Nina Kraviz's full-length debut earlier this year proved that the Russian house empress has a winning line in atmospherics and emotion. "Aus"—one of the record's moodier tracks—features freaky, slow-fast-slow, out-of-sync time structures, a clunking kick drum rhythm and pitch-bent Rhodes. It proves a fertile ground for remixers.
Rhythm Odyssey—ex-Bizarre Inc and Chicken Lips man Dean Meredith—drags "Aus" back somewhere in the vicinity of Chicago circa 1987. It's smart music-making, Meredith spotting the old skool-ish charms of the vocal, then letting it run free among squiggly, sinuous acid basslines and fizzing hi-hats. Rekids boss Matthew Edwards then unleashes a box of snapping tom-toms and slapped congas all over "Aus," interspersing it with beeps and shutter clicks. It sounds like a lorry being reversed into a clutch of photographers. It's left to New Jersey native DJ Qu to lead "Aus" back to gentler, moodier territory. Punctuated by a vocal seemingly plunged in an out of a bathtub, it's a mix of burning deep, dubby house with beats that are almost imperceptibly light in texture.
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Tracklist: Nina Kraviz - Aus A1 Aus feat. King Aus On The Mic
A2 Aus feat. King Aus On The Mic (The Rhythm Odyssey Warehouse Tape Edit)
B1 Aus feat. King Aus On The Mic (Matthew E "Radio Slave" Remix)
B2 Aus feat. King Aus On The Mic (DJ Qu Remix)