New York City disco and house producer, The Juan Maclean have been tasked with remixing LA disco duo, De Lux’s single “875 Dollars” to make a funky song even funkier. The task may seem near impossible, but damnit they do just that.
Juan Maclean adds a super funky bassline and simplify things with a studier kick drum to give it a clubbier feel though don’t eliminate the vocal and synth part from the song that makes the original great.
“This track reminded me quite a bit of the early days of DFA, I had some nostalgia sitting in the studio listening to it. It particularly reminded me of The Rapture, and I got to thinking about how much Chicago House was a big influence back then for everyone, and those guys playing lots of that stuff around the office,” says Juan Maclean to Magnetic. “So I dug out my trusty TR 707 drum machine, the drums that House was built on, and the JX3P, a synth staple around the DFA studio, and tried to put myself back in those days.”
The remix came from a place of mutual respect.
"We've been a fan of Juan's music for a while. To our ears, he has really really good taste in house and disco,” says De Lux, praising Juan Maclean. “And he took our version of '875' and made a simple minimal classy house track and added a darker tone. We blasted it through a big PA in our studio and turned off the lights. It's perfect for a darker club atmosphere.”
It will make you feel like you are razzle dazzling your way into the club with 875 dollars in your pocket, even if you probably don’t even have that much money to your name.
The remix comes out tomorrow, so stream it below until then.