Arthur Baker reunites with Rockers Revenge to release ‘On A Mission’ on Crosstown Rebels

Crosstown Rebels celebrate their fifteenth year with their monumental 200th release. American DJ and producer Arthur Baker reunites with Rockers Revenge for the first time in thirty years. To complete the package, dance music heavyweights Francois K and Michael Mayer take on remix duties.

On A Mission is exactly that, “a mission of love, a mission of peace”. The positive vocals hark back to those of early 90s house tracks, which created unity through music and clubbing. The rhythmic beat of the drum is determined, as percussive layers build and the vocals bleed into the synths. Francois K provides two variations of the track. His remix features more prominent drum beats driven by a growling bassline. On his rockers dub version, the bass is pulsating complimented by otherworldly synths. Up next is the Michael Mayer remix- a calmer take on the original with gentler synths and a whirring, throbbing bassline.

“To be able to reconnect and rekindle the special collaborative connection I had with rockers revenge after a 30-year hiatus has been an incredibly inspiring experience. The song conveys that peace and love can still be obtained through music.” Arthur Baker

Created in 1982, Rockers Revenge was the brainchild of Arthur Baker and Donnie Calvin. Donnie provided lead vocals with Baker’s wife, Tina B, Dwight Hawkes and Adrienne Dupree Johnson on backing vocals. Their most prominent track, Walking On Sunshine, was a post-disco hit reaching #1 in the US dance charts and #4 in the UK charts.

Three years ago Baker and Hawkes reconnected through social media with Baker sending his original Mission idea. Baker is known for his work with hip-hop artists like Afrika Bambaataa, Planet Patrol, and New Order whilst also remixing the Pet Shop Boys’ 1986 hit In The Night. Fast forward to 2018 and the group performed a monumental live show at Get Lost Miami, and are currently in the studio working on new material. This Summer they will shoot a new documentary and perform live at various events. For press requests

01 On A Mission
02 On A Mission (Instrumental)
03 On A Mission (FK 12” Mix)
04 On A Mission (FK Rockers Dub)
05 On A Mission (Michael Mayer Remix)
06 On A Mission (Michael Mayer Instrumental)

About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and House. A man that lives in a world of beats and bass, and total confusion about life!