If you haven't heard DJ Pierre's 1994 original, then this re-release provides an opportunity to check the acid house creator's psychedelic melding of rave intensity and his beloved 303 sound. However, many listeners may be more interested in the remix treatment it gets from the stellar cast Get Physical has lined up. Guti's version is sleek and metallic, the vocal parts subsumed by the angular percussion, while label owner DJ T goes deeper, with floaty synths unravelling over a plunging bassline. Pierre also supplies a '90s house' take, which delivers a rough, jacking groove, but all eyes and ears are on Ricardo Villalobos. Clocking in at 32 minutes, the minimal house artist deploys driving percussion as a backdrop for cosmic textures and what sounds like the original track's vocal in a heavily sedated mood.
In the 30-odd years he's spent producing heavy, TB-303-laden house music, DJ Pierre has never released an album under his most familiar alias. Wild Pitch: The Story sets out to put the record straight. It contains a mixture of previously unheard cuts and remixed classics in his distinctive Wild Pitch style (think dark, restless, mind-altering and funk-fuelled early morning workouts), with a few surprises thrown in. Highlights include a thumping re-make of 1993 slammer "Fall" - all jammed-out warehouse riffs, delay-laden vocal samples and thickset acid bass - the acid/deep house/gospel fusion of the Dr Martin Luther-King sampling "Meet Hate With Love" and a particularly wonky, acid-laden cover version of Donna Summer classic "I Feel Love". In the words of Roach Motel: "Wild Pitch, I love you".