Last year the up-and-coming duo Blond:ish dropped the ‘Strange Attractions EP’ on us, and we were blown away. One of the two tracks was ‘Voyeur’, a sweet n’ deep blend of boogie the girls made featuring Thomas Gandey. It became in instant sensation and thoughts of remixes quickly spread. Now we are proud to announce we have collected the best of the best and they are ready for your player. Alex Niggemann takes his remix to darker places, adding an acid-house touch to the bassline and dipping the percussion in an industrial sauce. A deep track worthy of heated dancefloors. Jay Shepheard teamed up with Martin Dawson for a very groovy remix of ‘Voyeur’, incorporating solid percussion, thick bass and rhythmic vocal cuts. Martin died last November, a tragic loss and a reminder of how fragile we really are. Even though he is not physically with us, his work will continue to bring dancefloors to a boil. And for those who fancy the call of creativity, we’ve included the accapella for your mixing/remixing/editing/playing pleasure!
The man behind Circus recordings delivers another poignantly penned vocal cut with the follow up to ‘Beg’, featuring the soothing and heartfelt vocals of Alexander East. Set against a backdrop of melodic and melancholic synths, the down tempo percussion and intermittent nostalgic piano loop cleverly compliment the self reflective lyrics, helping Yousef tell his emotive story of hope and self esteem. This is another sophisticated, multifaceted cut, designed just as much for the dance floor as it is a genuine narrative, once again exemplifying his intelligent and refined production skills. In stark contrast the Catz ‘n Dogz remix couldn’t be any further from the original, the vocal having been stripped away leaving it devoid of its former emotion. Instead the intricate fusion of percussive sounds and experimental patterning of breakdowns, coupled with a thumping ‘in yer face’ bass line and low end reverberating synths, make it an ideal track for getting down and dirty. To complete the package is Fred Everything’s Lazy Vox Remix is a more obvious and straight up club ready reworking of the original with its up tempo rhythms, dynamic bassline and chopped up vocals. And with Fred Everything’s Lazy Dub thrown in for good measure this is, in short, a perfect party package. Yousef featuring Alexander East ‘Think Twice’ 1. Think Twice (Catz ‘n Dogz Remix) 2. Think Twice (Fred Everything Lazy Vox Remix) 3. Think Twice (Fred Everything Lazy Dub) 4. Think Twice Written, Produced, Played, Arranged & Mixed by Yousef Zaher Vocals Performed by Alexander East Track 1 Remix & Additional Production by Grzegorz Demianczuk & Wojciech Taranczuk Track 2 & 3 Remix & Additional Production by Fred Everything Published by Copyright Control Track 1-3 P&C 2013 Defected Records Limited Track 4 P&C 2012 Defected Records Limited
Next up on Crosstown Rebels clandestine off-shoot label Rebellion is the dexterous and versatile producer behind latest alias, SIOPIS. Adorning the ‘Master Plan’ EP with a far murkier quality than previous works as Silversurfer, the SIOPIS sound is destined for the darker recesses of the club.
Comprised of three superlative cuts, the tone of the ‘Master Plan’ EP is set with a blend of lingering vocals, punchy basslines and moody undertones. A-side ‘Master Plan’ leads the way with its haunting vocals, layered over a howling bassline as the synths build with intensity.
Flip over to the B-side and it’s all swagger with ‘Buy Underground’s’ tough bassline stabs, mingling with warped synths as the track breaks down into trippy spaced out FX before a killer drop. ‘House of Mouse’ feat. Mz Sunday & Bootslap delivers growling sub-bass and grimy beats under nimble keys and skittish bleeps while a sinister male vocal is contested by a sweeter female voice and trippier fx perpetuates the menacing mood.
Jannis Siopis was a rather raw, dark and enigmatic lad in his early days. With a traditional Greek background in a modern German setting, a classical love affair with his clarinet and trumpet later morphed into a creative talent for break dancing, graffiti art and spinning records. Crosstown Rebels first ever record was a Silversurfer production and the label continued to nurture the talent with subsequent releases.
Now under the alias of SIOPIS, the skilled producer has shaped his beats into a groovier, house sound that has won over the Get physical imprint and agency. Greeted as ‘one of the labels most exciting young guns’ SIOPIS is more than an appropriate fit for Rebellion’s more eccentric tribal sensibility.