Delta Heavy - Kaleidoscope Remixes - RAM Records
An explosion of color and patterns at the fingertips of a child, turned and adjusted like a camera lens into another dimension, a kaleidoscope can spark a nostalgic imagination like nothing else. Music is no different; there are so many calibrations and explosions of all your senses when you turn the nob just right that you want to listen to everything you can and soak it all in. Thankfully Delta Heavy and RAM records provide a doorway into their Kaleidoscope by providing two amazing remixes by René LaVice and Ray Volpe featuring Ava James. Open your minds and let’s dive right in.
The original “Kaleidoscope” is really a beautiful track with amazing vocals, but it isn’t until you hear the René LaVice version that you realize how much more dynamic the layering and sound is. The introduction is longer, the piano and squelching replaces the briefly echoed electric guitar and lighter synthetics of the original, creating an opening sequence that really draws the listener in and gives them an appetizer before the main course. The track doesn’t feel rushed and the overall impact of the vocals is much stronger for it; the vocals in the original are very prominent, but they feel more like they could stand out on their own and are just accompanying the drum and bass portion of the song. The remix provides for a much more cohesive mixture, leaving the vocals in the foreground and prominent, but providing a heavier beat for them to stand on. The bass is more of a brass horn sound, which gives a deeper and richer sound to track altogether. This one feels synthetic and organic at the same time and everything synergizes to create am amazing collaboration in genres.
The Ray Volpe remix featuring Ava James is completely opposite of the Lavice version. The intro also begins with a piano and is a hair longer than that of the original version, but the pacing seems much slower and builds up to be more of an emotionally fueled track whereas the LaVice version was more of a dance remix. The piano here is in a lower key and the atmosphere is more melancholy to start because of this. Combine this with a background keyboard that mimics a computerized SOS signal and your mind already prepares your heart for some pulling of strings. “Every time I close my eyes” - BAM! the bass drum hits with a powerful attack - “I see a vision of you standing there.” Oddly enough the choice of having the vocals backed up by a subtle but much higher pitched voice singing the same words is effective, almost like an inner child of our lead vocalist coming as her vulnerability is revealed to the listener. The piano and the drums hit perfectly and tell you that this isn’t a club remix; you feel her pain and it’s something you can relate to on a different level. We’ve all been there. But the mix isn’t over as the next measure leads into a drum line of clapping and xylophones to give a much more upbeat feel to this melancholy song. She isn’t giving up on this relationship just yet. Then another weird twist hits about a minute in (which I’m still not sure I’m fond of to be honest) where the voice morphs into a synthesizer that drops into a more masculine warped sound, but thankfully it only lasts for a second before heading into the next transition of the track which is an electronic beat-box of all our sounds so far mixed with the vocals broken down into staccato fractions of a second. It’s really a very cool dissociative feeling from the earlier parts of the track. And you want to know the craziest part? This long paragraph I’ve been writing? That’s only half of the song, and I’m going to stop there because you gotta hear the rest for yourself.
A wonderful addition to what must be one of the greatest years for drum and bass in a while, the Kaleidoscope remixes are available now. Break out your inner child and some early development instruments - and don’t forget your cardboard robots, because, well, that’s an essential part of the experience now isn’t it? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go watch the official video for Kaleidoscope below. Trust me, you won’t regret it, and it’ll make you feel like a kid again.
Kaleidoscope Remixes is out now only from RAM Records.