Joining the dots after last years reissue of Plus Instruments early 80s post-punk music on the Bodies EP on Emotional Rescue, Especial now looks at their return to recent music production, taking the song Love Is Enough from the recent Trancesonics album and giving it the all encompassing label remix treatment.
Returning to releasing music after over 30 years hiatus, the now solo, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Truus de Groot, showed she had lost none of the unique off-kilter dance inflicted avant-pop observations.
With the release of Trancesonics things come full circle, bringing Truus’ right back to her roots. On hearing Love Is Enough’s thumping 4/4 kick, sliding hats, white noise and mind-worming vocals seemed in tune with what Especial is about - warped, tripped -out, dub inspired dance floor music that retains an ear for melody and at times, pop leaning, it was a calling not to be ignored.
Richard Sen then, leads the way with a trademark killer Chicago inspired bump’n’strings cut that takes Truus’ vocals to the horror chamber. Next, Khidja show why they are names to watch with their retake, mixing double bass and vibes interplay, trippy fx and haunting refrain, all wrapped in a killer groove that signal a duo totally on their game.
On the flip, it was a perfect fit to get Luke Solomon in to do one of his special ‘mad-hatter’ skat style remixes. Jumpin’ and bumpin’ across the floor this is Music For Freaks. Finally, homeboy Jamie Paton does it again with twisted, bubbling dub, riding snares, arps on arps, a multi-layered, live on the mixing desk work-out for mind and feet. Is Love enough? Maybe. Or it could be Dub is enough? Time will tell. Dot to dot.
released September 23, 2016
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