Review: We’re knee deep with the Neon Gods and its marvellous

Artist: Booka Shade
Title: Neon Gods Remixes
Label: Knee Deep In Sound
Release Date: Out Now
Genre: House

It’s fair to say I’ve kept pretty close tabs on Daley Padley’s ascent to the top of the house game, having been a big fan of his early releases such as the monstrous ‘Houze This’ back in 2012. Now hosting his own nights in Ibiza the Athersley man has enough clout to bring German electronic legends Book Shade aboard his own Knee Deep In Sound label. This time it’s a remix package featuring two producers who are quickly gaining excellent reputations for their production skills.

Frenchman Rodriguez Jr’s tracks have found favour with the likes of Laurent Garnier and a succession of superb EPs on Mobilee, combined with a stunning live show have established him as a master of deep techno-edged house. Here the former Youngster remixes Booka Shade’s ‘Neon Gods’ in typically warm and melodic fashion. A low Reese style bass oscillates below the originals arpeggios while Jupiter style pads swell and rise beautifully. There’s a tad too much vocal for my taste but this is definitely a grower that treats the original respectfully.

Another Yorkshire man, Denney is second to take on the task of reworking the Berlin based duo. His version is driven forward by a punchy acidic bass line, which distinctly echoes the tripped out heights of Suncreem’s progressive classic ‘Perfect Motion’. The reverb drenched vocal hits further add to the nostalgic, euphoric vibe, before the track breaks down to reveal Matsiko’s Depeche Mode style vocals. Having not heard much of his previous output I was pleasantly surprised by the way this track immediately hooked me in. This could be a killer track at the right time, whether that be building the groove early on or those lost in it 5am moments. After the meteoric rise of Hot Since 82, this could another young Leeds based producer to keep a close eye on. Both remixes here are of high quality but it’s Leeds lad Denney who delivers the knockout blow this time round.

About the Author

Record collector, music maker and spurs fanatic Geraint Rees has been involved in DJing and club promotion for well over a decade. He is currently a promoter and DJ for the four:four project, a Manchester collective who organise club events that support a range of worthwhile charities and promote high quality music. Over the last few years he has produced techno as Acitone for labels such as Stripped and Hype Music. In his free time, he is found regularly inhabiting a dark box like hole known as ‘the studio’ and trying to rear his band of unruly cats.