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Bloomin’ heck, this is a collab between heavyweights Nigel Godrich (Radiohead producer) and Joey Waronker (late period REM drummer, Beck etc). This is the first taste of the apparently Afrobeat music they have come up with together and it is two mixes by big guns Fourtet and Matthew Dear.
Fourtet does his usual solid job (I haven’t heard the originals so I’m taking the mixes on their own terms). It’s a good piece of electronica - quite commercial really, with sweet lady vocals and the usual percussive stuff coming through the mix. I’m glad that after about four minutes of vocal-led stuff he strips it down to the beats for a nice outro and that is surely the best bit.The Matthew Dear mix is more abstract and probably better for it. It’s spliced up techno style with cut up vocals and skittery dishevelled beats. Disappointingly the vocals come in after a minute or so, not that they are bad but just because they are exactly the same as the previous track. A little variation wouldn’t go amiss. I’m wondering if they are contractually obliged to put the vocals in? Either way it’s a good solid release.
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