Talk about a hiatus: Stacey Pullen's Black Flag has been dormant for going on eight years. With only four releases to its name in its original phase, it's hard to see why Pullen feels the need to restart it—as opposed to simply starting a new label or somehow convincing another label to deign to release a 12-inch from a Detroit giant.
Whatever the case, the aptly titled "Alive," proves that resurrecting Black Flag was worth the effort. It's clearly dance floor-tested and home listener-approved, providing equal pleasure from its powerful kick as its lovingly crafted melody. Pullen doesn't do anything remarkably special here; it's the type of track whose high quality evades analysis. No words are necessary aside from "solid tune."
The Hi Tek Soul mix of the same is typically more freewheeling in its approach. The bassline is looser, a riff arrives halfway through to add a bit of spice. The big difference in the two, though, is how funky the take sounds. Both are approximately the same BPMs, but Hi Tek shimmys, while the original shimmers. Here's hoping it's not another eight years before we get the next installment.
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Tracklist: Stacey Pullen - Alive A Alive
B Alive (Hi Tek Soul Mix)