Review: With seven versions in total, the 2001 Guinness Book of Records ruled Coldcut's 1998 classic "Timber" as holder of Most Music Videos For One Song. With Maceo Plex adding yet another version with this industrial, EBM and peak time house adaptation, the artist reaches Erol Alkan levels of genre-fusing, remix class. Find here a revised and anthemic take on a new age, politically-motivated and trip hopping, cut up classic. Best heard on the forest floor...Timber!
Review: UK innovators and Ninja Tune head honchos Coldcut are celebrating their 30th anniversary, coinciding with a live A/V international tour in 2018. Their new single "Samples From Heaven" via their revamped Ahead Of Our Time imprint shows exactly why they're still as relevant today as they were back in the '80s when they were making seminal hits like "Doctorin' the House" or "People Hold On". The lush and ethereal future beta rendition that is tcprox's remix is later balanced out by Satelle's jazzy ambient crossover.
FaltyDL - "Atlantis" (Bogus Order Reorder) - (5:22) 59 BPM
Review: The artfully titled Ninja Tune Traktion EP finds the storied label dip into their vast archives to offer Traktor DJs exclusive stems to help convolute their sets with a range of obscure sounds and classics. For some basslines and synths to throw over drums or percussion the Bogus Order Reorder of Falty DL's "Atlantis" is an obvious choice, as can be said about the snares and hyperactive synths of the Spacelab remix to Starkey's "Blood Roses". The manner in which Seiji messed with that classic synth riff to Coldcut & Hexstatic's "Timber" ensures his remix can always be left as is, and for something more melodic and liquid funky there's the chiming and remixed sounds of DJ Food's "Dark Lady".
Review: Listening back to this collection of remixes from UK producer Dave Taylor aka Switch, one is reminded of how different electronic music sounded during the mid-noughties. The bleepy bassline, chopped-up vocals and lo-fi sample aesthetic belongs to a different era, yet there is still something endearing about Switch's approach. On his version of Ben Westbeech's "Dance With Me", this manifests itself through a grimy acid line, boisterous vocals and a shuffling groove that sounds like an early incarnation of the UK bass/techno groove. Switch's interpretations of The Futureheads and Spank Rock (one of the era's genuine classics) are even more radical, with his take on the former's "Worry About It Later" containing merely a stuttering vocal and looped guitar riff from the original, and on the latter's "Bump", he moves from filtered disco stabs into a carnal ghetto house narrartive.