Mr. Tophat & Art Alfie - KVK100 Remixed EP on Karlovak

Words by: Simon Whight
Posted: 19/12/13 9

There is something about this release that, if you are of the worldly wise among us, takes you back to the days of visiting an often frequented record shop, the unique smell of plastic sleeves rising up and your fingers losing friction as you leaf through intermingled assortments of dusty old gems and crispy new releases. The most exciting moments of these times were when you turned up a familiar looking and already owned slice of wax, yet it is a new variant adorned with a pair of remixers on each side.

Even though the KVK100 remix series could just as easily be streamed from a hard drive, there is something so delightfully analogue about these GW and Ryan Elliott remixes, taking your right back to one of those special memories. Released on Karlovak, a Stockholm based imprint, the label is essentially an outlet for Mr Tophat and Art Alfie, with this being the start of a run of remixes, inviting in outsiders for the very first time, somewhat adding to the excitement factor even further.

Stick the needle down into the run in groove - mentally doing so if you are a digital user, with index finger hovering over the left mouse button - and Ryan Elliott takes control with a funk charged reworking of SDIK Baby, sidestepping his usual house led approach that purrs with the attitude of a bad boy cruise through an urban landscape.

GW keeps Marlboro Light appropriately wispy, with the faint synth work underpinning the simple house groove, rising and falling in intent but never quite capturing the swagger of Elliott’s competing rework. Still, these are two tracks that could easily see themselves thoroughly worn down over time, perhaps with one getting the lion's share of plays over the other. Although that is until the next in the series turns up in the racks, physical or otherwise, sitting with undiscovered promise and ready to steal the limelight.

Artist: Mr. Tophat & Art Alfie
Title: KVK100 Remixed EP
Label: KarlovakChrome

TracklistSDIK Baby (Ryan Elliot Remix)Marlboro Light (GW Remix)

Our rating: 8/10
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