Boomkat Product Review:
Pure magic - a pristine, remastered reissue of Arthur Russell's futurist disco classic 'Let's Go Swimming' with incredible bonus material - much of it previously unreleased. An unmissable gem in his catalogue, the title track has been officially reissued twice, in sorts; once as the Walter Gibbons mix included on the 'World Of Arthur Russell' compilation, and once in alternate form on the 'Springfield' 2LP, but the three original mixes haven't seen the light of day since 1986, and the 11-minute keyboard funk version of 'Make 1,2 (Gem Spa Dub)' is previously unreleased in any form. What you get is one of the most adventurous New York dance tracks of the era, so ahead of their time it prompted Arthur to comment to David Toop "Some DJs said that nobody would ever, ever play that. I think eventually that kind of thing will be commonplace", and at no stretch of the imagination, its layers of hydraulic percussion clearly foreshadow the fluid complexities of jungle from Source Direct or Rufige Kru and a mechanised rhythm schematic which producers are still chasing to this day. But of course, it's not hardcore, it's the lushest, loveliest avant-disco pop with an unmistakable downtown flavour, with vocals dubbed into blissful delirium for purest dancefloor psychedelia. The bonus track 'Make 1,2 (Gem Spa Dub)' is icing on the cake, a languid mid-tempo bubbler setting sail on a raft of Afro-beat inspirations and dubbed-out disco delight. Ah, it's just so essential, isn't it!?!?