Robert Hood's DJ Remix also showcases his production attributes. He hasn't released much lately, but with this remix we're reminded that the term minimal didn't just spring up in the last few years. Here, Hood works everything around a tremolo effect, applying his intricate drum patterns and subtly adding further layers while stripping others back. With deft snare hits, hi-hat accents and delayed piano keys he works simple ideas into complex ones.
His 8 Mile remix takes a more sedate route, starting off with the swelling strings of the original mix. Adding in a muted guitar, incidental perc hits, the full piano line and horns that evoke Carl Craig's "At Les," it's a full five minutes before the kick drum arrives to carry the pent-up momentum. Two minutes later, though, and it's gone—and the track winds back down beautifully from there.
Relative newcomer Bass Soldier returns for more Black Dog remix duties after a stellar remake of "Floods" from late last year. Using elements of the melody and strings, everything else is scrapped for his remix of "Siiiipher" to make way for umpteen different frequencies of bass. While some dubstep can lose itself in its own fathomless bottom end, The Bass Soldier never loses sight of his mission to interpret the original, nor the need for some lighter moments of harmonic succession.