NEATs last top-notch outing on Exploited gets the rework treatment here from two very talented names from the European house n stuff scene.
Original Panoramabar resident, Robert Johnson and Permanent Vacation recording artist Masssimilano Pagliara provides the first masterful rework, cooking up a flurry of melodic beauty. Taking the pretty aesthetics of the original of Street Violence and boosting the atmospheric touches somewhat, his remix builds through a lazy bassline, ticking hi-hats and 808 woodblock clicks. Deep melodic elements intertwine like those soft acid licks and melancholy chord delays, with a beautifully glassy lead synth plucking a heavenly melody that cuts through the mix in tandem with pulsing pad swells. The remix builds to a dizzying, ecstatic climax that still manages to retain a lightness of touch.
NEATs fellow Stockholm pal and Studio Barnhus affiliate Art Alfie brings his pumping, high-tempo house style to the remix of Mercedes Benzo. The wonderfully deep, mystical chug n stomp of the original is replaced with a driving filter disco touch, with the melodic elements of the original buried deep in the mix. Racing hi-hats drive along the filtered loop and deep disco bass, with the groove only relenting for a stripped-back breakdown where the hi-hats phase into a tripped-out wash. Teasing, succinct and powerful.