Artist: Nathan Fake
Title: The Sky Was Pink
Label: Border Community
By: Simon Jones | 24 August 2004
  • A1: Original Mix
  • A2: Icelandic Version
  • B1: James Holden Mix
  • B2: James Holden Tool

Nathan Fake "The Sky Was Pink"

Out Now on Border Community

It's just under a year since Nathan Fake was first introduced to us with his first single 'Outhouse'. Since then young Nathan has seen his profile steadily rise, with the outstanding 'Watlington Street EP' on SAW Recordings a real testament to his capabilities as a producer. However, not one to rest on his laurels, he's also found time to do a number of remixes, having remixed tracks by Avus, DJ Remy and most recently Steve Lawler, and fast becoming a sought after talent by labels, both independent and major, and now here he is, with his latest single, his second for Border Community entitled 'The Sky Was Pink',

Be it the electronic rock of the 'Original Live Take', or the deeper 'Icelandic Version', Nathan Fake excels himself here with two utterly excellent mixes of 'The Sky Was Pink'. The original is a subtle and minimalist journey through the world of psychedelia, with an amazing bass melody that rises through and gives the track a thought provoking edge, whilst the 'Icelandic Version' speeds it up to a DJ friendly tempo and introduces a nice glitchy twist to the track. Both mixes highlight the development of Nathan's more experimental tendencies, and are without a doubt some of his finest work yet.

The flip sees 'James Holden' on hand, delivering a rare remix, big loops building up some energy before spiraling into the main groove where a devastating bassline sets to work, shuddering beneath a soundscape of filtered techy beats and rattling synth lines. The original's melody is chopped up and spread throughout the mix, as a fusion of hard techno style stabs and floating house grooves keep things building constantly, and with an added DJ tool, there's no excuse for this not being used to cause some serious dance floor damage.

Once again, Holden's Border Community imprint delivers up another fresh and exciting release, with a series of top drawer mixes from all parties involved. Nathan Fake continues to grow steadily as he writes his own legacy, and seeing as the sky was pink, it looks to be sunny times ahead out on the fringes where exciting things happen.

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