A single track from Ryan Teague’s last album is expanded and extended into an evolved form of the original on this EP release on Village Green. Minimalism as played by synthesisers. Furthermore, he has enlisted remixers to try their hand at the track: Plaid, Errors, and The Field! Imagine being remixed by The Field...
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Last time we saw Ryan Teague was the release of his brilliant Block Boundaries album out last year on Village Green. The Reichian cityscapes depicted on that release had real textural delicacy and forward thrust, so why not release a remix EP, especially since the original had a hint of 4x4 house. He’s extended the original and also sent it to his mates to remix, some dudes called Plaid and The Field, who can only be a Wurzels tribute band. Ok I genuinely don’t know who Errors are/is (you will soon - Clint).
The extended mix runs with the house vibe, transitioning from the beautiful plucked intro to a dreamy late night groover, focusing on the synth bass before disappearing into noisy haziness. I think that the less dancey Teague is better, but this is still a sweet beat. Over to Plaid for breaking it apart and reconstructing into an equally paced but much more polished interstellar synth track, multiple layers smoothly interspersed to subtly change between chords. It’s almost pastoral, which is interesting considering the metropolitan intent of the original album.
On the flip, we encounter Swedish loop master The Field’s slowly building building maelstrom of technofied Teague, an apocalyptic mood brought to it all from a very low tempo. Around ⅔ of the way through, it drops out to become something closer to what Teague himself would create, repeating polyrhythmic expanses without too much of an overbearing need to be ‘big’. To be honest, so far, the 2 remixes haven’t been as impressive as expected - a Field-being-the-Field and Plaid-being-Plaid sort of deal. Errors steps in to bring some excitement perhaps. Keeping the plucked instrument intact as the central theme, Errors transforms the original into slow Norwegian nu-disco similar to that peddled by Todd Terje when he’s making one of his countless edits. It’s a pretty nice farewell tune, yeah I’ve heard those chords before, but it’s nice. Again, not quite as good as I expected but still cool.
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