Label: Selador Records
Hitting 18 is a time of maturity in the real world, but for a record label to clock the figure it shows a staying power that attacks the idea of this being a disposable era for music. Selador may be a very of the times label in terms of innovation, the digital only imprint managing to release the first ever crowd funded mix compilation at its inception in 2013, but there’s a classicist vibe to what they rep musically. Put simply they’ve focused on house and techno with no frills, good dancefloor music that’s modern without being trend driven – essentially that idea of maturity has been there from day one. It’s here with a vengeance on this release though, as the elongated elegance behind the naming of ‘Justified Replacement of Lulu’ from label boss Dave Seaman is backed up with a remix package as hefty as the syllables in that title. Cristoph leads the charge with a chunky rework, adding another sophisticated track to his armoury to cap off what has undoubtedly been a breakthrough year for him. Old master Joeski is next up, going for deeper territory with a trackier attack that is a killer DJ tool in the right hands, with Raxon’s effort an interestingly intricate affair. Our ears favour Marc Marzenit’s version mind, easily the darkest of the new versions and the closest that comes to matching the original’s brooding intensity. It all adds up to the proposition that adulthood for the label is something we can all benefit from.
Words: Jimmy Coultas
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