Since his humble beginnings in the Bronx, NYC John Morales has been pushing the boundaries of mixing. Morales was one of the pioneers of the “extended mix” in an era where most records were around the 3 minute mark; spending his days editing tapes to create sprawling medleys and remixes this allowed him to get more out of the records he was playing and to keep the dance floor swinging for longer. The most famous examples of these are the ‘Deadly Medleys’ and ‘Sunshine Acetate Medleys’.
In the 80s and 90s after being scouted by some of the city’s top disco producers Morales combined with Sergio Munzibai to form M and M productions which became one of the best partnerships creating consistently excellent remixes and fantastic production for many of the biggest names of the era including The Temptations, Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin to name a few.
The M and M mixes are legendary and so it is hard to pick a single track. After plenty of deliberation I have gone for the extended mix of Teddy Pendergrass’ ‘The More I Get The More I Want’ from the M and M mixes volume 2. Philadelphia International Records released the original as a funky final number for TP’s first solo album and also as the second track on the 7” single ‘The Whole Towns Laughing At Me’. The 1977 original edit was 3:35 of pure funk and soul, but for JM this wasn’t enough his extended mix is a sprawling 10 minute journey that realizes the potential of the original’s intricate beats and rhythms and adds to the magic of the vocals.
Catch the man himself on the decks at the Roadhouse, Manchester where he will be playing a special 3hr extended mix for Stevie Wonderland.
Venue: Roadhouse, Manchester
JM extended mix