Almost 20 years ago, when the scene prided itself on being a family of happy misfits, FC Kahuna’s ‘Hayling’ hit us with force. Resonating with a universal, star-gazing, emotional soul it was one of those rare tracks that fans (and indeed misfits) from every genre, every style, every camp could resonate with. Fans like Subtract Music founder Anton Tumas.
Back then he was just cutting his electronic teeth, but the force of ‘Hayling’ has always been with him… To the point, he’s dedicated his label’s 16th release to it. Successfully navigating the complex maze of licensing, he’s brought a whole new lease of life to the iconic original with some of the very best names in the game. John Digweed & Nick Muir, Damian Lazarus, Andre Lodemann & Fabian Dikof and the mighty Deetron.
Digweed and Muir take the lead with two beautifully crafted take on the classic. Loosening up the swing of the original, adding a little live-sound bass and highlighting all the cosmic elements, both the main remix and reprise celebrate every nuance of the 2001 track with modern-day production and arrangement.
Their mixes are backed by three more exceptional new translations. Crosstown Rebel Damian Lazarus is up next and having originally signed the track to his cult imprint City Rockers, has to be one of the most appropriate men for the job. Delivering a much more driving re-shape, the chords, emotion and pulse are there but subverted enough for it to feel like a whole new adventure.
For even darker, deeper, late-night variations look no further… Best-kept-secret Andre Lodemann and his studio cohort Fabian Dikof take us deep down the rabbit hole before massaging us with lush pads and instrumentation while Deetron slams the message home with a forthright and completely unexpected banger of a remix.
Curated to span the same genres and moods that the original did over 18 years ago, the whole EP has been considered with full respect to the original. Naturally, the OG versions are here in all their glory. FC Kahuna’s signature vision fully intact. Just be glad to be here…