Josh Wink ‎– Denial (Luke Slater Remixes)

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Ovum Recordings ‎– OVM-265
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maroko

maroko

March 30, 2016
As one should have come to expect by this day and age from Luke Slater, the Planetary Assault Systems remix is an absolute smasher of a tune. It sounds like a tunnel boring machine granulating rock strata in remote parts of Argentina. Proper subterranean grooves with loads of shrapnel hiss. Furthermore, it's as though a swarm of killer bees was carried through the improvised tunnel by a rabid tornado. Incredible delicacy in sound design.

Thing is, the whole tune is so condensed, linear and focused. Not even a glimpse of a melody or anything that would detract from the remorseless drive and the pummeling rhythmic section. The hi-hat action is absolutely insane. Razor sharp hisses and devastating cymbal hits dropped over mesmerizing, heavily resonating drum patterns. Some two thirds into the track, deadly claps are introduced as well, adding to an already incendiary underground vibe. What a tune. Forged for the darkest and toughest dance floors of them all. Picture perfect DJ tool for the techno abyss.

Pity about the flip though. Despite a laudable effort to split his complex multi personality across two sides, the L.B. Dub Corp version is simply put paper thin compared to the filth on the flip side.
Slater explores his innermost dual psyche to create two tracks at opposite poles, both of which reflect the traits of the admittedly houseish original while taking it into vastly different directions. One remix hits hard and shuns the vocal bits and the loosely arranged percussion in exchange for a full fledged mechanical assault, while the other remake jogs along nicely with a more freestyle approach that moniker is associated with. Even though it injects the original with a dose of fresh energy, the redundant break with the live in the future vocal excerpt kills it for me. More suitable for the earlier periods of the night, it's a solid effort, but I seriously think it will get overlooked by the immense magnitude of the Planetary Assault Systems remix.