Phillip Anthony Jr.
This definitely been year of classic 80 remakes revamped into
club mixes, some suceeding and some missing the mark completely. Remember
Human League's infectious 80's electro new wave tune "Don't You Want Me
Baby"? Well it's been pulled from the time warp vault and brought to life by
Alcazar- extracted from their album "Casino". Considering the Original
version- remix pundits would probably disregard the track as lacking
potential for a tribal progressive makeover, right? Wrong, Junior Vasquez
once again demonstrates that his creativity has no bounds- as he transforms
the track into a dark epic journey of pure tribal bliss. Loaded with
powerful build ups, big stacky riffs and nice a dramatic drop out in the
break- Junior's mixes addds the necessary energy and drama straying away
from the Original version. Overall, Junior's mix takes you on a compelling
journey filled with driving percussion, adding a unique depth to mix as he
subtlety blends older & newer remix elements. Matt Piso returns to the
remixing fold with vengeance with a killer mix craftily manipulated vocals,
hard hitting synths lines and strong rhythmic foundation. Unlike Junior's
mix which is moody & dark, Matt's mix maintains that fun & distinctive 80's
kraftwerk style of the original with a rainbow of effected keys and cool
vocal reverb effects but still hard hitting with lots of percussion and tons
of vocal flange effects. Both mixes are fabulously done, with each having
their own unique appeal and should expose Alcatraz to wider audience. Junior
& Matt flawlessly breathes fresh new life into this classic. (Phillip
ever did die, it's now reincarnated itself into the good-looking Euro-trio,
hitting it big with Europe's #1 Dance album and a song featured on HBO's
Queer as Folk.
first of three new takes on the Human League's "Don't You Want Me"
is a lush affair (and I hadn't even realize the song needed to be revived!).
third Don't You Want Me (7:33) is the speedily thumping Almighty
Club Mix which injects urgent bass-pulses beneath dreamy keys and
hyper-rippling vocals. Casino is great for its dancepop scope; the
production is crisper, cleaner and more vibrant than a rainbow-hued silk
shirt, which keeps my rating up to a
being far too vocal-/disco-oriented for my personal tastes...