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Crewdson – Gravity Remixes [EP]

June 25, 2012

Originally posted on The 405

Crewdson came to the fore last year with the release of debut album ‘Gravity’; a playful, busy and brave lesson in subtle electronica. It ignored the trend du jour for minimalism and space in beat-driven, cut-up music – yet done with enough class to warrant the subtle tag despite the myriad of disparate and layered sounds found throughout.

Here we have a remix EP (cannily titled Gravity Remixes) from tracks featured in the aforementioned album – aside from opener ‘Bent Measure’, which is a fresh creation from London-based producer Hugh Crewdson Jones. And it’s a fine creation, embracing a Gang Colours-esque undercurrent on the melodic side of things – though with an unambiguously Crewdson restless edge. The man from South London must have been busy taking notes during his stint as Matthew Herbert’s technical assistant, allowing his experimental confidence to blossom.

Fellow Slowfoot label mates Snorkel contribute a remix of ‘Cascade’, and transforms the track into a driving, pulsating jam in classic Snorkel style. It’s a pretty addictive affair, allowing time for bassy jazz interludes to build and grow, as the beat holds a steady, yet urgent pace; the end result being a rather brilliant early Four Tet aesthetic spliced with the spontaneity of Can.

‘Electric Wing’ appears twice on the EP with remixes from Real and Hello Skinny (another Slowfoot comrade). In fact, Crewdson himself also appears in the live set-up for Hello Skinny. How. Meta. It’s arguable one of the stand-out tracks and leaves behind somewhat the slow-paced, semi-freeform sax vibe of the original to a very looped, and delightfully serene gem. You half expect a Thom Yorke vocal to pop-up – in that it’s not a millions miles away from Flying Lotus.

Meanwhile, the remix from Real wins the award for track most likely to appear on a dance floor. With nods to 2-step – but still withholding an experimental edge as you’d expect – you end up floating around somewhere high-up in the space-jazz stratosphere for a deeply pleasant four minutes of your life.

The EP as a whole is not only a great advert for the output of Slowfoot, but an ode to the fantastical collaborative nature of the label. Each of the remixes brings a bespoke, inventive twist to the originals, to create an EP that keeps the listener guessing and provides smooth twists and glitchy turns. If you’re in anyway inclined to smartly crafted, delicately honed leftfield electronica with a pop-base, you cannot get much better than this; and if not, this is the place to be introduced.

7.5/10

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