Nadja Lind- “Shakes” Review
Nadja Lind’s “Shakes” release captures the essence of what the Darkroom Dubs label has always been about: foreboding melodies and ominous atmospheres with a trippy, hallucinogenic twist.
The strength of Lind’s original lies in its subtlety. The track’s myriad skittery percussive effects form a backdrop of aural graffiti. Bits of conversation create an uneasy tension while an icy cool synth layer adds just enough melody to bring some color to the groove.
Deep Data Recordings’ boss Rene Breitbarth delivers a mix that takes shape gradually and adds structure to the abstract melodic textures of the original. Breitbarth’s patient, techy-progressive treatment would serve as an awe-inspiring set opener.
Oliver Schories delivers a brooding, techno-infused beast of a mix. The angry, relentless bassline is built for big rooms. All of the remixes cannibalize the deep synth of Lind’s original, but the others don’t quite harness its power quite as well. Here, Schories uses it as a foundation and layers moog riffs, orchestral string flourishes, and a rising, raging melody upon it.
Klautraum, a duo that includes Lind and Helmut Ebritsch, injects a funky playfulness into the track with their deep house interpretation. Ebritsch also takes a turn at the track on his own under his Hatikvah guise to close out the package. He creates an eerie, stormy mood by echoing the synth and background chatter of the original. Vintage Darkroom Dubs.
The “Shakes” mixes provide several varied, compelling perspectives on the original work while never straying from the Darkroom Dubs modus operandi. This package is heavy, menacing, and yet full of soul.
“Shakes” is available now on Darkroom Dubs.
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