After the release of Cole Medina's well-received remixes of "Innocent," Eighth Dimension and Q-Burns Abstract Message believed all versions of this classic tune had been tapped. Suddenly, out of nowhere, Italian DJ duo Presslaboys have taken everyone by surprise with a new pair of stunning "Innocent" versions. It seems that Presslaboys had prodded the remix parts from the hands of Q-Burns Abstract Message in an unguarded moment, stealthily concocting their version over a few months in their secret Presslab Records studio. Fellow Italian DJ Gianluca Peruzzi joined Presslaboys on the main mix which fuses the gorgeous vocals of Lisa Shaw to a wholly original music accompaniment. The music swells and rises above notably solid club rhythms delivering a house music potion suitable for consuming in big rooms and late, late nights. The dub pares down Lisa's vocal and accentuates the shimmering music-scape as some seriously tough house beats point the way to the dance floor. All of this adds up to a nice surprise from Eighth Dimension, Q-Burns Abstract Message, and Presslaboys to close out the summer while warming up select DJ sets.
Graeme Park - "This has brightened up my day no end! Wonderful." DJ Chus (Chus & Ceballos) - "Presslaboys main mix for me. I love it!" Scott Hardkiss (God Within) - "Fantastic! Beautiful! Brilliant! These remixes should really tear it up in both big fancy clubs and radical underground parties. Lisa Shaw's voice is as unique as ever. Q-Burns Abstract Message is officially now on a major roll!" Kenneth Thomas (Perfecto) - "Nice!" Redanka (Tarrentella & Redanka) - "Good mixes! Love the dub."
True story: Q-Burns Abstract Message once DJ'ed underneath a weighty chainsaw covered in disco ball mirror squares, rotating roundly with silver beams flying off its blade. Imagine such a devious device honed for dance-floor devastation, its rumble tuned to bass-bin frequencies as its saw cuts through beats and melody. But we're talking about a chainsaw wielded by beardy types, waving its mirror ball excess over sunrise-stroked beach sand. We blissfully believe this could be the sound of the "Balearic Chainsaw."
The original "Balearic Chainsaw" is an extended, beefier version of what was previously found on the "Chainsaw" single, released spring 2011 on EIGHT-TRACKS. The piano-fueled, flamenco guitar-kissed version was hidden as the last song in the single. To our surprise, friends and foes alike asked for a longer version to send resonating over the waterfront. The requests have been answered, and this new version features an added groove coda that should send your neighbors dancing into the moon beams.
Who else could be more perfect for such flights of fancy than our long-time chum Scott Hardkiss? Coming off the brilliant Technicolor Dreamer album on his own God Within label, Scott tackled "Balearic Chainsaw" with a combination of gusto and happenstance. His mix is a rising force, solid rhythms and huggable bass lines anchoring a building swarm of piano, guitar, and cosmic, acid atmosphere. Not content with such mere musical coolness, Scott enlisted the gorgeous vocal contribution of Stevvi Alexander to further the "Balearic Chainsaw" message. Uplifting ain't the half of it
Then there's Scott's remarkable Dub variation. Wild swirls of sound take control of this special version, aided by the unexpected contribution of DJ Afro from Los Amigos Invisibles, supplying his own dueling flamenco guitar strums and riffs. Euphoric motion for the most summery of dance-floors … it's a classic Hardkiss maneuver.
A party like this needs a proper come-down, and for our back-to-mine moment we've enlisted the reputable chops of Gazeebo, mainstay of Denver's Community Recordings. Working out an Italo/nu-disco throb, Gazeebo's slinky rendition hits all the tingle buttons, giving us a slow motion refuge that still packs a low-end punch. It's fitting and superb power-down for this "Balearic Chainsaw."
Kaskade - "This is really nice, beautiful vocal and perfect summer vibe. Dig it." Nick Warren - "Great mixes by Scott and the Gazeebo reprise is ace." Anthony Pappa - "My favourite is "Gazeebo's Reprise" and l will play this out." diskJokke - "Lovely tracks, full support." Ric McClelland (Scope) - "A very nice package.. I'm digging the original, Hardkiss dub, and the Gazeboo Reprise." Gavin Hardkiss (Hawke) - "F**king stellar ... these mixes will be played all summer." Justin Harris (Freaks) - "I love Scott's dub, and the original works, too, in the right place."Ulysses (Neurotic Drum Band) - "The Gazeebo Reprise is my favorite, but the extended original is nice, too. Spacey!" Greg Fenton (DMC Update) - "Great set of mixes, hard to choose a favorite." Ray Mang - "Gazeebo's got some depth! Quite like the Hardkiss Dub, too." Will SumSuch (UrbanTorque) - "Nice package with a real sense of fun. I like it a lot. The Hardkiss dub is the one for me." Marco Fullone (Radio Monte Carlo) - "A Balearic sound masterpiece!" Kosmas Epsilon (Proton Radio) - "Original and Gazeebo mixes are pure bliss! Amazing songs." Dj Nova (Rodon FM Greece) - "This is the absolute Balearic release of 2011! Es Vedra found its soundtrack this year." Harry Avers (NOICE!) - "F**king amazing Dub by Scott.... love the guitars." DJ Naz (Buddha Bar) - "Ah, balearic classic! Absolutely superb. I see this working super well at the beach parties this year in Ibiza."
