Artist: The Checkup
Title: The Factor
Remixers: Smash TV, Shades of Gray
Label: Electronical Reeds
Catalogue Number: ER034
Release Date: Out Now!
Brussels label Electronical Reeds funks up our circle of quality dance music even further, with their latest release from local Brussels duo Raphael and Alex with “The Checkup – The Factor” Original Mix, that busts out some serious House grooves, around a dense melodic cluster. Cycling patterns of vocal tone, and ominous descending low chords shift around a relentless forward motion bass line, in surprising splendour.
Hitting the Smash TV Remix, this rework is lean and trim around the entire body. There’s a casting of lush keys that pulse out with serious, richly detailed rhythmic patterns involved in and around the bass, taking center stage, and the chunky and clunky rearrangement, well fantastically spacious.
Things cap off with the Shades of Gray Remix, which for my money is the best of the three. This rework features sumptuous drifts of clap, and deft percussion programming, that sounds like slower Tech House. It’s taut and the bass shudders out with promise, much like the lip smacking thick cream sitting on top of your coffee gives you, at the start of your new day.