To mark the 50th release on his Osiris Music label, Simon Shreeve goes under his Mønic alias for this two tracker. Low down and spacious, vocal led Deep Summer is already one to float away to, but it’s only gone and been remixed by Burial, making this somewhat of a masterclass in downtempo atmospherics.
8/10 Ant Staff review, 20 July 2017
Simon Shreeve has kept himself busy over the past 15 years or so as half of Drum & Bass and later Dubstep duo Kryptic Minds (Swamp 81, Tectonic, Black Box). More recently he’s had some cracking records out on Regis’ Downwards label as well as Tresor under his techno alias Mønic, as well as running the excellent Osiris Music imprint. The label have now reached their 50th release and to celebrate there’s a pair of 12”s to mark the occasion. He’s enlisted Burial for a remix on this one and on the following one Regis gets down to business.
‘Deep Summer’ is more laidback than we’re used to from Mønic but still oozes all the dark atmosphere he conjures so brilliantly. It’s an ethereal, downtempo, stepping cut with spectral female vocal - a perfect starting point for Burial to re-work it. He does a grand job on it too, although retaining very little of the essence original. In true Burial fashion it all begins with crackle and “We don’t need no one else” signature Burial style vocal, then builds with pretty marimba, melancholy synth and tropical / Balearic guitar for summer vibes - but all with that longing sense of sadness - a nostalgia for halcyon days of a summer past.
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