Wouter De Moor DX Love EP on Underbelly Records

Words by: Carlos Hawthorn
Posted: 18/3/13 8:25

Since their inception in late 2011, London based label Underbelly Records have notched up a more than enviable list of remix guests. Across their four releases, they have enlisted the likes of Maya Jane Coles, Matt Tolfrey, Sam Russo, Alex Arnout and Kris Wadsworth to put their much coveted spin on the Underbelly originals. Outspoken Detroiter Wadsworth returns for the imprint's milestone fifth EP, this time to offer up his take on Wouter De Moor's 'DX Love', the title track from the Dutch producer's first solo package since 2009.

It's the De Moor original of 'DX Love' that kicks things off, opening up proceedings in convincing enough fashion. A low-slung kick and bass combo is kept perky by accompanying snares, with light, rippling synths echoing daintily across the taut framework. A scattered set of jittery vocals adds frequent dashes of colour and character, with the track's leading line of lively sub-aquatic chimes acting as the finishing touch to a neat, punchy package.

Ever the self-possessed ringmaster however, Wadsworth soon transforms neat into nasty. Opening with an isolated, dynamic set of synths, he instantly captures the sprightly essence of the original, before perforating De Moor's jovial illusion with his trademark grainy drums. High-waisted claps combine with an unnerving, veiled backdrop of stunted 303s to give this an upright but very techy feel. Frantic snares push this thick concoction towards a heady crescendo, at which point Wadsworth pauses, reducing the track to eerie silence before diligently dropping back into that initial, stripped-back and inherently infectious train of synths.

By comparison 'Clutter' feels somewhat elementary. Relying on a tired, more direct formula of vapid stabs over thickset beats, this lacks any of the enthusiasm proffered previously. Far from Underbelly's best, but arguably worth it for Wadsworth's appearance alone.

Artist: Wouter De Moor
Title: DX Love EP
Label: Underbelly Records

TracklistDX Love (Kris Wadsworth Zombie Surfer Remix)DX Love (Original)Clutter (Original)

Our rating: 6.5/10
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