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.
The latest remix package of Art Department’s Natural Selection album, sees production heavyweights DJ Tennis and Chaim rework the sublime ‘Walls’…
The start of 2015 has become a momentous time for Art Department with Kenny Glasgow recently departing to focus on solo projects and Jonny White stepping up to take on the AD mantle alone, kicking off with a brand new compilation album for fabric.
Exciting new directions for both parties sit against the backdrop of the still very much active sophomore Art Department album, Natural Selection, which saw the duo pick up plaudits from the likes of Rolling Stone, Mixmag & Clash Music to name but a few. Key tracks from the LP have been handed to some of the hottest producers around, the results of which are being released on No.19 through 2015.
Hot on the heels of the recent Guy Gerber and &ME remixes, comes this latest mix package. It kicks off with Berlin based, Italian production heavyweight and Life & Death records boss DJ Tennis at the controls. He strips back ‘Walls’ to its component parts and reimagines it as a stirring and emotive slice of underground house music that marries broken percussion, filtered arpeggios and moving pads to great effect. Defying any real genre classification this is simply superb electronic music and climaxes with a two minute beatless outro that is nothing short of spine tingling.
The second of the two mixes comes courtesy of Tel Aviv, techno stalwart Chaim who wraps up the record in a warm cocoon of hypnotic drums and synths, and peppers it with tight edits of Kenny’s distinctive vocals. A perfectly deep, late night offering for any discerning dancefloor, the mix shows why this producer has been so vital to labels like Bpitch Control, Visionquest & Supplement Facts over the years.
This is another standout remix selection that does justice to the Art Department’s Natural Selection and is not to be missed. Stream the original track below.
01 Walls (DJ Tennis remix)
02 Wallls (Chaim remix)