Reload: ‘Symbiosis’ dropped, April 2019. A deeply personal body of work for young UK artist Lewis Munns, the album was a bold statement of intent that galvanised his transition from 140-oriented music to something a little faster, spicier, slicker and deadlier and showed he was here to stay. It was a strong move for the label, too. At the time Korsakov Music were only four releases deep, but the label bossman AL/SO was so inspired by the album, he had to release it… And, more importantly, do it justice.
Justice was served: Noisia, Mefjus, Koven, Camo & Krooked, Black Sun Empire, Muzz and Levela all hammered the originals, ensuring the album’s status as one of the most accomplished D&B LP debuts of the year. Now, 15 months later, it’s time for a whole new hammering. Once again, an all-star cast of D&B protagonists are involved.
Nine versions heavy, ‘Symbiosis Remixed’ takes Droptek’s signature gritty, sharp-edged tech funk and places it in the hands of a wide-ranging collective of artists who are all in exciting, inspired places in their career. Joe Ford’s opening take on ‘Sentient’ is a perfect example as it sets the tone in that purring, restrained way he’s become loved for. Many more examples follow: Russian neuro royalty Gydra go all-out ruffhouse funk on ‘Devoid’, Skantia showcases his stripped-back techno tendencies on ‘Extrapolate’, Audio goes all halftime hurter on ‘Comply’ and InsideInfo blends about five fiery flavours on ‘Minutiae’ in that one-of-a-kind trip way only he knows how. The list goes on… Each remix capturing best essence of Droptek’s original while taking it in a whole new direction and ensuring his album continues to be done justice long after its release.
Let’s hope this painful wait for that first post-lockdown rave doesn’t take as long. In the meantime, allow these precision remixes unleash a little frustration. And buckle-up; like all the best dream line-ups, this is only phase one! Two more remix bundles are set to drop imminently…