Revisited: Here, There, and Beyond
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  • Octave One
  • 430 West Records
  • 2012-01-16

Octave One’s retrospective Revisited: Here, There, and Beyond sees the founding band of label 430 West Records delve into their back catalogue to revisit tracks and rework them for the modern dancefloor. The Burden brothers have enlisted their favourite producers for help including Luke Slater, Cari Lekebusch and Alter Ego, but they also take up the reigns themselves.

More than 20 years on Octave One are still very much in the Detroit techno mould and their retread of “Dema” is as funky as it was when it first emerged. Grooving along it sets the tone nicely and they also re-engineer “Meridian” to hypnotic effect. Germany’s Sandwell District get their hands on “I Believe” for a dreamy remix while Aril Brikha’s take on “Dayster Rising” is another atmospheric offering.

Highlights the precision of Octave One’s Detroit techno through the expertise of high calibre remixes.

A trio of Tresor Records acts get the chance to put their energy into Octave One’s canon with Cari Lekebusch’s dark, driving remix of “Love and Hate”, Alexander Kowalski’s spooky effort on “I Need Release” and Vince Watson’s uplifting “Nicolette”. The gloves come off when Ostgut Ton/Novamute artist Luke Slater evolves one of Octave One’s most recent offerings “The Greater Good” from 2010 with his uniquely relentless style while Ken Ishii’s version of “Nicolette” is all squelchy electronica creating a cascading effect.

Roman Fluegel and Joern Elling aka Alter Ego clearly relished their opportunity to have a go with classic “Blackwater”, which is as irresistible as ever, and Gerald Mitchell’s Los Hermanos remix of “Somedays” is another vocal masterclass. Revisited: Here, There, and Beyond highlights the precision of Octave One’s Detroit techno through the expertise of high calibre remixes – it’s too good to miss.

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