The wonderfully worldly Swiss collective Sirens Of Lesbos turned heads with the sublime disco of recent single ‘Zeus’ earlier this year, making for one of their strongest releases yet.
Gerd Janson dips the track into his cauldron of ‘80s Italo disco synth wizardry, liberally sprinkling subtle acid tones, chugging bass and dazzling lead arpeggios and taut electronic drum hits against each other while the nonchalant vocal brings the human touch. Excellent programming, atmospheric vox pads and spacious arrangement make this an authentic trip into the past that captivates at every turn. A real journey of a remix with some magical moments.
Leon Vynehall’s debut album “Nothing Is Still“, will be released 15 June 2018. Since the album announcement he has shared ‘Envelopes (Chapter VI)’ and ‘Movements (Chapter III)’ as well their stunning accompanying videos (directed by Young Replicant) and novella chapters.
Today he has followed up with ‘English Oak’, a track with an infectious rhythm that nods towards Vynehall’s dancefloor prowess whilst flowing seamlessly into the structure of this grand, textural album. The track is based around a surreal dream that Vynehall’s grandmother had about falling from the top of the Chrysler Building during her time in New York.
As well as the original he has shared a Gerd Janson remix.
Following the triumphant release of Ellen Allien’s seventh studio album ‘Nost’, BPitch Control proudly unveil the second wave of remixes from the LP. Bringing together four more underground heroes to reinterpret Ellen’s original works, this new batch of music is diverse and brings a whole new dimension to the album project.
This time around Truncate, Gerd Janson, FaltyDL and Kyoka are the cohorts who have been brought in to inject their style into three tracks from ‘Nost’.
Truncate is renowned for his remix work, hired by some of the most respected labels in the business to put his own deadly twist on a variety of productions. The LA-based powerhouse is also adept at creating his own solo cuts, carving out a sterling rep across the industry for his deep take on techno.
Gerd Janson is the man who always seems to have a smile on his face, his enjoyment of music is reflected in his killer DJ sets and stellar releases. Asowner of Running BackRecords he is also responsible for A&Ring impeccable music – a man of exquisite tastes he is a welcome addition to the ‘Nost’ remix team.
FaltyDL comes at music with a soulful intent, bringing sultry vibes and authentic eclecticism to his work. There’s emotion, mystery and inventiveness with each new creation from this accomplished Ninja Tune affiliate.
Last up, Kyoka the Japanese experimental producer whose spine-tingling compositions suck you into their sparse vortex and keep you locked in. Her innate talent makes her one of the most exciting artists in her field and it’s a pleasure to have her on board.
The remixes part II kicks off with Truncate’s version of ‘Innocence’, a stripped back, fidgeting interpretation that operates at a high BPM with plenty of low end.
Truncate lets the beats roll out, gradually adding new elements to enhance the potency of the percussion, meanwhile the original vocal floats in and out of the background adding an air of mystery.
Next up is Gerd Janson’s take on ‘Call Me’, summoning breaks and dirty synth stabs from the early nineties it’s a rambunctious affair which completely deconstructs the original. This is one conjures up images of a sweat-fuelled warehouse rave with strobes lighting up a packed dancefloor.
Gerd’s all-out rave remix is counterposed with FaltyDL’s contemplative reconstruction of ‘Erdmond’ which works from a two-step beat, with a deep meditative atmosphere. The overall feel is that of early dubstep, the kind of measured,sub bass powered music that was prevalent in the UK circa 2005.
Lastly, Kyoka demonstrates her prowess with a luscious, twisted incarnation of ‘Call Me’. The vocals are warped and indecipherable, the bass is menacing and the beats woozy and lethargic.
A special end to a very special EP that showcases the breadth of techno and its influences, while paying homage to Ellen’s stunning album.
The following is a message from Prins Thomas regarding the upcoming 2-disc remix album of his most recent release, Principe Del Norte, titled Principe Del Norte Remixed, out 10/14 on Smalltown Supersound:
The further adventures of Principe Del Norte (or “grabbing the panther by the tail”):
Immediately after wrapping up Principe Del Norte, Joakim Haugland (Smalltown Supersound’s founder) and I spoke about possible remixers for separate 12″ releases. Although I’ve remixed artists far and wide throughout the last decade (roughly 300 remixes and counting!), I’ve largely gone un-remixed myself, with the exception of Blackbelt Andersen’s rework of my debut single “Goettsching.” My music already sounds a bit “remixed” in the first place and I often consider it more as a mass of sound rather than actual songs that could be reinterpreted from what I’ve already done. I also usually have an alternate version of each track ready myself…
Anyway, I made an exception and told Joakim that if we’re going to do remixes, I want to go all out and ask a broad spectrum of producers that I admire; producers who could contribute with a vivid imagination and a wider range of sounds. I already had some of these artists in mind, having used music of theirs in my last mix CD Paradise Goulash, and some new names came up while we waited for others to deliver. As remixes slowly trickled in, I put the tracks in an order that made sense as an album. The final glue to hold it together came in the form of 3 new exclusive tracks of mine presented in Principe Del Norte Remixed: “I”, “J” and “K.”
I’m super psyched about presenting these versions to you; they’re melodies and bits from my own mind taken in new directions by a talented bunch of producers.
It’s going be a wild ride, and one I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I do.
Prins Thomas has shared the remix of his track “A1” by Gerd Janson, a version he calls the “Prinspersonation Mix.”