For those who’s Nikes were screeching the floors of church hall discos nearly a decade ago when it was released, ‘Erotic Discourse’ is to Paul Woolford, as ‘Hyph Mngo’ is to Joy Orbison. The sort of track that establishes a producer as a heavy weight talent and almost guarantees a career headlining winter club nights, festival laced summers and a few shows in spring and autumn as well. The last couple years or so has seen the underground music spectrum take a turn that makes the track sound almost as current as it did in ’06 allowing it to make its rather elated comeback. In the same period, Leeds based Woolford has shown that he can still make waves, not only with his DJ sets but also with his production. Last year’s, ‘Soul Music’, credited to his Special Request moniker, saw him push boundaries with what can only be described as a landmark release. This makes it all the more fitting for two acts from the more specialised minimal segment of the electronic underground to remix his work.
The remixes encompass a certain urban grit and darkness that today’s evolved underground scene celebrates, while keeping alive the sentiments of the original. With a production appeal that has quickly summoned Dense and Pika’s expertise to parties across Europe, their remix is a tribute to ‘gritty London’. Thanks to the kicking bass line that has become synonymous with their distinctive brand of Techno, this has enough thump to hypnotise your shoulders even while sitting. It shows that you don’t need vocals to fill a dance floor. Kowton’s version, is truly reserved for the dance floor, combining flavours from more traditional Techno and early Grime, reminiscent of basement house parties in Leeds. Though it fails to really inspire and capture one’s imagination like many of his ‘Livity Sound’ catalogue.
The ‘Erotic Discourse’ Remixes 12″ is out now on Hotflush. Buy it here.