For the final release in the first series of Especial, the label takes a detour across the Atlantic to San Francisco and latter-day synth / experimentalists INHALT for something a bit special: remixing 4 original tracks from their Occupations EP on Dark Entries that bring them into the label’s musical aesthetic.With an EP already on Dark Entries, plus a release included on the inspiring World Unknown label, Occupations showed a progression in INHALT’s music to capture the sound of moderne electronique. Synth / Cold / Dark Wave, whatever the tag, this West Coast trio produce a clean, driven, electronic sound of their own, backed with the unique voice of Phillip Winiger.
When approached by mutual friend George Thompson aka Black Merlin, who, alongside US duo VALIS, had been commissioned to do remixes, Especial jumped at the chance to pick up the chalice and pass it to label
friends and arc-remixers de jour Timothy J Fairplay and Scott Fraser.
The result is a remix EP that celebrates the ideas of Especial: to take influences of 80s New Wave, Synth Pop, Electro, Proto-House and the occassional touch of Disco and hold them into an up-to-date vision that respects but runs parellel to the modern obsession with all things House and forges it’s own way.
The “Frankie Says” hymn of Black Merlin’s remix sets the tone beautifully, before swatted by the bass electro retake of VALIS. TJF dons his hip slung bass for another inspired epic, before Glasgow’s answer to Dopplereffekt, Mr Fraser, spews hissing hats and electro beats to close an EP that is aimed at one place - dark dance floors.
released July 1, 2014
Written by Bryan Gibbs, Matia Simovich and Philip Winiger. A1 remix and additional production by George Thompson. A2 remix and additional production by Jeremiah Meece & Josh Fox. B1 remix and additional production by Timothy J Fairplay. B2 remix and additional production by Scott Fraser.
all rights reserved