Jamie Jones Remixes Late Soul-Legend Teddy Pendergrass On LIFE IS A SONG WORTH SINGING
In support of the feature-length documentary 'Teddy Pendergrass - If You Don't Know Me', Mixmag presents 'Teddy Pendergrass: The Remixes'. Featuring contributions from the foremost figures in the global electronic music scene Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus, DJ Pierre, Francesca Lombardo andCassy, the remix EP will be out on Friday 8th March on Philadelphia International Records viaLegacy Recordings a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
Throughout the EP, selections from Teddy Pendergrass' timeless catalogue are reimagined through an electronic lens. Opening the release is Jamie Jones' remix of 'Life is a Song Worth Singing'. Faithful to the feel-good essence of the original track, Jamie delivers a rippling, synth-based interpretation. Damian Lazarus manipulates the powerful tones Teddy was famed for on 'I Don't Love You Anymore', building an ambient disco groove around sparse vocal lines. 'Do Me', a signature record that solidified Pendergrass' sex symbol status receives a rhythmic, dreamy rework courtesy of Francesca Lombardo. Cassy's remix of 'Only You' substitutes its funky roots in favour of a thumping and bass-driven affair ready to set any dancefloor alight before acid house legend DJ Pierre closes up proceedings.
'Teddy Pendergrass - If You Don't Know Me' - a documentary co-produced by Mixmag's parent company Wasted Talent - chronicles the life and career of one of soul music's most cherished artists. As one of the first African-American artists to produce four consecutive platinum albums, Teddy Pendergrass was undeniably on the brink of a superstardom to rival the likes of Marvin Gaye, Barry White or even Michael Jackson, when fate took a drastic, almost fatal turn. Through interviews with family, friends and colleagues the film tells the story of his rise to fame within the complexities of 60s and 70s America, his tragic fall and his triumphant comeback.
Producer of the documentary, Piers Tempest commented: "Teddy's story is an important and ultimately inspiring one and we are delighted to help shine a light on the man and his music".
Mixmag's Global Editorial Director, Nick DeCosemo, comments further: "It's a testament to Teddy's influence and legacy that some of the biggest names in contemporary dance music jumped at the chance to remix his classic tracks. Mixmag is so proud to help honour Teddy's legacy and bring his music to a new generation of fans."
Teddy Pendergrass - 'If You Don't Know Me' premiered in the U.S. on February 8 on Showtime and is currently available on demand and streaming. For more information: www.showtime.com. The UK film premiere in conjunction with Sky Arts will take place at The British Film Institute (BFI) on 19th February 2019 where director Olivia Lichtenstein will be taking questions before its nationwide release on 21st February at select UK cinemas.
TEDDY PENDERGRASS - IF YOU DON'T KNOW ME
The Rise, Fall And Resurrection Of Soul's Sexiest Superstar
BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE (BFI) PREMIERE
19th FEBRUARY 2019
Includes Q&A session with director
OPENING AT CINEMAS NATIONWIDE
February 19 - London, BFI - Premiere
February 21 - London, DocHouse - Director Q&A
February 22 - Nottingham, Broadway
February 22-23 - Derby, QUAD
February 22-27 - Bristol Watershed
February 28 - Bristol Watershed - Director Q&A
February 23 - London Rio Cinema, Dalston
February 24 - London ArtHouse, Crouch End - Director Q&A
February 27 - London Regent Street
March 01 - London Genesis - Director Q&A
March 01 - Birmingham Mockingbird
March 03 - London Ritzy Brixton - Director Q&A
March 04 - Darlington The Forum Cinema
March 05 - London Lexi Cinema - Director Q&A
March 04-07 - Glasgow Film Theatre
March 08-09 - Leicester Phoenix Cinema
March 23 - Newcastle Hoochie Coochie Club - Director Q&A
March 27-28 - Edinburgh Filmhouse
March 29 - Sterling Macrobert
April 03 - Dublin Sugar Club - Director Q&A
April 09-10 - Aberdeen Belmont Filmhouse
'Teddy Pendergrass: The Remixes' is set for release on March 8th.