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Art Department – Crazy (Jamie Jones and Dennis Ferrer Remixes)

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The fourth of Art Department’s ‘Natural Selection’ remix packages is set to drop in August with the arrival of ‘Crazy’. This time, those chosen to add their own unique spin on the huge and still popular original are none other than Jamie Jones and Dennis Ferrer.

As has been well documented, Jonny White is now the sole talent behind Art Department, moving forward with a hectic global DJ schedule as well as offering up a stunning chapter in fabric’s revered mix series. Here he enlists some of his close musical friends for another standout remix package.

First up is Jamie Jones, the king of his own much loved musical empire in the form of Hot Creations. As well as being an award winning DJ and producer, he also performs live with Hot Natured and runs his own key night at DC10 in the form of Paradise. Here the Welshman lays down one of his fat trademark basslines and injects trippy, colourful melodies. Classic sounding, airy hi hats and subtly worked vocal patches add plenty of heat and drama to the groove, and a sci-fi breakdown is sure to send the dance floor wild, especially once Jones’ drums kick once more.

On the flipside US musical heavyweight Dennis Ferrer takes the reigns as he delivers his own take on ‘Crazy’. The New York based DJ, producer and label owner has truly left his mark on the dance music landscape over the last two decades with his Objektivity imprint kick starting the career of the Martinez Brothers and his own records helping to define house music. Here his remix is an expertly stripped back, shuffling house number that goes deep. Synths spiral around, the bass comes on from way down below and Ferrer’s treatment of the vocals adds an air of mystery that is genuinely hypnotising.

This is another essential package from No.19 Music that offers two very different, but equally brilliant, new versions of an Art Department classic.