[RE:JAZZ] – People Hold On (12″ EP)

INFRAcom! IC1341: 18th June 2007
1. People Hold On (Original / Tobias Kremer Bigband Version / Metropolitan Jazz Affair Remix)
“Everybody’s looking for a meaning, everybody’s doing their own thing, and nobody’s solving the problem, ain’t nobody helping each other”
2. Gabrielle (Feat. Alice Russell)
“Dancing soon became a way to communicate, feel the music deep in your soul”

Coldcut and Lisa Stansfield‘s classic 1988 song ‘People Hold On’ was a Jazz/Gospel tune packaged as a Dance number. Now nearly twenty years later Germany’s [Re:Jazz] have peeled back those electronic layers and remade ‘People Hold On’ as a traditional Jazz affair. The ‘Original’ version is a minimal but powerful production featuring little else but Tabla Drums, Piano and Inga Lühnig’s rich vocals. It reaches deep into the soul of the lyrics and brings out something magical.

Tobias Kremer’s version is a little too Lounge-Jazz/Swing for my tastes (You kind of expect a voice to come in saying “Ladies and gentlemen… welcome to the Copacabana!”) but it’s interesting to hear the track remade as a full-on Vegas number and the Piano solo is to die for. Bruno Hovart‘s ‘Metropolitan Jazz Affair Remix’ layers on some skittering drums, Funky Bass and a gorgeous Saxophone solo for a Miles Davis vibe.

As a bonus on the EP the ever wonderful Alice Russell adds guest vocals to a cover of Roy Davis Jr‘s ‘Gabriel’ (Renamed ‘Gabrielle’). It contrasts fast tribal drumming with slow sultry vocals to create an entrancing House/Not-House tune. This is a fascinating and captivating EP of different textures and styles and well worth your money.

Click here to buy the ‘People Hold On’ 12″ from Juno Records.

Or click here to buy the EP from 7Digital as wmas, aacs or mp3s.

Click here to view the original video for Coldcut’s ‘People Hold On’ via YouTube.

Click here to watch the new video for [Re:Jazz]’s version on MySpace Video.

[Re:Jazz] – People Hold On mp3
Coldcut – People Hold On (Feat. Lisa Stansfield) mp3
Roy Davis Jr. (Feat. Peven Everett) – Gabriel mp3

[Re:Jazz] Website / [Re:Jazz] MySpace / Alice Russell MySpace


3 Responses to “[RE:JAZZ] – People Hold On (12″ EP)”

  1. I’m yet to listen to both the remixes but much as I tried to like it the original version makes me want to take my own life. The vocals are cloyingly overdone, mistakenly believing that singing a lyric slowly, over emphasising every syllable, and ooo oooing for all you’re worth imparts a deep almost cosmic meaning rather than making the listener want to hunt you down for crimes against 80’s pop classics.
    Maybe Im just too close to the original?

    Bizarrely Coldcut have no control over the rights to the song due to the fallout from their dalience with major label Arista, infact they were stopped from using their own track on the legendary “Journeys by DJ’s” mix. The original remix 12″ also features a new york jazz mix by Blaze which is approximately 3000% times better than this monstrosity.

  2. Wrong, wrong, wrong [Re:Jazz]’s version is brilliant!

    Send me that Blaze Remix because I’m having trouble finding it.



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