Zed White is geared up to drop his new single, Interference, on Bristol’s Astir imprint next week. The Waveform Transmitter‘s Ste Knight takes a listen, and reveals an exclusive premiere of Paper Samurai’s breaks-driven remix.
Monday, September 3rd, sees Astir Recordings dropping their twelfth release on the imprint, this time welcoming Zed White to their stable, with his deep, progressive Interference. Many of you will recognise Zed White as an alias of Daz Bailey, who has enjoyed a career on the electronic music scene for in excess of twenty years, having released his first single, Inspiral, via Spain’s Penelope Records. Fast forward to present day, and Daz, under his Zed White moniker, is pushing a sound that has recognisably taken a turn toward the progressive.
The title track is an energetic journey, one through which Zed‘s layers are expertly woven, constantly adding features to the sonic landscape that sprawls out before us as we listen. As we reach the halfway point, a swathe of elements are cut from the track, replaced by a menacing bass-stab sequence, which is magnified by the skittering hats and punctuated frenetically with claps. This sees us into the second build up quite nicely, before the track breaks into all out dancefloor warfare tackle. Crikey!
Pako and Frederik serve up the first of the remixes, which gives the track a touch of the Moroders, while simultaneously injecting it with an extra pinch of dancefloor energy courtesy of some classic Detroit tropes. Techno percussion carries the remixed elements of the track, giving it a distinctly different flavour to the original. This is a remix you’re likely to hear at peak time for some frenzied neck-snapping and body-jacking.
The standout remix, for us, was that of breaks kingpin, Paper Samurai. With breaks enjoying a resurgence, and Astir‘s Simon Huxtable being somewhat of a genre aficionado, it makes sense that Paper Samurai would provide a remix of the track that takes the proggy components and throws them in the centrifuge with a healthy helping of breaks. The result is a composition that sits on the darker, more melancholic side of the breaks genre.
Check out the full-on spook-fest when that ghostly bassline whisps into the mix at the one-minute mark. If you were to soundtrack a mysterious, other-wordly dimension, then this would fit in perfectly. At times it is reminiscent of the likes of Blockhead, RJD2, and DJ Krush, but sits apart as its own unique take on the breaks sound, with Bodzin-esque synth flourishes pervading through the breakbeat. Brilliant, thoughtful remixing skills from Paper Samurai here. Take a listen to the remix, above, as we are lucky enough to be able to treat you all to a premiere of the track.