Thursday, 18 November 2010

Various - King Street Sounds Reformed Classics EP

In which four classic tracks from the vaults of the mighty King Street get handed over to four young upstart producers, for a Beatport-only EP on young upstart spin-off label Street King.

Dajae's Brighter Days gets a contemporary-sounding upbeat, rolling refix from Supernova, while Spencer Parker takes on Mood II Swing's Closer and pulls it off with equal aplomb. Ultra Nate's slightly less well-known Party Girl gets perhaps the most radical overhaul of the lot, and finds itself reborn as a Berlin-ish acid throbber with a hint of electro, while finally Urban Soul's Where Were You? becomes, in Tom De Neef's hands, a Shoreditch-friendly, wonkified house workout with, nonetheless, a decidedly retro feel.

All in all, it's one of those projects that could have gone very wrong… but thankfully didn't. All the remixers have treated the originals with the respect they deserve and, as a result, delivered an EP that will appeal to the veteran heads and the young hipsters alike. Job done, then.

Out: This week

About: Street King seems to have really found its feet over the past year or so. Set up to give King Street a foothold in a younger market, the label initially put out lots of that mid-late noughties horrible shouty electro-fied bollocks, and I wasn't a fan. Latterly, though, they've focused on simply pushing a more current-sounding take on straight-up house, and I'm definitely a fan. Keep it up, King Street. More info here.

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