Predictably, Public Release has assembled a crack crew of remixers to tackle tracks from former 1080p sorts Earth Boys' decidedly cosmic Trail Mix EP. The title track is given two goings over with suitably impressive results. First, Tim Sweeney and Phillip Lauer join forces as T&P to turn the cut into a wild chunk of peak-time acid madness, before Mike Simonetti delivers a take that alternates between saucer-eyed Balearic loveliness and stripped-back, late night drum machine abuse. Elsewhere, Khotin's version of "Big Time" is a glistening and bass-heavy delight, while Earth Boys themselves deliver a colourful, loved-up and insatiably groovy interpretation of "Highway 1". To use a well-worn cliche, this is all killer and no filler.
As this EP for Public Release shows, Earth Boys are experts at creating cosmic house music. It's no coincidence that they are putting out music on the Californian imprint or that their small catalogue also features a record for Canadian space cadets 1080p. Fittingly, the title track is a dreamy, teased out break beat affair that grooves along just below the 120 bpm mark. Featuring stoned vocal samples and tropical textures, it sets the tone for the release. "Big Time" is more direct, but it resounds to dreamy chimes and a loose rhythm, while on "Put me On" has a tighter backing track without forsaking Earth Boys' deep approach. Finally, "Highway 1" brings the listener back to where they started with a jazz sax-infused breaker that conjures up images of marine drives and summer sunsets along the US West Coast.
Always playing the part of the joker, Jee Day makes a fine appearance here with this new EP for Public Release. The man's been killing it over the years, with released for the likes of DFA having catapulted him to underground stardom; it's an absolute shame he doesn't release even more output! "Crocodile Tears" is a mesmerising voyage into the heart of the jungle, pulsating it's wobbly bass over freaky outsider sonics and deranged instruments, sitting somewhere between techno and coldwave. What a monster tune. "Communication Masterbation", unlike its name, fulfils a much clearer role, one that takes us deeper into dance while still retaining the freedom and experimentation of the previous track; the Amot dub, as you'd expect, droves us deeper into the mix, and further out into the ether. Warmly recommended!
Funky and squealing love oozes from Woolfy on this Junior's Throwin Craze 12" for the always great Public Release label which comes backed with remixes from the good Dr Dunks, Jacques Renault and Being Borings (aka Kenji Takimi & Tomoki Kanda). Woolfy's original is a playful number as synth and guitar licks jam alongside vocals sung like James Murphy at a house party drunk on Scotch. Eric Duncan as Dr Dunks spaces out Woolfy's original with loops and delay while Renault rubs his mix down for something a little more suited to the club - allowing Kenji Takimi & Tomoki Kanda the space to opt for a more traditional live disco rub.
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