Artist: Quivver
Title: 2 Notes & A Beat (Remixes)
Label: Boz Boz Recordings
By: Rami Dahud | 14 December 2008
  • 1. Kazell & Joey Modus Mix
  • 2. Jason Short Mix

Quivver "2 Notes & A Beat (Remixes)"

Out Now on Boz Boz Recordings

The arrival of Quivver's debut artist album, ‘Dirty Nails and Vapour Trails’, earlier this year saw with it an artist album of impressive scope and diversity, offering with it an equally diverse spectrum of remix potential. Although the appropriately titled '2 Notes 'n' a Beat' doesn't seem to intuitively sit on top of the list when it comes to 'remixability', Jason Short and Kazell and Joey Modus have nevertheless taken a stab at uniquely molding it along their own distinctive lines.

Two remixes here, bearing two considerably different sounds but also, two equally different degrees of enjoyment to be had with each. Kazell and Joey Modus' offering is undoubtedly the show stealer of this package. Where the original version was a consistently smooth progression of deep basslines and ghostly synths, Kazell and Modus have turned it into something chunky, scathing and abrasive. And it sounds terrific. Opening with an attention grabbing kick drum, littered with eclectic and intermingling effects, and unfolding into rough, jagged basslines, Kazell and Modus' remix the original into a twisted whirlpool of brutal basslines and jagged effects.

Jason Short's take, on the other hand, fails to deliver on nearly the same level of excitement. A much sparser production than its predecessor, Short's remix seems to sleepwalk through persistently lazy synths and basslines (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), tossing over the signature 'two notes and a beat' sound towards the latter half in order to give it an appropriate twist. Initially disengaging, and unable build enough steam, Short's remix flops in comparison to the stellar work done by Kazell and Modus.

Not a whole lot of activity going on here; a straightforward remix release, and a straightforward evaluation. Kazell and Modus being responsible for an impressive, dynamic take on the original and Short being responsible for largely the opposite. Perhaps Short's remix will find support/appeal within specific circles, but the quality and broad range of appeal of Kazell and Short's remix demands a listen, if not a purchase.

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