Pessimist pulls a Marco Shuttle classic deep into the shadows

Nine years on from its first release, Marco Shuttle, puts out a second deluxe reissue of his 2011 breakthrough hit, ‘The Vox Attitude‘.

Originally released via Sweden’s Färden Records, the record serves as one of Shuttle’s sharpest moments, with the dub techno anthem still able to bring weight to any dance.

The Italian producer offered up the track for reinterpretation to Pangaea and Joey Anderson back in 2013, and now he looks to a new wave of cutting-edge artists to present the record to the underground scene of today. Again to be released via his Eerie Records imprint, Pessimist, Atom TM and Shuttle himself all contribute new remixes on the double-pack EP.

Catching up with Shuttle, we ask him what the record has meant to his career. You can also hear the paranoid spin of Pessimist’s ‘Spaziale’ remix in full.

How did you feel about ‘The Vox Attitude’ when it was released?

The Vox Attitude was my 3rd release. My previous 2 records were kind of OK, but more like “lo-fi” dubby material, for build up sets or after-hours… and I really wanted to make a release that was more powerful and warehousey, so to speak. I’ve always had a house side and a techno one and I’ve always played both in my sets… I still do actually so I wanted to do something that somehow would bring these 2 sides together, so I started ripping off disco vocals, processing them through reverbs and delays, layering on more forceful, faster grooves than the mellow housey ones you’d usually find them on and I realised that I was actually quite good at this… right now this might sound no rocket science but at the time I did it it was really quite new.

Regarding the success of the release itself, I was feeling it was a much stronger release than my previous 2, but I thought it was just goning to be a good release that would easily sell its 300 copies and that’s it, I didn’t expect it would become such a hit. I had friends saying to me stuff like… “this record is a bomb” or “this is gonna be a biggie” and stuff like that, but I just thought whatever. . . maybe people are overreacting or maybe they just want to be nice so, I didn’t really build so many expectations.

Have your feelings for it changed since then?

They have in a way that the music I make now is really quite different, more intricate and sophisticated, maybe at the same time less catchy and not as accessible but I believe more relevant artistically and I also feel I’m a much better producer now then I was then, but at the same time they haven’t because I still feel myself when I listen back to that release. I feel an affection towards it and I feel very pleased to have people constantly asking me to repress it even 9 years after it was released.

Are you happy for people to do whatever they like in their remixes?

When I ask an artist to do a remix I explain why I chose him/her to do it also explaining which of his/her production made me think he’d be right and what kind of edge I think his rework could add to the original… once that is clear and understood, people, can do whatever they want… but I have to like it at the end 🙂

What did ‘The Vox Attitude ’ do for you when it came out?

To say it very simply, It pretty much started it all. 🙂

Eerie will release The Vox Attitude Remixes Vol. 2 on May 15th.

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