Someone once told me that Nightmares on Wax leader George Evelyn used to live in Pudsey. Very few people from the Leeds/Bradford straddling suburb of Pudsey have collaborated with Chilean outre house legend Ricardo Villalobos except, weirdly, for one Neneh Cherry who has also been re-worked by the DJ. This remix 12" follows t'Wax's 'Best Of' in which Villalobos and pal Max Loderebauer re-work a couple of George's joints including 'Aftermath' (which is one of Nightmares on Wax's most well known tracks) creating both a dub version and an electric jazz version. Nice.
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- Aftermath - Villalobos & Loderbauer Remixes by Nightmares On Wax
8/10 Andrew 10th September 2014
I flipped straight to the Electronic Jazz version on the B side, woo. This is some tripped out shit. I was expecting a cover a la Chritian Prommer (see his Drum Lessons series). No, this is more jazz in the free, spiritual sense, more Alice Coltrane than St Germain. Villalobos has crafted an epic percussive journey with a few nods to the original, but really, this seems like a new piece altogether. Really cool, stick it on and lose yourself for quarter of an hour.
The dub mix, has a more mid tempo, techno feel. Acid squelches, a bleepy rhythm, the ooeeeoee (from the twisted something going round my head sample) given yet another rinse to provide an erie tone. About halfway in some hissing high hats are dropped, giving the effect of lifting the track into more dancefloor friendly teritory, but without particularly changing the pace. The track continues to build, culminating in the final section, a throbbing, dubby headtrip. At first listen, dropping the needle at various points, the track doesn't feel like its doing an awful lot. However patience is rewarded. Play this through and you'll find yourself locked in its groove as it works its magic.
Not one for the casual listener, but a treat for those that enjoy a bit of headphone escapism.
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