Much has (quite rightly) already been made of Tensnake's turn here—we'll get to that—but there are three other remixes on offer and they merit more than a mere glossing-over. Gerd Janson and Philip Lauer's output as Tuff City Kids has been building momentum recently and their blend of italo and classic house elements moulds a shapely figure out of "Reckless." The signature riff of the original is woven in and out at opportune moments, but the record is carried at head-bobbing speed by a pulsating bass and rhythmic talk-box. It sounds like contemporary hi-NRG in a good way.
Recent acquisitions to the Permanent Vacation roster, Midnight Magic, prove that their well-received release from last month, Beam Me Up, was no beginners' luck. They chisel the material into a strut-inducing disco romp complete with exultantly camp horns and a 12-bar chord progression that Azari & III must have surely intended when they wrote this. Good Guy Mikesh and Filburt's effort is the most understated of the lot, though its trick is in the build: from nothing but stabs and a kick develops a crescendo of sounds both organic and electric until it reaches a jazzy climax Henrik Schwarz would be proud of.
And so to Tensnake...suffice it to say that anyone capable of getting away with an "Everybody dance now!" interlude in a homage to the sunrise of the early '90s, and produce a classic in its own right, is enjoying a mighty fine period in their career.