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’s story is an important and ultimately inspiring one and we are delighted to help shine a light on the man and his music”.
‘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.