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[Release] After his excellent ‘Lullabies To Paralyze’ on Visionquest at the beginning of the year, the Hot Creations enterprise have quickly snapped up the services of Butch and a host of big hitters for remix duties including Maceo Plex, Miguel Campbell and PBR Streetgang, for their second release of 2013: Highbeams.
First up we have title track ‘Highbeams’ which opens with shifting highs and rims and elongated bass notes creating a real sense of drama in the mix. The exceptional vocal talents of Benjamin Franklin then enter the foray taking the track to euphoric heights as Franklin showcases the full range of his vocal capabilities. Second original ‘Faith’ gets moving with some intricate percussive work, which give it an incredibly organic swing. Ethereal vocal snippets and more dramatic bass, paves the way for yet another vocal bomb with Franklin’s voice again taking centre stage.
Ellum label boss Maceo Plex steps up for the first interpretation of ‘Highbeams’ and stays quite close to original whilst introducing his typically tight drum programming and an electro infused bass line to the party. Then its Miguel Campbell’s turn to refigure ‘Highbeams’ and he does so by restructuring the original vocal around warm pads and a trademark bass line, giving it the usual injection of cosmic funk for which he has become renowned.
PBR Streetgang step up with a classy remix of ‘Faith’ characterised by detuned vocal chops, an infectious bass line and very tight production skills. Finally Butch remixes ‘Highbeams’ himself by cleverly arranging the vocal around a sample giving the track an entirely new perspective.
Artist: Butch ft. Benjamin Franklin
Label: Hot Creations
Release Date: February 25