Orlando’s finest returns: Q Burns Abstract Message – QBAM RMX1
A collection of five previously unreleased remixes by Orlando’s finest.
First up, the reworked Church Williams ‘Touch The Sun’ is a wonderfully seductive piece from the get go. A rich, full-bodied bass is overlaid with penetrating beats, deft synths and revolving vocals producing an all round, thoroughly enjoyable funkiness. And more gratifying grooviness to be had with ‘The Lobster,’ run through with lazy handclaps, nimble-fingered, kalimba-style percussion and rotating, acid-infused synths. There’s a fat and seriously meaty bass in ‘Absence,’ all grinding and granulating over a rigid beat with snatched impenetrable vocals and quirky keyboards, more indie than dance and none the worse for it.
‘Damascus’ is an hypnotic, offbeat, tech-house thrill offering squeaking, anxious synths and unchanging beats, a sort of parade ground, militaristic rhythm for the dance-floor, you might say. More captivating beats abound with the deep house, dub noise bounce of ‘Trauma,’ presenting a galloping tempo backed by echoing synths and sprightly percussion. Good stuff, all round.
Review by D