Salsa was the first time that the world heard of Sven Vath and now on the 30th anniversary of its original release the Frankfurt DJ's label has reissued this mid-80s classic. Henrik Schwarz provides three reshapes; the first dub take fuses the original's quasi-mysterious synths and Vath's deadpan vocals with a snaking groove while his alternate remix is more electronic sounding and focuses on the Cocoon boss' rapping. There's also a radio edit from Schwarz which is led by a rolling steely rhythm and has a menacing EBM undercurrent. Roman Flugel's take is far slower and deeper. like one of his own acid house tracks pitched right down. And then there's the original - still a timeless paean to the mid 80s period when synth pop and proto-techno coalesced.
Forward-thinking Austrian bass label Disko404 invite Simon/Off on board for some party-minded fun. A unique blend of garage, house and acid, "Take It Back" pumps with a Euro groove, jacks with a UKG sexiness and, thanks largely to the Todd Edwards style cut up vocal, swings with a US sassiness. "Just To" is vaguely more trad-garage but laced with a barbed Radioactive Man style attitude. The faultless Bass Clef finishes the set with a fractured remix that pitches the tempo and tone down to a level so rude it would make an angry drunk nun blush.
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