In reevaluating the more prominent tech house cuts of 2012, not a single track can go toe-to-toe with Italian production outfit NiCe7’s dancefloor incendiary, Bassline Soldiers. Even several weeks before the summer club anthem initially stormed the Beatport charts with its groundbreaking release on Noir Music, the scene’s heaviest-hitters (Seth Troxler and Carl Cox included) were hammering its infectious hooks among their global audiences.
After celebrating nearly a full year of extensive success for their career-defining single, NiCe7 (Cesare Marocco and Nicola Daniele) linked up with the infamous DFTD imprint (a subsidiary of Defected In The House) to deliver the long-awaited Bassline Soldiers remix package. Reintroducing the original smash with a fresh remaster, the release also comprises three delectable reinterpretations to pique listeners’ various musical palates.
The first remix comes courtesy of one of Germany’s newest underground studio profiles, Sable Sheep. Revisiting the original track’s retro house melody and trademark vocal excerpt, his rendition deliberately steers clear of any lingering artistic infringement or monotony. Plying the rhythm to suit his own musical eccentricities, he departs from the conventional 4/4 scheme to serve up a playful medley of rampant drum syncopations and quirky bass taps.
Next on deck for remix duties, Canadian all-star producer Nathan Barato dishes out a scintillating sampling of his raw Toronto tech house flavor to fortify the original. Muscling his way through an obnoxious, all-out percussive onslaught, the former Footwork resident summons an elegant yet abrasive bounce-beat for the more unruly dancefloor warriors.
Topping off the release with a warm waft of ’90s acid house nostalgia, electronic classicalist Luke Solomon perpetuates timeless vibes within his vintage reconstruction. Inspired heavily by the UK’s notorious 20th century garage movement, his seven-minute warehouse-warmer resembles the optimal blend between crunchy, reverberating bass kicks and groove-laden synthesizer shades.
Fortunately enough for all you passionate house-heads, the Bassline Soldiers re-release is currently available on Beatport as of Nov. 25. Grab your own copy right here, and prepare for musical battle.