Artist : Amber Long & Robert Mason
Title : Eggshells (Remixes)
Label : Stripped Recordings
Cat No : 146SR
Release : 23rd June 2014
Genre : Minimal, Progressive, Indie Dance
Hot from the success of underground banger ‘Menace’ by Kastis Torrau, Amber Long, with real life boyfriend Robert Mason, is back with a remix pack of her delightful indie dance single Eggshells. Amber is fast becoming the go to voice in progressive music, much like Jan Johnson or to some extent Sarah McLachlan were in the 90s. Indeed vocals seem to be much more prevalent in much of this years music. Thats no bad thing you know. As much as I’m a track head, a great vocal track is a thing of beauty and this is a beautiful track.
First up with have the mega duo of Kastis Torrau & Arnas D. They take the track toward a darker tribal house place. Interesting little noises and sweeps fill the first 2 minutes of build up as an organ pad gradually unfolds and then the vocal is introduced. It continues apace cooly grooving along. This is a polished kinda deep, kinda banging house track. It’ll do well on the cooler floors in Ibiza and beyond and for the bedroom enthusiast, it will be perfect mid set warm up fodder.
The real star for me personally here is the magnificent Dale Middleton remix. This lad has really impressed me this year. Since his guest mix for us a few months back, every release he has been involved with has shone. Again theres a tribal theme, but added to it a skippy hat and bubbling xylophone line. The baseline is subtle and devastating. As are the orchestral pads. This will definately appeal more to the progressive trance fans with its super smooth style. The vocal is treated with lashings of echo and reverb to create an etherial vibe. Again I can see this working very well in Ibiza as a last tune maybe as the sun beams through the windows and the vocal suddenly makes your neck hair stand on end.
Mikrokosmos takes the track in a completely new direction. Stripping back to a melancholy synth line and the vocal for the intro, this is a brilliant minimal house track with indie pop sensibilities. The vocal takes centre stage here unlike the previous two versions. This would not sound out of place on a Kompakt Pop album, its delightful and the closest to the original on this pack.
To close out the remix pack, stripped have another Lithuanian superstar – Weepee. Similar to the Middleton mix, this is perfection. An off kilter drum, bass and woodblock combination form the back bone of this track and t reminds me very much of the indie house sound from a few years back made popular by Soulwax or LCD Soundsystem. The break at 5 minutes comes as welcome relief, but this is not the end as a guitar stab is added powering itself back into the groove and onwards to the end. Moody, thoughtful and utterly beguiling.