Artist: Remi Mazet
Title: I Felt This Way Before EP
Remixer: Ivan Smagghe
Release Date: 01/09/2014
1) I Felt This Way Before
2) Les Merguez
3) Orange & Blue
4) I Felt This Way Before (Ivan Smagghe Remix)
Colors, the east-London party collective has been on a roll as of late, with a spate of successful events that have taken them across Europe to Berlin, Istanbul and Barcelona to name a few countries. As the name suggests, each event draws inspiration from the colour spectrum, with guests encouraged to dress up in a different chosen shade each night to get down to a soundtrack influenced by deep house, funk, disco and techno.
Now they are expanding – as has always has been the main goal – to include a label as well, with rising French star Remi Mazet providing the inaugural EP, and a remix from Ivan Smagghe. What with Remi being a longstanding resident for the night, not to mention some stellar recent releases on Le Via En Rose and Hot Waves, it only seemed fitting for him to get involved.
The title track is a bubbling nu-disco number that would be right at home in Todd Terje’s record bag, with a cheeky four-to-the-floor strut, chunky, elasticated bassline and fizzing arpeggiated synthlines.
‘Les Merguez’ is a peaktime jacking number, with rolling snares and
well placed vinyl scratch samples that are reminiscent of Thomas Bangaltier’s house classic ‘Spinal Scratch’. After the breakdown, cheeky 303 style synths and toe-tapping cowbells take the track to all new levels of funk.
‘Orange & Blue’ simply oozes class, rolling along at a spacious, languid pace, with a bassline which gently chugs along against a backdrop of soulful vocal croons, majestic strings and Rhodes piano chords, Finally, Ivan Smagghe takes ‘I Felt This Way Before’ into slightly tougher territory, opting away with the glossy melodies of the original and instead kneading it out into a propulsive analogue workout.