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Karen Pollard – Reach Out To Me (The Remixes)

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3516-224882_600.jpgLabel: Hard TimesScore: 8/10 

If you’ve found yourself at a Hard Times party over the years, then chances are you already known what the brand stands for: clued-in house music with an old-school and discerning edge. And much like many similar brands before them, the party is now being dragged into the contemporary domain thanks to a thought out batch of remixes of Karen Pollard’s ‘Reach Out To Me’.

The original – of course – signified arguably the highpoint in the label’s previous incarnation, and if you haven’t checked it out already, then we recommend that you jump straight on to YouTube. This package, however, is definitely about the remixes, the first of which comes at us courtesy of Angel Moraes. Moraes’ remix relies on a plentiful amount of jungle percussion, while DJ Spen & Soulfuledge drag it straight back to the old-school with their straight-up, no fuss interpretation.

Kayper’s remix has a real touch of 1990’s epic-ness about it, but Louis Bailey’s really refined – and appropriately named – 95 mix, is the early standout pick thanks to its gorgeous strings that play out beautifully on the ear. Mineo’s is the most spiky of the lot thanks to its dubstep vibes, while the Paperboys’ classic remix is also included in what’s a truly heavyweight package. The last of the remixes come from arguably the biggest names on board here, the first of which is 2020’s Ralph Lawson, who teams up with Tuccilo for a more restrained mix than we expected. Culminating the package is sometime electro don Mat Playford, whose liberal use of snares and reverb marks his effort out as one of distinction. A package for the true heads, no doubt about it. 

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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