Marcus Marr, who brought us the unforgettable, sleazy acid-disco highlight of 2013, ‘Purple Moon’, turns to this recent single from Royksopp & Robyn and adds a generous measure of his talent. Appearing as vocal mix and dub versions, Marr’s production twists a darker, but quite suitable, nu-disco zest into the sombre original.
Out on Christmas Day, this truly is messianic house music from Unknown to the Unknown's Hot Haus imprint. 'Vision' is so simple it's come full circle into genius territory — just a loop tough enough to crack walnuts in its thighs, a stabbing synth bass and a lady insisting that things will be alright. What else is there? 'Solstice', with its bassline of purest rubber, emulates such dazzling simplicity, before dropping a delectable rave pad just before it makes its excuses and packs up. 'Element' is a little more engineered, more sedate by comparison, perhaps, but nonetheless fabulous for it. So, so good.
This is a dark and industrial nod to the tunes of yesteryear. There’s a sentimental familiarity to the breaks, which are reminiscent of the transition period between hardcore and jungle. There’s a haunting, paranoid vibe over the track which is lifted by the soulful vox.
Had to double take when I first heard this. John Carpenter's 'Assault in Precinct 13' with vocals?! Yes indeedy… a rare find uncovered… and very good it is too. One for fans of cult 1970s movies!