"Heartbreaker" was originally released on Well Rounded back in 2009. Truth be told it's just as fine a track as it ever was, with fluidly rolling drums and delirious vocal sample and a bassline just heavy enough to keep the whole thing from floating away on the wind. Bristol house notable Julio Bashmore gets two stabs at it for another go on Well Rounded—one an earlier mix from 2009, and the other a more recent effort from last year—and while both takes put a similar "traditional" house spin on the mournful stepper, the difference between the two reveals just how fast UK music is moving these days.
For his first remix, Bashmore puts the song on pure cool cruise control, lifting the track's bassline section into a gliding ascent, with Deadboy's syncopated drums returning as luscious window dressing. The 2010 remix easily slots alongside Bashmore's recent material like "Battle for Middle You," with its central bass riff dipping down into luxurious pools of sub-bass. Putting all the emphasis on predictable bass drops and a simpler arrangement that lacks the sublime build-up of the 2009 remix, it's hard not to see the earlier one as superior. Maybe it's shocking that a track from 2009 can sound so current and even exciting, perhaps a testament to Bashmore's budding talent even when he was still, well, a budding talent.
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Tracklist: Deadboy - Heartbreaker Remixes A Heartbreaker (Julio Bashmore's 2009 Remix)
B Heartbreaker (Julio Bashmore's 2010 Remix)