After being one of the many standouts on the ‘We Are Opilec! Vol. III’ compilation back in 2016, I-Robots’ ‘Glamouflage’ is now getting a full vinyl release with artwork by Tomozo Kevorkian, who was designer for NYC’s Body & Soul, and remixes by a standout team of producers from Japan to Switzerland to South Africa and the USA.
Opening up the EP is a fantastic new Take II version from label boss I-Robots, who added exclusive Chinese vocal samples recorded on the streets of Huang Jiang City many years ago. The track is inspired by Ennio Morricone and Supermax and is a loose and infectious groove with brilliant drums and percussion and an elastic bassline that really gets you moving. It’s a subtle update to the original also included here as a bonus cut which itself is a steamy and tropical sounding groove.
Swiss electronic pioneer Schaltkreis Wassermann then features on a version of the original that reaches for the cosmos with its rugged bass riffs, tumbling toms and busy, ever evolving groove. It has a big breakdown with exotic synths wandering through the night and oodles of effects and big guitar licks.
The first of the remixes comes from Kuniyuki Takahashi who has been a big supporter of I-Robots since 2000. He is a sound designer from Japan who had a compilation of his works put out by Music From Memory back in February. His version is laden with cosmic synths and chants, grunting and organic drums and is sure to be massive this summer thanks to its open air vibes.
Detroit’s underrated but vital Gary Martin is the boss of the Teknotika label and his version featuring Colten Decker playing an unusual sax line shows another side to the Motor City. It’s a curious and mysterious tune that makes for an unsettling atmosphere that keeps you locked throughout as it snakes along.
This is a fulsome package that brims with character and sunshine vibes and is sure to make its way into plenty of influential record bags this summer.
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Dave Clarke (white noise radio) – Lovely to see Gary Martin still has it
Antal (Rush Hour) – Kuniyuki’s mix is sick!
Paul Cottam (Cottam) – This is ace, love the vibes especially that Kuniyuki version
Roman Fluegel (Roman Fluegel, Dial, Cocoon, Playhouse, Robert Johnson) – Glamouflage (Orig. Version) is my favourite
Francois Kevorkian (Wave) – Great package, lots of good versions in there. I have a bit of a preference for the Kuniyuki Jungle Remix, but the Schaltkreis Wasserman version is great and very playable as well.
Greg Wilson – Very cool!
Peter Kruder (Kruder & Dorfmeister / K7) – Take 1 is great. The Original as well. Will play .
Antoine Harispuru (Golden Bug (Gomma)) – Great!
Danny Tenaglia – Thanks!!!!
Ivan Smagghe (Black Strobe) – KT remix for me.
General Ludd (Ten Thousand Yen, Mister Saturday Night, Rubadub) – just love the original
Eddie Richards (Evil Eddie Richards) – gary martin mix
Ray Mang – Very Good! 🙂 Thank you
Craig Smith (6th Borough Project) – Digging Take ll and Kuniyuki Takasi mixes most
Mark E – Yes, all over this, really good.
Richard Sen – All good. My fave I think is Schaltkreis Wassermann’s mix.
Idjut Boys (Smalltown Supersound) – what a great release, the original and take it are my immediate favourites but i’m sure there is more here thanks
Laurent Garnier (none) – GREAT release — full support from me
Justin Robertson – great
Massimiliano Pagliara (Live at Robert Johnson) – some groovy tunes in here!
Ben UFO (Hessle Audio / Rinse FM) – thank you
Kenny ‘The Wasp’ Greive (Dixon Avenue Basement Jams) – Thank you, Schaltkreis Wasserman remix for me
Seven Davis Jr – Nice!
Alexander Robotnik (Hot Elephant Music) – Good Job. Original and Djembe Monks RMX for me
Leo Mas (Is it Balearic) – great release, love it
Christian Pronovost (Lost Heroes) – LOVE Djembe Monks Kuniyuki Takahashi And the Original Lost Heroes Full support !
Charles Webster (Peacefrog) – kuniyuki mix is awesome as usual !..thnx !
Tony Rodriguez (Brothers’ Vibe) – Killer piece!!
Sean Johnston (Hardway Bros, A Love From Outer Space, Disco Bloodbath) -Large!
Soul Clap (Wolf & Lamb) – WOW I-Robots and Kuniyuki! What a combo!!
Optimo – great stuff
Josh Caffe (Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Exploited, BPitch, Batty Bass) – Really feeling the track featuring Schaltkreis. Nice funk elements
Andrew Claristidge (Acid Washed (Records makers)) – Very interesting release.
Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco) – Schaltkreis remix my fav had already these. Great stuff
Popscile (Opilec Music) – good music
Marco Antao (SwitchSt(d)ance (Lux Club)) – huge release! really like it! thank you very much