John Morales was responsible for the club versions of some of the biggest records of the 80’s – From “Axel F”, “Rhythm of the Night” to “Dr Beat.” In addition he lent his talents to acts such as The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, The Commodores and Rose Royce and 80’s sensations like Debbie Gibson and Billy Ocean.
Universal Robot Band’s “Barely Breaking Even (Club Version)” (via Rephlektor)
The M&M Mixes is a history lesson in dance music. John formed with the late Sergio Munzibai M+M productions whose output of over 650 mixes will be unmatched by many celebrity big name remixers of today. From the Rolling Stones to Gloria Estefan, The Temptations to Hall and Oates, Aretha Franklin to BBE – we have all been moulded by John’s everlasting influence. This superb double CD presents some of John's finest works. CD 1 of classic boogie, cult favorites and unreleased demo mixes while CD 2 showcases - for the first time - previously unreleased mixes of gems from the legendary Salsoul catalogue from anthems like Ain't Mountain High Enough to underground faves Funk Deluxe. All the remixes featured on this compilation are never before released versions of some of his most influential works with the most credible dance artists of the 80’s. The whole compilation will also be available on all digital platforms and there will be a limited triple vinyl version of this release. 1000 copies only. Bottom line - this is the first ever compilation of his works.
The M&M stamp became synonymous with almost every major dance release of the era. In fact it wasn’t uncommon for the duo to remix upwards of 10 records in any given month. Alongside cult and groundbreaking records for the Fantastic Aleems (‘Get Down Friday Night’), Class Action (‘Weekend’), and of course Jocelyn Brown (‘Somebody Else’s Guy’) they refashioned certified pop smashes for DeBarge (‘Rhythm Of The Night’), Harold Faltermeyer (‘Alex F’), Shakatak (‘Down On The Street’), Miami Sound Machine (‘Dr Beat’), the Temptations (‘Treat Her Like A Lady’) and hundreds more in an eight year period that saw them almost an ever present on the Billboard Dance, R&B or Hot 100 pop charts. Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones, Spandau Ballet, Aretha Franklin, Shalamar, Hall & Oates, Dan Hartman, Candi Staton, Melba Moore, Rose Royce, Billy Ocean, Debbie Gibson, Odyssey, the Commodores and even Peter Schilling and Rod Stewart, in fact just about every major artist of the day was in someway retouched by the hands of Morales & Munzibai. M&M worked together till around 1989 (Sergio passed away in 1991) and John’s solo production projects in the ‘90s included such acts as Debbie Gibson, Brenda K Starr, Denise Lopez, The Thompson Twins, Blow Monkeys, Five Star and Art Of Noise. In 2009 John mixed several releases including the expanded version of Jackson 5 and Marvin Gaye albums.
So there you have it – a true legend. John Morales mixes are highly revered by classic DJs such as Dimitri from Paris, Louie Vega and Danny Krivit and the CD liner notes include interviews with Jocelyn Brown (Inner Life/Nuyorican Soul) and Legendary producer Patrick Adams (Salsoul – R Kelly, Sister Sledge and many more). Hell, John’s remix of Universal Robot Band’s “Barely Breaking Even” Is where BBE Records took its name from! John Morales will be DJing worldwide to promote this release with a UK launch Party in December at Cargo featuring DJ support from the legendary mixer Tom Moulton as well as a live pa from the one and only Jocelyn Brown.
BBE releases John Morales The M&M Mixes on January 19, 2010
CD 1 - PREVIOUSLY UN-RELEASED NYC UNDERGROUND DISCO ANTHEMS
01 Class Action feat. Chris Wiltshire - “Weekend [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”
02 Tony Adderly – “I Ain’t Mad At You [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”
03 Ronnie Dyson – “All Over Your Face [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”
04 Curtis Hairston – “I Want You (All Tonight) [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”
05 Julia & Company – “Breakin’ Down (Sugar Samba) [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”
06 Cubie Burke – “Down For Double [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”
07 Universal Robot Band – “Wanna Be Your Lover [Demo Version]”
08 La-Rita Gaskin – “Never Can Say Goodbye [Demo Version]”
09 Bumblebee Unlimited – “Lady Bug (I Just Wanna Be Your Lady Bug) [12” Version]”
10 Universal Robot Band – “Barely Breaking Even [Club Version]”
CD2 - PREVIOUSLY UN-RELEASED EXCLUSIVE SALSOUL MIXES
01 Inner Life – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough [JM 4AM Mix]”
02 First Choice – “Happy Love Affair [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”
03 Logg – “Lay It On The Line [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”
04 Logg – “(You’ve Got) That Something [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”
05 Skyy – “Because Of You [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”
06 Inner Life – “(Knock Out) Let’s Go Another Round [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”
07 Logg – “I Know You Will [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”
08 Funk Deluxe – “This Time [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”
09 Instant Funk – “No Stoppin’ That Rockin’ [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”