Technimatic Remixed: Casting New Light On Previous Productions
Posted by Ben on 13th September 2017
Technimatic this week released their new EP, Technimatic Remixed, a 7-tracker remixing some of their best stuff from the past 4 or 5 years.
Whilst some enjoy attacking remix EPs as lazy attempts to fill release schedules at the fans’ expense, I personally rather like them. I mean, sure, new music would be nice but the two aren’t exactly mutually exclusive, are they? The original artists don’t have to put much if any work into the release, meaning that they can spend their time creating the aforementioned new music whilst still putting out content. Seems like a fairly obvious win-win to me, but I guess people complained about the mobile phones or the NHS when they first appeared, so you can never win.
But even if you do hate remix EPs, you can’t hate the bassline on the first cut – Break’s refix of Bristol. Break strikes a perfect balance between their respective sounds, an introduction not dissimilar to the original lulling you in one neon guitar flick at a time. The Break badness becomes apparent on the drop, stuttering breaks powering down into spinning whirls of sine-flavoured low frequencies. This absolutely kills through a big rig, it shot straight to the top of Beatport’s chart last month and it still in the top five nearly four weeks on. Deservedly so, as Break and Technimatic proves to be a combo you don’t fuck around with.
Looking For Diversion was and still is a fan favourite from Technimatic’s first album, Desire Paths, Lucy Kitchen’s incredible voice sticking in all our minds long after release. Now we’re being reminded, a luxurious Looking For Diversion VIP joining that of Night Vision, also present on here. Featuring some spruced up piano chords and an even more generous back end this version lacks the percussive sparseness of the original, which gives it a different, richer feel that you might not enjoy as much. Yet it hasn’t been completely revolutionised, still encompassing a serene set of vocals with emotive instrumentation, Technimatic style.
The other tracks receiving the remix treatment are Parallel, Hold On A While, Trigger Warning and The Evening Loop courtesy of LSB, Alix Perez, Fracture and Was A Be. LSB’s retouching of Parallel is a definite highlight; simple, elegant and unconcerned with anything other than infusing as much movement as possible through a textbook LSB drum section. Perez deftly strings out Hold On A While into one of his tinkering strollers, lustrously minimal and a return to roots Shogun Audio. The other two cuts from Fracture and Was A Be are superb as well, the clattering Exit sound and unique contribution from a newer Shogun talent rounding off the EP in professional style.
The whole EP can be picked up from iTunes here and streamed from all the usual places.