Existing at the fringes of French Touch hype in the late 1990s via tracks like "Deep Burnt," the enigmatic producer was seemingly unaffected when the genre fell out of favour. Over the last decade or so he has continued to release an average of one 12-inch per year via his own Atavisme imprint, and all the while he has quietly amassed a huge and varied collection of remixes. The uniqueness of Bradock's productions often lies within the looseness of the mix. The bass is often muffled, the pads undefined and the rhythmic accompaniments—anything from mouth sounds and jerky breath noises to wooden block percussion, electronica fuzz and jazz samples—are unexpected, layered and jostle for attention. It's an entirely precarious combination but somehow totally balanced at the same time. And it's the same with his remixes: There's never a sense that Bradock intentionally sets out to create a dance floor bomb, or a moody dub mix. He's simply rewriting the content with his own quirky vocabulary.
Although all the remixes of Confiote de Bits have received "special tweaking and editing" by Bradock for this collection, that's secondary to the achievement of BBE actually sourcing and collating this in the first place. Two particularly hard-to-find remixes make this worth the price of the entry alone: his strings-n-bass collaboration with Jackson as Panash', and the sublime Afro-house rework of Block 16's "Morning Sun" from the late Nuphonic Records, which has been all but lost since the label's demise.
Elsewhere Bradock's remixes are an exercise in embracing the unexpected. Another welcome inclusion is his refix of Cesaria Evora's "Angola," taken from the Club Sodade remix project of the Portugese singer. While another better-known remix of the same track—by Carl Craig—became an instant club favourite, Bradock's take is a brooding, restrained affair, with a cheeky narcotic groove and dubbed out vocals. Similarly, the sometimes-saccharine house harmonies of Atlanta duo Kemetic Just are beefed up in Bradock's hands, with less drippy romance and more urgent masculinity, and the chill-out darlings of accessibility, Zero 7, become almost unrecognisable, morphing into a group occupying unsettling reverbed atmospheric electronica territory, courtesy of his "WTF HPPND mix"—a title that could be applied to just about every single refix here.
Mon / 7 Sep 2009
01. Iz & Diz - Mouth (Brad Peep's Remix For Friends)
02. Presence ft. Shara Nelson - Sense of Danger (Pepe's Risky Cut)
03. Cheek - Venus (Pepe Bradock's Saucy Precog Remix)
04. Block 16 - Morning Sun (Pepe Bradock's Brad Deep Remix)
05. Alex Gopher - You, My Baby & I (Pepe Bradock's Finger Drumming Remix)
06. Chateau Flight - Discobole (Pepe Bradock's 75 CL Remix)
07. Roy Ayers - I Am Your Mind (Pepe Bradock's Asynchronous Adventures)
08. Kemetic Just - Do You Remember (Pepe Bradock's Lonely Daddy Remix)
09. Cesaria Evora - Angola (Pepe Bradock's Bateau Ivre Rework)
01. Iz & Diz - Love Vibes (Pepe Bradock's Confiote De Bits Mix)
02. Kemetic Just - For Your Love (Pepe Bradock's Tendre Pieprade)
03. International Pony - Bubble In The Bottle (Pepe Bradock's Happy Zumbi Remix)
04. Panash' - Cheval (Przewalski's Eastern Bounce)
05. Zero 7 - Today (Pepe Bradock WTF HPPND Mix)
06. Charles Webster - I Am Falling (Paris-Bordeaux Remix)
07. Greenskeepers - Man In The House (Pepe Bradock's Underwater Playground Mix)
08. Namlook - Subharmonic Atoms (Pepe Bradock's Bug Remix)
09. Incognito - Skin On My Skin (Pepe Bradock's Pachydermata Remix)