Alcatraz - Giv Me Luv Remixes EP on 1trax

Words by: Carlos Hawthorn
Posted: 20/3/13 9:26

Originally released on Deep Dish's era-defining Yoshitoshi Recordings in 1995, 'Give Me Luv' by Alcatraz has long stood out as one of house music's golden records. Close friends of Dubfire and Sharam, Jean Phillipe Aviance and Victor Imbres managed to capture all that was deep and devastating about post-tribal, New York influenced house. Despite countless re-releases on a slew of international labels, somehow an official remix package was never collated, leaving the door wide open for long-established imprint 1Trax to put together a bulging, star-studded EP of contemporary interpretations.

First however, a few words on the original. Characterised by its intense, rhythmic thrust, intrusive stabs and dark, dulcet utterances they really don't make records as bold and as raw as this any more. First to offer up their take are veteran US duo H-Foundation, who perhaps unsurprisingly stay most true to the prototype. Leaving Alcatraz' stabs and vocals intact, Hipp-E and Halo lay a tough, streamlined techno framework beneath, beefing up the original.

Two Armadillos however turn the heat down a notch, crafting a composed roller from rough, atmospheric stabs and dabs of ethereal synths.

West Coast don Doc Martin adds a thick, permeating veil of bass, maintaining the energy and bounce of the original, albeit framed within a slightly eerier, more unnerving context.

1 Trax staples Dodha and Secret Society bring contrasting ideas to the table, with the former strapping agile kicks and animated claps to an assured, spunky bassline. Recognising the potency of specific components, Dodha encapsulates that heady '95 vibe within a juiced-up, tighter framework.

Secret Society meanwhile opt for a more downtempo interpretation, adapting the parts to suit their strutting, 115bpm mould. In doing so they move furthest away from the prototype, while delivering the strongest remix.

Hypercolour homeboy Shenoda concludes with a typically punchy slice of club-orientated tech-funk. Stuttering synths and airy, affected vocals give it that distinct UK flavour, bringing to a close this altogether refreshing package. Habitually, up-to-date renditions rarely match up to the original, and yet, arguably, herein lies evidence to the contrary. While these records may never capture an era in such succinct, universal terms, they do go a long way to conveying just how far house music has come.

Artist: Alcatraz
Title: Giv Me Luv Remixes EP
Label: 1trax

TracklistGiv Me Luv (Original Mix)Giv Me Luv (H Foundation Remix)Giv Me luv (Two Armadillos Remix)Giv Me Luv (Doc Martin Remix)Giv Me Luv (Dodha Remix)Giv Me Luv (Shenoda Remix)Giv Me Luv (Secret Society Remix)

Our Rating: 8.5/10


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