The Aston Shuffle's remix of "Tori Amos - Professional Widow (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin Mix)' might be a mouthful. Still, it's a dope blend of energetic, sexy modern tech-house with old-school house vibes, featuring powerful drums, bass and Tori Amos' incredible vocals that sent me to Lalaland and asking for more.
DJ and producer, Vance Musgrove AKA The Aston Shuffle hails from Canberra. When one thinks of Canberra vivid images of politics, suits, wide streets, vast open roads with valleys, wineries and bone-chilling winters come to mind. However, The Aston Shuffle wakes up a playful energy in me and speaks to the spirit of my soul with lively sounds that feel as refreshing as springtime and the warmth of the sun. It’s a vibe.
His remix is deep and powerful, infused with old-school house vibes and mesmerising vocals from 'Professional Widow'. Written and sung by Tori Amos, the original track was released in 1996 on her album 'Boys for Pele'. It was famously remixed by Armand Van Helden in 'Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix' which has amassed over 21 million plays on Spotify compared with the original which has just over 2 million. Now, that's how you remix! So, The Aston Shuffle has effectively remixed a remix, giving Armand Van Helden's legendary track a modern pumping kick and bassline that has rocket blasted this classic right into 2023. This remix has me nodding like a pigeon gobbling down seeds and hungry for more. 'Tori Amos - Professional Widow (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix)' combines modern tech-house elements with alluring, seductive and sublime sounds that can’t help but make me shake my body with that fat groovy beat. Hell yeah! This remix pays homage to Armand Van Helden's masterpeice and true to the quality of production that The Aston Shuffle is known for, this one is a winner!
Funnily enough, I listened to this track along with the rest of The Aston Shuffle's yet to be released 'Edit Menu' which inculdes The Aston Shuffle edits of Jai Paul's 'Str8 Outta Mumbai', and Brandy's sexy 2012 hit 'Slower' (release date TBA) whilst enduring a particularly painful rib tattoo session. The good vibes in these edits were a welcome distraction - thanks The Aston Shuffle, you took me to another place away from the pain!
I can only imagine the electrifying atmosphere the Aston Shuffles 'Tori Amos - Professional Widow' (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix') will create this summer, introducing a new generation to Tori Amos and her incredibly powerful vocals and simultaneoulsy satisfying Millenials for whom Tori Amos formed part of their teenage soundtrack. Best of all, this release is being offered as a free download!
If you can't get enough of The Aston Shuffle, be sure to check out his monthly mix series @itsonly100s where you can link up with his latest tasty mix sessions
Lots of love for The Aston Shuffle's Tori Amos - 'Professional Widow (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix)', and I’m sure you’ll agree.
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Andrei Satcau is a multitalented artist, producer, photographer/videographer soon-to-be author working with some of the biggest names in music shooting concerts. As a cameraman, Andrei has shot some of the best and continues to do so. In front of the camera, andrei does regular acting work. He is a multifaceted individual who loves to create and believes that anyone can do anything if they set their mind. His label Shutterdre launched in 2021, creating various sounds from hip hop to drum and bass, cinematic ambient soundscapes to pumping psytrance and techno under the artist name Thracos and Shutterdre.
His roots run deep in the world of entertainment, having served as a production manager for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival where he toured with comedic talents around Australia and Asia. His adventures have also taken him under the sea as an underwater photographer and dive master. Generally, he likes to do it all, give it his all, and inspire others to do the same.
His new book “Self” will be available early next year, writing is a newfound passion for him. He also has a new album which is almost finished. He views life on the wild side and inspires others to step outside of their comfort zone and find the best version of themselves through regular discomfort, focus and reflection. You can find Andrei on socials under the handle @shutterdre!