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.
A Simple Love (BMotion remix - Club Master) - (4:28) 174 BPM
Review: Everyone's favourite vegan gangster Moby continues to shell us with premiership drum & bass remixes. Following the dynamite dispatch on Shogun Audio comes this surging, urgent twist from Welsh warrior BMotion who's anthemic tendencies complement Professor Play perfectly. Maintaining the full vocal and whipping up a synth storm beneath, if you haven't got a lighter to thrust to this you best make friends with some smokers. Dangerously euphoric.
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.
City Rains (Tech Soul instrumental) - (10:02) 125 BPM
City Rains (Dance Ritual mix) - (9:55) 125 BPM
City Rains (DJ Tool) - (9:38) 125 BPM
City Rains (Trippin' Dubb) - (5:00) 125 BPM
City Rains (Dance Ritual instrumental) - (9:55) 125 BPM
Review: South African producer based in East London Mobi Dixon creates spiritual deep house music and brings his talents to Lil' Louie Vega's imprint. The label head honcho himself takes the reigns here, executing several killer remixes, strictly for club use/abuse. The "City Rains (Tech Soul Remix)" features M Que's gorgeous vocals backed by a broken beat, immersive chords and a bumping electro bassline. The "Dance Ritual" remix is a more restrained but similar version, but deploys some darker techno elements in the mix. But it's the "Trippin' Dubb" which is the one that's really on the money for us; a bass driven and druggy afterhours mix for woozy and entranced early morning dance floors.