Review: Smoove & Turrell – Elgin Towers (Remixes)
Who Wants to Live in Castles?
Stratos Bleu has been one of the highpoints of 2020 no argument, its mixture of soul and dancefloor bangers has been on repeat in this section of the 60MW compound since its release. Now they have entrusted the Nu-Disco legend that is Hot Toddy and producer Steve Cobby to remix Elgin Towers which for me is THE classic song from a very classy album.
The song is a tribute to local photographer Jimmy Forsyth who took shots when the Nursery Farm Estate Towers in Gateshead were demolished in 1987. A date obviously burned into John Turrell’s memory as he was present on that day. A montage of Jimmy’s photographs features in a video for the album version. It documents the collapsing tower blocks with locals looking on as their lives are changed forever by people they will never meet.
Hot Toddy’s remix lets the Michael McDonald of the North East’s vocals to shine through by dropping the tempo in favour of a chilled approach. Steve Cobby’s version is much sparser with electric piano, strings and the gospel choir coming together with John’s voice. This song demonstrates how Smoove & Turrell can create anthems that don’t always need dancing to. Go get it.
Jalapeno Records: JAL331