John Davis and the Monster Orchestra – “Up Jumped the Devil (6th Borough Project Jumped Up Jam)”
Dance music is based on repetition, of course, but it takes a special talent to use that repetition in a way that builds anticipation, keeping us excited and dancing instead of getting bored and walking off the floor. Case in point is this extended edit of John Davis and the Monster Orchestra’s “Up Jumped the Devil” by UK DJ The Revenge. The original, released in ’77 on indie-disco label SAM records, brings the heat right from the get-go, but in The Revenge’s hands, the track morphs into a slow burner, adding elements one at a time- guitar, bass, guitar, a little vocal, some brass, til the kick drum drops around 2:40 and things really start to shake. Bongo breaks and looping saxophones enter later, just more fuel for the fire, til 8 plus minutes have gone by and it feels like we’re just getting started.