Category Archives: François Kevorkian

21st Century

Courtesy of Andrei: a vintage summer anthem to warm up your weekend. Play on!

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01 21st Century (Radio Edit)
02 21st Century (Original Full Length Mix)
03 21st Century (Transfer Club Mix)
04 21st Century (François K Remix)
05 21st Century (Different Gear Mix)

INFO > Never stuck in one groove, Andy Cato (Beat Foundation / Groove Armada) enlisted vocalist Rachel Foster in 2001 for a new project: Weekend Players. The duo delivered a desirable dose of deep house and downtempo tunes on their album, “Pursuit Of Happiness.” Their debut single “21st Century” includes remixes from Mark Jolley & Andy Wright, François Kevorkian, and Gino Scaletti & Quinn Whalley.

Situation (Remixes)

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01 Situation (Club 69 Radio Mix)
02 Situation (Club 69 Speed Mix)
03 Situation (Richard ‘Humpty’ Vission Visits The Dome Mix)
04 Situation (Dave Ralph’s Tea Freaks English Breakfast Mix)
05 Situation (Deadline Mix)
06 State Farm (Madhouse Mix)
07 Situation (Daniel Miller & Mark Saunders 12″ Mix)
08 State Farm (Play-Doh Dub)
09 Situation (Original US Dub)

INFO > To promote the 1999 best of collection, “Only Yazoo”, Mute Records remixed and reissued “Only You”, “Don’t Go”, and “Situation.” The newer reworks of “Situation” by Peter Rauhofer, Richard Vission, and Dave Ralph & company aren’t terribly memorable; however, the release also features mixes from 1990 that were previously unavailable on CD. Nine years later, we finally got the full-length remixes by François Kevorkian, Paul Dakeyne, and Miller & Saunders, along with the 1982 dub.

The enhanced CD also includes the promo video for “Only You.”

Situation (1990 Remix)

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01 Situation (Remix Edit) 02:24
02 State Farm (Madhouse Mix Edit) 03:19
03 Situation (The Aggressive Attitude Mix) 06:54
04 Situation (Space Dub) 04:56
05 Situation (Deadline Mix Edit)* 02:40

*Bonus track

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01 Situation (1982 US Remix) 05:45
02 State Farm (Original 12″ Mix) 06:47
03 Situation (Original 7″ Mix) 02:27
04 State Farm (Alternate Edit) 04:11
05 Situation (US Remix Edit)* 03:46

*Bonus track

INFO > In between Depeche Mode and Erasure, Vince Clarke forged a brief but successful partnership with Alison Moyet as Yazoo (Yaz in the US). “Situation” first appeared as the B-side to Yazoo’s 1982 debut single, “Only You.” François Kevorkian remixed the track for a 12″ release in the US, and created an enduring dance classic. The tune was revisited in 1990 with new mixes from Kevorkian, Youth, and Mute main man Daniel Miller with Mark Saunders. Also, Paul Dakeyne updated “State Farm,” originally the B-side to “Nobody’s Diary.” The second CD single features Kevorkian’s 1982 remix and the original versions of both “Situation” and “State Farm.”

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Yaz “Situation” (1982 US 12″)

This was the first cover of the US 12″, before the artist name was changed to Yaz due to a legal complaint from US based Yazoo Records. The Sire Records release features François Kevorkian’s 12″ Remix and 12″ Dub Mix.

The official video for the 1990 remix is rather pointless:

Tour De France

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01 Tour De France (Radio Version) 03:09
02 Tour De France (Kling Klang Analog Mix) 06:47
03 Tour De France (Remix François K) 06:45

INFO > Le Tour de France 2014 comes to an end this weekend. Recorded 80 years after the race’s first staging in 1903, Kraftwerk’s classic single “Tour De France” celebrates the epic cycling competition. The track was later remixed by Kraftwerk and François Kervorkian for a 1984 re-release; those mixes, along with the original Version Française edit, comprise this 1999 reissue.

HELP > The CD Extra video content is not compatible with my system. If anyone has this and can share the Quicktime video, the effort would be most appreciated.

UPDATE > Thanks to Orange94 for sharing the video:

And here’s another version featuring the band members:

Gas Stop (US Promo)

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01 Gas Stop [Who Do You Think You Are] (Single Version)
02 Lelore (Original Mix)
03 Insect (Single Mix)
04 Gas Stop [Who Do You Think You Are] (High Octane Mix)

INFO > This upbeat 1990 tune from Australian synthpop group Boxcar was remixed by François Kevorkian. The release also includes edits of earlier single “Insect” and “Gas Stop” follow-up “Lelore.”

