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Go BackD-Nox & Beckers: Something for your body, Something For Your Mind.

Posted: 8/11/07 10:35

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For those of you not au fait with the latest trends in Swiss underground dance music, KumQuat is not just a tasty citrus fruit, it's also a wee label out of Zurich responsible for the king-sized helping of electro filth that is D-Nox and Beckers' Something For Your Mind.

The title is, to put it kindly, misleading. A feint one direction while your feet go the other. Because there is nothing much cerebral going on here - the only part of your brain this will get working is the one that controls basic motor functions; the bits that make you get up and want to jack.

Something For Your Mind comes like a bolt out of the blue. Its creators are better known for their progressive trance tunes (their DJ fans include PVD, Hernan Cattaneo and Dave Seamen, none of whom - it's a safe bet - will be reaching for this one at 3am) which leaves you wondering, what the fuck were they on when they made this? There is nothing, progressive or trance going on here. Something For Your Mind owes its largest debt to the dirty, "live" rock-infused electro sound synonymous with New York hipster labels like DFA and A Touch Of Class.

The original mix bursts to life with a fat kick drum then proceeds to unleash a barrage of claps over a ferocious buzzsaw bassline. Trainspotters may recognise the vocal as having been pinched (with permission of course) from C'hantal's 1991 cut The Realm. It's an inspired use of the punky, 80s-esque vocal and the whole thing shimmers with raucous energy.

For those in search of a more refined dancefloor tool the Tolis Q + Admark remix should hit the spot. The reckless percussion is toned down and the gritty basslines are smoothed out without - crucially - losing any of the original's propulsive drive. The vocals are toned down, tweaked, filtered and looped back in to create a deliciously warped slice of driving peaktime techno. You can imagine Dave Clarke loving this. The final remix, by Paste, is the bubbly kid sister of the bunch. They've played up the vocal and emphasised the driving bassline to give it the feel (though not the BPM count) of an old school hardcore record. It has that paradoxical mix of bubble-gum vocal and aggressive sound that makes hardcore such a guilty pleasure (for some of us, at least) but it keeps the pace and style of a smart, contemporary electro track.

The whole package is simply fun: tight, well-formed dance music that's purely about getting a club jumping. Quality.

Words by Jenny Lee