UNKLE is the moniker of British producer and Mo'Wax Records head James Lavelle, working in collaboration with many others to produce a trademark sound of dense, brooding beats. This is the latest project from Lavelle and his brother Aiden and according to I-DJ Magazine; it's "the best thing UNKLE have done since their remix of Ian Brown's 'F.E.A.R.'!"
Having signed his next single to John Digweed's Bedrock label, King Unique's remix of "Heavy Drug" see's him weave a glitchy 4/4 beat into the depths of growling organs, melancholic symphonies and slow building drums. This takes first prize for creating uncompromising dancefloor drama.
Next follows two big-room remixes from Brighton resident Steve Mac. After a stint of producing and remixing for artists such as Nic Fanciulli and Christian Smith, Mac has worked on some of the biggest techno hits of the past two years. His remix plays on heavy bass artillery and the synth-drenched swing of chords and sound. Mac's arrangement of drops and loops ensures that interest levels never wane and this is shortly followed a ‘heads down', dub edit, complete with droning subs and funky techno crossovers.
The last of UNKLE's package comes from Future Beat Alliance. Having made cuts for the likes of Danny Howells and the Plump DJ's, FBA are music scientists when it comes to creating huge soundscapes of space-age effects. This is an anthem fully exposed to the beat and its trancey styling's will spin the consciousness out of control.
Title: Heavy Drug Remixes
Lable: Surrender All
Our Rating: 6/10