Review: "Caracol" - snail in Spanish - is a love letter to clubbers worldwide, a series of infectious tracks made to measure for the dancefloor's delight as well as living room hifi systems. Such is the talent of Alexkid whose producer's skills are based on a profound knowledge of the recording studio (he has engineered an impressive list of projects, remixed many artists like Llorca, King Britt, Tosca, Phonique, Freestyle Man & Kiki and George Michael among others) and whose accurate perception of the club scene comes from almost ten years of constant touring all over the planet. "Caracol" is all about catchy rhythms with an organic feel and immediate dancefloor flavours. The opener - "River Flow" - is an electronic deconstruction of Keith Thompson's vocals, and the closing "Back And Forth" is an eerie ballad co-written and beautifully sang by Daniella D'Ambrosio (featured in Nouvelle Vague's first album and Bleed by Aswefall with whom she penned and performed the song for the latest Air France advertising campaign). All the rest is drilling, not chilling. Flashes of funk, echoes of Detroit and Chicago, slight touches of techno, hypnotic bars and beats, you name it there it is, but often in very unpredictable ways: from the bombastic progression of "Decibelly" to the twisted "Nightshade" (where Alexkid and Lissette Alea push their collaboration a step beyond gentleness), from "Love Letters" (already a must in Alex's DJ sets) to "Basic" for which the title says it all, from "Orm" filled with atmospheric sparks to the epic "Caracol" and the relentless flow of "Mare Alta", every track is condensed pleasure, minimal while sexy, abstract while physical, modern while paying its dues to the history of electronic music with elegance and attitude.
Review: The a-side on "Nightshade" is a pure old school vocal version remixed by Alexkid. Groovy and long-building, this track has obsessing gimmick and a deep bass turning it into a hypnotic trip. The b-side was reworked by talented and acclaimed duet from France, Tekel (Initial Cuts, Crosstown Rebels). With a strong kick and a dub approach of the vocals, this is a pure techno mix which perfectly completes the package of remixes already delivered on the Vol 1 of the series.
Review: A remix signed by some of the most creative remixers of the moment. Built around a strong bass line and deep kick, this funky dub mix with disco sequences brings the vocal in after a long building break with a second part of the mix which turns have funky anthem feel with percussions and organ line. The B side is remixed by Rodriguez Jr (half of the Youngsters and who did release an amazing 12" on F..U). A minimal vocal version that is full of melody takes the track in an amazing direction. A mix dedicated to radios and after hours parties in Ibiza!