With the new cycle of transformation that the change in the ancient Mayan calendar has supposedly brought, it seems fitting for NDATL to release a track namechecking a lost Mexican civilization. "Olmec Save Us" sees R&B powerhouse Donnie on vocals, while NDATL boss Kai Alce provides production; characterized by a typically classic style that nevertheless feels fresh, its high-end synth tones conveying the weird and otherworldly sense of Donnie's strange tale. Meanwhile, Osunlade provides his "Yoruba Soul Mix", providing a slightly deeper version of the original which provides a nice contrast to Alce's jazzier original. Instrumentals of both tracks are included for those who like their tracks sans vocal.
Free (Joey Chicago roadrunner remix) - (6:10) 125 BPM
Free (Jeise Machinery remix) - (3:56) 120 BPM
All the best DJs play to the girls on the dancefloor and High Heels is one of those DJs (the clue's in the name). "Free", with its compressed French touch disco loops, is merciless dancefloor dynamite that'll get every girl in the joint dancing on tables, chairs and probably the bar too. In other words: absolute essential party fodder. Joey Chicago takes things in a tougher, more linear direction and Jeise Machinery goes for pure pop, really playing up the 'I swear I've heard this before' elements of the familiar sample.
Originally released by Jess & Crabbe in 1999 and 2000 respectively on the French label Fiat Lux, "The Big Booya" and "Council" were a pair of proto French Touch bangers that are now the subject of a reissue from Hot Haus, the recently founded offshoot of Unknown to the Unknown. It represents the second reissue that label overseer DJ Haus has been involved in this year, having previously given OHM's early '90s classic "Tribal Tone" a timely new pressing on UTTU. As with that reissue, which saw remixes from Capracara and Marquis Hawkes, both the Jess & Crabbe cuts have been reworked by two equally club-savvy production units in the form of Kodiak and Matrixxman. The former's massive remix gets our vote, somehow combining jungle and footwork into an all encompassing juggernaut of a track.