Friday, 22 March 2013

Axel Boman, Nicolas Jaar, Karol XVII & MB Valence

Friday, 22 March 2013

Right! Back to it!
It has been an looonnng month off.

Let's kick things off  on a fun note with this new little number from Polish duo Karol VXII & MB Valence.
It might seem at first glance to be a politely jazzy deep house track, but trust me - there is a dancefloor killer lurking under there somewhere.
With a bassline like that, how could there not be?

Karol XVII & MB Valence - The Bar Around The Corner

It is actually slightly reminiscent of Huxley's 'Box Clever' or Adana Twins' 'Strange'.. Not the most challenging, but still good, wholesome, (slightly) cheap deep house fun. You can grab Karol XVII & MB Valence's 'Plastic Age EP' here.

Kompakt have jumped aboard the re-release wagon recently with label stalwart Justus Köhncke's classic '04 number 'Timecode' getting the treatment.
The original was definitely all funky &.. electronic-y - but it also definitely had quite a strong '04 vibe. Boman's take does it's best to bring it up to speed by adding a whole bunch of extra percussion, as well as some really lovely, lazy synths. The composition seems rather abstract and indirect when compared to the original, but this really adds a sense of freshness and edge into the mix.
Quite an interesting interpretation all up - those synths have me itching to jump on my lilo.

Justus Kohnke - Timecode (Axel Boman Remix)

Köhncke's remixed and rereleased 'Timecode EP' can be found here. It features additional remixes by Köhncke himself and self proclaimed hip-house 'founder' Tyree Cooper.

This last track is a bit of a bonus.. Some of you may have already heard it, but I thought it was way too good not to share.
I've talked before about how excited the discovery of a new Nico Jaar edit makes me - so it shouldn't be too surprising that I was a little tingly when his edit of Ethiopian Jazz maestro Mulatu Astatke's 'Yekermo Sew' recently crossed my path.
Astatke's brand of jazz has a fantastically eerie, gloomy feel to it and the additional thump of Jaar's bass and percussion really bring the hovering keys and shrill percussion it to life. A superb edit - but would you expect any less?

Mulatu Astatke - Yekermo Sew (Nicolas Jaar Edit)

To my knowledge, this edit was never 'officially' released, but you can find it and a bunch of other Astatke remixes and edits here.