After the success of the fantastic album, Atomic Age, No.19 Music released recently from Canadian musical talents My Favorite Robot, the label has decided to enlist four acclaimed producers to provide remixes of key tracks. Detroit bad boy Jimmy Edgar, Chicago’s Kate Simko and legendary techno producer Mr. G all appear on this great EP.
The one and only Jimmy Edgar – who has recently launched his own label Ultramajic - goes first with his terrifically alluring version of ‘White Light’. He expertly re-works the track into a robotic bit of house that’s filled with pinging synths lines, rasping metal chords and shiny percussion. It’s typically libidinous and full-blooded and is sure to make for some really standout moments on the ‘floor.
No-nonsense Rekids man Mr. G then re-imagines ‘Here Tonight’ as a heavyweight, firmly rooted techno groove with manic conga playing and drilling bass fleshing out the groove. It’s a driving track for the dead of night and displays all the man’s usual full-throttle intent.
Kate Simko, a revered DJ, live act and producer with labels like Leftroom, remixes the superbly titled ‘Centerofattentionaaut’ with the help of some live musicians including violinists. In her hands the track is a slightly spooky, sparse affair that snakes it way through a desolate urban landscape with subtly rising, hugely musical melodies and plenty of unsettling ambiance contained within. When the vocal arrives at the mid-point it marks a timely release of tension that will undoubtedly send hands skywards.
Given the quality of the source material it’s no wonder these remixes are so refreshing, but kudos to No. 19 Music for bringing in just the right names to ensure such an amazing result.
Published: 14th November 2013