It would be easy to forget that Nick Harris has only been producing for a couple of years. On the other hand, it's no surprise someone who oversaw a label as important to house music's development as NRK has already, pretty much, honed a fully-formed sound. Continuing where the first two releases on his own Stoned Immaculate left off, the Redux EP is pure house music: not neo-Detroit stuff, not studiously self-indulgent stuff, just straight up house for sweaty dance floors.
"(Theme From) Stoned Immaculate" is as epic as any theme tune should be. A pounding kick and itchy shakers set the tone before things slowly grow in stature with the arrival of some well-swung wooden hits and distant melodic daubs. There's a hint of swelling grandeur when a soft melodic phrase rises up through the mix, but it's Jim Morrison's spoken word vocal (culled from The Doors' song which gives the label its name) that really sets things alight.
"Situation (Redux Vocal)" skips and kicks with a more tribalistic density, but buried little organ riffs and a soaring diva vocal keep things thoroughly airy and loveable. If you don't love the latter part, however, fret not: also included is a voiceless version that allows you to revel in the deft synth work and constantly shapeshifting analogue bassline which was previously obscured.
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Tracklist: Nick Harris - Redux EP 01. (Theme From) Stoned Immaculate
02. Situation (Redux Vocal)
03. Situation (Dub)