A1: Remain – Ralph (Ewan Pearson Remix) (7:51)
A2: Rework – Wanted A Talk (5:55)
B1: Remote – Conex (Kiki Remix) (7:56)
B2: Monoblok&PSLKTR – Damage Done (Crackboy Remix) (6:04)
Founded in 2008, Paris-based MEANT Records is now turning its attention to the vinyl market and starts a limited hand stamped and numbered run of releases that expose some of the label’s hidden gems and exclusives as well as some which have previously only been available digitally.
The two previously digital cuts are Ewan Pearson’s Mix of ‘Ralph’ by Remain – released within Meant009 in Jan 2011 and Kiki’s remix of Remote’s ‘Conex’ – released in Meant006 in Mar 2010, both picked up high profile support from DJs like Craig Richards, Hot Chip, Steve Bug, Catz & Dogz and many more. The former from electronic producer extraordinaire Ewan Pearson is a funky, quick licked piece of analogue disco house with pinging kicks and bass notes and plenty of echoing claps and clattering percussive ticks. It’s full of weird sound design but also makes you dance as long pads linger behind hiccupping foreground rhythms.
Next up, Kiki’s version of ‘Conex’ is an ever shifting and dynamic slice of house with lovely finger clicks and an undulating groove coloured by circling, fizzing synth lines and jangling, ramshackle drums – it proves Meant is a label that has its very own unique sound away from the boring norm.
As for the two exclusive tracks, they include the Rework track ‘Wanted A Talk’ and Crackboy’s remix of ‘Damge Done’ by Monoblok&PSLKTR which is another version of the one released in Meant011 – Nov 2011. ‘Wanted A Talk’ is the perfect combination of old and new school ideals, with grainy claps and shuffling drums cut up by a bulbous, thick and oversized bassline. Dark voices lurk in the shadows and the whole thing is a heads down affair for those intimate back room or basement parties.
Finally, Parisian Crackboy tackles Monoblok & PSLKTR’s ‘Damage Done’ with his usual no holds barred approach. This one is raw and heavy, stomping a pattern with aged sounding drums as all manner of unhinged sounds and synths colour the track. It’s loose but focussed, raw but loveable with its increasingly frenetic claps striking a great afterparty pose.
Whether or not these tracks are new to you doesn’t really matter, because they still sound as good as they ever did and fully deserve this showcase vinyl release.