Kyubu Records has had several standout releases this year and sitting at the top of the pack is Andre Sobota’s ‘Fallout / Southern Sundance’.
It was one of the highly touted Brazilian producer’s most hyped releases of the year and the remix potential on both cuts was certainly appealing. The folks at Kyubu Records obviously thought so too and they’ve put together a great pack of updates from Athos Araujo, Marcelo Vasami, Neil Browne and Pete Bones.
The first of the ‘Fallout’ interpretations is provided by Athos Araujo who has taken his unique twist on Indie Dance to new places this year. Initial releases on Sick Society have fared well in the Beatport charts and his most recent single on Sandsnake Records featured a new found funkiness. For his ‘Fallout’ interpretation Athos has overhauled the track into a bottom heavy beast of a record. Bulging bass stabs, stark percussive elements and a melodic drop which serves as an ideal centerpiece are all standout components of what results in the biggest production of Athos’ career.
The second and final interpretation of Fallout’ is provided by Marcelo Vasami. Hailing from Argentina Marcelo made his mark in the electronic music underground with a deep and hypnotic sound which quickly became his trademark. With the continual support of Hernan Cattaneo Marcelo rose up the production ranks at a rapid pace and his unique sound spawned it’s fair share of imitators. 2014 has been a great year for the Argentine with new singles on Movement Recordings and a rapidly growing international gig schedule. Marcelo’s ‘Fallout’ interpretation may be one of his all time best remix productions. Already a favourite of Nick Warren the deep, brooding rework prominently features the main theme but it’s the trippy vocal accents and mesmerizing haze which really shine for me. Excellent work from Marcelo.
The first of the Southern Sundance interpretations is provided by Neil Brown who is making his first appearance on Kyubu. The UK producer delivered one of this year’s most talked about bootlegs when he unveiled his update on Sasha’s classic Xpander a few months back. For his Southern Sundance interpretation Neil has added a wobbly techno twist on Andre’s glimmering original. Led by a warped take on the groove and wonky tones this sits as the perfect twisted and slightly more melodramatic cousin to Andre’s drop dead gorgeous original. Brilliant work from Neil.
The second and final interpretation of Southern Sundance is supplied by Pete Bones who many long time electronic music fans may know from his much loved The Shaker alias which was responsible for many a club hit over a decade ago. The UK producer’s had a storied career with a discography that includes original and remix work for London Records, FFRR, Hooj Choons and Perfecto. Pete’s Red Ant imprint which began operation in 1996 is still running today and just celebrated their 126th release last week. Pete’s take on ‘Southern Sundance’ is absolutely gorgeous and the standout mix on the release for me. With a more stripped down framework and wonderful interpretation of the melodic elements Pete has crafted a blissful beauty which succeeds on its subtlety. The musical themes and chirpy electronics are so strong that there was no need to overdo things here. Brilliant interpretation from Pete and a strong remix package from Kyubu Records. Don’t miss it.