InsideInfo, Audio, Skantia, Gydra, Joe Ford, Smooth & DC Breaks, Madster, The Outsiders, Dub Elements… That awesome feeling when your dream post-lockdown rave line-up matches the rollcall on this ridiculous remix package of Droptek’s 2019 debut album ‘Symbiosis’. All these weeks and weeks and weeks of pent up frustration are about to be unleashed by some of the top insurgents from across drum & bass.
Reload: ‘Symbiosis’ dropped, April 2019. A deeply personal body of work for young UK artist Lewis Munns, the album was a bold statement of intent that galvanised his transition from 140-oriented music to something a little faster, spicier, slicker and deadlier and showed he was here to stay. It was a strong move for the label, too. At the time Korsakov Music were only four releases deep, but the label bossman AL/SO was so inspired by the album, he had to release it… And, more importantly, do it justice.
Justice was served: Noisia, Mefjus, Koven, Camo & Krooked, Black Sun Empire, Muzz and Levela all hammered the originals, ensuring the album’s status as one of the most accomplished D&B LP debuts of the year. Now, 15 months later, it’s time for a whole new hammering. Once again, an all-star cast of D&B protagonists are involved.
Nine versions heavy, ‘Symbiosis Remixed’ takes Droptek’s signature gritty, sharp-edged tech funk and places it in the hands of a wide-ranging collective of artists who are all in exciting, inspired places in their career. Joe Ford’s opening take on ‘Sentient’ is a perfect example as it sets the tone in that purring, restrained way he’s become loved for. Many more examples follow: Russian neuro royalty Gydra go all-out ruffhouse funk on ‘Devoid’, Skantia showcases his stripped-back techno tendencies on ‘Extrapolate’, Audio goes all halftime hurter on ‘Comply’ and InsideInfo blends about five fiery flavours on ‘Minutiae’ in that one-of-a-kind trip way only he knows how. The list goes on… Each remix capturing best essence of Droptek’s original while taking it in a whole new direction and ensuring his album continues to be done justice long after its release.
Let’s hope this painful wait for that first post-lockdown rave doesn’t take as long. In the meantime, allow these precision remixes unleash a little frustration. And buckle-up; like all the best dream line-ups, this is only phase one! Two more remix bundles are set to drop imminently…