Coming via Rekids over the weekend are two remixes of Radio Slave’s “Grindhouse”. Two cuts of uninhibited Techno come via Slam and Obscure Shape & SHDW, transporting the original DJ tool from Radio Slave’s 2008 “No Sleep” series to the present. It’s the second in a series that saw Len Faki approach the Radio Slave classic first, and is set to feature Vatican Shadow in the future. The original, leaves the remixes wide open for interpretation, with little constituting the track, and each remixer is able to put his/her own stamp on the record.
Slam takes the original to a dark place, leaving it dripping in the humidity of its own atmosphere as dense layers of noise and pads cling to the unwavering 4/4 kick pattern. Obscure Shape & SHDW, keep it minimal with the beat in the foreground and scattered objects finding a syncopated harmony with the driving force of their kick. Each artist leaves a distinct mark on the track and there’s very little tying them together to the same source, the vague original leaving a mere whisper of itself on the remixes as Slam and Obscure Shape & SHDW make their own.
*Radio Slave plays Frædag with G-Ha & Olanskii this week.