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Compilations - Issue 584

Selected Remixes 2008-2017


Selected Remixes 2008-2017

There’s no denying Jamie Odell’s contribution to house music over the last two decades — whether that’s through the ever-growing catalogue signed to his labels Freerange and Delusions Of Grandeur, or via his own productions as Jimpster and various other aliases such as Franc Spangler. What better time than now to assemble some of his most timeless work to date, with the third edition of the Freerange remix series, then. Trust us, there’s no shortage of choice: this compilation features reworks of S-Man, Osunlade, Josh Wink, Galcher Lustwerk, and yes, even the legendary Seal. Although all paying homage to the originals, it’s striking how Jamie has left his personal production stamp on every mix. Unmistakable deep chords and rolling percussion, this is deep house at its finest and should be used as a benchmark for producers of the genre today. There's a solid selection of vocal-led tracks, such as his remix of ‘Was Bleibt’ by Kollektiv Turmstrasse which sounds almost anthemic, and dubs, including ‘Generate Power’ by Photon Inc, that take a more stripped-back approach. Other highlights include re-hearing Jimpster’s take on Manuel Tur’s ‘Back To Me’ and Marc Romboy’s ‘Elif’, which will both no doubt slide effortlessly back into plenty of DJs' summer playlists.
Anna Wall
Fabyl: Arrival


Fabyl: Arrival


Wherever Nick Faber gets his promos from, we want in. Fabyl boss, remixer and producer to the stars (Kylie Minogue, Sugababes, John Turell), based on this imprint compilation lots of different people send him lots of different stuff. Variety being the spice of life, it’s best to dive right in. The Supervillains’ ‘It’s Torment, Don’t Stop’ too light, funky and big beat for you? Try the unapologetic East Coast rap of Bronx Slang, with ‘Rushing the Stage’. Want it faster? How about ‘All of Me’, a floor-filling disco mutant largely made of two-beat samples almost bordering on Floorplan B-sides. Add the rough-voiced, looped electronic blues of David Hollowman and ‘This World’, or Don Warren’s Deadly Avenger-esque ‘Patterns’, and you don’t need to be told this is a rare thing – good pop, in the truest sense.
Martin Guttridge-Hewitt
Autechre - NTS Sessions


NTS Sessions


Worlds apart
Production duo Autechre have always preferred to exist in the shadows — the perfect place for their mind-fucking (and frequently brilliant) compositions to exist. Back in April, the duo hosted a month-long residency at underground online station NTS Radio, spawning eight hours of new music across four shows, collected here. It’s essentially an extended journey into numerous indescribable sonic universes of ambient, glitch, electronics, fragmented techno… there are elements of all those, but it really is as far from genre-specific as it’s possible to get. There’s chaos, there’s order, there’s rhythm, there’s playfulness, there’s audio terror: it’s Autechre through and through, and it’s fascinating and rewarding if you have the stomach for it and the time to dedicate. It probably won’t win them many new fans, but Autechre have never worried about that, which is why we love them.
Tristan Parker