Out several days ago on Catalonian Electro imprint Electroclub Records, the 2nd installment in the "Remixing Da Vektah" series continues pays homage to one of the pioneers of the Barcelona Electro scene, Dark Vektor, who is remixed here this time around by fellow comrades Álex Martín, Roid Diodes (half member of Vema Diodes), The Bandit, MMS, and Ctrls303, all injecting their own unique approach to the profound Electro tune "Revolución Del Alma" by the one and only Dark Vektor.
The record starts off with Álex Martín's hyperdrive "Oxident Audios" remix, bringing direct influences from tenacious UK label Battle Trax, turning Dark Vektor's original theme into a malevolent, furious rendition to obliterate dancefloors with rolling bass kicks, and mind-piercing sequencing. Then, MMS, half founder of rising imprint Util Records, delivers what may be my favorite song on this record. With her "Revolution Remix", Maria MMS punctuates this record in a sensual form, with mysterious, seductive vocals and masterfully crafted classic Electro beats, all while fusing it with elements from the original song and bits of her own ingenious and refined electronic compositions. Absolutely incredible!
Carrying on, we find Roid Diodes and the "Antisocial Behaviour" remix, starting off with a funky Detroit step to the rhythms, and diving into a pool of enigmatic stabs and classy, emotive elements from Dark Vektor's original. Overall a powerhouse of futuristic Electro vibes that won't let you down from beginning to end!
Next up, The Bandit's "Arde La Calle" remix is similar in a way to the previous, leaning a bit more towards the new school Electro sound, here graced with skillful edits and intelligent programming that give this tune a bit of an edge. Most of these songs you'll find do not deviate too much from the original theme, but inject just enough ingenuity and originality to make each song unique and have each one stand apart from the others.
Ctrls303 begins to lead us towards the end of the record, contributing the "Electrodub Remix", which to me is a throwback to some of the obscure and fairly innovative Electro coming out of the US West Coast back in the early 2000's, blended together with acidic vibes, and bringing in strong Elements of Detroit's Jit scene and some of the great hits of the 90's like Aaron Carl's "Down".
Dark Vektor's original version of "Revolución Del Alma" will be the last find on this marvel of a remix pack. Here on this new tune, his powerful signature sound comes through in all it's glory: the conscious, gripping vocoders, the alluring and hypnotic sequences that envelope all around you, and those soul-piercing synths that seem to cut right through you with a profound sense of mystique. This is classic Dark Vektor here, fusing elements from his hayday on Fundamental Bass Intelligence, and classic releases on Titan's Halo, Drivecom and beyond. Total masterpiece!
"Remixing Da Vektah" is out now through the label's Bandcamp or wherever you buy music! Don't sleep on this eclectic and powerful bundle of hard-hitting Electro remixes.