A charismatic personality within the underground community, Curtis Jones (aka Green Velvet/Cajmere) is best known for his flagrant performance antics, as well as his dyadic coverage of both house and techno. In follow-up to his full-length Unshakable album–which dropped back in October–the multi-moniker production wizard just unleashed a comprehensive remix package for his collaborative single with Riva Starr, Robots.
Enlisting the studio talents of three distinguished up-and-comers, the ever-discerning Green Velvet exposes listeners to a well-diversified sampling of sounds among his latest release. Spanning throughout the realms of vintage groove-house, hard-hitting techno, and pseudo-progressive tech house, the Robots remix EP caters to a variety of musical palates.
Aside from the inclusion of Green Velvet and Riva Starr’s original hit-single (which merits a proper listening in its own right), the package leads off with an old-school rendition of Robots, courtesy of the UK’s Weiss. As expected from the recent Toolroom Knights signee, his jackin’ remix blazons a series of strolling syncopations, funk-laden harmonies, and plenty of retro-house flavor to go around–without omitting Curtis Jones’ trademark spoken-word vocals.
Contrary to Weiss’ more lighthearted arrangement, Scottish techno purveyor Harvey McKay steps up to bat next, hammering a sinister floor-romper for his remix offering. With no holds barred, the savvy producer lays down an aggressive backbeat, fueled by punchy bass-kicks and crisp hi-hats. An even more appropriate alteration to suit his shadowy ethos, Harvey also pitches down the vocals towards the depths of hell itself, conjuring a demonic lyrical presence within his personalized re-rendering.
Rounding out the remix package with indelible savor, the final Robots upgrade comes from the brilliant minds of Mind Against–the promising pair of Italian producers who’ve already incited massive buzz with their previous works on No. 19 and Vakant. Delivering a slow-building acid-tease for fans to feast their ears upon, the duo immerses us beneath their mixes’ elegant rhythms and ethereal synth layers, downplaying the vocals to a casual, filtered sample.
If you’re vibing with Green Velvet’s artist selections for his latest single package, grab the entire release right here on Beatport.