WORDS BY LEON CLARKSON
Year young record labels don’t often end up commanding much gravitas, do they? Impressive then that, so far, London based Modelmaker can and have, and are and will… continue to do so, we reckon.
This fine imprint comes from esteemed house duo (Dan) Berkson & (James) What (pictured throughout). An outlet for their own sublime take on underground house, as well as a platform to push who they want. MDL04 is the delectable remix package of their ‘Keep Up Appearances’ EP, which features revisions from Frank & Tony, Dana Ruh, Dorisburg, Alan Doe, and Parole (digital exclusive). Yep. Gravitas bar set.
Frank & Tony – AKA Francis Harris and Anthony Collins, no less – take hold of ‘Seraphim’, softening the percussion and frantic nature of the original resulting in a less hurried affair. Rising pads attract the focus on this revised journey, with alternating 16th hat patterns drawing the attention throughout. It’s a brilliant and haunting re-work.
Dana Ruh tackles ‘Worship’ (ft Qzen) with a thumping hat-centric remix, fusing delicate ambient sound, delayed and filtered stabs and lusty warehouse percussion. It’s rough in all the right ways and you’ll be hearing this at all discerning after-hours parties this summer, trust us.
Aniana stalwart, Dorisberg serves up a bass bruising re-take on ‘Feel Free’. The proudly wild percussion build with the aforementioned bass to tee up a glorious, and enchanting breakdown of euphoric proportions. A lovely cut to add on a mighty remix package, arguably topping that of the brilliant original.
Alan Doe’s remix is so boomingly good that we want to enter the loudest, but best sonically calibrated and worst lit room we can find and move uncontrollably until it stops. For anyone who likes their techno textured, engulfing, hypnotic, and under 128bpm then this is a lot of that.
For those opting for digital-only, you’ll be lucky enough to find yourselves presented with the Parole remix of ‘Feel Free’. It’s a tight construct of sub heavy beats and bass, and high percussion, with anxious pad-lines that enter and get lost in the mix. It’s a fine offering to round off the remix package, but vinyl lovers will miss out.
Berkson & What ‘Keep Up Appearances – Remixes’ via Modelmaker out now.