Perc & Truss
Leather & Lace Remixed
TBR: 25th May
We all loved Leather & Lace, it made a real mark on the rave scene much to the delight of its creators. In honour of this amazing mover, three big names on the producer circuit have made it their business to play with the files and find a unique way of delivering this dance-floor dynamite. As each track is based on the same foundation, the work involved in production really shows through with every offering standing individually proud as a uniquely flavoured piece.
Ghost In The Machine take the A side rendition, following from their bursting through the underground veil last year. Having made a name for themselves with kick drum and Reese bassline formulations, it's no surprise to find them utilizing these tools in this pounding remix. The track begins with a heavy distorted bass drum which sets a pace perfect for moving around to. Some distant siren like synths swell to fill the mix alongside lots of noisy percussive waves. It builds like an approaching train and as the body of sound begins to throw itself past our ears with bars like carriages, a roar of energy pushes everything forward. A delicate early breakdown allows for an interesting tangent into rumbling melodics in the bass section and it's soon joined by the second passing body of mechanical metal and motion.
After an enchanting and technophillic nine minutes of pulsing beats and flowing high energy nuance, we're allowed to take a breath and take heed of the other two mixes adorning this already worthy offering. Pinch shuffles over from the Tectonic homeland to show his stuff on the second instalment. The Bristolian sound is rich with retrotronic waveforms that create spacey and nostalgic flurries of programmed notes. A broken and sporadic beat reveals the energy of this track, the build up shakes like a resonating scanner preparing to operate. High end dominates the early composition, rumbling high hats frame a blip based antique electronic sound. Additions of modern sampled effects and nicely tweaked synths keep the pins in place while a playful mix of digital seasoning spices up each bar with evolving sensations. As the bass kicks in, the whole track is turned upside down with the original scoring of cymbal and synth becoming a skin to a much more substantial skeleton. The same experimental ethic is applied to the bass and drums, with effects and changes bringing in adapted sounds with every few turns of the disc.
Unlike the sounds they may be known for, Mumdance and Logos take on the challenge of coming down to earth to create a dense and floor-filling version of this already classic track. With inspirations taken from epics such as Eye-Q and Bonzai, it's safe to say that these guys know what they're doing. A rich and bass heavy intro starts the scene and some echoing samples ring out over the horizon. It's built upon with unison cymbals which creates a driving and beat filled pulse. This breaks down to allow jumpy and distorted synthesiser notes to dance in circular loops which become a helix of sound among the rhythms. It is all too much for the landscape as in a clever breakdown, the entire track shifts from noisy blips and intense pulsing beats to high end raging synths which seem to roll in like slightly wet clouds. The trance feel that's topped by techno and rave style rhythms brings a fantastic sensation of energy.
All in all, this single may have the same track three times over and yet they stand so significantly alone from each other, only a hardened listener could tell. Every option takes home a different set of instructions and reveals a brand new working of the much loved ingredients. The inspirations that come from each of the three tracks are unique and from their groundings new sounds and directions can grow. If this is a homage to Perc & Truss, then count me in.
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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