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How Californian hip hop lyricist, Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas) put Portugal on the International Dance Music map.

How Californian hip hop lyricist, Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas) put Portugal on the International Dance Music map.

DJ Vibe began what would be a ten year residency at Kremlin. In the nineties, Kremlin was considered the third best club in the world and under Vibe’s advice started hosting international appearances.
It was 1992 when Vibe was finally flown to New York City. By that time Lisbon had found a place on the world map of clubbing.
Vibe’s memory of New York was still vivid in his mind when he started producing So Get Up.
The Underground Sound Of Lisbon, a collaboration between Rui Da Silva and Vibe, started of with a track featuring an original poem by hip hop lyricist and vocalist Ithaka (Ithaka Darin Pappas.
The song, So Get Up (a remix of an earlier elctro-esque spoken word track by Ithaka of the same name So Get Up (original by Ithaka) was destined to become a perennial dance floor smasher, transforming the career of Vibe and Underground Sound Of Lisbon and the entire music economy of Portugal indefinitely.
Vibe had just come back from the Big Apple, where he’d see Junior Vasquez play at the epic Sound Factory. He sent a test pressing of So Get Up to a friend in New York City and the record magically arrived in the very hands of Junior Vasquez who started playing the track at the Sound Factory.
One year later, Tribal America, a subsidiary of EMI Records released the single and it soon became a national anthem of Portuguese dance music.
The song climbed to 1st Place on the Billboard U.K. Independent Dance Music charts and the first international edition sold over 50,000 copies.
By the mid-90’s, Vibe had become an international ambassador for Portugal’s dance music scene.
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Armin Van Buuren Rediscovers “So Get Up” – (Ithaka’s timeless EDM vocal-poem)

Armin Van Buuren Rediscovers “So Get Up” – (Ithaka’s timeless EDM vocal-poem)

“So Get Up” Armin Van Buuren featuring Ithaka

In 2013, twenty years after it was first written and recorded, trance legend Armin Van Buuren re-introduced Ithaka’s iconic EDM vocal poem So Get Up (The End Of The Earth) to a new generation by playing a version by Cosmic Gate on his popular global A State Of Trance radio program and featuring it on his mix album A State Of Trance 2013 (Armada Records).

Ithaka Darin Pappas: writer vocalist of the apocalyptic, So Get Up

In March of 1993, a demo version of So Get Up was recorded in Manchester, United Kingdom with producer S. Bradshaw. And later, in February of 1994, Ithaka was invited to rerecord the poem for the B-Side of the first vinyl release of Underground Sound Of Lisbon on Kaos Records, Portugal. It was an almost instant national hit and soon released (along with an acapella version) internationally by Tribal (USA), a subsidiary of Stuart Copeland’s IRS Records in New York.

Interestingly, although the poem was written and vocalized by Ithaka a year before ever meeting Underground Sound Of Lisbon, no public vocal credit was included on those first releases.

The USL version and the new remixes by Junior Vazquez and Danny Tenaglia were quite popular themselves (selling at least 50,000 units) but because an acapella was included in these major distributions, literally hundreds of new mixes appeared in just a few years. Many producers simply changed the title (sometimes not) and put the entire vocal on their own instrumentals and called it their own.

The vocal acapella has also been released under the titles; “Get Up”, “Get Up Go Insane”, “So Get Up Atom Bride”, “The End Of the Earth”, “Next Life”, “See You In The Next Life”, “Intro”, “Headcharge” and “Hardventure”

The vocal itself has never had a sonic style specifically associated with it, it has kept changing it’s clothes and modernizing itself with the times.

The spoken-word acapella was originally read on-air on top of an instrumental version of a Naughty-By-Nature hip hop song, and this UK demo version is a mid-tempo electro-style track,. The vocal never had a sonic style specifically associated with it,
it has kept changing it’s clothes and modernizing itself with the times.

The USL, Tenaglia and Junior Vazquez versions were progressive and tribal house

And since then have versions have appeared in almost every avenue of global electronic music such as; Trance, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, Big Beat, Trip Hop, Tech House, Electronic Art Rock etc.

Groups, producers and DJs that have released So Get Up inculude; Derek Marin, Peter Bailey, Pagano, Ben Gold, Eric Kupper, Cosmic Gate, Armin Van Buuren, Ricardo Diaz, Nixu Zsun, Oxia (France), Mert Yucel (Turkey), Igor Carmo (Portugal), Miss Kittin (Germay), Public Domain (Holland), Fat Boy Slim (Norman Cook) UK, Stretch & Verne (UK), Lexington Avenue, Damage People, Mirabeau, Ma-Beckerfield, FuturePlays (from Mexico), Dj Screw (Thailand), Djz Rom (Cambodia), Technoboy (Italy), Frankyeffe (Italy), Maik Ibane, Murt Yucel (Turkey), Mowree (Italy), Razat (Portugal), Tuneboy (Italy), K-Traxx (Italy), Dylan Hilsley (UK), DJ Vibe, Cee Cee Lee (Italy), Alex Di Stefano, etc etc etc.

As of 2016, with a staggering 1129 documented and released mixes, So Get Up is considered “The Most Remixed Vocal Acapella In Musical History” by the Guinness World Records.

“So Get Up” © 1993 Ithaka Darin Pappas
Published by Ravenshark Music/Scion Four Music (NY)/ASCAP