Our housemate Ejeca was recently asked to remix one of last years simplest, most soulful tracks ‘So Good To Me’ by Chris Malinchak. He’s flipped the mood on this one into an absolute monster, re-arranging the vocals so that they are totally new in feel but managed to retain a familiarity, the key to a good, respectful remix. His occasional loosing of the familiar arps is a touch of class and the flood of keys at the end a particular highlight. Chords galore to set your weekend on fire. Ejeca’a also involved in a new label alongside Citizen, Mic Newman and Nicholas. Its called LOFT and its all a bit mysterious, they have just launched their website and its sounding pretty epic. Check that out HERE.
Londoner James Sison weighs in with a really chilled Tribe Called Quest Edit. James’s real surnames is Jones, so perhaps the change is warranted to avoid confusion with a certain super-popular Dj. He’s taken all the bounce out of the original and imbibed it with a calmer more washed out soul. Its testament to the strength of the vocal that it can set the pace so differently and still maintain its class. This one will have you staring pensively out the window, the vinyl crackles even sound like rain on the window. My only gripe is its over so soon.
From the get go this one ushers in a better, warmer time…..Summer. Jason Malan’s ‘Back to the Sand’ is as summery as they come, rich layered keys and a sun-kissed melody line are only the tip of the melted iceberg. Although I had never encountered Jason’s tracks before this one certainly made me pay attention. The epic break in this one starts at the bottom of the spine and finishes with your hands in the air. More ‘Melodies’ than a Harlem hairdressers.
Todays free track comes with a pinch of melancholy. Sadly today it was announced that the amazing band 2020 Soundsystem will be disbanding at the end of their summer tour after being on the scene since 2003. This is a hugely sad time as they have been a constantly innovative and brave band and kept flying the flag of good live music even when phases like ‘Minimal’ and ‘Electro house’ threatened to drown them out. So todays post is a homage to 2020 Soundsystem, hats off to you guys for all that you have done for the scene and the smiles you’ve put on people’s faces. Today’s free track from them ‘Closure’ seems like a fitting tribute to them. Before that however here’s some of our favourite bits from them.
2020 Vision live at Sonar in 2005, it was this performance that really got them out there as they closed the outdoor stage.
2020 Soundsystem – Sliding Away (Johnny D Vocal Mix)
This remix is testament to their cleverness when collaborating and Sliding Away was their first really successful track, its a hypnotic, brave roller that will wear out the cartilage in your knees.
Now for the freebie track, ‘Closure’ is a very atmospheric and accomplished track. It’s more headphone listening than dance floor fodder and has a similar feel to some of ‘Deer Hunters’ tracks in its elongated hypnosis, only this far precedes them. Its vocals catchy melody will haunt you long after the music stops, as will 2020 Soundsystem’s presence in the scene they are leaving behind them. If you get a chance catch one of their final shows this summer. Goodbye guys, and thank you for the music.
I’d be surprised if the original of this remix passed you by completely. Starting underground and then popping up everywhere this track by FCL has had a lot of remixes but I find this one my favourite. Not that it topples the original, more it adds to it, works around it and imbibes it with a new feeling. Instead of a seductive patience we’re given an upfront enthusiastic banger, with skittering high hats and a wandering melody this ones perfect weekend fodder. Well get to it folks, those sneakers aren’t going to wear themselves out.