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PHONICA006 Bob Holroyd - African Drug (Four Tet Remix)

Phonica Records on January 28, 2011 16:41

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    Phonica Records return with release no.6, that features three spellbinding remixes of a track that’s a classic around these parts…

    Originally released in 1994, Bob Holroyd’s effervescent, career-defining anthem "African Drug" was included on both Francois K’s 'Essential Mix' and Coldcut’s 'Journeys By DJ: Coldcut' - 70 Minutes Of Madness. So when Bob walked through our shop’s doors one day, we couldn’t resist asking to license the track and give it a new lease of life with two breathtaking remixes. And that’s exactly what we did.

    The first remix comes from the consistently trailblazing Four Tet. Clocking in at just under 12 minutes, there’s only one word to describe it – epic. Using the African samples of the original, Four Tet builds a complex, glockenspiel-esque melody that slowly morphs into a feast of hypnotic percussion, pulsating sub-bass and dizzying, psychedelic FX. Following a brief remission around the halfway mark, the melody returns, unspooling into a climactic freak-out that’s simply classic Four Tet.

    On the flipside we have rising star of T.Williams – who also gave us the first Local Action release – re-tooling "African Drug" for more leftfield dancefloors. An absorbing, off-kilter percussive intro gradually gives way to a heavy yet streamlined 4/4 groove. Ultra-modern but mindful of the source material’s timeless appeal, this is a raw, powerful version with ‘secret weapon’ written all over it.

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