Thursday, November 24, 2011
Read full review of Without You - KING MIDAS SOUND on Boomkat.com ©
A dub head through and through, Kevin Martin takes the art of versioning seriously, hence this whole album of King Midas Sound remixes by the great and good of underground music. Seriously, the contributor list reads like a who's-who, and shows you just how much Martin is respected by his peers. The biggest surprise is probably the appearance of Scritti Politti ringleader Green Gartside, who re-vocals 'Come And Behold' in his oft-copied, never-bettered whiteboy soul croon. Other favourites? Kuedo's chrome-plating of 'Goodbye Girl' in shiny, celebratory, Severant-style form is a winner, while Mala threatens to mash down Babylon with his beautifully poised 'Earth A Kill Ya' version. Flying Lotus impresses with his trippy, minimal but dirt-encrusted take on 'Lost', and Nite Jewel reimagines the same track as a poppy, sultry synth-funk jam, before Hype Williams steer 'Sumtime' into a kind of righteous, dub-wise VHS psychedelia. Kode9 and Spaceape reduce 'Meltdown' to a lean garage chassis, and Deepchord/Echospace give 'Goodbye Girl' their expansive dub-techno treatment. Gang Gang Dance, Cooly G, Ras G, Joel Ford, D-Bridge and others feature on what must be the most star-studded versions album of recent times.