Juicebox Music return to revisit Tommi Oskari’s excellent ‘Mind Tingle’ EP from this time last year, with David Granha and label-boss Praveen Achary taking the two tracks to dizzying new heights.
David Granha’s take on the title track is just a beast. Crisp hi-hats and heavy kicks and claps set up the track’s motoring, hypnotic acid bassline, which powers the track towards the breakdown, helped by further layers of percussion, urgent bleeps, wicked stabs, and touches of the instantly recognizable hook from Tommi Oskari’s original. The breakdown bristles with nervous energy and atmosphere, with rich 303-sounds twisting and intensifying before the track explodes back to life, the stabs, bassline, and some thrilling high-pitched acidic shrieks joining forces to create one of the most breathtaking sequences of 2015 so far. This is easily one of the most exciting piece of contemporary acid since Robert Babicz’s ‘Welcome to the 90s’ back in 2010 – huge work from Granha.
Praveen Achary has long been one of my favourite DJs, but he’s fast becoming one of my favourite producers too, with his interpretation of ‘Sri Lanka’ being just the latest in a really strong run of releases on the likes of microCastle, Classound, Asymmetric, Dopamine, Particles, Stripped, 3rd Avenue, and Replug. His moody remix works a number of compelling bass parts underneath rich, atmospheric synths, while the breakdown subtly works in Tommi Oskari’s distinctive melodies to really nice effect. This is understated, deep, and groovy, and a perfect counterpart to Granha’s more full-on remix of ‘Mind Tingle’.
I was a big fan of Tommi Oskari’s EP when it appeared last year, and so I don’t mean to slight it in the slightest when I say that I prefer both of the remixes on offer here to the originals. This is a really excellent and nicely balanced release from Juicebox, and Granha’s remix in particular is destined to delight and destroy throughout the summer. I can’t recommend this enough.