Next up on Hooj are Italian based producers, The Dolphins with 'House Panic'.
Disc 1. On the a-side of disc one is the Original Mix. The track begins with some solid house beats and a nice rolling baseline. As it progresses a twisted effect plays its role as does the subtle vocal line. The track maintains a similar flow throughout without taking too many twists and turns. Not too bad.
On the b-side is firstly the Paul Woolford’s Jack Factory Remix. This has quirkier drum patterns and is very interesting from the word go. The twisted melody comes in soon with the vocal sample riding the top of it. The production continually builds with the melody changing its sound and the drums gaining a bit of intensity. Overall it’s a very impressive remix from Paul.
Secondly on the b-side is the Inland Knights Fast Taxi. This is a smoother remix than its predecessor taking a more deep house approach. It has a smooth piano line and a nice deep baseline. There is a some nice twisted sound fx in there which doesn’t really take away from the smooth flow of the track.
Disc 2. On the a-side is Paul Woolford’s Box Workin’ Dub. I must say that this outdoes his remix on disc one. It comes with a similar beat pattern but the baseline in this production is shit-hot. All the elements work really well in this production, as subtle samples and fx flow in and out of the track while the baseline and drums continually pound. Brilliant work yet again for Paul, for making 2 mixes with a different approach.
On the flip is firstly Dexter’s D-Funked mix. This takes a more 80’s electro approach. A very retro drum pattern is accompanied with some nice bleeps, while plenty of the vocal is used in this rework. The track has quite a simple flow with no real turns and is not too bad an effort.
Secondly on the b-side is This is Radio Dolphins Dub. Obviously similar to the original with the vocals sparingly used, this track makes good use of a nice baseline and solid drums early on. The vocals get cut up and echoed with the twisted fx that featured in the original mix. Not a bad dub, however, it may not please those that hated the vocal all together.
Not a bad package from the lads at Hooj. Paul Woolfard definately turns in some solid mixes. Have a listen and check out whats on offer, but Hooj are definately capable of better releases.
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