DJ Yellow and Yota // Someone [The Exquisite Pain Recordings]
Diving through the history of DJ Yellow can be an eye opening experience. Alain Ho takes his name from the record label he founded with Bob Sinclair back in 1993, however the path of the pair could not be more different. Where Mr Sinclair forged off into crossover territory, providing mixes for the Playboy Mansion and having forays into the nations charts, Ho has kept things strictly underground.
For anyone who hasn’t been keeping pace, earlier DJ Yellow productions had a certain The Sky Was Pink pschedelic techno flavour to them, however this release, on fresh Parisian imprint The Exquisite Pain Recordings, is certainly keeping everything deep.
The sorrowful vocals of Yota casts a melancholic mood over a subtley used Robin S bassline organ. Stripped of elements, no complex percussion or dense layers of electronics, there is nowhere to hide from the blues, only room for reflection. The Sleep No More Drum Edit extends the original with an ever so slightly more punchy kick and sharper hihats, plus a helpful DJ intro and outro, obviously for those of us who like to reduce our dancefloor to tears.
Beautiful as the original is, if you are looking for pump then it is Youandewan’s remix that is the place to head to. Amusingly, the track starts with what I can only describe as that please-let-my-ears-pop! aeroplane take-off sensation, quickly branching out into cosmic pads and phasing hihats, the vision of the future as envisioned by Detroit of the past.
The Exquisite Pain is certainly a label to keep an eye on if it can keep straddling deep and techno with releases like this.
Release Date: Out Now