“Follow” is the story of two people stuck in an endless cycle of falling in and out of love with each other at the wrong time. This feeling gets picked up by Remixer Max Manie. His idea was to underline the mood of the original song in a different progressive way including trippy and spacy synths – like flying around in a spaceship until we fall!
Following the release of Masters At Work/KenLou remixes of ‘Antigravity Love’, the A-list versions keep flowing. Crosstown Rebels announce the full remix roll-call of tracks from Krust’s critically acclaimed new album ‘Edge Of Everything’. Interpretations from Four Tet, Damian Lazarus, Batu, Calibre, LCY and Flynn are forthcoming across two remix EPs in the coming weeks.
Sparkling like melodic stars, Four Tet’s remix of ‘Negative Returns’ is available now to download and stream. This remix packs a deceptively heavy punch, maintaining the original’s hurtling velocity, fuelled by a huge sub-bass engine. “This is the first D&B track I’ve ever made! It felt good to do something out of my comfort zone”, says the much-loved DJ and producer also known as Kieran Hebden.
The spiralling beat-and-bass science of Batu’s version takes ‘Space Oddity’ and deconstructs it like a cubist portrait, matching Krust himself in pure outside-the-box original expression.
Crosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazarus maintains Krust’s epic adventure narrative, retelling the tale in his own words, taking recognisable parts from the original and transposing them into a groovy cosmic house odyssey.
Fellow D&B don Calibre turns ‘It’s A Lot’ into a warm, glowing two-step roller with serrated analogue bass and a subtly masterful musicality, befitting of his classical training.
Rising new school queen LCY is clearly a kindred spirit, rivalling Krust with her future-facing breakbeat science that’s equally as compelling and inventive as the original, but also totally unique.
Rounding off the remixes with a rugged halftime head-nodder and bringing things full circle is Krust’s brother Flynn; a fellow member of 1989 ‘Wishing On A Star’ hitmakers Fresh 4 alongside Krust – and also a jungle legend in his own right – as half of veteran duo Flynn & Flora.
With such inspiring source material, it’s unsurprising that all of the remixers have brought their best game to this impeccable collection.
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UNKLE have joined forces with Girls Of The Internet, for a four track remix EP, the first in a new series. Given free reign to pick tracks from UNKLE’s two top 40 album’s The Road: Part I and Part II, they singled out three songs, and have given them their own spin in their unique futurist-disco stylings.
Opening track Sunrise takes the Liela Moss featuring blissed-out house track and strips it right back to its bare elements. Guided by a four to the floor kick-drum, Liela’s ethereal vocals glide over the top as the track builds. The soundtrack to an Ibiza summer that never was.
Only You switches up the pace, with arpeggiated synths and bumpy drums leading the Miink-featuring track in a completely new direction.
Farewell, the opening track to The Road: Part I takes the epic choral elements of the original and sets them over a skittering electro drum beat, for a late night back-room moment.
The EP is rounded off with an ambient take on Sunrise, removing the drums and providing the perfect reprise to end on.
Releases October 9, 2020
Charles Webster with the first track from his first major solo album in two decades, ‘Decision Time’. This first single ‘The Spell’ also features a remix from Burial and the vocals of Ingrid Chavez.
Operating in house music since the mid ’80s, Charles Webster is revered as something like the producer’s producer, spoken about in the same breath as Larry Heard or Ron Trent amongst the DJ cognoscenti, releasing music over the years under 30 different pseudonyms with over 500 remixes.
After moving to San Francisco in the late nineties, he created an album under the alias Presence entitled ‘All Systems Gone’. The “pillowy” sound design of this classic is cited as a key influence on the music of Burial. For this track, Burial has paid a further tribute, contributing a rare remix, additionally to a dub mix from Charles. This track also includes the words of Prince muse Ingrid Chavez. who famously wrote the spoken word poetry in Madonna’s ‘Justify My Love’.
“Decision Time” is Charles first major solo record since 2001’s “Born On The 24th July”. With an album of this quality and the 20-year cycles of electronic culture, it feels like this is the perfect moment to celebrate the brilliance of his legacy. From citing Rickie Lee Jones as a key influence, storytelling and song writing has always been important for Charles as he used house music as the medium. From the down-tempo impressionistic soul of “This Is Real” that moves like slow morphing clouds across the soundscape to the irresistible two-step and impressionistic words of Ingrid Chavez on “The Spell” a new generation of ears deserve to discover the influential underground sound world of Charles Webster.
Releases October 9, 2020
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Legendary disco producer Cerrone has remixed Duke Dumont and RY X’s collaborative single ‘Let Me Go’, out now.
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.