Those only interested in 4/4 beats and a decent BPM may bypass the first half of this EP from classically-trained producers Colo and head for the remixes. Do so at your peril. True, only on "Never Again," with its understated 2-step rhythms, cosmic synthery and sample from George Gershwin's "Summertime," does the pace rise to much above above shuffling level, but this is electronica with dance floor sensibilities. If you were devilish enough, you may want to see what happens if you pitched "Picture of You" and "Church" beyond +8; it'd probably turn both into moody, squelchy deep house. They're best left in original form, though, paying proper respect to the contemporary '80s equipment with which they are (mostly) created.
The remixes are headed up by George FitzGerald, the ManMakeMusic and Hotflush protagonist treating "Never Again" respectfully save for some intriguing re-splicing of the Gershwin lyrics and a deep, bass hum underpinning it. Nick Simoncino's take on "Church" fuses Jan Hammer drums to Chicago-style rhythms and Twin Peaks swells, although it's outshone by Epoque's dual-paced reworking of "Rick," veering between pitter-patter percussion and low-register, ethereal atmospherics. Finally, Ben Barrett turns "Never Again" on its head and rids it of its worldly goods, reconstructing it in a reverb wash of Aphex Twin-style experimentalism.
Tracklist: Colo - Midday Sun EP01. Picture Of You
03. Never Again
05. Never Again(George Fitz Gerald Remix)
06. Church (Ken Kojima aka Nick Anthony Simoncino Remix)
07. Rick (Epoque Remix)
08. Never Again (Ben Barrett Remix)