B2 is one of the most lovely, warm, timeless, and perfectly executed disco-house tracks ever. Really it should have taken up a full side, and been extended 14 minutes+ a la Kenny Dope's "The Bomb". Looping and manipulating disco records is a foundational technique of house music since Larry Levan and Ron Hardy took razor blades to reel to reel tapes making personal edits of their favorite disco tracks to play in their DJ sets starting in the late 70s, to Frankie Knuckles and Shep Pettibone doing the official dance mixes to Diana Ross, First Choice, and Inner Life records in the 80s. Ex. check out 5:30 into Shep's extended mix of Moment of My Life, the runoff vocal delay/loop plays over the straight instrumental, hypnotically repeating for a solid 16 bars. This foreshadows the effectiveness of looping soulful source material all the way back 1982.. Then on to the proliferation of disco-sampling tracks in the 90s with samplers becoming increasingly affordable and tasteful (and tastefully distasteful) disco house contributing a large part of Henry Street Records and Dance Mania's catalogs. "Dance With Me" firmly holds a noteworthy place in that lineage. Sound Stream not only chooses perfect source material here but also executes the production masterfully, with such restraint and traditional approach that the record aged has hardly aged a day in the 13 years it was released. It was tough, warm, dusty, classy, and dance-inducing back then, and it still is today. And as straightforward as it is in it's dogged repetition of the root sample, and limited in its additions and modulations, it breathes and flows with life and soul and totally human musical essence from start to finish. The track really sings and stands on its own, not as a cheap ripoff of the original, but as an elevation and totally new and fresh and purposeful creature built from the ashes of another. Instead of fatiguing the dancefloor, we are given a continuous stream of beautiful and invigorating disco energy which lights a fire in the soul and explodes with dance.
I will never forget the day that my friend Duncan Tompkins introduced me to the track called "Dance With Me". I remember listening for the first thirty seconds or so, enjoying the funky disco groove. A few moments later, I found that my foot had begun tapping in time to the beat. Then, before we knew it, both Duncan and me had stripped down to just our underpants, and were moving together as one, in beautiful unison to this monstrous, boogie house rhythm!!