Mood II Swing Vocal Deep House & Trip Hop Remix - Melodies International reissue the two highly sought after remixes from New York house legends Mood II Swing" of "Flame" by Crustation - atrip-hop group from Bristol formed by Ian Dark, Stig Manley, Mark Tayler and singer BronaghSlevin
The vocal mix of "Flame" centers around full segments from BronaghSlevin’s chorus and an incredibly satisfying progression of synth stabs based on the chord changes from the original which alongside Slevin’s silky vocals intimately captured the melancholy in the lyrics depicting recovery from someone’s unconditional love being taken advantage of repeatedly. However, Mood II Swing’s club treatment, subtle arrangements and sequencing bring an added sense of closure which feels somewhat cathartic and liberating, therefore resolving the song’s predicament. A true anthem for emotional dancefloors!
On the flip, we have Mood II Swing’s "Borderline Insanity Dub" mix which essentially discards the vocal version’s “'song' aspect, focusing mainly on John Ciafone’s dexterous drum programming and an extremely simple and repetitive three note bass pattern, which alongside subtle use of overarching synth lines and chopped up elements from the original bring the track to an all time creative high shining in its full 7 minutes of dark, hypnotic bliss. Both these remixes would go on to become club classics, the Borderline Insanity Dub mix in particular which embodies one of Ciafone’s brightest and most inspired moments in the studio, which would go on to influence a whole new generation of producers.
Presented for the first time as a standalone release, remastered to the highest possible standards and cut to half speed lacquers at 45rpm, "Flame"’s Mood II Swing remixes are presented in loud 12" format!
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The trio of producers known as Crustation formed by Ian Dark, Stig Manley and Mark Taylerthe are quite connected in the fertile Bristol trip-hop community -- they played in bands with Portishead's Adrian Utley during the 1980s, and regularly hung out with Massive Attack and Smith & Mighty. They debuted in 1994 with two EPs for Cup of Tea Records (also the home of Monk & Canatella, Statik Sound System and Purple Penguin), and released their debut album Bloom in 1998. Read more on Last.fm
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