Artist: Spencer Parker
Title: Different Shapes & Sizes Remix EP02
Label: Work Them Records
Cat No: WORKTHEMREC027
Release Date: Out Now!
On the A-side, it’s the quiet achiever, Rising Sun who’s given the entire A side to have two cracks at remixing, ‘Riff Shapes’.
Remix 1 kicks off with a shimmering melody, shaking about slightly. Sweeping in just behind emerges a light synth, twisting euphorically and closely followed by thin, swooshing hats; all of which create a real feeling of Springtime. The intro is short lived and a softly rounded, but effective kick nudges us forward. A creepy (but rather cool) sample chimes as the already sublimely dreamy effect of the piece is joined by a swirling melody that slots right into place, parting the seemingly full composition like the red sea to take centre stage. The break ties off what is near on a perfect piece of ‘dance music’. The kind of lightly shuffled break-beat creates the kind of vibe and emotion that you’d expect from a DJ Metatron. This is a tune.
A2 lines us up with a fat ass kick as jazzy synth and piano stabs rise up taking on a more straight up housier flavour than Rising Sun’s previous remix. As it begins to triumphantly roll along I can’t help but hear shades of ‘Do It Now’ by Dub Tribe Soundsystem’ A light synth glides in and disappears again creating a real sunshine feel. The bassline slides into place like a slow-moving slinky down an old set of stairs; in response a ride cymbal opens up alongside the rest of the percussion which tightens and sharpens, creating a real sense of purpose and direction. Waiting for us at the break is more cool sample work. No idea what he’s saying but it sounds sweet. Like some yelling at me through thick glass. The break also creates an opportunity for the aforementioned light gliding to find some space to expose its full powers.
B2 and DJ Fett Burger remix of ‘Size Yes’ throws us directly into the pit of some gloriously disturbed acid nightmare. Sharp snap, drop and the raw acid jam is a go! Light dabs of melody build slightly and are joined by other melodic lights that seem to call and respond to each other. These make way briefly as Fett Burger has decided that melodic, dirty acid isn’t nearly enough and what this track needs is a cracking breakbeat underneath it. Well, it certainly doesn’t hurt as the track takes on a slightly different feel for a moment before the familiar melodic lights renter the fray. Cool samples and even faint dashes of Heckmann, (Drax-esq) acidic melodies carry us on home.
On the home straight and it’s Belgrade’s, Tijana T remixing ‘A Different Size’. A sparse kick and a single shaker that sounds like it’s fast running out of rice are our only companions initially; tensions begin to build with added percussion, a running high-end acidic line and gathering clouds of dreamy synths. The kick slowly fades away as the percussion and all the rest linger for a moment then disappears. What happened next is pretty bloody great. The piece drops into a funky acidic house jam that would move anything with a pulse. Super fresh. Keeping that funky, helicopter rhythm rolling the running high-end acid line begins to get a work out twisting in all directions over the funky driving percussion.
There isn’t a track on this EP I wouldn’t play at any given time, but Work Them rarely disappoints.