Jonas Saalbach and Omid 16B make their debut on Manual Music with new interpretations of ‘Primate’ and ‘Canyon’ from Paul Hazendonk’s ‘Adapt’ LP.
We’re now 10 months into 2014 and looking back on the year in music one of my favourite albums remains Paul Hazendonk’s ‘Adapt’. Released in April the 12 track collection has yielded several club reinventions along the way and this week sees one of its showcase pieces getting reconstructed by Omid 16B and Jonas Saalbach.
One of Adapt’s most memorable offerings was its tenth selection ‘Canyon’. Written in conjunction with Noraj Cue and featuring the vocals of Kosheen’s Sian Evans it seemed to be one of if not the most ideal candidates for a club overhaul. It’s quite a special piece of music; from Sian’s emotionally gripping vocals to a collage of mallet like tones it was and still is captivating electronica at its finest. Here it has been put in the very capable hands of Omid 16B who both new and long time fans of electronic music should be more than familiar with. With a storied career that now spans over two decades the London based producer has been responsible for some of electronic music’s most loved club records. His druggy grooves remain perfect for a clued up dance floor and he’s worked his magic once again on ‘Canyon’. What immediately stands out are the rippling waves of bass which make up the records foundation. Hugely momentous and filled with great character they set such an amazing vibe as the vocal elements and stabs get worked into the mix. The main break, set to a backdrop of misty effervescence showcases more of Sian’s beautiful vocals. There is a calming sense of serenity here which is a lovely contrast to the powerful tripped out groove which preceded it. A restrained build then tastefully summons the groove back in which charges forward onto a great second half conclusion. There is also a dub mix for the less vocally inclined which offers the same powerful elements as Omid’s main mix. You’d be hard pressed to reinvent this tune in a more potent or contemporary way, great stuff from Omid which surely deserves a spot in your sets.
The third selection on the release is a new interpretation of ‘Primate’ which was one of Adapt’s most club friendly offerings. Reworking the piece is Jonas Saalbach who is making his first appearance on Manual Music. The German producer has seen his unique brand of techno showcased on Einmusik on more than one occasion and he’s provided an amazing interpretation of ‘Primate’ for his Manual Music debut. Jonas’ much revered bass line prowess is on full display here once again with a foundation of sultry tones that add immense bounce and playful melody to the groove. Shuffling drums and a drone-like vocal stab further accentuate the framework as the track begins to strip itself down into the main break. Here a haunting overlay of harmonic shifts begins to build tension and the ensuing payoff is sure to be a delight on the dance floor. The second half is even more intense as the lead theme gets lifted to even greater heights resulting in an exhilarating finish.
Also included on the release is an acapella of ‘Story Of Something’ which has been the best selling track from Paul’s ‘Adapt’ LP thus far. The spoken word vocal of South African poet Lazarusman certainly struck a chord with dance floors worldwide and now’s your chance to use it in your own unique way. Should be quite useful for the more adventurous Djs out there. Another stellar release from Manual Music. Highly Recommended.