Oxia ft Miss Kittin // Housewife (Remixes) [InFine]
Housewife is a track from Oxia’s recent album Tides of the Mind, and features a vocal by Miss Kittin – the story of the track, according to the press release, is of a housewife who ‘achieves emancipation through relentless dancing and self-forgetfulness’. So there you go.
The extended version of Oxia’s original has an easy warm groove to it, with some nice synths adding some poignancy to the track – this is a nice touch as such things had not been forthcoming from the vocal, which is delivered in a clinical style, and does not attempt to push any emotional buttons, despite the lyrical content. It is a pleasant track, and sure to be enjoyed by many.
Miss Kittin’s own remix is probably the highlight of the package, though it does outstay its welcome by a couple of minutes – a thumping kick and punchy snare sound good alongside the bassline which propels the track forward, thundering down like a reading on an ECG during a heart attack. The vocal makes much more sense in these surroundings, and some nice synth melodies and electro flourishes flesh the track out nicely.
The Yannick Baudino remix is much more in line with the mood of the original, coming across more deep and mellow, with some nice clean hats and a perky melody sitting atop a deep bassline – the track does develop a bit more urgency after the breakdown, which makes nice use of those poignant synths from the original.
Last up is the Society of Silence remix, of which I am not a fan – it is very dark but not in a good way, and none of the elements work for me. I found it a real slog to get through the near 8 minute running time. A disappointing end to a decent package.
Release Date: Out Now
Words: Stevie Reid