Rights For Men (House Of Ties remix) - (7:20) 127 BPM
Rights For Men (Adriana Lopez remix) - (6:16) 128 BPM
Rights For Men (Young Male remix) - (7:42) 127 BPM
Review: The Work Them boss has commissioned three excellent remixes of his 2014 release. First up is Berlin DJ Mr Ties, with a rare remix. Focusing on a tracky rhythm, he uses pitch-bent vocals and blaring synth stabs to turn the original into a heads-down, tough house jam, reminiscent of the Wild Pitch sound. Adriana Lopez follows with a remix that is redolent of Sandwell District, all wind tunnel hypnotism and insistent sub-sonic bleeps - the only variable is a repetitive vocal sample. Last but not least it'a he turn of Young Male, who delivers the heaviest version, a tough techno workout with just the right hint of aggressive energy.
A Different Size (Tijana T Rework) - (6:27) 122 BPM
Review: Hot on the heels of Spencer Parker's Different Shapes & Sizes series comes a new set of singles featuring reworks of some of the best tracks. On this first EP, Steffen Laschinski AKA Rising Sun steals the show with two sparkling, floor-filling takes on "Riff Shapes". The first, a swirling and attractive affair that wraps bold electronic motifs around a sweaty, breakbeat-driven groove, is arguably the pick of the pair, though some may prefer the thumping techno bounce of his second interpretation. Then DJ Fett Burger lays down a typically eccentric take on "SIZE: YES" - think bustling hardcore style breakbeats and mind-altering acid lines, before Belgrade-raised Tijana T joins the dots between Patrick Cowley's muscular arpeggio-disco and mind-altering acid techno.
Review: Different Shapes & Sizes is a new, three part series of EPs from Berlin resident Spencer Parker forthcoming on his Work Them Records imprint over the next few months. Conceived as a neat way of showcasing Parker's love for different shades of house and techno, The third installment takes a walk through the Rekids artist's love for the subtle differences in the genres he tends to focus on in most in his sets. "Size Information" sees Spencer do his tribute to the loopy/steely sounds of early '90s techno by Jeff Mills and Regis, a meticulous, noisy and overdriven 808 drum track/DJ tool is in order on "Shape Fascination" while "Size Devotion" hammers the message home in thunderous fashion on this fierce warehouse techno monster full of wobbly metallic textures.
Review: Work Them boss Spencer Parker excels at blurring the boundaries between house and techno, and this latest remix package shows that he extends a similar aesthetic to his choice of remixers. Recruiting DJ Deep to rework "Shape Fascination", the Deeply Rooted House owner turns in two stunning versions. The first is a lithe, understated groove peppered with subtle chord stabs and tonal shifts, while the second dub take is more driving and percussive, with Deep upping the tempo and delivering dense claps over a tight rhythm. Akirahawks is drafted in to rework "Riff Shapes" and delivers disco loops and repetitive organ riffs over a tracky house workout while on the Setaoc Mass version of "Shape Fascination", the balance tips in the favour of techno, courtesy of lead-weight kicks and firing percussion.