Detroit Grand Pubahs ‘Sandwiches’ (Ben Sims, Killa Productions Remixes)

Detroit Grand Pubahs / Sandwiches (Ben Sims & Killa Productions Remixes)

Vinyl / Digital 

Engine Room / Released November 2011


What does it sound like? 

Sometimes familiarity is all you need in life. We spend months listening to music so new it can defy articulation on any meaningful level. Then some of the finest, freakiest producers the US electronic scene has ever produced decide to launch a fresh label with remixes of a classic from one of our favourite, bygone eras in club sounds. Better yet, they get a guy responsible for one of our favourite albums of 2011 to deliver the additional production work alongside an old friend.

A veteran release indeed. So Detroit Grand Pubahs’ Sandwiches gets done over twice by Ben Sims, first in a stripped, retro-tinged slice of Green Velvet style spoken word techno, complete with the obligatory “make your thighs like butter girl- easy to spread” filthy lyricism. It jacks, and, thanks to razor sharp hi-hats, stabs its way into a repetitive fans dream. Next we’re given his Acid Mix, which comes in all 808s blazing, choosing to bely the frantic synths by setting the tempo back a little. Finally we have the Killa Productions ’91 Revival Remix, or Paul Mac and Ben Sims to some, who together create an old school-referencing breakbeat triumph, but more on that later.

Where would I dance to it? 

Proper techno nights.

What highlights can I expect to hear? 

Snares and kick drums seem to bounce off the walls, and, apart from the Sandwiches vocals, very little else makes up the Mac and Sims collaborative effort until an early-rave piano hook comes in, along with a looming rude boy barritone. But, whether you remember back in the day or not, we all know this sounds very, very good indeed, albeit when used at precisely the right time (warm up fare this is not). Regardless, horns at the ready then.

Why should I pay for it? 

Whether you’re looking at the already impressive fledgling imprint, or any of the faces involved in this specific release, there’s nothing here that’s not worth the money.

Where can I buy it?