Jun 10, 2011
European Vapours
Patrice Bäumel - Vapour (Joris Voorn Solid Mix) [Trouw]
Patrice Bäumel - Vapour (Petar Dundov Remix) [Trouw]
Patrice Bäumel - Tactile (Nuno Dos Santos Remix) [Trouw]

Patrice Bäumel dropped his debut album last year after a succession of intricate EPs and a couple of head-turning guest mixes. His frosty, cultured minimal tech earned him the beginnings of a cult following in his native Amsterdam. Vapour, the title track off that LP and recently released on a 12” along with Panic, has been given two stunning reworks here by Joris Voorn and Petar Dundov, while Nuno Dos Santos throws in his off-the-wall version of Tactile for good measure.

The EP opens with Joris’ version of Vapour, the sparsely melodic original given a more visceral groove and an altogether more urgent atmosphere. However, it is Dundov’s futuristic mix that is the stronger of the two, the Croatian turning the track into an interstellar voyage replete with twinkling stars and plenty of vast, echoing space. Nuno Dos Santos’ version of Tactile is a different beast entirely–in his words, “more experimental but still danceable”. It is certainly that: a gently vibrating synth lead is accompanied by distorted gurgling while barely restrained drums seem to be constantly threatening to break loose. Both this and the Dundov track are prime examples of how innovative remixing should be done; expect to hear them all over Europe this summer.

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