Title: Give It Up and So What
Remixers: Samu.l, Stephan Hinz
Label : Selador
Cat No : SEL005
Release : 19.09.2013
Genre : House/Techno
Piemont need no introduction. If you are at least half-way interested in underground House and Techno, you’ll have heard of this duo at some point during your travels. They’ve had tracks released on high profile labels like Terminal M, Skint, and Resopal, and now they’re hitting us up with a brand new EP on Selador.
Charging straight out of the gate with title track ‘Give It Up’, it’s clear they mean business. Vox samples duck and dart all over the place whilst the lads get busy layering the funk, utilising rolling basslines and carefully crafted percussion loops. Fans of Steve Lawler et al will certainly lap this up, and you’ll almost certainly hear it burst from the speakers at the more credible events put on by the likes of Secretsundaze and WetYourSelf.
Heading up the first part of the remix efforts is Samu.l who opts for a stripped back approach. Keeping hold of the strings, he constructs a deep and techy rendition of Piemonts original, with a Dub Techno feel to it that exudes menace. It’s certainly a nice contrast to Stephan Hinz’s ethereal take, and where Samu.l chooses to explore the heads-down Techno elements of the track, Hinz takes us on a wistful melodic journey that is definitely more Hernan Cattaneo than Chris Liebing. Both remixes are solid, and alongside the original, there’s enough here to see you from warmup set territory to 4am smoke-filled Techno bunkers.
Rounding off proceedings is ‘So What’, another original from the Piemont duo. It’s more of the same, and if you enjoy the original version of ‘Give It Up’, you might enjoy this as well. That said, there is a distinct ‘filler’ feel to the track, although that is purely personal preference. Overall, it’s a great EP from a duo who’s standards are consistently and re-assuringly high.