Word has it that Martijn Deykers was approached to remix "Acid Bells" before his debut album was released and was incredibly keen, but he was so busy that he didn't think he'd have the time to do the mix justice. Now that Great Lengths is finished and out for consumption, it's time for Deykers to get through his remix backlog and he's completed not one, but two totally different versions of the track.
Martyn's "Dark Mix" is aimed squarely at the dance floor, and even seems like a custom built tool for one of Deykers' own energetic DJ sets. Flipping Efdemin's original percussion into a soca-tinged broken beat track ala recent trends in UK funky, the galloping drums and handclaps usher in two separate bass lines on either ends of the register, swooping and intertwining as the tension is raised by eerie pads. The interplay between multiple basslines and percussive flourishes is what really makes the track so successful, with the tribal syncopation offering a much classier alternative to a lot of the second wave bandwagon jumpers that are putting out funky records at the moment.
The "Bittersweet Mix" is exactly that: a melancholic yet warm piano piece with the cowbell-esque sound from the original quivering away in the background. Whereas "Bridge" from Great Lengths was a more spacious and measured showcase of Deykers' piano playing skills, the rapid fire arpeggios on offer here show that the guy can definitely bang those keys. As it was played to a rhythm track, more adventurous DJs can definitely get some use out of the mix to tease out a blissful beatless situation on the floor before dropping the beat back in. Digital DJs also get a little bit more value for money, as both mixes are at the same tempo and mix well with each other either way round.
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Tracklist: Efdemin - Métisse 2.5 A Acid Bells (Martyn's Dark Mix)
B Acid Bells (Martyn's Bittersweet Mix)