We’ve seen a lot of action in 2019 from Technique Recordings as they celebrate an impressive milestone of 20 years as a label. As one of the most respected and recognized in the industry with an impressive roster of top artists and some of the most iconic tracks spanning this time frame it’s clear why Technique has earned such great success over the years. Masterminds behind the label Drumsound & Bassline Smith are diligent in the recording process as each and every release from Technique Recordings is among the best when it comes to composition and overall quality of production. The 20 Years of Technique Remix LP that just dropped this week is no exception to that rule.
Technique Recordings have assembled a phenomenal album with some of the most recognized tracks from their catalog remixed by some of the biggest names currently in drum and bass. Stacked with 28 tracks it seems almost an impossible feat however Technique have shattered the expectations as they maintain the original integrity of each individual track while merging new styles and visions from artists on every spectrum of drum and bass into a completely rounded release that brings new life and the current trends of this music into some of the most exemplary tracks from the previous 20 years.
If you love deep rolling basslines Exile’s remix of “Kick Snare” is a great place to start. In contrast to the dubby original mix from Crissy Criss and Youngman Exile has plucked the stems to pieces utilizing militant beats in conjunction with vocal snippets to shatter the subs at the drop with the most gruesome bassline twisting and growling under the solid kick snare beat. Bossmen Drumsound and Bassline Smith have revamped another from Crissy Criss and Youngman, “Higher”, into a similar bassy roller showcasing Youngman’s smooth vocal flavor over delicious low end basslines that tumble and fall under an upbeat rhythm with an underlying hint of jungle flare. Vocal favorite, “Oblivion” also gets the Drumsound and Bassline Smith treatment transforming Tantrum Desire’s original bouncy dance floor vibe into a darker, twisted version while maintaining the integrity of Solah’s vocal and the overall dance floor appeal of the tune.
On the heavier spectrum of the 20 Years of Technique Remix LP we heard an early taste from this release with DC Break’s remix of “Airhead” which I previously reviewed here. TREi brings out the unique side of “Belly Dancer” with bouncy neurofunk basslines breaking between classic snippets of original effects to accentuate nostalgia in the composition. L Plus shatters his take on the remix of “Can You Feel It” with massive energy and upbeat dance orientated vibes. Glitch City contributes an impressive remix with “Skumbag” that hit the scene earlier this year to kick start the hype in true Technique fashion. Additionally, Future Tech is back in business with the absolute banger “Future Tech Remix”, an exciting addition not only to the catalog but also looking toward the upcoming releases from Technique Recordings showcasing a futuristic style and superior quality in overall methods of production.
Spanning the entire range of sub-genres within drum and bass music there’s also a few tracks to emphasize some wicked jump up vibes such as a touch of DJ Phantasy’s signature style on “The Hustler” as well as the monster stomper R U Ready remixed under the moniker 2DB and they have launched this bad boy into space. Out of this world from the first beat “R U Ready” builds furiously to a monster drop that jumps and twists relentlessly with the utmost energy and doesn’t quit straight through to the end, massive track to snap the floor into motion this one can’t be missed.
A handful of tracks that stand out with a noticeably unique twist encompass Djss’ revision on “Can You Feel It” giving this classic an entirely new vibe while gravitating toward the classic, recognizable native sounds. No Concept takes the vocal sensation “Holdin On” to entirely new levels combining the charm of the original mix with futuristic elements to showcase their style in deep, techy basslines and intricate drum patterns to give this favorite new life. Stomping into the mix with fresh style and class comes the remix of “Give You the World” from Subkillaz and Profile as they transform this vocal favorite into a hybrid beauty of an electrifying dark roller tagging back and forth with the most savage jump up bassline. Levela comes correct with his take on “Body Pump” smooth hint of the vocal on the intro with a big build into a groovy track that’s bursting at the seams with authentic energy.
If you’re on the hunt for jungle vibes and heavy amen breaks be sure to take a spin with Aries and Nicky Blackmarket’s remix of “Kilimanjaro” it’s packed with power and extra flare on the drums which have always stood out predominantly in this killer track from Drumsound and Bassline Smith. Sound in Noise brings the 97 flex to Dubplate snapping us straight back into the days of old school flavor, extra heavy on the amens, furious flares and the sickest samples take this one deep into the depths of dark dnb. Technique Soundboy” remixed by DJ Markey is another pick to slingshot the crowd back into old school vibes with intricate drum patterns, soft synths and deep basslines reminiscent of the 90’s jungle sounds. The iconic selection “Mafia” is right on point with Al Storm’s vision in this remix maintaining a hint of the reggae flavor amidst catchy bass drops and clean kicks. A heavy dose of amen breaks tops “Mafia” off in style; a great blend of the original vibe with a new aged sound.
Those in search of smooth selections for the dance floor take a listen to The Protypes remix on “Reach” that is full of upbeat energy to move the crowd, “I Want Your Love” remixed by Blackley into a more vibrant version of this liquid favorite or Muffler’s take on the timeless classic “Holdin On” that boasts a big boost to the beat making this track more danceable than ever.