Yoko Ono – Walking On Thin Ice (2003)

Yoko Ono
“Walking On Thin Ice”
2003 Twisted America Records (US)
72435-82669-2

01. Walking On Thin Ice (Pet Shop Boys Radio Mix)
02. Walking On Thin Ice (Danny Tenaglia Walked Across The Lake)
03. Walking On Thin Ice (Pet Shop Boys Electro Mix)
04. Walking On Thin Ice (Felix Da Housecat’s Tribute Mix)
05. Walking On Thin Ice (Pet Shop Boys Extended Dance Mix)
06. Walking On Thin Ice (Rui Da Silva’s Kismet Mix)
07. Walking On Thin Ice (Peter Rauhofer Electro Mix)
08. Walking On Thin Ice (Orange Factory Radio Mix)
09. Walking On Thin Ice (FKEK Vocal Mix)
10. Walking On Thin Ice (Peter Rauhofer Chill Mix)

INFO > The 1981 chart and club success of arty dance tune “Walking On Thin Ice” was bittersweet for Yoko Ono as John Lennon was murdered after the track’s recording session on 8 December 1980. As part of a series of remixed single reissues, “Walking On Thin Ice” was reworked in 2003 by a legion of contemporary dance producers: Pet Shop Boys, Danny Tenaglia, Peter Rauhofer, Felix Da Housecat, Rui Da Silva, François Kevorkian & Eric Kupper, and Orange Factory.

Walking On Thin Ice
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The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry (1986)

The Cure
“Boys Don’t Cry” (New Voice · Club Mix)
1986 Fiction Records (UK)
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01. Boys Don’t Cry (Extended 12″ Dance Version)
02. Pillbox Tales
03. Do The Hansa

INFO > The Cure’s 1979 single “Boys Don’t Cry” was re-sung and club mixed in 1986 for this 12″ release. Although no producer credit is given for the remix, it sounds like the work of François Kevorkian, who reworked the group’s following single, “Why Can’t I Be You.” On the flip are two previously unreleased recordings from 1979: the manic “Pillbox Tales”, and “Do The Hansa”—Robert Smith’s two-finger salute to The Cure’s first record label.

Boys Don’t Cry (1986)
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The Cure – Close To Me (Remix)

 

The Cure
“Close To Me” (Remix)
1990 Fiction Records (UK)
FICCD 36 / FICDR 36

01. Close To Me (Closest Mix)
02. Just Like Heaven (Dizzy Mix)
03. Primary (Red Mix)
04. Close To Me (Closer Mix)
05. Why Can’t I Be You? (Extended Remix)

INFO > This was the second of two singles to promote The Cure’s 1990 compilation, “Mixed Up.” Oakenfold adds a baggy shuffle to “Close To Me”, Bryan ‘Chuck’ New plays with percussive effects on “Just Like Heaven”, and Keith LeBlanc industrializes “Primary” to excellent results. François Kevorkian’s original 12″ remix of “Why Can’t I Be You?” is an added bonus from the limited edition CD.

CLOSE TO ME (REMIX)

Yazoo – Situation (1990)

Yazoo
“Situation” (1990)
1990 Mute Records Ltd (UK)
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01. Situation (Daniel Miller & Mark Saunders Remix) 02:24
02. State Farm (Madhouse Mix Edit) 03:19
03. Situation (The Aggressive Attitude Mix) 06:54
04. Situation (Space Dub) 04:56
05. Situation (Deadline Mix Edit)* 02:40

*Bonus track

INFO > In between Depeche Mode and Erasure, Vince Clark forged a brief but successful partnership with Alison Moyet as Yazoo (Yaz in the US). “Situation” first appeared as the B-side to Yazoo’s 1982 debut single, “Only You.” François Kevorkian remixed the track for a 12″ release in the US, creating an enduring dance classic. The tune was revisited in 1990 with new mixes by Kevorkian, Youth, and Mute main man Daniel Miller with Mark Saunders. Also included is Paul Dakeyne’s update of “State Farm,” originally the B-side to “Nobody’s Diary.”

Situation 1990
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Kraftwerk – Radioaktivität (1991)

Kraftwerk
“Radioaktivität”
1991 Kling Klang Product (DE)
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01. Radioaktivität (François Kevorkian 7″ Remix) 04:08
02. Radioactivity (François Kevorkian 12″ Remix) 07:26
03. Radioactivity (William Orbit 12″ Remix) 07:23
04. Radioactivity (William Orbit Hardcore Remix)* 06:14

*Bonus track

INFO > German electronic legends Kraftwerk revisited their back catalog in 1991, and delivered new versions of classic tracks in the form of “The Mix.” Both “The Robots” and “Radioactivity” were released as singles from the album; this German issue of “Radioaktivität” offers up ace remixes from François Kevorkian and William Orbit, in English und Deutsch.

Radioaktivität (1991)
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