Review: Funky house anthem "Do Your Thing" by legends Basement Jaxx was taken from the British production duo's second LP Rooty, released back in 2001. It now receives a terrific modern reshape by Spanish veteran David Penn, who injects the track with more than adequate dynamics for today's dancefloors. Penn sure had his work cut out for him, given it's such a classic, but he tackled the task with great style, and respectfully too. In addition to his main remix there's a handy edit version as well.
Review: Here's something unexpected: a fresh spin on Basement Jaxx's nineties dance classic 'Red Alert' courtesy of bassline enthusiast turned techno-rave superstar Mella Dee. The Doncaster native offers up two distinctive interpretations. First, he adds snippets of the Jaxx track's iconic female vocals to heavyweight techno drums and insanely weighty sub-bass on the sweat-soaked 'Panel Beater Mix, before reaching for razor-sharp rave stabs, more densely programmed tribal techno drums, wonky synth-strings and radically pitched-down male vocal samples on the 'Holding On Mix'. Both are quite revolutionary revisions, but that's no bad thing; crucially, both mixes sound like guaranteed peak-time winners.
Review: Mark Knight & Co. are straight up with their latest title - but considering their current 15th birthday celebrations, these guys can do whatever they want - they hardly do wrong anyway! House, Tech House, Techno Vol 2 does exactly what is says on the tin with a whopping 62 tracks and three continuous mixes - each dedicated to said subgenre. From that massive remix of Fatboy Slim's "Right Here, Right Now" by current scene favourites CamelPhat, Saved main man Nic Fanciulli's collaboration with Damon Albarn on "Saying" (Kolsch remix), label head honcho Knight himself steps up to deliver the pumping and white noise filled "We Get High From The Music" (feat Mr V) and the inimitable Danny Howells is always welcome - particularly with a track as electrifying as the recently released "Isolar".
Review: "Good Luck" was originally released back in 2004 and was used that year as the theme tune for the BBC's Euro championships coverage. Now it gets the remix treatment from the prolific Butch. The first take sees the German producer focus on the infectious chant and Lisa Kekaula's vocals that are at the heart of the original and use as a back drop a solid, steely rhythm. On the dub version, deep chords and crisp percussion are brought to the fore, with the vocal reduced to a looped snippet, while the 'Drum Tool' version goes a few steps farther. Focusing on grainy kicks, Butch drops a filtered, rolling workout.