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Out 8th July on limited edition, hand-numbered and signed double 10” vinyl, the “Archipelago Remixes EP” by Hidden Orchestra is a real treat, with reworks from King Britt, DC Breaks, Kelpe and Long Arm providing a fresh spin on tracks from 2012’s hugely acclaimed ‘Archipelago’ album. Highly intricate and beat-heavy, the Hidden Orchestra originals are an adventure playground for any remixer, and the results from this eclectic array of talent are stunning and intriguing in equal measure.
The DC Breaks Remix of “Vorka” sees the pair of Andy C protégés twisting the ethereal beauty of this track, which originally came out as the second single. Possibly the only drum ‘n’ bass track to feature a hook played on a musical saw? On the flip, King Britt’s Remix of “Vorka” finds the revered DJ and globetrotting musical multi-tasker turning the same original into a slow-burning house cut, with added vocal hooks.
The second 10” opens with Fourth Wall (Kelpe Remix). Slowing the tempo and upping the oddball factor, London based producer Kelpe, whose fans include Huw Stephens (BBC R1) and Tom Ravenscroft (6Music), strips back bandleader Joe Acheson’s dramatically layered composition and rebuilds it with the highly original rhythmic style that has established him as a heavyweight talent. “Reminder” is reworked into a high definition ambient soundscape by Long Arm (Project Mooncircle) whose jazz-influenced style has had major props from the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs and Gilles Peterson.
Since its release in late 2012, the ‘Archipelago’ LP has gained heavy press support including Q, Clash, The Independent, BBC Music, The Scotsman, The Line of Best Fit and Wax Poetics. This mesmerising music has also hooked daytime and specialist radio tastemakers alike, with play from Stuart Maconie, Lauren Laverne, Gilles Peterson, Cerys Matthews, Nemone and Huey Morgan on BBC 6Music; as well as Ally McCrae (BBC R1 Introducing), John Kennedy (XFM), Goldierocks (Selector), Late Junction (BBC R3) and Jamie Cullum (BBC R2).