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“At Least We Can Dance”
Mixes from Nu:Tone, Hint, Roska and Ike Synton
The second release from rising UK Live soulful heads, Dekata Project features some high profile remixes of their most popular track to date, "At Least We Can Dance". Having already successfully released the debut “Viral EP”, which featured as one of Metro’s Singles Of The Week and was championed at the group's launch party at Favela Chic in East London recently, Sam Sharp's Dekata Project have moved swiftly to follow it up with this genre-bending package of remixes.
Kicking off “At Least We Can Dance” is an extended DJ friendly version of the original track, featuring production from the DP team of Sharp and Zed Bias. Its soulful vocal comes from Yvette Riby-Williams, a fresh young talent who also sings with female beatbox and acappella group The Boxettes, and who was recently invited up on stage to perform with Jarvis Cocker at Glastonbury. This extended cut is Dekata Project at their soulful house best, with heavy beats, jazz keys vibes, horns, funk undertones and soaring hook lines. Close your eyes and its that live Moloko, Jamiroquai and Basement Jaxx vibe that transports you to the dancefloor.
On the remix tip, check out the heavy hitters Nu:Tone, with their high energy drum and bass take on the original, dripping in heavy basslines, intricate beats and synth builds that make you want to dance the summer away into the early hours. First signed to Hospital Records in 2003, Nu:Tone have come through the ranks to become one of the most highly respected production teams in the scene, with everyone from LTJ Bukem to Dillinja busting their tunes.
Currently causing a stir in all dance music circles as one of the main instigators and contributors to the hype and buzz that is the UK Funky Scene, Roska steps up with his Can’t Stop Dancing mix. Using broken beats, garage, grime, dance hall and house vibes, Roska's unique sound has critics and compilation makers hailing him as the new sound of London's dance scene, having recently featured in The Guardian and Mixmag. Roska can be found on Tuesday lunchtimes on pirate station, Rinse FM, and has a nice pipeline of tunes being released on his own Kicks and Snares label, including the recently collaboration with Jamie George "Love 2 Nite" and "Wonderful Day".
iTunes Exclusive Only: In a track exclusive to iTunes, Brighton-based Tru Thoughts talent, Hint adds his melting pot mix of “At Least We Can Dance” displaying his eclectic fusion that also manages to sound super airwave friendly. Mixing African-pitched percussive sounds with soft synths, beats and a fat bass drop, whilst effortlessly combining sounds from UK Funky, soul and house influences, it has an inescapable summer vibe that’s already starting to buzz. Hint caused a stir with his debut album, "Driven From Distraction", and has admirers across the dance scene including Benji B, Mr Scruff, Mark Lamarr, and many more.
Beatport Exclusive Only: Intriguing newcomer, Ike Synton, contributes a superb Chicago-influenced deep house Remix, and an addictive slice of wonderful electronica and percussion. A fat and pumping bass mesmerizes, perfect for the dance floor, dominating with beautiful 80s and 90s synth references. Ike makes his production debut on The Dekata Project’s hedonistic cry to release, “At Least We Can Dance”, displaying impressive future potential.
Release/catalogue number: DOSHIWA002
Release date: Aug 31, 2009