Loco Dice, 7 Dunham Place Remixed Part 2

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Apparently the star power on call to remix tracks from Loco Dice’s 7 Dunham Place couldn’t be contained across just one double pack; a second double has just surfaced with a lineup just as strong as the first. While Part 1 found Luciano, Cassy, DJ Sneak, and Mike Huckaby taking cracks the material, part 2 features mixes from Onur Özer, Marcel Dettmann, Marco Carola, and, um, Mike Huckaby.

Corola and Huckaby play things fairly straight, as Carola turns in a fit-and-trim mix buoyed by a short vocal clip, a tight rhythm track, and some nice percussion play in the middle section. Huckaby’s second stab at “Black Truffles in the Snow” is, thankfully, not a bit like his jazzier mix of the same track on the first set. It is, however, a bit too close to some of his other recent mixes for comfort. Still, a driving beat, a Basic Channel-style synth loop, and a short ascending riff are well deployed here, as is one of Huckaby’s killer drops. Phoned in? Perhaps, but effective none the less.

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The other two mixes are a different story. Dettmann’s Response 1 and Response 2 mix (or is it mixes?) of “Tight Laces” build from a loping, circular twitch into a full-blown floor monster in two parts. At nearly 13 minutes, Dettmann’s mix may be a bit too clever for its own good; the front end of the mix is consistently shifting, and when Response 2 changes things up at 7:30, it is initially disorienting and potentially momentum killing. Dettmann’s skill ties the two pieces together nicely through recurring motifs, but I’m not sure playing through is an option — so pick your poison, I suppose.

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Onur Özer works “Breakfast at Nina’s” into a snapping percussive groove reinforced with some vocal snippets and a nifty bass swerve, but as with Dettmann’s mix, it morphs into something totally different in the back half, as the track artfully falls apart under its own weight, kept moving only by perpetual motion. I’m not sure what exactly led to Dettmann and Özer to go all Villalobos on the material; but isn’t it better for remixers to stretch boundaries and conventions than to play things safe and predictable?

kartsaklis  on March 8, 2009 at 9:02 PM

in capable hands, the dettman version’s “break” can be played up for full effect – when version 2 drops in, it’s a real stormer. i don’t mind it one bit, but i don’t think i’ll be shelling out the $$$ for the doublepack, unfortunately.

petepete  on March 10, 2009 at 1:14 AM

Marco Carola, not Corola.

I prefer this pack over the 1st one. I like all the mixes, although overall I’m slightly disappointed. I loved the album, and when you have Ozer, Dettmann, Carola, Huckaby, Cassy, Sneak and Luciano doing remixes expectations run high.

Nightowl  on March 10, 2009 at 11:25 AM

mike huckaby’s da man!!! and marcel dettmann is showing again his skills – great art work!!!

sven  on March 12, 2009 at 1:17 PM

in my opinion none of the remixes are better than the original one’s, but the dettmann and huckaby mixes quite good

Tom  on April 27, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Anyone know where I can get both Dettmann mixes on digital (other than shady sites)? Looks like Response 2 is digital only, which is a shame as I think they compliment each other very well.

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