State Of Art - "Venice" (Headman rework Slow dub) - (6:25) 119 BPM
Scott Fraser - "Centerville Lapse" (Timothy J. Fairplay remix) - (7:00) 110 BPM
Review: Synth-tastic nu-disco that draws on Italo, Belgian new beat and EBM for inspiration is the general order of the day on this various artists comp from Headman's Relish label. Daniel Avery is the best known name on a talent roster comprised mostly of more up-and-coming artists but the quality standard is high throughout, with tracks ranging from Avery's dark, technoid 'Input/Machine' to Hannelulauri's almost Sparks-ish 'Europa (Dub)', and from Andrea Esu's EBM percussion workout 'E.S.U. Track' to Chmmr's '16 Tonns', which comes on like Sylvester wandering the streets of early 80s LA in a red leather blouson with gigantic shoulderpads.
Insame (The Slow Waves remix - feat Matt Walsh) - (4:19) 105 BPM
Review: The amusingly named Insame EP marks the full Relish debut for Parisian DJ and producer Remain, having graced the label with a remix of Daniel Avery earlier this year. The title track sits in the stylistic wasteland between so many different genres, touching on techno, disco and funk as it slow grinds through gnarling drums and malfunctioning 303s - and yes that is Clouded Vision boss Matt Walsh lending his pitched down tones to the track! "Dead & Gone" ups the tempo for a familiar jaunt through aggressive modern punk funk, the sort of track tailor made for Robbi Insinna's enduring Relish initiative and it gets a snappy, stab laden rework from Playhouse stalwart Rework that makes us misty eyed for the electroclash days. Headman and The Slow Wave round out this package with excellent remixes of the title track.
Review: "O2", which kick-starts this collaboration between Brazilian Click Box and French producer Remain, sounds like an updated version of Lil Louis' "French Kiss". Over a snaking electronic groove that unmistakable hook kicks in and is joined later by sludgy, lost-it vocal samples. "04" is more understated, with the transcontinental pair delivering a buzzing bass and some deep vocal samples over a low-slung minimal rhythm. The remixes are of an even higher quality than the original material. Swayzak delivers a trance-out chord and bleeding acid take on "02", while Danton Eeprom gets to grips with "04", adding soaring strings and a hypnotic, rolling bass.
Review: This collaboration between Maxime Lost and French producer Remain has echoes in places of electro house. That's a compliment by the way. "Lost It" captures that exciting time before the big cheque books arrived and the term wasn't a negative one. It's robotic and bleep-heavy, its bass resonates in a melancholy manner and the end result is reminiscent of Tiefschwarz at their finest. "Cold Feet" sees the duo veer towards a darker sound as the bass wobbles malevolently. The remixes are also redolent of the early 00s - the Jackethat & Lipelis version of the title track revolves around a punk-funk style bass and Remain's "Indie Version" has echoes of Roman Flugel's "Geht's Noch" monster.