Listen to Timo Maas and James Teej’s secret remix to Paul McCartney’s ‘Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five’
What started off as a mysterious 12″ stamped with Paul McCartney’s face has escalated rather quickly. Famed London record store Phonica effectively started a witch hunt when they posted up a cryptic picture of the record, offering no information about it other than what was visible on the label: Macca’s face and the words “Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five.” Now that the dust has settled on the limited vinyl release, with some copies of the record now fetching up to $400 on eBay, details around the secret remix have been revealed along with a full digital release of the re-work.
Originally released as a B-side in 1973, “Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five” is the epic closing track to McCartney and Wings’ standout album Band On The Run, an LP which found critical and commercial acclaim upon release. It wasn’t until thirty years later that industry heavyweight Timo Maas first heard the track at a friend’s house in Ibiza, remarking how the song had the foundations of house music some ten years before the genre even existed. Understanding the reverence required to re-work a classic track of such high caliber, Maas took his time on the remix, teasing out the process for several years before enlisting the help of My Favorite Robot boss James Teej while at his German country-side studio. The unlikely production duo described the studio energy as magical, knowing that they were essentially remixing history by giving the Orwell-referencing ’70s track a new life for today’s dancefloors.
When their remix finally took shape, they fired it over to McCartney’s management and got word that Macca himself heard the remix and gave it his blessing for official release. Retaining all the psychedelia and grit of the original, Maas and Teej have delivered an absolute gem, fortifying the original with dancefloor thump while adding in shuffling hi-hats, spacey synth lines and a flurry of drum barrages. Good things come to those who wait, and that is certainly the case here for Maas and Teej – expect this one to deliver some special moments on the floor all summer long.