“Rewerk Wednesday”/Peter Rauhofer

You guys know by now that I used to run a fun little DJ business back in the ’00s day, and since I’ve begun my music writing gig, I kind of miss it a little bit. Perhaps it’s because I’m surrounded by incredibly talented DJs on a daily basis, who constantly school and reeducate me on all of the classic turntable wizards who paved the way for all of the newer rework acts that own the dance charts and floors these days. I’ve also been deep-dittie diving into my music vault as of late, reworking myself with all of that tasty club music that I used to seductively spin way back when. With that being said, the formula for “Rework” won’t be changing too much, it will now take on an old-school-meets-new-school vibe, alternating classic DJs like Victor Calderone, Thunderpuss and Todd Terry, while mixing in newer acts like Cahill, Country Club Martini Crew and Matvey Emerson, just to spin off a few. On that pounding bass thump, I can’t think of a greater DJ to lead the reinvented “Rework” pack for 2015 than the dearly departed DJ legend himself, Mr. Peter Rauhofer.

Icon….creator….house music pioneer….Grammy winner. (for his slick remix of Cher’s “Believe.”) Yes, these are only just a few words I can find to describe the pumping productions and mesmerizing music catalog of Mr. Rauhofer. His reworks were(and most certainly still are) well built fortresses of groove stomping smashes that have the ability to destroy the floor whenever they begin throbbing through the system. Really, Peter(along with the dearly departed, Frankie Knuckles) was a pulse pioneer, and there will truly be no other house DJ that will even come close to matching his powerful presence in the industry. When he sadly passed away from brain cancer almost two years ago at the gone-too-soon age of 48, a tribute piece was one of the first articles that I ever wrote for Philly Mag. While I was extremely saddened to hear about his passing at the time, it was truly an honor to write about a man who really knew his creative craft.

I remember I first got introduced to the work of Mr. R when he was mixing it up with Club 69 and Size Queen back in the mid-’90s. When I first heard his mixes of Funky Green Dogs “Fired Up,” Ultra Nate’s “Found A Cure,” and Suzanne Palmer’s “Hide U,” my crazy little DJ life truly began. For more on the dearly departed legend, I’ve posted the link to my Philly Mag tribute piece below, as well as ten of my favorite Rauhofer reworks for you guys. Bow down to the dearly departed DJ legend and get your first “Rework Wednesday” of 2015 on.

Mariah Carey/”We Belong Together”

Britney Spears/”Toxic”

Janet Jackson/”Throb”

Amuka/”Appreciate Me”

Madonna/”Get Together”

Suzanne Palmer/”Hide U”

Ultra Nate/”Found A Cure”

Size Queen/Paul Alexander/”Walk”

Kevin Aviance/”Din Da Da”

Depeche Mode/”I Feel Loved”

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