Pablo // Pablo Remixed [Soma]
Deep House. Apparently we are in a time where releases are getting tagged with this on Beatport et al, in some vague attempt to stand out from the standard house crowd, and surf the crest of a current wave of popularity. Lets face it, a lot of these tracks are amounting to sticking an anaemic Rhodes over some lightweight beats, copy pasted until infinite, thereby becoming definition by denomination. I’m not the biggest fan of media created genres, but I’m seriously thinking of lobbying for “polite house” as a convenient recycling receptacle to push these sounds into.
Of course we’d need some sort of “you must sound as good as” benchmark for my now purified deep house genre, and I’m submitting Andrew Weatherall’s reworking of Pablo’s Stratus as a yardstick to measure all others by. My first listen through of this track was on a standing room only commuter jaunt into Manchester, head full an increasingly bludgeoning cold, and a rising desire to either get a seat as soon as possible or commence decorating my fellow humans with the insides of my stomach. In that sort of mood, I am more than likely to form opinions along the lines of “yet another meaningless collection of kick drums”, yet within seconds of hearing the hands clapping in the air with beaming smiles groove, I was transported to a summer dancefloor full of happy faces and flashing lights. To be fair, I have been running a temperature and I could very well have hallucinating, and probably my decision to hug the person standing next to me was not the correct one BUT, I do feel this owes a huge debt to the sheer quality of Weatherall’s production in what is one of the finest pieces of audio to be committed to Soma to date.
So what do we expect next in this little review? “and there is a remix of Turn The Page by Alex Under, goodbye”? Well the pleasant surprise here is that Mr Under has set his production knobs and sliders to bounce factor 10, full of sliding beeps, whirrs and peppy spoken word samples. A shoulder shaker, make no mistake, and something you shouldn’t sweep to one side in the presence of a mighty Weatherall reworking. A perfect pair.
Release Date: Out Now