OK, my brand new EP, which is the first non-remix music I've released in about 5 years (I know, right?) is out now exclusively on Beatport. It's called "Chainsaw," and you can listen to it in its entirety below. I hope you like it. On a side note, I promise it won't be another 5 years until the next EP ... I'm prepping an even newer one this month with a very, VERY special super surprise remixer on board.
A dark, foreboding stillness, thick fog through the treetops, a mysterious cabin in the woods, and an ominous force within. This imagery obliquely provided inspiration to Q-Burns Abstract Message for his debut EP on EIGHT-TRACKS, "Chainsaw." The title refers to a climactic scene in an infamous American low-budget horror movie. Incidentally, it might also reference how Q-BAM almost took a chainsaw to his studio equipment while creating this track. The Analog Version was meant to be recorded almost entirely with vintage hardware but as the session commenced the Juno-106 started sputtering, the tape on the Chorus Echo snapped, the circuits on the ASR-10 gave off an odor like burnt candle wax, and so on.
Circumventing such ghosts in the machinery, this version of "Chainsaw" ends up a rambunctious and quirky house builder complete with filtered beats, a pounding bassline, squelchy guitar hits, and a buzzing chainsaw synth melody. Like many Q-Burns Abstract Message tracks "Chainsaw" sits firmly between several house music micro-genres while affirming the frenzied accident of its creation.
Q-Burns Abstract Message follows this with two radically self-remixed versions. The first, a Loose Version, attempts to take the American fright flick impetus and move it to a more Italian, Argento-inspired location. The tempo is reduced to a lurching slink and some analog remnants are applied, including juicy spring reverb bass stabs. Haunted pianos and spooky synth strings abound. Next, Q-BAM's Balearic Version attempts a resolution; the ending credits theme, perhaps. Here a breezy and vibrant Spanish-guitar led rendition closes out the EP on an uplifting note.
Suddenly, a pair of remixers were selected who were thought to be in tune with "Chainsaw"'s off-kilter motif. The Italian duo Ajello burst forth with a synth-powered disco revelation that takes the sinister overtone and boldly throws it towards the dancefloor. São Paulo's rising house music talent Jota Wagner also tackles the theme with a funky confidence. His steadily evolving remix piles on layers of melody and rhythm, at one point giving way to a demonic cackle. Mysterious business throughout.
Q-Burns Abstract Message's "Chainsaw" introduces a busy year for the seasoned electronic music producer. In addition to his constant stream of remixes and DJ work Q-BAM is currently recording a follow-up EP as well as his long-awaited album project. Keep watching for more to come from Q-Burns Abstract Message and EIGHT-TRACKS
What they can be heard saying: Al Bradley (Bugged Out, UK) - "The Analog Version of this is far & away the track of the year so far for me, quite simply stunning. All the hallmarks of one of 'those' tracks that everyone plays from deep to house to garage to techno DJs, it's just TOO good to not play it. The Loose mix is a belter too - how can one track be two such absolute belters? Q-BAM on fire here." Kraak & Smaak - "Great stuff from Ajello, the one to watch this year! Putting it in our new DJ mix as we speak." Luke Solomon (Freaks, UK) - "Loving the Analog Version jam, man. It's super-killer." The Revenge (UK) - "I'm liking the Loose Version." Alf Tumble (Bangana / Sumo) - "A quality pack right up my street. Can't choose a favorite between Ajello's hooror-late-night-style or the Balearic Version. Well done, amigos." Llorca (Art Of Tones, France) - "Wow... Ajello remix is HOT! I like the Analog Version, too."Joey Silvaro (Distant People, UK) - "The Loose Version has some serious bass ... it nearly blew me out of my chair!" Richie Hartness (Untitled Music Blog) - "The ghostly Ajello Remix jumps out of this EP for me - haunted chords and a wicked bassline. The Loose Version has a odd-ball electro heartbeat that's really appealing and the Balearic Version is just too damn sexy with keys and electronics fusing on a sandy beach somewhere just after sunset." Checkpoint Charlie (MyCuppaT Blog) - "Brilliant, crazy, wonkiness! Love it! There's real energy in all of the tracks; powerful and purposful. The Ajello has wonderful deep undertones, as does the more laid back Loose version. Jota Wagner is back to the naughty, devilish side. Pounding kick, spiralling synth... madness! The Balearic Version takes off in another direction all together - nice breakbeat combination with the crazy synth. Yeah... this is the one! Great package!"