Jolka ‎– Five

Sect Records ‎– SECT 6R
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM

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Mastered at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.
Pressed at MPO Averton.
Track durations are not mentioned on the release.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Side A): Sect 6r A MPO 45RPM Loop-o/D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Side B): Sect6r B1 Loop-o/D&M

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January 22, 2011
Ah yes, Zagreb's finest mashing with the creme de la creme of state of the art techno infantry - the undaunted UK long time champion Anthony Child and Sandwell District's gutsy hero - this must be "the" release to chit chat about, riiiiiiiiiiight?
John Mendez envelops the listener as by folding or coiling the thickest, coziest blanket around him, carrying you up and away on his dreamy and dubby take on Five. After five minutes you'll be washed up on some shore, sand in your ear cavities, wandering what happened. With its eclatant background wave sweeps and the deep mellow bass line, this is a sunny dreamer you cannot afford to mis out on. My only complaint about his track is that it isn't long enough. It sounds like a blend between the Sandwell District technoish drive and and the deep soundscapes of Basic Channel. Way to go!
Surgeon steps up to the plate with a rework which adds more 'oomph' to the percussion department, and puts the emphasis on melodic synth work rather than creating ample musical atmospheres. His track is a magnificent achievement as well, with warm, lush Detroit synth manipulation coupled with pretty straight forward drum kicks. This could even work at home before we engage on our mission towards the club, as to where the previous track will earn its spinning time when we're back from it.
However, to my surprise, it's Luka Baumann who feels at ease working with producers of such momentum, and easily outshines them both. Yes, you got that right. The original is like a vacuum cleaner containing the best from both remixes; the dub influenced flow and vibe of Silent Servant's remix plus the captivating, impressive melody work Surgeon drops, yet it is all deployed to much greater effect on the original.
As much as I am kind of sorry that Luka traded in his harsh and malevolent trademark sound in favor of this light(er) stuff, I cannot escape the fact that I thoroughly enjoy Five. It's a grower, and a successful one too. Great mood, awesome production, impeccable flow, and melody work orchestrated in a manner that it could make producers with far more studio experience run for their money.
Do check this out, especially if you're keen on the recent Sandwell District releases. Coming to think of it, damn, december was tight... First the "Erotic Misery" gem on Blueprint, and now this trippy release. Check it!