‘Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five’ has taken the world by surprise in 2016. The record that brought Paul McCartney fame in the 1970s, reincarnated by Timo Maas and James Teej has now been reworked by the enigmatic production forces of Kerri Chandler, Paul Woolford and Tim Green for Virgin Records.
It was April this year when the mysterious white labels first appeared in select record stores and NME broke news of “the origins of a mysterious house remix of Paul McCartney,” Rolling Stone featured a rare dance record that has been “transformed into a club piece with the approval of Macca”. An instant classic, it was then hailed by Billboard to have “captured the imagination of music fans”.
Paul Woolford has been known under many aliases throughout his illustrious career as a dance music DJ and producer, such as the ground-breaking Special Request and Bobby Peru. But none are as renowned as his birth-name, with which he propels ‘Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five’ to new heights, elasticating its frequencies to an epic ten minute sound odyssey.
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‘Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five’ brought Paul McCartney fame in the 1970s and now Timo Maas and James Teej have brought new life into it for 2016 on Virgin Records. Tim Green steps up for the first reinterpretation of the applauded record with a sleek and emotive remix that breaks into the heart of this special record.
Back in April NME broke news of “the origins of a mysterious house remix of Paul McCartney,” while Rolling Stone wrote that it had been “transformed into a club piece with the approval of Macca“. Many fell in love with the record instantly and Billboard mused that they had “captured the imagination of music fans”.
“The first concert I ever went to was Paul McCartney at Earls Court in 1993, I was 9 years old.’ Tim Green recalled. ‘It was a privilege to remix this new version, and I tried incorporating and respecting both versions in my remix.” Possessing the ability to effortlessly manoeuvre through the realms of house and techno, Tim Green has been responsible for countless high profile releases on highly revered labels including Cocoon, Dirtybird, Get Physical and brought his remixing skills to music from Friendly Fires, Cassius and Seth Troxler. He has constantly experimented across the spectrum of electronic music, stamping his work with ingenuity, fearlessness and fun.
The music industry has gone into a spin about ‘Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five’ over the past two weeks. Limited 12” test pressings sold out in hours, it went straight to number one in the record shops stocking them and sent ebay into overdrive ever since.
This is in no small part due to Paul McCartney being one of rock’s most iconic figures. From his frontman status within The Beatles to his solo outfit Wings, he trailblazed the 70s with a string of hits. Originally a B side, the luminous ‘Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five’ was first released in 1973 and took Timo Maas until 2009 to discover it. Amazed at how fresh the record sounded, he teamed up with musical cohort James Teej to contemporise this classic sound and bring a modern edge into it, now set for official release on Virgin Records Germany on May 13th.
The original ‘Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five’ was the closing track on the 1973 album ‘Band on the Run’ and found critical acclaim for Paul McCartney & Wings (the solo outfit the Beatles member founded with his wife Linda) through references to George Orwell’s 1984, yet it also tells an unlikely love story through its lyrics. Industry heavy-weights Timo Maas & James Teej elevate the track and spark it with electronic heat, creating a perfect storm between the past and the present.
Timo Maas’s career has had an undeniable impact on the electronic music scene. For 30 years he has travelled the globe, and garnered an illustrious production career putting his midas touch to music for Madonna, Depeche Mode, Fatboy Slim and earning a Grammy Award nomination for his Tori Amos rework. Also known for his indie-electronic label and band, My Favourite Robot, James Teej is Canadian born with over twenty years producing and DJing under his belt. Working at Timo’s countryside home in Germany this unlikely pairing have refined a vision and palette of sound that is a confident yet tasteful take on contemporary electronica.