Title: Rise Up 20 (Vol.3 Remixes)
Label: Tactal Hots Music
Cat No: THM071
Released: 22nd January 2018
Genre: Progressive House
Phoenix’s original ‘Rise Up’ (1995) was a 12” vinyl only release on Solid Silver Recordings (UK) – a euphoric, melodic masterpiece of the time with trademark mid-90’s strings and epic breakdowns. Sadly, on 12th September 1996, Scott Latham (aka Phoenix) passed away and the world lost a true musical genius.
Tactal Hots Music was born out of an anagram of Scott’s name, as a fitting tribute to his memory, so that the legacy of Scott Latham will live on and resonate in the label and in the music – like a phoenix rising from the ashes. Now, for the third and final part of the 20th anniversary ‘Rise Up’ remix series, Desyfer & Hipnosys and new production partnership Cool Gold have created four suitably excellent celebratory interpretations to kick off 2018 in style.
Desyfer & Hipnosys deliver a driving, evolving progression of the original, whilst Cool Gold – combining the unrivalled artistic experience of legendary DJ/Producer Chris Fortier with that of Florida’s uniquely talented Stephen Wilson (aka Rudiment) – deliver three exceptional and highly respectful remix interpretations of the 1995 classic, immediately marking this new duo as a creative force to be reckoned with for the future.
“This track has always been close to me. In addition to the fact that I played it tons of times myself, the BBC Radio 1 ‘Essential Mix’ with Sasha playing ‘Rise Up’ also featured one of my first productions and that really helped myself and Neil Kolo as Fade. We had already signed our first track to Mushroom and been in the Buzz Chart and Cool Cuts, done a couple remixes for our friends John Debo, Kimball Collins and DJ Icey, but it was after that ‘Essential Mix’ that things really moved big and fast. The power of Sasha in the 90’s was unbelievable – even though the first printed tracklists omitted our track ‘Separation’, we still got a huge amount of calls, faxes and interest that following Monday morning. So, anytime I hear ‘Rise Up’, I think immediately to Sasha and that ‘Essential mix’, and its an honour to be involved in this remix project.” – Chris Fortier