Electric Rescue // Dope (Remixes) [Bedrock]
It feels like it has been quite some time since I’ve had a chance to analyse Bedrock’s wares. Fittingly, my first opportunity to go some way to bridging this gap is a remix package for one of my first ever SHA reviews. If you scan back, you can see I was rather enamoured with the initial double header that was flung my way, so would this fresh batch of alternates live up to what has come before?
Signs are good when you see steady hands such as Digweed & Muir and Stephan Bodzin sitting alongside a little refresher from Electric Rescue himself. Still, “on paper” doesn’t always translate to “in practice”, so there is no other way to gauge success without diving right in from the top.
At first Electric Rescue’s 2012 update feels like it has been told off at some point in the last few months for being too raucous. More subdued and measured, it takes a bass led approach, reigning in the sparkly high end pace of the original. However, like any toddler worth their salt, a reprimand is quickly forgotten as the twinkly synths build to a much fuller and twisted breakdown, resulting in naughty giggles and glee all around.
Digweed and Muir apply an even more authoriative touch, applying the reigns for a funkier trip, turning the progressive arpeggio twinkle of the original into what becomes almost a wonky jazz improv organ meander. Every now and again the reigns are relaxed and the Progressive twinkle of the original begins to shine through.
Stephan Bodzin makes his first Bedrock appearance, a fitting place for someone who was a go-to artist of the disillusioned populous in the mid-2000 mass Progressive exodus. His remix turns out to be the most unique of the lot, eschewing the march of the 4/4 in favour of a broken beat. The original arpeggios become the supporting cast as Stephan adds in his own scales as the main attraction, lending an epic yet laid back atmosphere to Dope. Truly future soundtrack material – WOO!
Release Date: Out Now