Andy Vaz

“Rmxs By J. Jelinek, Krikor, A. Shakir”

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Review

The Andy Vaz “First Aid Course EP” remixes are without a doubt a must-have survival pack. His first EP on Italian Persistencebit records, remixed by four of the biggest global talents in the four to the floor game. JAN JELINEK, Detroit’s ANTHONY SHAKE SHAKIR, KRIKOR and MAPSTATION (AKA Stefan Schneider / To rococorot). All mixes relay different contexts and approaches, creating a unique 12”. Andy Vaz’s original elements of deep house are reinterpreted as serious dancefloor hits. Jan Jelinek (as Farben), delivers a minimal house version of ‘People Change’ that swings and flows like there’s no tomorrow, while Mapstation steps it up a knotch in a more old school techno manner. On Side B, Krikor delivers a dark, sinister, bomb shelter mix, in a pumping, analogue-sounding, noisy cut-up style that he is so well known for. A superb mix that will initially twist up the floor and blow the speakers in the true sense of the meaning. Last but not least, Detroit’s legend and one of the originators of the initial wave of Detroit techno Anthony Shake Shakir, takes it back to the good old days, delivering an authentic Detroit techno ain’t-never-going-out-of-style mix of pure madness. Rearranging Vaz’s original melodies spicing up in tempo with harmonies so sweet and timeless that sends you on a wild cruise through history. A must-have collector’s item on its own - not only for the Detroit heads out there. This remix EP is guaranteed to stand out from the norm and is bound to be heard on dancefloors repeatedly.

VAZBIT-011 in the media

AME (Innervisions): “Toller remix von unserem alten Helden Shake Shakir! Der Farben Mix ist auch super geworden.”

Chloe: “i like very much the cover. the rmxes are great, i love Krikor s rmx, a bit dirty. great.”

DE:BUG (GER): “Rating: ***** points”

DJ Mag (UK): “rating: *** points”

Giles Smith (DJ Mag UK/ secret: “Cool release. definitely feeling the dubby, hypnotic Farlen remix. Would have reviewed but Richard reviewed this one...”

Groove Charts Nov.: “Groove November Charts- Platz 39”

Groove Magazin (GER): “Wenn sich jemand diese Platte nur wegen des großartigen Artworks kauft, kann man ihm nur vorwerfen, dass er dabei verdammt gute Tracks ignoriert. Jan Jelinek, Shake, Krikor und Mapstation liefern nämlich allesamt Mixe ab, die das Potential dieser Künstler voll ausschöpfen. Jan Jelinek überzeugt im „Farbens Goldchord Mix" mit grooviger Wärme für die Tanzfläche, Shake brettert drauflos und setzt typische Detroit-Sounds gegen die Barsteher ein, um dann gegen Ende aus dem Track hinauszustreicheln. Toll. Auch Mapstation und Krikor können mit ihren Mixen voll überzeugen. Vier Mixe, vier Gewinner.”

Jennifer Cardini: “love jan jelinek ! ”

Josh Wink (Ovum Rec.): “Like the Farben and Mapstation mixes the best. Will play out for sure!”

Lee Smith (I-DJ Magazin UK): “High quality, super-smart music as always. Love the Jan Jelinek mix. ”

Mike Shannon: “Loving the mixes by Mapstation and Krikor the most. Excellent!”

RAVELINE (GER) 10/2006: “Jan Jelinek hat sich „Places And People Change“ aus Andys großartigem Debütalbum angenommen, es behutsam zerpflückt und zu einer minimalen Jazznummer ummodelliert. Das Ergebnis büßt nicht an Charme ein, ist durch den hinter die feinfühlig einlullenden Oldschool-Chords gerückten Beat allerdings etwas weniger direkt auf den Floor ausgerichtet. Dorthin wendet sich dafür Mapstations Mix von „Inscrutable Insects“, welches mit einem druckvollen, gleichermaßen dunklen wie warmen Beat in seinen Bann zieht und durch treppauf-treppab gefilterte Sounds, die über einem stetig mahlenden Klanggerüst liegen, eine Retrospektive auf Techno zu seiner besten Zeit darstellt. Toller Track! Etwas abstrakter darf es dann bei Krikors „Cockroach Mix“ dieses Stückes zu gehen: Um Takt einleitende Trompetenstöße wickelt sich ein klickernder - nein - ein kakerlakenartig krabbelnder und scharender Mix aus Hats und Snares, der für sich noch mal von zirpenden Noises umlagert wird. Shake Shakirs Mix von „Dark Inclination“ bedient dann selbstverständlich sämtliche Detroit-Gelüste: Stramme, galoppierende Bassdrum trifft auf sphärische Flächenteppiche. Was zuerst recht naiv klingt, wird letztlich durch helle Stringmelodien befreiend frisch. Vaz soll ich noch sagen außer: Gewohnt hohe Qualität. 6 Points Achim ”

Textura Magazine: “A few years ago, Vladislav Delay lost invaluable demo material when his computer’s hard drive (and back-up) collapsed, forcing him to return to earlier takes for the eventual 2004 release Demo(n) Tracks. Recently, Andy Vaz suffered a similar fate when a hard-drive crash caused his own work to be partially lost, forcing him to re-cover and re-edit the tracks that now comprise his Lost & Recovered Data EP. Not that you’d ever know it, by the way, ‘cos the three clubby cuts here sound in no way unfinished. Perpetuating the free-flowing, shape-shifting style Vaz deployed on his recent album debut Repetitive Moments Last Forever, the opener “Dark Changing Patterns” twists and turns throughout its nine-minute reign. Being so central, the groove’s transformations are most conspicuous, with the rhythm morphing through spacey funk, jazzy swing, and techno-funk. More direct by comparison (though it too subtly moves through myriad episodes), the B-side’s “New Horizons” is dominated by a tight, bass-driven slam that builds hypnotic force through repetition, while the most club-friendly of the three, “Mild October Days” swings mightily. A sweet companion to Lost & Recovered Data is Vaz’s latest, a12-inch collection of First Aid Course remixes courtesy of Farben (Jan Jelinek), Anthony Shake Shakir, Krikor, and Mapstation (Stefan Schneider). Farben drapes trademark textures and sprays tiny blips of acid over a chugging microhouse pulse in his “People Change” overhaul while Mapstation lends an African-styled bump to a swinging techno pulse in his “Second Aid” treatment. In a style not radically unlike Vaz’s own, Krikor (Krikor Kouchian) fills his pumping “Inscrutable Insects” mix with anthropod chatter before Detroit legend Anthony Shake Shakir rocks “Dark Inclination” with infectious, old-school punch. By keeping his sights firmly set on the song’s driving rhythms, Shakir’s track leaves the strongest impression of the four. Play the original and remix discs side-by-side for optimal listening pleasure. ”

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