After putting out Kito Jempere’s stunning Sea Monster album earlier in the year, Hell Yeah now serve up a bunch of remixes from it that have been secret weapons for the last few months. Behind them are Black Spuma, Lipelis and Bell Towers and they all serve up real heaters.
First up with possibly their best ever remix are Black Spuma—a collaboration between Phillip Lauer (Tuff City Kids, Arto Mwambe) and Fabrizio Mammarella (Telespazio)—who flip ‘Ampa’ into a bootylicious house cut with fat bass stabs and sci-fi synths. It’s retro in flavour and riddled with melodies that are brightly coloured and emotive, and when the vocal is layered in it helps carry you away on a wave of bliss. For DJs who prefer to keep things raw, a dub version without the vocals is also included and bangs that bit harder.
Lipelis is a Russian studio wizard and the percussionist from Kito Jempere Band. Famed for his originals on LIES, underrated remixes of MacDonald Flak And The Ack-Ack Packs and for his high impact jams as TMP, he is a real music maniac. Here the Moscow man reworks Lifetime Theme into a cosmic bouncer with taught rubber kick drums and nimble melodies that dance over the beats. His own virtuoso percussion and exotic chords add tropical flavours and the whole thing has corrugated bass that gets right under your skin.
Lastly, up steps Australian artist Bell Towers from the Public Possession label. His playful version of Lifetime Theme has punchy broken beats and steamy vocal yelps overlaid by big sonorous chords. Uplifting progressions bring a sense of party and big piano chords add another layer of arms in the air fun. Deep but dynamic, it’s a lush track to close out another EP packed with high grade weaponry.
Supported by Prins Thomas, Ivan Smagghe, Horse Meat Disco, Les Yeux Orange, Ransom Note, Balearic Gabba Sound System...