Sunday, May 15, 2016

Crystal - Justin Cudmore (Honey Sound System)

Title: Crystal
Artist: Justin Cudmore
Label: Honey Sound System
Cat Number: HNY010
Genre: House

Side A   

Side B
Crystal (Servito's 730 Reshape)
Crystal (G. Haslam Dekalb Avenue Remix)

Better late than never with this one, and I do like tracks which start as they mean to go on. The original version gets into its seedy, acid hoedown immediately. It’s well-paced and flows, never feeling like it’s pushing against any ulterior forces. Mike Servito distils the original’s essence, and eschews the 303 in favour of a squiggly, funky bass line adorned with slightly more extra-terrestrial outpourings. Gunnar Haslam reduces things further, until we’re left with a skeletal reinterpretation, which is all sharp edges high frequencies coming full circle back to the acid. All three, while treading a similar sonic line, are very much worth your while.

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