An exercise in musical story rebuilding is upon us, as Research & Development Records prepares to unleash Volume 1 of Words In Colour Rephrased. This first foray into rephrasing has Alan Ruddick, Chris Voro and DeCode trying their hand at the rather difficult assignment. But first, what is this Words In Colour I speak of?
For those not familiar, that is the title of John Dopping‘s 13 track debut album, released back in July of 2014 under Activa’s Borderline Music. If a mere sentence does not qualify as enough information for you, do check here for more details. And now, let us get on with the job at hand. 🙂
John Dopping – Where Do I Begin (Alan Ruddick Remix)
Where else does one begin, other than at the beginning, with Alan’s twisted new retelling of Where Do I Begin.
Helped along by a more pronounced baseline presence and longer run time, this version further accentuates the quirkiness and mystery of the original. Thanks to a longer, more well defined break, the instrumental recedes into the background, allowing Alan to slide in a relevant quote from theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss:
The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. […] You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements – the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution – weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.
Source: “A Universe From Nothing” by Lawrence Krauss
I think this rephrasing has started off well, don’t you think? Let’s see what else there is.
John Dopping & Activa – Chayote (Chris Voro Remix)
Next in line is Chris Voro with a distinctively psychedelic set of breaks bolted to Chayote, John’s collaboration with Activa. As you remember (if not, click here) I am a big fan of the original (in translation: I still play it an excessive number of times a day) so I was intrigued by this remix.
Beyond imprinting the track with his signature brand of breaks, Chris played around with the vocal chops as well, which led to a delightfully playful result. Though some may consider it a small thing, seeing such attention to detail had me smiling all the way through this track. Straight on heavy rotation with this one. 🙂
We’re not finished yet, though. Step right this way.
John Dopping – Malady (DeCode Remix)
Rounding off the package is Paul Johnson aka DeCode with an absolutely stunning rewording of Malady.
An air of sadness and mystery enveloped the original (hence the name), but Paul somehow managed to accentuate that even more in his version. Its eerily atmospheric break made for an incredibly appropriate backdrop against which the piano was able to shine. It is difficult to put into words just how much more powerful an impact this moment had, so I’ll let the sample convince you.
Words In Colour Rephrased Volume 1 is headed for a Beatport near you on March 28th, with other stores getting it a fortnight later, on April 11th. Until then, enjoy the samples sprinkled throughout this post. 🙂
Beatport Exclusive: 28.03..2016 | General Release: 11.04.2016
Country: UK / Style: Psy Trance, Psy Breaks, Techno / Year: 2016 / Label: Research & Development Records
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