Our Wednesday selection:
Jerome Sydenham + Fatima Njai ft. Mario Punchard – Trans Afro Express [Remixes] (Rekids, REKIDS186)
Ricardo Villalobos and Gerd Janson remix Jerome Sydenham, Fatima Njai, and Mario Punchard’s ‘Trans Afro Express’ for Rekids this August.
Following Sydenham, Njai and Punchard’s fresh take on Kraftwerk’s classic earlier this year, which picked up support from the likes of Optimo, India Jordan, DJ Bone, and more, Radio Slave recruits a pair of all-star remixers in Ricardo Villalobos and Gerd Janson to deliver a scintillating set of interpretations for his Rekids imprint.
Running Back’s Gerd Janson injects slap bass, funk-laden guitars, and twinkling synths over the original’s vocals for the ‘Dance’ mix, followed by a stripped-back instrumental version to kick off the A-side. On the flip, Villalobos delivers a typically trippy affair, bringing constantly evolving strokes of modular mayhem and zapping percussion for over ten minutes, nervously settling into a chugging and deeply satisfying halftime groove.
Tracklist: Jerome Sydenham + Fatima Njai ft. Mario Punchard – Trans Afro Express [Remixes] (Rekids, REKIDS186)
A1. Trans Afro Express (Gerd Janson ‘Dance’ Mix)
A2. Trans Afro Express (Gerd Janson ‘Dance’ Instrumental Mix)
B1. Trans Afro Express (Ricardo Villalobos ‘242 Free’ Remix)