Artist : King Unique
Title : Yohkoh 2014
Remixers : King Unique and Rodrigo Mateo
Label : Sudbeat
Cat No : SB048
Release : 31.03.2014
Genre : Progressive House
Review by Andy Howarth
Unless you’ve been living in a cave and eating moss for the last 15 years, you’ll almost certainly have heard of King Unique. Matt Thomas has become a byword for exceptionally well-produced House cuts throughout his prolific career, and it’s a genuine privilege to be able to review his output these days, considering I was once a wet-behind-the-ears youngster snapping up his vinyl releases on labels like Fuju, Defected, and JBO.
This time around it’s a remix EP of an old track from 2007 that’s given a fresh lick of paint for 2014 on Sudbeat. Matt takes first bat, and offers up a blissful Progressive Houser that takes it’s time to lay the groundwork with spade-loads of lush chords. A full 4 and a half minutes after the mood has been set, the key arrangement gatecrashes its way in alongside the warm pads from the first half. It’s a fairly epic number, and certainly demands a repeated listen to get the best out of it, but then much like most of KU’s tracks, you’ll want to revisit it again and again.
Rodrigo Mateo follows up KU’s hefty gauntlet throw down with a slightly darker rendition that’s all about the bass (with an added dollop of more bass for good measure). Retaining the key arrangement and vibrant soundscapes, he pieces together some wonderful percussive elements to accompany the low-end onslaught and the end package works incredibly well. The release is another triumph for the ever-reliable Sudbeat imprint, and as remix EP’s go, these 2 reworks of an old favourite are a match made in Progressive heaven.