It was a long, hard wait for fans of Roisin Murphy between her 2007 album, Overpowered, and the follow-up, Hairless Toys, which only came out a couple of months ago. But now it seems like there’s no stopping the Irish songbird. Not only is she touring all over Europe this summer and fall, Roisin is about to release a six-track remix EP based around the track “Evil Eyes” from her new album. It’s due out July 31, 2015 via the Play It Again Sam label, and she’s lined up a pretty impressive array of talent to assist her in the remix department.
Hercules & Love Affair lead the pack, occupying the first two tracks of the EP and offering up not only a straight-up remix but also a dub version. Following that are versions overseen by Claptone, Catz ‘N Dogz, and a team-up between Severino of Horse Meat Disco fame and Nico de Ceglia.
By the time all is said and done, the tune has been twisted into all sorts of intriguing shapes, treading into techno, deep house and other territories. Take a roll through the Hercules & Love Affair remix below to whet your appetite for the rest.
Not remixed, edited or revamped, but agitated, which is absolutely the right description when it comes to the prospect of Sheffield’s digi-dub blazer Toddla T laden with extra bass. Bumped, hustled and re-skinned, stretching the sound system template like ’60s Jamaica has been brought back by flux capacitor are respected hometown historians Ross Orton and DJ Pipes, at Toddla’s own request for a double soundclash that reinvents Watch Me Dance while jamming together dancehall from back to front.
Doing heavyweight speaker boxing on opening two re-skanks “Fly” and “Streets Get Warmer”, it’s “Heavy Girl” bringing the summer vibes showing its red stripes. Redefining the blueprint comes with a preservation of Sheffield’s fabled bleep scene under wraps, where Roots Manuva does his bespoke jitterbug on “Watch Me Dub,” a surefire duck and dive parading in a plastic coating. Followed by the flubber of “Lose Control” and “Cherry Pickling,” Orton and Pipes take TT’s matrix of rave-ready studio sheen to standards previously moth-eaten and lost to dust, while plating up jelly-like bassline ping-pong.
“Take It Back” is rather staid house; one throwback amongst a handful of alterations that lack something when stripping back and playing the game of bass culture. Toddla T fans may claim unnecessary interference, but as it’s only agitated and not lobotomised, there’s no harm in accepting a tweak or two to dovetail the source.
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