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Corporeal Remixed Part 2 COVER

Jon Kennedy   ‘Corporeal Remixed Part 2’   Released   6th April 2015



Continuing to extend the thumping, often moody and prowling hip hop and techno explorations of such electronic sonic “turntablists” pioneers as Shadow and Howie B; and following in the wake of a closer to home Chemical Brothers; and yet just as influenced by the string sectioned pop requiems of ELO and conceptual rock-operatic’s of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds, international DJ extraordinaire and musician Jon Kennedy injects a wry humored and clinical, sophisticated skill to dance music. Bending genres, including the most commercial (usually the preserve of faux-phantom (k)nob twiddlers and beat-matched laptop celebs and superstar DJs), to his will Kennedy has more or less mixed, remixed and incorporated every style, from D’n’B to hard house, into his work.

Making his mark in the eclectic Noughties, the Stockport drummer turn electronic artist first came to the attention of Mr.Scruff via his Brighton radio show on Juice FM, before signing with the city’s Tru Thoughts label. Relocating in more recent years from Bristol – though his constant global hotfooting tours and DJ appearances mean he’s more likely to be living out of his suitcase – to the cultural/historical Czech capitol of Prague, Kennedy has been busy with both his own imprint, the Jon Kennedy Federation (which has signed a number of acts), and producing new material. The home of Kafka; a capitol occupied by a host of barbarous ideologies and repressive regimes over the years, liberated to some degree and part of the EU; Prague’s strategic position in central Europe may offer Kennedy a hub, closer to the east and growing “EDM” obsessed fans of former Iron curtain satellites, previously deprived of western dance music. Whatever the reasons, he’s been very productive. Though on this occasion with the work done and reception positive on his last original album of tracks, Corporeal, Kennedy takes a backseat, as the “remixer of choice” is himself remixed once again by an esteemed roll call of producers and artists. Corporeal Part 2 hands the reins over, so to speak, taking the originals in, mostly, different directions for the second time around; sometimes floating and at other times amplified with more gristle and growl, starting with the eased off on the treble, steely reworked version of the opening Shadow-stalking prowler Boom Clack by 2011 DMC Word DJ champion Chris Karns. Congruously following on from each other Flow and Tonto Rides The Gain sound even more harmoniously entwined, the former’s satellite probing spy soundtrack caressed and given an Indian-esque mystique by the London trio Sparkle Darkly, whilst the latter’s vocal riff is given an Ibiza style air-y flavour and Daft Punk bass pump by Kapibara.

 

Other notable transformations include the original Jurassic 5 swinging Pronounce Your Shit, featuring the New York rap partnership of Q-Ball & Cazal, which is given a far moodier, heavy hitting bass and drums mix by the Belfast funk, soul and hip hop producer Covershocks; the Blend Mishkin pirate radio rub-a-dub styled take of Live My Life; and the skipping drum’n’bass remodeling of the carefree Brasilia saunter, Bossa No Va by renowned original ‘rude boy’ Spikey Tee.

A few remixes prove to be subtler affairs; the former Beck meets Alabama 3 feel Rock The Boat, featuring Ashley Slater of Freak Power on vocals, spruced and brightened with an Arrested Development style down-home swing by Innereyeful, and the G.I. at the hop vocals of Amie J on the original You Are The Fire now sound far more soulful on the lush Dopedemand version. That final haunted swan song The Parade is heightened by the darker touch of dbridge, who takes it on a 90s imbued sophisticated minimal techno journey into the ether.

In many cases these remixes prove a complimentary extension, others an inventive alternative. Though Kennedy is fluent in most of the styles offered up and used to bend the source material into new shapes, it’s interesting to hear the numerous interpretations. Whether you’re familiar with the original material or not, you can’t go wrong with this second selection of remixes.

 

Pre-orders of the album are bolstered with a further eight remixes from Markey Funk, Nate Connelly and DJ Detweller which can currently be sampled on the Bandcamp page.




Words: Dominic Valvona

 

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