There’s not a track on this release that didn’t make it into a playlist in my personal library but if I had to select a few to highlight my top picks, these are the selections that really stand out:
Bladerunner’s VIP of “Come With Me” is extra! A slick new flare on the intro brings a fresh beat to the deep drop. New flavor runs over a familiar rhythm pairing those booming bass drops from the original mix with Bladerunner’s beastly bassline amidst the smooth vocal snippets that tie it all together with class.
“Crossfire” has mutated into something dangerously fierce with A.M.C’s masterful touch. A beastly boost on the intro creates a big build perfect for the madness to ensue at the drop. It’s brutal and heavy as the bass smashes between big breaks savage enough to make you hold your breath until the breakdown. The second drop is even more devious, diving deep into a twisted jungle sound still heavy on the neuro vibe bringing more of the original elements back to the track in an all assault of the dance floor.
Digital’s remix of “I Need Somebody” is one of a kind diving deep into intricate amen breaks and dark jungle basslines maintaining the vocal composure from Drumsound & Bassline Smith’s original mix while creating a new life all its own. Digital’s influence is predominant snapping the sounds to ride the old school vibe creating a perfect blend of two signature styles merging for this remix.
High energy for the dance floor and banging neurofunk basslines are my thing and Mob Tactics’ remix of Drumsound & Bassline Smith’s classic banger “Phantasm” hits the sweet spot. Everything about this all-time favorite is artistically amplified as Mob Tactics maneuver the stems eloquently to create a beefier version of “Phantasm” while ultimately preserving the original sound.
Smooth has been hot on the radar this year and his remix of Tantrum Desire’s “Vybez” is further evidence that big things are in store for his future in drum and bass. A sic refit on the intro creates a longer suspenseful build utilizing the stems to the fullest potential morphing the sounds and upping the energy to a monstrous drop that will smash the dance floor to pieces. Heavier and dirtier on the bass in combination with creative use of vocal samples and effects spins “Vybes” into one of the most exciting contributions from the 20 Years of Technique Remix LP.
A vital part of the Technique Recordings roster and a necessary addition to The 20 Years of Technique Remix LP Tantrum Desire has supplied his skills adding several original compositions into the remix list as well as proving he’s got exactly what it takes to manipulate these classic Technique tracks to their ultimate potential. Conquering two of the most iconic tracks from Drumsound & Bassline Smith in the Technique library he has intensified “Cold Turkey” and “I’m Gone” into irresistible modern day dance floor bangers. A monumental remix on “Cold Turkey” remains true to the original but boasts a big drop and vigorous energy amidst stacked neurofunk basslines and brutal breaks. Drumsound & Bassline Smith’s “I’m Gone” is brilliantly remixed by Tantrum Desire, the prime choice for such a critical task being a favorite anthem among many Technique fans. Electrifying basslines, extra flare on the kicks and stylish use of the original stems revitalize this classic into a miraculous new mix worthy of a place in any playlist.
20 Years of Technique Remix LP has a wide array of tracks to choose from for every taste in drum and bass bringing new life to timeless tunes across the history of Technique Recordings catalog forged from the magic of merging the unique styles of each individual artist to exhibit the heart and soul of the history of Technique. This year isn’t done yet and there is still more to come from Technique Recordings to wrap up their 20th year celebration with a BANG!
Take a listen to my 20 Years of Technique Recordings Remix LP Mix!
20 Years of Technique Remix LP FULL TRACKLIST:
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Come With Me (Bladerunner VIP)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Crossfire (A.M.C Remix)
Tantrum Desire – Reach (The Prototypes Remix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Technique Soundboy (DJ Marky Remix)
Crissy Criss & Youngman – Higher (Drumsound & Bassline Smith Remix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – I’m Gone (Tantrum Desire Remix)
Tantrum Desire – Oblivion featuring Solah (Drumsound & Bassline Smith Remix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – R U Ready (2DB Remix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Belly Dancer (TREI Remix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – The Hustler (DJ Phantasy Remix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – I Need Somebody (Digital Remix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Phantasm (Mob Tactics Remix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Body Pump (Levela Remix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Can You Feel It (Djss 2019 Remix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Kilimanjaro (Aries & Nicky Blackmarket Remix)
Crissy Criss & Youngman – Kick Snare (Exile Remix)
Tantrum Desire – Vybez (Smooth Remix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Cold Turkey (Tantrum Desire Remix)
Crissy Criss & Youngman – Give You the World (Sub Killaz & Profile Remix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Dubplate (Sound In Noise 97 Flex)
Tantrum Desire – Airhead (DC Breaks Remix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – I Want Your Love (Blackley Remix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Mafia (Al Storm Remix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Skumbag (Glitch City Remix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Holdin On (Muffler Remix)
Future Tech – Future Tech (Future Tech Remix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Holdin On (No Concept Remix VIP)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Can You Feel It (L Plus Remix)