Midnight Operator

“Midnight Operator, Return Zombies Remix”

WAG021 scanZoom inLabelWagon Repair
Cat. No.WAG021
Orders fromMon, 26 Feb 2007
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Mathew Jonson has released widely acclaimed records on labels as revered as Kompact, Sub Static, and Minus; and has since established his own Wagon Repair imprint that is already renowned for the quality of its output. Since 2004 he’s received numerous glowing accolades for his production and live performance. He established himself with tracks like Typerope, Folding Space and Decompression. He is also an accomplished live performer on his own and with Cobblestone Jazz. Coming from a family of electronics enthusiasts; brother Nathan’s disjointed beats are quite a contrast to Mathew’s slick and seamless fusion of techno, house, jazz and drum ‘n’ bass. With releases on labels such as Sub Pop and Iswhatitis, Nathan’s Hrdvsion project bridges the gulf between techno and modern experimental music. Adventurous and eccentric, his records can meander from the intricately beautiful to unashamedly grimy in seconds, a trademark theme detectable in this, the Jonson brothers’ first released collaboration. Nathan sets the pace of this track, focusing mainly on drum programming, whilst Mathew sculpts the bass and melodic content with layers of analog and digital sounds; resulting in a infectious concoction of breaks, grime and drum ‘n’ bass. This collaboration was also partly conceived as a remix project, and an opportunity for the brothers to cut up their sibling’s creations. First up for the chop is Mathew’s ‘Return of the Zombie Bikers’, with Hrdvsion using Ableton to cut and mix a distinct interpretation of his brother’s work on the B side. The duo often perform live together in North America and have plans to team up and tour Europe in late 2007.

WAG021 in the media

Anja Schneider (Mobilee Rec.): “Wow. the zombie mix is brilliant..like you get lost in a haunted house, scary but exciting ! ”

Dj Mag ( UK): “The Jonsonbrothers take a break from their Cobblestone Jazz and Hrdvision projects to fullfil Wagon Repair's aim of occasionally releasing off beat eleconica. 'Midnigh Operators' is a breaky electro workout centered on a succession of glitchy cut-ups. It 's more suited to an early morning smoke than the dance floor,but this task is dispatched admirably with the Return Zombies remix,where hints of an India In Me'-style riff and fragile hooks Weave in and out of the spine-tingling rhythm track. ”

DJ T (Get Physical): “I loved the original of "Zombies" so much. This is a very weird, unexpected interpretation of its theme, but I like it.”

Groove Magazin (GER): “Midnight Operator sind Labelboss Mathew Jonson und sein Bruder Nathan, der hier als Hrdvsion auch den Remix von Mathew Jonsons Hit „Return Of The Zombie Bikers“ auf der B-Seite besorgt. Auch hier regiert Noise und eine Soundlandschaft und Verspieltheit, die an mutierte Geldspielgeräte auf Acid erinnert. Wagon Repair ist immer wieder interessant”

Karotte: “obergeil mal wieder. ganz groß der zombie biker rmx. schön schräg. super!!!”

Laurent Garnier: “nice n funky will play ”

Mike Shannon: “Some twisted fusion on the killer Midnight operator... but the re-edit from Nathan does it for me... some great edits and a sequence that is great in the mix. wicked ”

Tobi Neumann: “cool! something for ellen alien's set. i like it and will try it again”

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