Artists: BLM | Justin Drake | Kevin Griffiths
Release: Garage is Back (2/28/11)
Label: Fear of Flying
Available: Juno Records
Out tomorrow, Fear of Flying Records brings us this three track EP from a variety of talented artists. The Midlands-based label has been responsible for original EP releases from the likes of BLM, Jozif, Leif, and Nick Lawson, while Schatrack's classic “Champagne Dancer” was recently revisisted with a pairing remix from Justin Drake. Existing as a vinyl and digital label, Fear of Flying's roster reads like a who's who in the modern house music community. The music really speaks for itself, though, as it is quite the relief in a sound otherwise in peril.
Side A of Garage is Back includes a Matthew Styles remix of the title track, written and originally composed by BLM. This BLM joint was first seen on FOF in May of 2010, and the remix really expands on the original idea and drive. A typical tech/house-type percussion builds the track, while the vocals and chords lend a hand in guiding this song on the correct path.
Side B, Track 1 features a BLM remix of a Kevin Griffiths/Justin Drake collaboration, titled The Devil's Eyes. The original recently saw consumer release earlier this month on FOF, and while it left a bit to be desired, both as a listener and as a DJ, the remix pulls through in a wonderful way. The BLM-modified rendition blurs the lines of synthesis and emotion, creating a type of mood that will surely be well received in a variety of areas. BLM nods towards past sounds in house and techno, but always twists the music in a way that creates a nice, refreshing tone.
Side B, Track 2 is the vocal of Garage is Back.