Nitin / Latenightlife Remixes (Anthony Collins, Subb-an, Brett Johnson, Sexteto Tabala)
My Favourite Robot Records / Released January 2012
What does it sound like?
Last year we came to expect consistent quality from (arguably) Canada’s finest contemporary house imprint, and 2012 begins with a four way remix package that confirms similar intent on their behalf for the year to come. Oddball hero Brett ‘My Casio’ Johnson makes a welcome appearance, a production name boasting more years in the game than most of his peers on this record, and though his presence here is certainly felt (and appreciated) it’s safe to say the younger faces keep face respectably.
Not least one of the UK’s more notable recent exports, Sub-an, the once Birmingham based Berlin head who delivers a pacey, vocal-stabbing, bass driven, peak time-classic house inspired remix of The Nine In One with a baritone in keeping with his name. So that’s low, and heavy. In contrast Anthony Collins showcases the lighter side of the genre with his piano dominated, snare-filled, stepping interpretation, whereas Mr Johnson moves into a dark, lucid garage-tinged shuffler, crammed with atmospherics and deep moods.
What highlights can I expect to hear?
The other three cuts are strong but the opening Sexteto Tabala Re-edit of Blink Twice is the most memorable. Nitin collaborated with the eponymous world music act to craft this tasty little number, and their influence is pronounced. Rootsy vocals abound then, the result sounds a little like Passage of Time era H Foundation remixing Thievery Corporation; engaging, engrossing, hook-based house that’s every bit the piece of music to finally get legs moving after January’s lull.
Where can I buy it?