Review: Canadian techno maestro Mathew Jonson burst onto the scene in a big way in the mid noughties. One of his breakout tunes was in the form of "Decompression" released on Richie Hawtin's esteemed m_nus imprint. Now the 2005 dancefloor bomb gets a series of modern revisions by an all star cast. dBridge is starting with the "Ambient Pressure remix", an even more brooding and atmospheric than the original. The cavernous sonar bleeps, gloomy pads and sharp rhythms of the original remain, except for its signature 'techstep' style sub-bass: which is replaced by a gnarly, glitched out arpeggio. Autonomic and all round UK drum and bass hero dBridge steps up next, with an 'edit' but it's actually the breakneck junglist steeper that the track has been begging to be transformed into for years: it's worth the wait! Elsewhere, fellow British Columbian and Wagon Repairman Konrad Black appears with more great music after a long hiatus: he too returning to his UK influenced roots (don't forget some of his first tunes were on the likes of Ed Rush & Optical's Virus Recordings), albeit taking his cues from the more modern post UK bass sounds on his remix of the timeless classic
Review: The second release on Wagon Repair offshoot Freedom Engine is again courtesy of co-head Mathew Jonson - and here's another round of remixes of his anthemic track "Decompression" from 2004. This round of versions sure have their work cut out for them when remixing such a seminal classic - and here's how they fare out: Cynosure head honcho Mike Shannon serves up a moody and tripped-out tech house perspective, the unusual trio of GMT (Phil Moffa, Guy Gerber and Seth Troxler) stay true to the original, although lace it with some funky tribal rhythms on their mix while dub techno veteran Deadbeat offers up an impressive downbeat deconstruction. Lastly, Colombia's Natalia Escobar - who is hot off a killer release on EXIT Records diffusion imprint Heart Drive goes deeper down the spiral on her dark ambient perspective.