Due for release early next year, Hell's collaboration with Bryan Ferry finally makes it into the spotlight.
Date published: 7th Nov 2009
Backed with remixes from Carl Craig, DFA's Tim Goldsworthy and Simian Mobile Disco 'U Can Dance' reflects a perfect melding of two distinct personalities, a record that sounds as if the voice and music were made for each other.
It was only a matter of time. Two genre-defining artists together…pop music and dance music's most famous arbiters of taste, collaborating at last. DJ Hell's "U Can Dance" is an interpretation of an unreleased Bryan Ferry song, taking Bryan's distinctive voice back onto the dancefloor.
Hell, of course, has been riding high on the success of Teufelswerk, his masterpiece of a double album, a journey replete with fruitful experiments and club bombs. One that has yielded both massive hits and not a tiny bit of controversy along the way. Ferry, meanwhile, has been as busy as ever—recording a new album, performing in places as far afield as Siberia, opening up the Cannes Film Festival...basically just being Bryan Ferry.
And now here they are together...It all started in 2006 when Hell dropped in to meet Ferry at his West London studio. At first they discussed Hell remixing an old Roxy Music track, and then it turned into something else - something new (U Can Dance).
They had similar impressions of one another—Hell: "I was impressed by his aura and his look," Ferry: "He impressed us with his sophistication and charm." Fast forward a few years later, and Hell is hard at work on Teufelswerk and putting the finishing touches on the aforementioned song titled "U Can Dance," a serpentine Moroder-esque disco burner. With the help of old friend Peter Kruder, of Kruder and Dorfmeister fame, Hell fashioned the song into a smoldering nine-minute highlight of the double disc set, in which Ferry turns in a typically assured vocal performance.
Ferry may seem like an unexpected fan of dance, but he's been going to clubs since he was a teenager, and in his lengthy career he's worked with legends such as Nile Rodgers of Chic and David Williams from Michael Jackson's band. "It's always a pleasure to work with people from that genre, who follow a singular groove."
The single follows in the wake of Hell's "The DJ feat. P. Diddy" which has won over floors and critics alike with its nearly 30-minute Radio Slave remix and fine work from the likes of Deetron, Jay Haze and others. On "U Can Dance" Hell and Ferry have similarly pulled out all the stops for the remixes, gathering up work from the Grammy-nominated producer Carl Craig, DFA mainstay Tim Goldsworthy and pop electro superstars Simian Mobile Disco.
There's also a video - directed by the suitably subversive Jo Apps. It features five beautiful sirens, styled by Nova Dando of Lady Gaga fame. In the fashion of both Roxy Music and the men behind "U Can Dance," the video captures the song's decadence perfectly...
'U Can Dance' video teaser:
TOUR DATES Nov 6 2009 - Womb Tokyo Nov 7 2009 - Mole Sapporo, Hokkaido Nov 13 2009 - Boogee Basement Graz, Kärnten Nov 20 2009 - Lux Lisboa Nov 26 2009 Patrick Mohr x Hell, Munich Nov 27 2009 - Bergwerk Altenmarkt Nov 28 2009 - Fabric London and South East Dec 3 2009 - Vienna International Human Rights Film Festival Wien Dec 4 2009 - Alte Borse Zurich Dec 7 2009 - Spacio Atlantico Roma Dec 10 2009 Patrick Mohr x Hell, Berlin Dec 11 2009 - Rex Paris Dec 12 2009 - Watergate with M.A.N.D.Y Berlin Dec 17 2009 -Wendy& Jim after party-Flex Wien Dec 18 2009 - Velvet Leipzig Dec 19 2009 - Park Motel Dresden Dec 26 2009 - Playground @ Kornhaus, Bern