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Apiento & Co. / ESP (Lexx` Sunset Ashram Remix) / Phantom Island

Test Pressing, Dr Rob, Review, Apiento, ESP, Sunset Ashram, Lexx, Michael Buechal, Phantom Island, Switzerland

On the A side Force Of Nature`s remix of Your Song Is Good`s “Re-Search” slots nicely into Phantom Island`s catalogue of dub-inflected, guitar-led, Balearic shufflers. It`s a quality builder, where gentle Jazz chords, and chicken scratch, ride a tick-ticking mid-tempo beat, before in-comes-the-brass, either a muted trumpet or a trombone (“Blow, Mr. Rico blow”, as I do the “Air Slide”), the bass gets accentuated (looking forward to hearing the vinyl), and the keys get jazzier, gain confidence and begin to dance.

Test Pressing, Dr Rob, Review, Apiento, ESP, Sunset Ashram, Lexx, Michael Buechal, Phantom Island, Switzerland

The AA is provided by Lexx` “Sunset Ashram” remix of Apiento & Co.`s “ESP”, which amazingly (since the approved mixes didn`t appear on Golf Channel until last year) dates back to 2010. I was privy to a few versions of “ESP” prior to its release, but I don`t remember hearing this one, and I love it. The original`s melody is retained and played back over a big bottom end wobble, bubbles, bongos and birdsong, in just the right mix of organic and electronic. There`s something very “Ibiza 90” about it. It could have been lifted from the soundtrack of “A Short Film About Chilling”, and listening I can see a Top Ten selected by Weatherall and published in the NME at around the same time: The Moody Boy`s “Jammin`”, Hypnotone`s “Dream Beam”, Meat Beat Manifesto`s “Radio Babylon” and The Grid`s “Flotation”. I can hear The Grid, and also a debt to Pal Joey`s “Housing” of The Orb`s “Little Fluffy Clouds”. I can see e-bodied scooter boys in #2 crops, parked at the Cafe Del Mar, watching the last of the sun`s rays through expensive shades, waiting for the gear to kick in.

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