Everyone these days wants a meth lab in their back yard, but Critical pipped us to the post and created MEF:LAB.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hose not in the know, or stuck in la-la land, will need to know. This is Mefjus; the Austrian Bass Machine – every tech heads dream, and Ivy Lab; whose soulful and seductive beats incorporate a futuristic and experimental vibe in everything they do. I am (possibly) the B-I-G-G-E-S-T fan of Mr Mef. So forgive any ramblings or over expulsions of joy, but quite frankly – the guy is a musical GOD – I’m not religious so thats a bold statement. Anyway enough about me.
So, it was always on the cards really, since the days of Mefemperor / Emperjus on Hello World EP, another collab had to happen. Two of Critical Music’s highly revered producers met for a remix session and created something awesome.
This latest release shows the brilliant way in which producers can take on another producers’ work, and mark it with their stamp. Both parties have successfully done exactly that. Both tracks on this release showcase the original producers strengths, in addition to the other’s. So if Mefjus’ Emulation EP or Ivy Lab’s 20 Questions EP didn’t grab you by the bosom and hurl you about, then click away now. We’re talking Heisenberg grade remixes here. Some serious praise is to come.
A predictably perfect remix here with Sunday Crunk, it has to be said!! As if the original track didn’t shake up dance floors everywhere; the heavy addition of a Mef-vibe was bound to have the reaction it has. I’m not a massive fan of trap (generally) but Sunday Crunk is one that opened my eyes slightly and has had me checking out stuff in this relatively new-found genre, more openly. I love the distinct sound of the track, and with the zoomed up Mefjus version, can more easily relate to it as the piece of art it is. I prefer a heavy, techy sound to my music and Mefjus has certainly added his mark plus extra swagger to this track! Mefjus’ Sunday Crunk remix is definitely the one that knocks here!
I have to say, a little out of style from what we’re used to hearing from Mefjus, but it grew on me. ‘Blame You’ ft. Zoe Klinck uses female vocals, lovely ones at that, and albeit still in keeping with the trademark techy Mefjus sound; it’s ‘tame’ but we get to hear a more melodic side to this producer’s repertoire.
Because of this, ‘Blame You’ is perhaps one of the few suitable tracks for the Ivy Lab to take on and change about. I personally prefer what the production trio have done here and think it’s complimented by their trademark soulful touch. Although these touches are minor to the untrained ear, as a fan you can definitely recognise the Ivy Lab sound stamp.
Cop this wicked release as a strictly limited vinyl and digital edition from the Critical Music store and all good retailers.
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