Christian Fischer // Re-Mixed [Definition Records]
Germany’s Christian Fischer is a prolific producer who has released techno, minimal and tech house tunes on a lengthy list of labels such as Toolroom and Soma in the last decade. This release features two of his tracks (one with Daniele Petronelli) remixed by Spektre and Psycatron.
The Spektre remix of Art Collective is as dark and twisted as you would expect from the duo, and shuffles into action with a very nice tom effect playing off the kick drum and some lovely, lively hi-hats building up early momentum – a nice, crisp snare roll precedes some distorted vocal samples before the main bass melody announces that the track is in full flow.
It’s a busy tune with all of the above and a key change within the first two minutes, but it maintains interest all the way through, and there’s plenty of space in the breakdown when it arrives – this, before a succession of killer snare rolls build the tension very nicely, before the track heads for home.
Not up with Spektre’s finest work, but this is sure to do the damage when played near peak-time on a big system.
The Psycatron remix of Afrolove is big on atmospherics, with an insidious bassline, distant vocal samples, eerie percussion, and a lead melody that comes in half way through which makes the whole track reminiscent of the Pan-African Electro Dub of Dennis Ferrer and Jerome Sydenham’s ‘Timbuktu’. Some nice pads give it a dramatic edge towards the end, but it’s too little too late and the track never really takes off.
Definitely more for the head than the feet, this one.
Release Date: Out Now
Words: Stevie Reid