Inxec vs Droog // Rude EP [Supernature]
The wind of popularity is a fickle thing, changing direction with scant notice.
I remember, what seems like not so long ago, a vibrant tech house scene punctuated by names like Patrick Turner, Jay Tripwire and Brett Johnson—who in particular exploded into the frame with his high energy brand of tech house. Originally lauded by critics and thrilling dancefloors, when the winds shifted towards the abstract Berlin-esque sounds, these straight up producers seemed to just vanish from the spotlight. Fast forward to now and this pairing of hot producers, Inxec and Droog, and we see one of those names from the past stealing the show.
Brett Johnson’s remixes of Rude are just a joy, pure unadulterated passages of rump shaking delight. Both mixes feature a bright energetic core; the Channel remix is like having a ghoulish circus troupe weave their way your eardrums, while the Twerk remix teams drunken Space Invaders with Voodoo Ray acid house plonks and vocal moans.
No slouch either, the Original offers something for those who fancy something a little less vibrant, working the Gothic funk sound that will be familiar with any lover of Art Department. Finally, completing the set of Rude reworks, is the most abstract of the lot; Special Case’s growling and mechanic version, with its murky and discordant grind being broken up by an unexpected and tranquil breakdown that suddenly shimmers into view.
There is one extra on the EP from Inxec and Droog, Bad Timing, but it isn’t an afterthought. Droning synths and 80′s soul vocals that get lost in a labyrinth of echo draw you in to what is an surprisingly emotive cut. It is just another a quality part to an exceptionally solid collection, perhaps a testament as to how good Johnson’s re-rubs are that, managing to sparkle just that little bit brighter than the other gems in the bag.
Release Date: Out Now