes trendsetting productions both as a solo artist and with his Elements of Life band and the more recent Soulfrito Project, and alongside Kenny Dope as Masters At Work. That aside, the New York native has always possessed a great knowledge and respect for R&B and Disco that laid the foundation of the current nightlife soundtrack.
2016 was especially big for Louie, as ‘Starring...XXVIII’ was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Dance / Electronic album category and was the source of multiple singles that lit up dance floors in clubs around the world. Louie is currently in the middle of a worldwide tour including DJ sets and full band performances.
Last year also saw Vega produce the smash remix of John Davis & The Monster Orchestra’s ‘Bourgie, Bourgie’, which was Traxsource’s No. 6 biggest selling download of 2016. He now returns, adding his unique production skills to another John Davis & Monster Orchestra classic from the Sam Records discography by remixing seminal disco-funk jam ‘Up Jumped The Devil’.
The Sam Records catalogue is owned and administered by Nervous Records, with which Louie has a long history dating back to the label’s signature tune ‘The Nervous Track’ by Nuyorican Soul. Nurvous Records is the sister imprint to Nervous Records, and is known for being one of the premier brands specializing in forward-thinking future club music.
John Davis & The Monster Orchestra ‘Up Jumped The Devil (Louie Vega Mixes)’ drops on Nurvous on 30th June 2017.