Review: Israeli duo Red Axes has produced some of the most interesting left-of-centre dance music of recent years, delivering essential releases on Hivern Discs, ESP Institute, I'm A Cliche and Correspondant [sic]. Happily, this latest outing - their first for Permanent Vacation - is another must-have EP. With its' cowbell-heavy tribal percussion, drifting flutes, throbbing bassline and exotic marimba melodies, opener "Sun My Sweet Sun" is particularly potent. "Way To Neptune" pushes dreamy, sun-kissed organ melodies to the fore, with hazy vocal harmonies emphasizing the duo's effortlessly Balearic vibe, while "Cockroach" dreamily joins the dots between blazed dub-disco, experimental '80s pop and yearning Californian psychedelia.
Review: With Tel Aviv duo Red Axes' ode to the sun still running strong; one and a half years after its release: here comes the heavyweight remix package. German wunderkind Konstantin Sibold takes the original into afro rave territory with voodoo percussion and a haunting bassline that will be hard to escape from. Fango from the Italian label Degustibis continues his string of strong remixes as he turns the original into a rough beat version: just drop the melody in the break for maximum dancefloor mayhem. And last but not least the Axes themselves come up with a tropical house version that works any time any place. And thus the sun continues to shine.
Tour De Chile (Soft Rocks Dark & Stormy remix) - (6:56) 113 BPM
On & On (Bobmo remix) - (4:36) 128 BPM
Review: Red Axes cover a wide range of ground on Chile. The title track teems with robust tribal drums and is driven by a searing bassline, but it's the shimmering synths that set it apart. The Soft Rocks take also features the evocative synths, but on that occasion they are wrapped around heavy claps and a pulsing bass, while the Bobmo version of "On and On" is a jacking, squelchy groove with screeching riffs dive-bombing in and out. However, the release takes a really interesting turn on "Sun Goes Down". There, Red Axes do a fine approximation of Detroit electro as robotic vocals merge with shuffling 808s. "On And On" is also built on the drum shuffle, but its howling riffs call to mind the 1994 classic "Bells" by Hazed on Plus 8.