Laser ‘Body Beat’ (Apollonia)
Apollonia has been relatively, by their standards, prolific of late with reliably on point EPs and remixes from an impressive cast of producers and artists including their own Dan Ghenacia and Shonky. The label has been short of a track to rouse the geek’s of the internet to that extra notch of fervour, but that wait seems to be over with this re-release of a forgotten gem. Following on in the tradition of their clever reissues of highly collectable gems from yesteryear, like Callisto’s Staligmite remix of Need Your Love, or Point G’s shimmering house jam ‘Underwater,’ 'Body Beat' is another unassuming monster reissue. The dub of Laser’s ‘Body Beat,’ titled 'Body Under' has been dutifully played by Dan Ghenacia since the 1990s. But on rediscovering the record in his collection, he decided to switch the plate to play the vocal version again only to discover a moody organ bass monster that has kept the YouTube ‘ID’ massive fervently guessing its identity for some time. The original was released on Italian label Pin Up in 1993 and is a collaboration between veteran Italian producers Vascotto Fabio and Mrau Gianluca (who is these days better known under the alias Mreux). It must be a nice surprise to discover a track you made nearly thirty years ago has found an even bigger audience on its second lease of life. Body Beat’s appeal may have been lost on the record buying masses of the early 1990s but its understated organ bass notes, oddly echoing chords and diva vocal phrases fit nicely into the modern vinyl enthusiast’s record bag.