It's A Crime Remixes It's A Crime Remixes

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Virgo Four Virgo FourIt's A Crime Remixes

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Virgo Four  It's A Crime Remixes RUSH HOUR (RH113-12, 12” + digital)

Listening to the huge “Ressurrection” box by Virgo Four, it’s not hard to imagine that Eric Lewis and Merwyn Sanders’s plans went far beyond house. On many of the tracks you can hear that, unlike many of their peers, the Chicago duo’s intentions never stopped at trying to make dancefloor hits for the Warehouse or the Music Box in order to get signed by Trax or D.J. International. They wanted to get signed, of course (and they didn’t stop until they got what they wanted), but they wanted to do so with songs with much more elaborated structures which integrated sounds like synth-pop and R&B. However, this isn’t reflected in their two singles for Trax (one of them released under the name M.E.), as label boss Larry Sherman only wanted simple tracks that would be dancefloor hits. So we’ve had more than twenty years to understand the real dimensions of a project that was destined to mark an era, but for many different reasons, got stuck halfway. They wanted to make pop music. In their own way and with their own means, but pop music.

All this is because of the choice for Caribouto remix “It's A Crime”, one of the indisputable highlights of the compilation. Because ever since “Swim”, Dan Snaith has become a bit of a contemporary equivalent of the artists described above: someone who wants to make pop music with the tools of electronic dance music. The people at Rush Hour saw the link and pushed the button. And of course, when a connection of such, almost mystical, proportions is made, only one thing can happen: magic. Because Caribou’s version is a miracle rather than a remix. A reconstruction that starts as if it were a discarded track from his own album, surprisingly using his own voice and transforming the pop of the original (little by little) into an acid monster that pays tribute to the aforementioned Chicago tracks.

But beyond the stylistic adventures, what’s most surprising is the ease with which Snaith manages to combine, in one song, so many references and ideas, and that it’s a peak time hit, too. Astonishing. The 12” is completed with a remix by Hunee, who once again shows he will never disappoint – a trademark cosmic house refix by a producer who is very much in shape, and it’s unfair we can only spend a few lines on his contribution, but, ah, my friend, that’s what you get when you share the vinyl with the remix of the year.

Franc Sayol

“It’s A Crime (Caribou Remix)”

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