Artist : Mister Woo
Title : Black Eyes (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix)
Label : Derelict
Release : Out Now
Genre : Techno/Electronica
Buy Link : Beatport
Alan Fitzpatrick has released no less than 16 tracks in 2015, capping off unquestionably the most outstanding year of his career. But arguably he has saved the best till last. Remixing new techno hybrid group Mister Woo (a side project of Reset Robot, Jon Gurd and Tom Powell), Fitzpatrick delivers a titanic six-minute rework that wouldn’t be out of place if dropped during a peak time moment at Glastonbury.
“I am a massive fan of the Mister Woo project. Ive got a lot of respect for all three of the guys individually, and so it is exciting to see them writing music together. To be totally honest, at times I have been a little bit jealous of the quality that they produce, so for me it is a real pleasure to be associated with the band and be part of this release.
This remix came together in a couple of days in the studio, and also some time while I was on the road. The main challenge for me was to create something that is relevant to the musical world that people associate with Alan Fitzpatrick from a 104 BPM broken beat track. That is what is exciting for me. To create something edgy and different. Im really happy with it.” – Alan Fitzpatrick
Ask any producer the first rule of remixing, and predominantly what they’ll tell you is the remix should enhance the original package, making them accessible to a wider audience. The original Mister Woo EP is a million miles away from the classic Fitzpatrick sound, so in doing this remix, I was excited to hear how he would interpret such a disparate sound from his own. The results speak for themselves, as Alan mentioned earlier – edgy and different. Increasing the BPM slightly and keeping the originals’ broken beat structure, Fitzpatrick has created something of a monster. The funky bass and hand claps marry perfectly with the repeated synth line and vocal moments. Its like a DFA remix on steroids!
A pretty good start for a label only 4 releases old. I’ll be interested to see where they go in 2016.