Deepak Sharma & Dieter Krause / ‘The Great Lawn EP’ / Ambivalent, Andrew Grant, Argeris Brito, DJ Seoul, Alland Byallo, Andrea Ferlin, Franklin de Costa, Alexi Delano remixes
Vinyl / MP3
Hidden Recordings / Released October 18th
Where do you start with a release that comes complete with a mammoth eight remixes? Perhaps at the original, and rightly so, as Sharma and Krause deliver a fine cut of eerie techno on their own New York label.
Something of a didgeridoo hangs heavy in the air as disparate sounds form an atmosphere that’s more than a little unnerving, such is the menace of things. It’s not long, though, before things take on more of a thigh-slapping, party-starting catchiness as muffled keys open an analogue dialogue between melody and rhythm.
It’s probably the darkest moment, in some contrast to DJ Seoul’s reworking- all squelching electro throbs and B-More referencing beats. Which means when the Argeris Brito remix steps in, with its percussion-heavy shades of dub things make perfect sense. That it’s a beautiful, bouncing but low-slung track ensures it’s a welcome change of pace.
It’s said that all the alternatives offered in this package, from the almost-as-good-as-the-original Ambivalent driver to Alexi Delano’s rather soulful main room re-imagining, came off the back of people wanting to work with the source material. In the end, it’s not hard to see why.