There's a sense of irony on the latest Systematic Recordings release. Having famously professed that "everything must change/nothing stays the same," it was house hero Mike Dunn's 1997 collaboration with Victor Simonelli and Luis Radio that caught the playful eye of Marc Romboy, who subsequently chose it for the label's celebrated Lost Treasures remix series. Enlisting French tech-houser F.E.X. and Ratio? Music boss Melon, Mike Dunn's fluid original was destined to be nipped, tucked and twisted for a contemporary crowd.
F.E.X. relieves "Nothing Stays the Same" of its pattering drums, replacing them with crisp, modern kicks and just the right amount of percussion to give the foundations a necessary rolling swing. He does well to leave Dunn's raspy vocals intact, setting them over soft strings and intermittent bursts of frisky hi-hats. Just over halfway through the record's nine-minute build, a slow, cascading synth slips in, adding a warm closing touch to this patient, effectual refix. Melon goes for darker, sweatier confines, constructing his own menacingly groovy alternative to the original's commanding bassline. Tight, mirrored synths sit snugly atop. Dunn's vocals hit with just enough reverb and delay to give them, and the track, a more profound, spectral hue. Melon weaves a sonic tapestry so raw and engaging, it'll have you championing change at every turn.
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Tracklist: Various - Systematic presents Lost Treasures Vol. 3 A Nothing Stays The Same (F.E.X. Remix)
B Nothing Stays The Same (Melon Remix)