TBR: 22nd November
Long term UK music scene dance-floor mechanics Joe Farr and Will Brown decided to put their heads together and form musical outlet Brecon. Their Cairn EP was so well received, a whole list of big name artists queued up to remix their favourite tracks from the release. With influences stretching back for years that include early doors techno and house plus grimy dubstep and UK garage, Brecon pull the whole club together from every room to enjoy their breed of electronic beats and melody.
For the first offering, Om Unit make an impact on Scarp. Heavenly piano and string melodics swerve down from the distant sky, and riding on these come digital effects and bass tones which spread the sound out across the horizon. Rhythm begins to pump in a headstrong pulse of snare and hat with tampered bass drum keeping everything together. Twisting compositions and swaying pressures on the waveform bring out all kinds of fascinating journeys within the continual dance-floor filling number.
A string arpeggio with warm distortion builds the initial phases of the second track. Disjointed rhythms crackle and spill as the complex drums assemble over formulated timings. Wavering metallic synthesiser flows underneath the bouncing and gradually predictable rhythm. A bubbling bass and synth compression makes a heady space for whistling melodies to begin an ascent. This Max Cooper remix of Scattered flows like an ice-cube on a puddle, swooping from one end to the other, floating on surface tension and slight pressures from external forces.
Subside is remixed by Tenebre. This third track builds on the swelling intensity left behind by Max Cooper's rendition by ringing out with more distortion and bass. A crunchy drum riff pounds its weight down in manicured pulsations while a spacey melody begins to spell out the top-side. Repeating trills on the keys in the treble section add a spark of the psychedelic, which has been creeping around in the corners since the beginning of the record. Now a massive hypnotic rhythm builds from the ground up in this frantic number.
To finish this diverse and far reaching four track remix EP, a floor-filling stomper makes the final mix. Quick stepping bass drum with a tapping hi-hat give a sensation of high energy while thrusting bass tones give a sense of impending urgency. An alarm style melody begins to grow from somewhere in the centre of the mix and as it reaches a point where we can tell its breathy voice from the other mysterious sounds in there, it's given its own podium with harmonising notes and a new found drive in the percussion. Nicolas Bougaïeff makes Half Life his own with this minimal yet people pleasing techno focussed light on this classic production.
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