Kris Wadsworth-Mainline Remixes 12” (Hype LTD)
Kris Wadsworth has become one of the premiere deep house guys around that consistently comes up with the goods while showcasing a gentle understanding of the intricacies dependent upon the genre’s success. The original version of “Mainline” was a great homage to the late 80’s Chicago house scene with its extended intro, jacking beats, and floaty and freeform female vocals. He made the whole affair all the more unique by getting a bit ethereal with a dark underlying melody and chugging bass line accompaniment reminiscent of all the best Balearic beats.
Enter the remixers that adorn this new 12” on Hype LTD, starting with Sven Weismann who tones things down with a 90 second piano intro. A slowed, organic drum beat begins to take shape amidst a repeated synth line like a band getting warmed up to perform for a live audience. Despite the electronics, the remix gets away with having that sort of feel: live instrumentation with a dedicated pulse, but with the adventurous flair of not knowing where it’s headed next. Distant horn blasts and hi-hats come and go, but steady is the beat, synths, and vocals, righting the ship right when you think a capsize is just around the corner. This goes on for over nine minutes, and not a single second gets wasted.
The second remix comes courtesy of Jimmy Edgar. Jimmy Edgar? Purveyor of deep house? His name is hardly bandied about in this genre’s circles, but it certainly should be after evidence of his reworking here. Proving that less can sometimes be beautifully more, Edgar takes the blueprint of the original and moves it slightly sideways and forward, coming up with a sound that’s sexy, groovy, and shamelessly danceable. Repeating a lone bass stab for the better part of ten minutes, he thrusts the synth line into a tunnel of flange, taking an already skeletal song and stripping it down ever so slightly by beginning with an incredibly infectious energy instead of building to it. Repetition proves more effective than dynamism here, and 10 minutes later Edgar showcases his best and funkiest track of his career.
Once in a great while remixes surpass the original, and “Mainline” is one of those glorious moments. A record truly made for both the club and your headphones.