Friday, 23 September 2016
So Strong (Original Mix) (HYPE055) [clip] by Hypercolour
Bristol duo Outboxx return after a 12-month hiatus with their trademark low-slung house sounds, and another collaboration with vocalist and lyricist, Naomi Jeremy. With previous releases on fellow West Country labels Futureboogie and Idle Hands, Outboxx debut here on Hypercolour, completing their Bristol label hat trick. Sealing the release is a remix from Detroit’s Andrés, the prolific producer behind multiple releases on La Vida and Kenny Dixon Jnr’s Mahogani Music and KDJ labels. The Original mix of ‘Rumours’ opens proceedings with a firm reminder of the production quality that Outboxx so clearly posses; with a slugged out beat, spaceship pads and the vocal prowess of Naomi Jeremy, we have here a fitting track to keep the embers of summer burning bright. The signature sound of remixer Andrés is stamped all over his version as he gently adjusts elements of the original, putting a greater focus on the scintillating pads and offering a beach-side alternative to the more melodic Original Mix. A second original production from the duo, ‘So Strong’ provides a cool end to a coherent release, with well-poised keys combined with finely crafted ambient tones to provide a worthy contrast to the accompanying tracks.