Patrick Cowley – Get A Little EP [SPEC-1874]

First released in 1981 in the wake of the muscular, robo-disco epics ‘Megatron Man’ and ‘Menergy’, ‘Get a Little’ has long been one of Patrick Cowley’s most underrated singles – or at least far-less celebrated. As this reissue proves, the track has lost none of its lustre over the years. A full-vocal number featuring a super-catchy chorus, the original mix (B1) and contemporaneous remix (B2) sit somewhere between electrofunk, Cowley’s own brand of electronic disco and what we’d now call Italo-disco. It’s a far-sighted sound that still sounds fresh all these years on. The A-side of this edition also boasts two contemporary updates from Alan Dixon, who adds subtly beefed-up house beats and a tidy nu-disco feel on both the ‘Love Attack’ and ‘DJ Friendly Mix’ variations.

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Patrick Cowley – Get A Little EP [SPEC-1874]

Patrick Cowley – Lift Off EP [SPEC-1873]

Having previously produced two tidy remixes of overlooked Patrick Cowley gem ‘Get a Little’, Alan Dixon has returned to the late, great producer’s catalogue in order to rework another lesser-celebrated cut. This time round, he’s turned his hand to Megatron Man album track, ‘Lift Off’, a typically throbbing, muscular vocal number that sits somewhere between thrusting robo-disco, sparkling electrofunk and synth-pop. Dixon first adds a little low-end grunt on the re-edit style ‘Love Attack Mix’, before delivering a sturdier and easier-to-mix ‘DJ Friendly version’. On the flip you’ll find Cowley’s original and a rare, club-ready remix from the early ’80s.

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Patrick Cowley – Lift Off EP [SPEC-1873]