Melodies International has announced a new EP featuring two remixes from the late Frankie Knuckles of Womack & Womack‘s “Missin’ Persons Bureau“.
It is Melodies International’s immense pleasure to direct focus towards both Soul and House royalty, selecting and reissuing two of Frankie Knuckles’ scarcer remixes of an all time classic: Womack & Womack – Missin’ Persons Bureau (Paradise Ballroom and Folk mixes). Having changed their names to Zekkariyas and Zeriiya respectively, partners Cecil and Linda Womack, two eminent members in an extensive lineage of music artistry, engaged in one of music history’s most successful and exciting singing and song writing partnerships of the early 80s. MEL011 comes forth as a 12” presented in its original artwork, restored and lovingly re-mastered from the original tapes. Pre-order yours from the link in bio. Animation by @bernard.nevil
The original version of the track first appeared on the duo 1988’s ‘Conscience‘, a classic album that reflects on the nature of life, true friendship, love and loss.
Following the release of the LP, Island Records called on House legend Frankie Knuckles to rework this timeless classic from the husband & wife soul duo now known as Zekkariyas and Zeriiya (real names Cecil and Linda Womack).
Due out later this month, the new 12-inch includes two versions of the song, a nearly nine-minute Paradise Ballroom Mix and a shorter Folk Version. As a press release reads, “the Paradise Ballroom mix conserves the essence of the original, reinterpreting the rhythm section whilst drawing it out over 8 minutes, with expert tension building and release clearly aimed at the dance floor. The Folk Version presents a beatless interpretation of the Ballroom mix, focusing on the uplifting vocal arrangements and mesmerising guitar performance.”
‘MPB (Missin’ Persons Bureau) (Paradise Ballroom Mix / Folk Version)‘ will be released on May 25th on vinyl along with the original artwork.
You can listen to samples here!
Listen to to the ‘Paradise Ballroom Mix’ below!
A – MPB (Missin’ Persons Bureau) (Paradise Ballroom Mix)
B – MPB (Missin’ Persons Bureau) (Folk Version)