DJ Nature – Suntoucher Remixes Vol 2 review
Arriving just as Juno Plus waved goodbye to the first decade of the 21st Century was yet more exquisite adventures in the realm of the disco bump from DJ Nature. A founding member of key 80s Bristol crew The Wild Bunch, the producer – real name Milo Johnson – now residing in New York was already responsible for some of our favourite music last year with releases on Golf Channel and Jazzy Sport.
It’s the latter highly feted Japanese imprint that have persuaded Johnson to revisit his 2003 rare as a morally inclined politician album Sunchaser as DJ Milo and cull four tracks for some up to date dancefloor dynamism. Spread across two twelves inches, it’s the latter volume that resonated with most warmth to these ears (though this should not be viewed as an endorsement to eschew the delights of the first offering with the stuttering drunken KDJisms of volume one, side 2 certainly making the decision making difficult).
Averting your attention back to volume two, the disco bounce refix of “Possessions” has your senses locked down as soon as the gently infectious key riff makes its presence known and is joined by a delightfully buttery female vocal melody. Both combine with consummate ease in riding out the soulful clap that drives the subtly tweaked beat on an understated but suitably exquisite production.
Those twitching for a bit more bombast can find solace in the B Side counterpart “Gyrating Savages” which is driven by an insistent beat reminiscent of Curtis Mayfield’s production work for Patti Jo. Heavy organ vibes and a jagged soul guitar riff play out atop with a relentless momentum aided by extra servings of percussion.