Artist: Astro & Glyde
Title: Aimless Dame
Label: Bedrock Records
By: Simon Jones | 15 June 2004
  • A: Original Mix
  • B: Randall Jones Delayed Dub

Astro & Glyde "Aimless Dame"

Out Now on Bedrock Records

Having appeared on labels such as Automatic, Fire Recordings and more recently Seven Limited with their twisted, funky and fun brand of house music, the duo of Astro & Glyde now make their debut on Bedrock Records with the track 'Aimless Dame'. Featuring the vocals of Queen V, the track instantly caught John Digweed's attention whilst he was playing in their hometown of NYC and it wasn't long before the track was signed. Now spread over two discs, it lands just in time for the hot summer months.

The 'Original Mix' is a slow, bubbling house number, a huge New York influence brought to the track by Queen V's antsy punk style vocal. Whilst the track doesn't get my juices flowing to start off with, some melodic effects and warm grooves soon make steps to rectify this, but the tempo inexplicably fades off back into the vocal before returning to the drifting ambience that simmers underneath, but when it's all said and done, this is a track that you are either going to love or hate.

Luckily 'Randall Jones' is on hand with his 'Delayed Dub' mix. Twisted drums, a hypnotic melody line and some serious low end bassline action are what's on the menu here, as Randall serves up a starter of floaty percussion, dishing up the main course of warm chords and ripping hooks in a pleasant way that will have you nodding your head and tapping your foot as you succumb to it's summery vibes.

Once again Bedrock venture towards a more traditional house sound, with the results being somewhat of a mixed bag. However fear not, as Randall Jones provides a solid mix that will appeal to all, with the original no doubt finding favour with some of you out there. A willingness to diversify shines through here, and whilst not up to the usual standard some might expect from the label, it's not that bad really, with the remix worth checking out if nothing else.

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