Yet the track is not just a Berlitz lesson: the purity of Boine’s voice is such that she could be singing about de-hoofing reindeers and it’d make the tears squirt. Okay, she does go on a bit (she was trained as a vocal jazz singer), a factor which might not lend this to repeated listens, but chances are you’ve never heard anything like Mari Boine’s voice in your life.
Oh, and Henrik? The Berlin deep house specialist has a remix discography that reaches out beyond the usual suspects into Mind Your Language territory anyway (Kahil El'Zabar, Wei Chi, Kuniyuki) so his choice of material is no huge surprise, but he really pulls out the stops here with ten minutes of churning and riffing house that peaks and troughs like the bow of a Viking ship. But the question is: does it all hang together? Scandinavian wailing versus East Berlin deep house? My verdict is that the sum product is really something very special. Everyone I’ve played it to screws up their face and disagrees, but what would they know? Ignorant of the way of the Sami the lot of them. And the way of the Henrik, too.
The remix on the B-side by Kohib is more respectfully ‘world music’ than otherworldly (Warning: contains Earth mother chanting) so it’s not as intriguing.
This is a beautiful, sad house record.
Wed / 11 Apr 2007
A Voui Voui Mu (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
B The Shadow (Kohib Remix)