Rework // Werewolf EP [Meant Records]
Coming after five year hiatus, the trio of Daniel Varga, Michael Kuebler and Sascha Hedgehog that make up Rework have shimmied back in to full view with an EP full of discoball glitter.
Dipping straight in at the title track, Werewolf pounds directly into your ears like some sort of mutant Italo-Disco number that has had a radioactive incident at the pressing factory. Its warped brassy saw weaves through plucky disco bass while a Germanic disco fraulein talks her way in and out of your consciousness, tormenting pre-conceptions.
Keeping things stripped but equally Disco, Magda adds a healthy dose of Goblin-esque horror-disco in her interpretation of Werewolf. The glitterball keeps on spinning with Remain’s remix of Touch Yourself; the Italo-Disco syncopated theme continues yet it is another facet of emotion, this time a watery and hypnotic cruise compared to the driving and sinister works already mentioned. This, however, is where the Disco ends, the schizophrenic nature of the EP reveals itself and a decidedly straighter House sensibility takes over.
The original of Touch Yourself has a decidedly splashy and wet bassline hook – no doubt where the Remain remix decided to take its spin from – but the beats are crisply programmed with a House groove, dropping in and out the “Touch yourself, take your hand” vocal loop while increasing with whitewater intensity. That I Like syncopatedly jacks like a grandfather clock that has been given a lowrider pimping, coming across like the least expansive of the tracks, this is pure groove material. While these diversions are all well and good, the real fun is on the dancefloor bathed in light shafts.
Release Date: Out Now