We don’t get a complete 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 unique 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 referred to 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 completely different genres however, other than MacKenzie, to offer a platform to comparatively new artists with a great deal of expertise. From the unique clean 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 loads of instructions wherein remixers might select to go. The jazzy intro and overlay, the deep, grinding sub synths, the preliminary ameny snares, the rumbling vox it’s seemingly the most important problem with these stems was an excessive amount of great 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 awesome 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 handy guide a rough dancefloor joint bordering on soar up however nonetheless containing the unique observe’s soul and hearth. Wholio went oldschool 90s throwback with practically darkstep vibes and actually performed up the amens . DIELAHN, then again, transformed the observe to a cool halftime observe which is directly darkish, minimal, deep and ravey and takes benefit of the slower tempo to deliver some actual reggae vibes with Metric Man’s vox on the break. It appears the various choices right here produced a great deal of attention-grabbing 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 really fairly troublesome to transform tempos there. Particularly with “The Spark” being a bit sooner than the typical D&B, it’s seemingly MacKenzie needed to utterly rework the beat. The recompression job for the vox was additionally seemingly a problem, however this producer with virtually 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 kinds within the unique and makes them funky af. Including cinematic, 80s electro-style prospers and a cool groove to hyperlink vox to beat and make all of it breaks, this remix is definitely as complicated as the unique whereas additionally being clean and really, very Keith MacKenzie.
A number of D&B heads within the US obtained into the style through breaks, and in locations like Florida, New York and Chicago, artists like Keith MacKenzie had been instrumental in morphing 120 into 140 and ultimately 174, inspiring artists like AK1200, DJ Dara and certain even Reid Pace herself. With so many throwback vibes in “The Spark,” probably 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 cause 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 long run: 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.