Love On The Rocks is back with a reissue of a remix – by Peace Division’s Justin Drake and Paranoid London’s Quinn Whalley – of a obscure psychedelic proto-trance cut from ’93, plus remixes of the remix by Rosa Terenzi & Alex Kassian, because why not?
Quick rewind: It’s 1993, and Justin & Quinn have just released their first 12” as Slack on Andrew Weatherall’s Sabres of Paradise. Later that year, they would remix a track called State Of Mind by Peyote Dreams, and it would appear on a compilation by UK label Rhythm Design, Rhythm Design Vol. 1, in 1994.
It’s ecstatic: equal parts tribal, trance and techno, built around a pulverising kick drum, with synths direct from outer space, incomprehensible computerised vocals seemingly delivered through vocoder, rewinds, and breakdowns galore; it sounds like a transmission from an alien race, relentless and insane.
Fast-forward to 2016: the track has become a fixture in Paramida’s sets, and the idea begins to evolve to reissue it. Working closely with Justin and commissioning Roza Terenzi and Alex Kassian to “remix the remix”, this release represents a tribute to the enduring appeal of the ‘93 mix, the cyclical and unpredictable life of a record, a rewind through dance music history, and a glimpse into its future.
That future is well-represented by Roza Terenzi, whose mix is pure A-game, taking down the tempo and amping up the weird, loosely following the original’s structure of build ups and strip downs while lacing its tribal/extra-terrestrial vibes with additional jungle sounds and atmospheric pads, for what feels like a morning stroll through a psychedelic rainforest.
Alex Kassian takes no prisoners with his extended update/workout complete with booming vocal samples, planet-destroying bass and layers of pin sharp, slamming percussion that smartly echoes the original and retools it for ‘21.
The entire package has been assembled with love and care and comes in a full sleeve with download code and inlay with notes from Justin Drake.
Limited edition, no repress!
Bandcamp EP clips & preorder: https://loveontherocks.bandcamp.com/album/state-of-mind-slack-mix-ft-roza-terenzi-alex-kassian-mixes