Review: Talk about an unusual pairing; New York's best-known vegan has partnered with Adam Beyer's techno label for some big room versions of his 90s hits. At its most understated, this collection features German producer Tiger Stripes delivering a stripped back, minimal house take on "Go", while at the other end of the spectrum, Luca Agnelli turns the dreamy, wispy vocals of "Porcelain" into a thumping, rolling affair. In between these two extremes, there's the organic drums on Bart Skills' take of "Go" and Enrico Sangiuliano turning "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" into an effective but strangely catchy groove, as the original track's operatic vocal is fused with waves of acid.
Review: Moby on Shogun Audio... There's a sentence most of us didn't expect to see in a hurry. As with any Moby remix scenario, the shoes to fill here are huge. Naturally with Friction's mob, everyone has delivered something special that adds to the original without saying anything that isn't needed. Both Technimatic and Pola & Bryson add a sparkling, star-gazed boost to their works while Fourward turn the iconic Twin Peaks rave bomb "Go" into a concrete melting neuro thunder jam. Icy seals the deal with a twisted, broken glass halftime perspective on "Natural Blues". Respectfully next level.
Review: This set of Moby remixes is the latest to appear this year, in quick succession after versions of his classics appeared on Drumcode. For this release, Coyu's label has commissioned a wide range of styles. Julian Jeweil turns "Porcelain" into an almost unrecognisable acid stomper, while at the other end of the spectrum, Victor Ruiz' take on "Go" fuses its unmistakable sample with a deep, rolling techno rhythm. For a pure, unadulterated hands in the air feeling, Reinier Zonneveld's take on "Natural Blues" is the version to head for, but for more serious techno fans, there's the ominous bass of Ruiz' 'Warehouse' take on "Go" and the deeply melodic Oxia version of "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad" to contend with.
Alix Perez - "Down The Line" (feat MC Fats) - (6:27) 172 BPM
JO - "R-Type" - (5:51) 174 BPM
Subwave - "Think" - (5:58) 175 BPM
Shogun Audio Presents: The Classics (2004-2017) (continuous DJ mix) - (57:08) 174 BPM
Review: When a label as consistent and as well rounded as Shogun Audio announce a 'Classics' release it obviously sends shivers around the drum & bass community. It's hard to imagine condensing thirteen years of dominance into a minimized box of thirty classics, but just looking at the tracklisting is awe-inspiring. We see classic reappearances from the likes of Friction, Spor, Break, Icicle, Rockwell, Spectrasoul, Alix Perez, Camo & Krooked and that's not even half of the names involved. To break it down simply, this compilation summarizes why Shogun hold such a legendary status within the scene, through incredible consistency and magnificent diversity of sound.