Individual Tracks £
- The Jerk (Sinden Remix)
- Bang The Drum (Debukas Remix)
- Bang The Drum (Clouds Remix)
- Bang The Drum (Joyce Muniz On Acid Mix)
- Bang The Drum (Aug's Epic Mix)
- Venice Beach (Whole Sick Remix)
‘Red Waves Remixed’ revisits three of the tracks from the second edition of Drums of Death’s ‘Waves Trilogy’. After Starkey, Nightwave and Tomb Crew reworked the previous edition, ‘Black Waves’, Drums of Death curates six more remixes.
First up is ‘The Jerk’ which hit hard with many spins across BBC Radio 1 (where it was also named Record of the Week on Nick Grimshaw’s nightly show) The track found a legion of support in the clubs too from Skream, Diplo, Annie Mac, Toddla T and many more. Part-garage, part-techno it’s simplicity and sheer catchiness was its strength. Here Sinden’s remix adds a strangely funky futurism. High energy bleeps forge a path for the bassline as he coolly expands on the UK Garage groove, bouncing bass and buzzing lead, all the while maintaining the original aesthetic, that simple elements do a big roller make.
“Just bang the drum and kill the noise, mute the synth and then the voice”. In ‘Bang The Drum’ Drums Of Death talked to us through a vocoder while taut electronics and rattling 909 hi-hats held reverence for techno’s godfathers, and its these elements that have attracted four of the remixes.
2020Vision’s ‘Debukas’ (half of Scotland’s electro duo Dirty Hospital) strips back the vocal for a fluid and jacking tech house rework. Rolling House rhythms are buffed with wide-eyed drum solos and percussive intricacies while sumptuous synths build an infectious groove and shimmering melodies swirl.
‘Clouds’, Turbo Recordings exciting young guns (and again fellow Scots) deliver a fierce techno workout, distorting the ‘Bang The Drum’ vocal while the kick pounds and hi hats run unrestrained. Its cyclic churning intensity will leave any floor in shreds.
Next follows a straight-up house rework from the Vienna-based, Brazilian Dj and vocalist ‘Joyce Muniz’. A jacking, bumping jam. She took ‘Bang The Drum’ to a party and left all the moody tension at the door. This is pure bump.
The mysterious ‘Aug’ offers an acutely sensitive debut. Dark, bubbling techno beautifully constructed and precisely executed. Starting out pensively, an opaque warmth and hypnotic depth extends through this isolationist soundscape. Complex yet immediate the track effortlessly extends beyond nine minutes but still feels over too soon.
Finally ‘Whole Sick’ ( Sounds of Sumo / Top Billin / Trouble & Bass ) takes on the infectious melodic heart of ‘Red Waves’. His ethereal piano house rework of ‘Venice Beach’ combines joyous strings, sweaty old school house and warehouse smiles.
Red Waves Remixed is released 9th April 2012 on Civil Music. ‘Black Waves’ & ‘Red Waves’ are out now and ‘Blue Waves’ will complete the trilogy in May 2012, further showcasing that, voodoo, face paint and hype aside, Drums Of Death is a producer firmly fixated on moving forward.