We don’t get an entire lot of breaks submissions at YEDM anymore, however once we do it’s nice to see them from artists like Keith MacKenzie, a reputation synonymous with the rise of the Florida breaks scene within the 90s and 00s and one of many authentic architects of progressive breaks full cease. He additionally occurs to be an enormous a part of this DnBoomer’s origin story, so when fellow OG Reid Pace handed over Play Me‘s most up-to-date remix EP for her single with AIRGLO and Metric Man known as “The Spark” out this Friday, March 18…oh, the flashbacks she did induce!
That includes remixes from Russla & Peter Ashley, WAVHART, Wholio and DIELAHN, on The Spark (the Remixes), Ms. Pace seeks not solely to open her stems as much as totally different genres however, apart from MacKenzie, to provide a platform to comparatively new artists with a great deal of expertise. From the unique easy but deep ragga-infused combine she put along with fellow LA D&B virtuoso AIRGLO and with reggae vocal legend Metric Man spitting flawlessly over it, there have been a variety of instructions by which remixers may select to go. The jazzy intro and overlay, the deep, grinding sub synths, the preliminary ameny snares, the rumbling vox it’s possible the largest problem with these stems was an excessive amount of good things.
All these choices is probably going why Reid Pace selected to open “The Spark” as much as remixing: she knew she’d get an important selection, and certainly that’s the case. Russla & Peter Ashley’s remix is a quick, neuro-tinged grinder that celebrates Metric Man’s Lyrics and highlights the guitar work within the breaks, whereas WAVHART’s tune is a quick dancefloor joint bordering on soar up however nonetheless containing the unique observe’s soul and hearth. Wholio went oldschool 90s throwback with almost darkstep vibes and actually performed up the amens . DIELAHN, alternatively, transformed the observe to a cool halftime observe which is directly darkish, minimal, deep and ravey and takes benefit of the slower tempo to carry some actual reggae vibes with Metric Man’s vox on the break. It appears the various choices right here produced a great deal of fascinating remixes.
MacKenzie’s remix stands out not solely due to his title and previous deeds however as a result of, regardless of D&B and breaks each being breakbeat in construction, it’s truly fairly troublesome to transform tempos there. Particularly with “The Spark” being a bit sooner than the common D&B, it’s possible MacKenzie needed to utterly rework the beat. The recompression job for the vox was additionally possible a problem, however this producer with nearly 30 years within the sport makes it look easy, along with his trademark progressive breaks and harmonizing synths grounding the observe whereas he takes all these types within the authentic and makes them funky af. Including cinematic, 80s electro-style thrives and a cool groove to hyperlink vox to beat and make all of it breaks, this remix is well as advanced as the unique whereas additionally being easy and really, very Keith MacKenzie.
Numerous D&B heads within the US acquired into the style through breaks, and in locations like Florida, New York and Chicago, artists like Keith MacKenzie have been instrumental in morphing 120 into 140 and finally 174, inspiring artists like AK1200, DJ Dara and sure even Reid Pace herself. With so many throwback vibes in “The Spark,” presumably a nod to 90s breaks even being A spark to Reid’s personal profession and MacKenzie making rumblings of a comeback recently, it stands to motive that this remix EP ought to include a slice of the as soon as epic rave tradition that was Florida breaks. A historical past lesson couched in a contemporary observe with remixes seeking to the longer term: nothing could possibly be extra Play Me than that.
The Spark (the Remixes) drops this Friday, March 18 on Play Me Data. Click on right here to pre-order or pre-save.