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"Beautiful But Weird"
Release Date: 24 Aug 2009
The majority of King Roc's critically acclaimed debut CD Chapters was aimed at the home listener. Which is why the next single is two sets of dancefloor remixes of Chapters' standout vocal track Beautiful But Weird, featuring the vocalist Barbara Alcindor. Part of French-German #1 pop group Family Affair, she also has a voice that led Phonica to call her last track Je Suis Differente "easily one of the sexiest pieces of deep house we've heard in a long time". (Je Suis, incidentally, was King Roc's sideproject with Giles Smith, Two Armadillos - and the followup to Two Armadillos's Beatport #1 deep house remix of the Discowboys).
Anyhow, two sets of remixes? The first set includes Finland's Sasse, Swedish duo Alex Caytas & Aleks Patz, Greece's Stel, and King Roc's own warm deep-house remix as Jericho Dub. The second set, out some weeks later, will include a Clouded Vision remix that's wonderfully unlike the original, and King Roc's own dancefloor-centric mix.
Sasse you will already know. The "benevolent dictator" of Finland's well-known moodmusic, he runs a label that has released DJ T., Henrik Schwarz, Dirt Crew, Ewan Pearson, Naughty, Kiki, Nick Chacona, Spirit Catcher, Dan Berkson, the wonderful Star You Star Me, and of course quite a number of his own productions. With Ewan Pearson and Darshan Jesrani, he was responsible for Tracey Thorn's solo track "It's All True" - one of our favourite major-label tracks of all time.
The other remixers, meanwhile, are newer producers King Roc specifically aimed to work with for the release. Alex Caytas and Aleks Patz are two thirds of the trio Sour Grapes, but their work together tends toward a far techier style. And Stel, meanwhile, has released on Renaissance, Moodmusic, Jesus Loved You, Toolroom, Audio Therapy and Dieb Audio, and remixed Digweed, Sander Kleinenberg, Nick Warren, Funkagenda, Gabriel and Dresden...
Written by Martin Dawson and Barbara Alcindor.
"The Jericho Dub is great!" - Kiki
"Great stuff - love it" - Grayson Shipley (Idiotproof)
"Jericho Dub Mix!" - Mark Henning
"Fresh sounds, I prefer the Stel Remix." - Shejay
"Alex+Alex remix is the one for me. Will support!" - Michel De Hey
"Alex and Alex mix up a storm on this one. V groovy." - Chris Coco
"Excellent remix by Sasse" - ChloÃ©
"The Jericho dub is gooood!" - Riva Starr
"Love all the mixes, with Sasse giving us a blinder" - Nick Warren
"Love the jericho dub mix" - Tom Findlay (Groove Armada)
"The Jericho remix is my favourite, will be playing" - Max Cooper
"Sasse is on form here...nice chilled remix package!" - Filthy Rich
"I'm really in love with the Jericho dub" - Mason
"Caytas&Patz Remix is really good..." - Tocadisco
"Nice pack !!! Alex n Alex mix and the Jericho Dub are wicked !!!" - Ramon Tapia
"Nice release. Like the Sasse remix for nice track to listen to and I like the Jericho Dub!!" - Leeks
"Sort of reminded me of Madonna which is no bad thing!" - Clive Henry
"Excellent remix Package" - Edwin James / Corrugated Tunnel
"Great remixes, Sasse's sexy version and Jericho Dub in his exquisite and deep patterns are the favorites." - Filterwolf
"Diggin the Sasse remix. Propah Deepness!" - DJ Bwyse / Talking In Stereo
"Really really nice pack... Special for Stel remix..." - DJ Yellow
"The Caytas & Patz mix is the one for me - a useful rhythm. Like the Sasse version a lot, too." - Chris Power (Drowned In Sound)
"All these mixes are good...and very diverse. Stel and Jericho are my favs..." - Randall Jones (Tigerhook / Bedrock / MyntMusic)
"All mixes superb. A real tough call on favourite." - Darren Rock (X-Press 2)
"Supported the original mix. Now, the Stel rmx has captured my heart. Lovely." - Francis Preve (Keyboard magazine US)
"Sasse & Jericho mixes are bloody awesome!!!!" - Jozif
"cool reworks of a nice original - STEL's remix is my fave!" - Riyaz Khan (CHRY 105.5FM)
"Sexy Sasse Mix!!" - Robbie Younan (Resident Advisor)
"The Caytas & Patz as well as the Sasse rmxs will work perfectly on every dancefloor... still I prefer the King's original version." - Sven Fortmann (Lodown)
"Very nice and diverse package. I like the energy of the Stel mix and the deep vibes of Sasses version." - RenÃ© Passet (OOR / DJ Broadcast)