Two classics, one older, one more recent, get the remix treatment from Lane8 and Johan Agebjörn . The latter remix is a premier for Acid Ted.
First our premier, from Johan Agebjörn, who takes on Jam & Spoon’s 1992 remix of the 1990 eponymous single from The Age of Love. The original was an acid trance classic that’s spawned any number of remixes. But the focus on trance has always left me a bit ambivalent about it. This remix drops the tranciness and is the better for it. Here, The Age Of Love – The Age Of Love (Jam & Spoon Remix – Johan Agebjörn & Mikael Ögren Re-edit) goes for something much more strongly acidic in its approach, with more than a dash of driving synth work. It all changes half way through into something more euphoric and hand waving, as the focus switches to the vocal. Less a re-edit and more a complete rework. Go get yourself a copy. Only EUR0.25 and Johan says “All proceeds from this re-edit going to UNHCR. Make techno not war.”
Original Jam & Spoon remix
Secondly, Acid Ted favourite Lane8 takes on Deadmau5’s modern classic Strobe. This was only released in 2009 but with those ascending chords it really is a fabulous track – whatever you think of deadmau5. It’s getting a few remixes, including this one from Lane8. What can he do?
Lane8 says of the remix “It was quite an honor and pretty nerve wracking to be asked to remix deadmau5’s iconic track Strobe.” The remix focuses the track on a deep house sound, with the original chords acting like a house piano line. The beats are a soft, gentle patter. It never reaches for euphoria as such, rather a slightly dreamy sense of floating pleasure. Epic like a dream.
In case you’re interested, there’s also a chopped up ebortS remix from deadmau5 himself:
deadmau5 – Strobe (Original)
Post rockers Sigur Ros make another of their rare appearances here in the form of an Amtrac dub of Heysátan. In this Amtrac combines Sigur Ros’ ambient tendencies with a drifting sense of adventure.
Original track title “Heysátan” from the album TAKK
Written and Performed by Sigur Rós
Mirror Image is from the US, which isn’t what you might expect from the quite European, quite German, techno Reflections EP. Full of clean, cool, severe lines and a slight sense of reserve.
The Reflections EP has been out a while but is worth a few moments of your time nonetheless. If you wanted to be cruel you could say that this could have been recorded any time in the last 15 years or more. But really this is classic sounds of techno. What is that opens as the EP means to go on. Clattering beats, offstage whooshes, some dubby sounds and a distorted rave sub-bass. Rattler reins the darkness in a little with a slightly more melodic take on things, albeit without cracking any hint of a smile. Very nice.
Next up, Terror Techno. Heavily vocodered vocals give the tack an awkward sense of tune. There are beats but they aren’t the battering you might imagine. This is terror as a fear of anticipation of what might be. Harder brings back the rave sub-bass, offering it as the lead element in a disappointing track. The EP closes with Dispatch. All a bit NIN groaning this one.
For the first three tacks at least a rather fine offering. Free download as well.
Listen to the whole EP here.
Another that’s hardly run of the mill dance. This is sophisticated pop but with the lead taken by twangy steel guitar and some harmoniums. Wide screen wild west. Big skies, big guns and bigger hair. Although obviously Bam Spacey is from Malmo, Sweden.
Never has writing anything about a tune felt so redundant. Steve Cobby (Fila Brazillia) and Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire) taken on Kraftwerk’s Trans Europe Express. You see my problem?
Listen carefully. Sit down. Get comfortable. Here’s Styles in Black who is back with Estilos. This is big band swing combined with jazzy hip hop. A curiously wonderful confection. A bit Marmite I suspect whether you’ll love this or not. But I’m a big fan of Marmite and SiB’s inventiveness.
Blurb: Styles in Black presents the ESTILOS EP – a long awaited follow up to his debut self-titled full length, which premiered via Philos in January of 2016. The ESTILOS EP will be available for free download at music.philosrecords.com on September 26, 2016.