With their recent debut album on XL Recordings receiving much acclaim, Jungle are getting the remix treatment here from Joy Orbison, adding an extra club bite to their crossover pop sound. Orbison opts for a slow and sinewy revision that works around a distinctive arpeggiated chord and sizzling drums, keeping the TV On The Radio-esque vocals in the mix and working in some illustrious synth sweeps for added drama. It's a finely balanced affair that manages to pack a punch while staying tender and patient at the same time, suggesting prime warm-up fodder for those craving a 4/4 heater laden with an authentic kind of soul.
The much-lauded Jamie XX rework of Gil Scott-Heron's 2010 album I'm New Here finally arrives, and it's pretty darn good. In truth there's little quite as gorgeously ambitious as the strangely anthemic teaser single "NY Is Killing Me" (included here), but that doesn't stop it being an excellent listen. Not so much a set of remixes as a total reproduction, We're New Here places the veteran beat poet's distinctive vocals at the heart of a heady, other-worldly soup of eclectic beats (think dubstep, hip-hop and wonky house), booming basslines, sparkling house riffs, blissful melodies and paranoid late night atmospherics. A near perfect 33 minutes, all told.
Two beautifully crafted breakbeat funk jams from party veterans Renegades Of Jazz. "Green Leaf Woman" takes a pinch of sixties psychedelia and blends it smoothly with Fatboy and Riva style big beat breaks. "Verano Del Corazon", meanwhile, looks to Cuba for inspiration. With warm vocal refrains, hip-shakingly loose percussion and a lovely lolloping double bass lick, it's ideal for any outdoor daytime bashes you've got lined up this season.
Faking Jazz Together (Michael Mayer remix) - (8:08) 124 BPM
Faking Jazz Together (Tom Furse remix) - (6:25) 81 BPM
Occasionally a remix comes along that just seems perfect. This remix of Connan Mockasin's "Faking Jazz Together" by Michael Mayer most definitely falls into this category, the Kompakt boss expertly retaining the idiosyncrasies of Mockasin's track but melding them with a truly sumptuous arrangement. At eight minutes long it still feels like it could go on forever without losing any of its enchanting warmth and impact. The Phantasy Sound label has scored some really interesting releases and remixers to date, but Mayer's remix can be considered a true highlight. Worth the price alone, Phantasy include an extended version of the original's psychedelic cocktail jazz refrain on this release along with a remix from The Horrors' Tom Furse. Whilst not close to the heights of Mayer's remix, Furse does a fine job of retaining the rattling sensation of the original whilst rewiring the mainframe with EBM overtones.