Kalabrese is an intriguing character; his 2013 album, Independent Dancer, delivered a brilliantly loose, eccentric blend of live grooves, disco influences, deep house sounds and curious leftfield pop. Here, tracks from that set get the remix treatment. Matthew Herbert goes fuzzy and discordant on his decidedly left-of-centre, stomping outsider house version of "Desperate Man", while hirsute German producer Acid Pauli turns "Wanzka" into an ultra-deep chunk of glitchy but atmospheric late night house. There's more organic-electronic fusion to be found on Ame man Frank Wiedemann's atmospheric re-imaging of "Shoes on Your Back", while the Ray of Hope remix of "Desperate Man" sounds like an unlikely studio hook-up between Metro Area, Axel Boman and Michael Mayer.
We've previously described Kalabrese as an "intriguing character", a description fuelled, in part at least, via the loose and eccentric blends of electronic styles found on his impressive 2013 debut album. To kick off this return to Rumpelmusig, mighty tech-house sort Ripperton has been recruited to rework "Is This". He predictably does a bang-up job, delivering a pleasingly hazy epic rich in hypnotic tech-house beats, wayward electronics, dubbed-out vocal snippets and atmospheric guitar lines. Having got the peak-time moves out of the way, Kalabrese returns to his eccentric, hard-to-pigeonhole ways on the dub-fuelled, loose-and-wonky deep house sweetness of "Rock Your Duby". Similarly inclined closer "Bananeraeuber" is, if anything, even better, thanks in no small part to the producer's trippy synths and impeccable electric piano work.