The ‘Baby Kate Remixes’ 12” opens with Magda’s rethink: a whacked out dub with a wobbling, metallic low-end. Built around the b-line, this chugs along at what could only be described as a slow pace, but in the end it proves not nearly as endearing as her imaginative 'Lockjaw'. Plastikman ups the tempo but continues in the same vein, donning a dark cloak and doing his very best to lose us in an eight-minute game of cat and mouse. In the right surrounds, the potential is there for this to wreak havoc on the senses, but as a standalone piece of music it's quite an ask to listen to. There's much more bite to Konrad Black's animated, nu-skool electro slant: He fattens up the original bass, adds a gothic variation to the notes and couples them to an energetic ravey synth, transforming ‘Baby Kate’ into a comely lass. Elsewhere Sascha Funke’s version is ecstasy fueled in Bpitch’s trademark melodic vein – a blissed out lovers’ guide to the dancefloor. Reminiscent of Loveparade, day-glo vibes when trance was actually enjoyable, Funke's seductive tones hit the right spot.
There's enough in this package to satiate most persuasions - a couple of quality cuts with a little over-indulgence in obscurity might be a concise summary. Nonetheless, this is another strong showing from the Minus collective, with variety being the spice of life.
Wed / 21 Feb 2007
A1 Where's My Baby Daddy (Magda remix)
A2 Baby Kate (Konrad Black remix)
B1 Baby Kate (Sascha Funke remix)
B2 Baby Kate (Plastikman remix)
Digital exclusive tracks:
Baby Kate (Troy Pierce "First Day of Rehab" Mix)
Baby Kate (Adam Beyer + Jesper Dahlbäck Remix)
Baby Kate (Robotman Remix)