Defected squeeze a little more from their big summer anthem by releasing further remixes of Follow The Step, a collaboration between Bulgarians Rachel Row and KiNK. Opinion remains split about whether FCL's remix of "It's You" was genius or a case of the emperor's new clothes. Their "Gentil Mix" of "Follow The Step" adopts similar techniques as that track, most notably in its approach to bass. For much of the remix they rely on Tangerine Dream-style arps to bolster Row's emotive vocal and build the mood. And then in comes a booming bassline, accompanied by ambient washes. It would be tough to deny its effectiveness.
Ben Westbeech, another producer with a summer smash under his belt, takes a less subtle approach. With his Breach hat on, his "Hood" remix—a tribute to Robert, perhaps?—dispenses with 99.9% of the vocal in favor of pummeling kicks, military drums and a wild, garagey bassline. Despite being the track's co-writer and producer (as well as Rachel Row's significant other) KiNK still finds new ways to dress up the original. He wraps a crushing breakbeat around a swollen techno rumble to prove there's plenty of juice in "Follow The Step" yet.
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Tracklist: Rachel Row - Follow The Step (Remixes) A Follow The Step (Fcl's Gentil Mix)
B1 Follow The Step (KiNK Bass & Beats)
B2 Follow The Step (Breach Hood Remix)