Never before have I held so much excitement over Robbie Williams
. But like the previous vinyl release from his abysmal album 'Rudebox', that featured the invincible work of the Dewaele Brothers
, there is yet another white label out with some world class remixes. I initially impulse-bought the record when I saw the Nightmoves
Remix on the B Side, but it wasn't clearly marked that Switch
had the spot on the A Side too (I thought it was just the original version
), so I had yet another delight when I first played the record this Tuesday. This is a great vinyl altogether, with even the 'Darkhorse Dub' as track 3 being quite a good one. The original track of course was produced by Soul Mekanik
who did quite a bit of production on his album, and I'm sure many of you remember it was originally featured on their album 'Eighty One' on Rip Records
ruining a perfectly decent song. But never mind, superheroes Nightmoves
have brought some class back to it with some continuous great work from both artists. The Nightmoves
mix is a rave-style stomper with chattering hats and squeaky scratches kind of reminding me of how Dave Taylor
worked on Induceve
's mighty 'Warehouse Shit' last year.
Mr Taylor's A side is also worth a glorified mention with a little less use of vocals and more focus on the fidget elements that he's championed. Switch
is set to storm this year yet again with some incredibly ridiculous remixes. Look out for his remix of Freeform Five
's 'No More Conversations' which is getting a 2007 re-release also with an updated re-edit from Mylo
, where it's as if them samples were perfect for him to remix, and the outcome is just heart-pounding. Other mixes to listen out for are of Speaker Junk
's 'Foxxy', and P Diddy & Christina Aquilera
's 'Tell Me' and i know you're 'gonna like it.. gonna like it..
' (Shit gag. sorry!). 'Never Touch That Switch' is available on a remix white 12" from Juno.
Some other international fidget stars with big plans for 2007 are Crookers
(aka DJs Phra & Bot) who have already had a mention on the blog and deserve another one too i think. The Italians have a new 'Made In Italy EP' out next month on developing Fidget label On The Brink Records
which also features a remix by Ex-Switch
-Man now turned Speaker Junk
ie: Trevor Loveys
. The 'Made In Italy EP' by Crookers is out through On The Brink Records in Feburary, check the On The Brink MySpace for some great samples.
Another guy who's building a growing pile of records in my room at the moment is Parisian man Surkin
who's techy-electro I just love. I was relieved to finally get a copy of his 'Radio Fireworks' on vinyl this week, after missing it first time round, and with Juno
sold out.. Arcade Mode
saved the day. Such a great track from last year, and B Side 'Kiss N Fly' is just as good in my opinion and is even still in my chart this month. Anyways I expect more goodies from this guy this year with mixes lined up for of Para One
, Boys Noize
& DJ Mehdi
still to come. Soon enough though we should see (hopefully, if its made the release
) his remix of Klaxons
' 'Golden Skans' hit the shelves along with the other awesome mixes by SebastiAn
& Erol Alkan
. Its a great addition to an unbeatable lineup of remixers, whereas Erol Alkan
gives us a 'Ekstra Spektral' piano workout, SebastiAn
hits us with a down tempo technical gem, and now Surkin
has provided a mostly instrumental, guitar driven piece of electro. Second to look out for is his work on Relish
's next release where he has remixed my favourite so far of Yuksek
's tracks 'Composer'.
For more Surkin
goodness you should have a look on the Institubes Blog
where the boy has done a 20 minute minimix for our ears to have a listen at. Klaxons next single 'Golden Skans' with mixes from SebastiAn, Erol Alkan & Surkin (Not 100% sure if they are all gonna be on the releases though) is out at the end of this month through Polydor and is available to pre-order at HMV now, and Yuksek's next release with remixes from Surkin & Vicarious Bliss is forthcoming on Relish Records.
Last to come for me this week was of course the latest Kitsune
installment. I'm becoming quite an avid Kitsune
Kollecter these days and there seems to be nothing but staring, black and white faces covering my record shelves. This time its Boys Noize
's turn for a debut release on France's finest and their single 'Feel Good (TV=OFF)' which comes bundled with a new edit by no stranger to the label Shinichi Osawa
who's done yet another good edit adding more complex beats and looping sections to achieve great builds and drops. 'Feel Good (TV=OFF)' is out now on Kitsune
and available to buy from Juno.