Artist: Futureshock
Title: On My Mind
Label: Parlophone
By: Simon Jones | 7 March 2003
  • A: Original Mix
  • B: Steve Mac Bongaloid Dub
  • C: Steve Mac Bongaloid Mix
  • D: Watkins Tranquility Bass Mix

Futureshock "On My Mind"

Out Now on Parlophone

The duo of Phil Dockerty and Alex Tepper exploded onto the scene in 2000 with remixes for all the major artists of the time, including Underworld, The Chemical Brothers and Moby. This was soon followed by a series of decks n fx sets at all the 'cool' venues before showing they can more than cut it on their own production wise with the single 'Sparc'. Now after sometime out of the spotlight the duo are ready to drop their debut album, 'Phantom Theory', and this is the first single to be taken from it, featuring the vocals of Ben Onono, entitled 'On My Mind'.

A deep and powerful synthetic bassline drizzles through the speakers heralding the start of the 'Original Mix'. Warm melodies emit from this sub bass masterpiece with Ben Onono's emotional vocals working as part of the mechanics of the track rather than being an afterthought stuck on top of an instrumental. The production values on this mix are of high quality, and the catchy vocal combined with the hypnotic hooks and sounds make this a song that will not only stand out on the dancefloor but also stick 'in your mind', much like Ben says.

Steve Mac (of Rhythm Masters fame) comes hot on the heels of the original with his 'Bongoloid Dub', it's deep percussion sounding like a runaway train as the beat warms up, with a bass heavy groove and vocodered vocal action ensuring those who want something a bit more upbeat and floor rippling get exactly what they require. Eerie sounds brings the bass groove to lead the sonic assault on the floor. Superb!

His 'Bongaloid Mix' kicks off the second disc of this doublepack, with some deep electronic atmospherics edging us into the mix. However when the synth line spins it's way, a dark and foreboding edge is added to the mix, with Ben's vocals taking on a melancholic tone amidst the sounds that flutter over the groove, with some filter action on the outro.

Finishing off the package is Mr Black AM himself, 'Watkins' with his 'Tranquility Bass Mix'. With use of dirty analogue synths and a old skool house groove this rough and ready mix gives the final edge to the package that ensures that there will be at least one mix that tickles your fancy.. sublime yet filthy stuff.

So there you have it. The first single from 'Phantom Theory' which serves as a nice introduction to Futureshock for non fans as well as appeasing the die hard fans. Be sure to check out the album if you are feeling this.

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