Review: "Planet E" was one of the highlights of Tiga's recent No Fantasy Required album, and now he hands it over to his trusted colleagues to remix it. Danny Daze retains the chemically refreshed vocal sample, but sets it to a pulsing electro bass and a wall of hazy, fizzling percussion. The overall result sounds like Alden Tyrell providing the support for Gary Numan. The Mele revamp is an entirely different affair. The UK DJ is enjoying a growing reputation thanks to releases on Lobster Boy and Formula and this remix will not harm his ascent; filtering the vocal to infinity and back, his rolling rhythm sits somewhere between bass and techno, but no matter what the genre name, it will cause mayhem whenever it's dropped.
Sunglasses At Night (Dense & Pika remix) - (8:00) 126 BPM
Sunglasses At Night (Dimitri Veimar remix) - (6:38) 130 BPM
Sunglasses At Night (Techno Seleba remix) - (5:49) 110 BPM
Review: As Turbo reaches its 20th anniversary, Tiga's label delivers remixes of the track that propelled him to global recognition. First up is Dense & Pika, who turn "Sunglasses" into a relentless, pounding tribal track that only includes the nasal vocal from Tiga's original version. Next up is rising electro star Dimitri Veimar, with rolling 808s, steely snares and the kind of menacing bass that has seen the Russian producer feature on Turbo and Omndisc. In this instance, it's the creepy synth line that remains and helps to make this version unforgettable. Techno Seleba is apparently a pseudonym for a big name dance producer working incognito, but irrespective of who is behind the project, this remix is an eerie, percussive take on the synth-pop standard.
Review: Brightonian beat agitators Skint celebrate two decades of party science with a whopping 32 track compendium of highlights. Ranging from quintessential big beat (Midfield General, Indian Ropeman, Lo Fidelity Allstars) to quirky, lop-jawed techno (Roman Flugel, Tomas Andersson, Dave Clarke) via chunky, dirty-bottomed house music (Riva Starr, Foamo, X-Press 2) and perfectly formed left-minded pop music (Fatboy Slim, Tiga), Skint's successes can be found in almost every corner of the dance... Including the harder-to-categorise unique, forgotten classics such as FC Kahuna's evergreen "Hayling" and Justice's new wave pop strutting remix of Vicarious Bliss. Happy anniversary Skint!