Mosaik Remixed, LP [mosaik musik / BMG / Ram Records]
Released – 9th March
The final installation of Camo & Krooked’s groundbreaking Mosaik LP is about to be dropped on drum & basses worldwide audience. The award-winning project saw its producers not only create history for Ram Records, a pivotal imprint whose journey has spanned over twenty-five years, but also for dance music. It’s the cross-pollination of styles and expert composing which made Mosaik such an important release for the genre’s entire back catalogue. And for its final stretch, Camo & Krooked brought a host of remixers on board to have their take on its high-tech, methodically designed track listing.
From the imperative sounds of burgeoning newcomer Signal, to Document One’s funky take on Good Times Bad Times, the 25-track remix album has already flooded its market with an intimidating standard of musicality. There’s a range of artists who unmask their creativity and add another dimension to each section of Camo & Krooked’s sonic work of art; the darkly minimalist soundscape of Kimyan Law and Noisia’s more tech-driven mood board are highlights amongst the listing. Fred V. & Grafix, Culture Shock, DLR, Dan Dakota, SpectraSoul, NuLogic, Artificial Intelligence, Dossa & Locuzzed, Bensley, Malux, Urbandawn and other equally powerful names feature across Mosaik Remixed, adding to the already intimidating weight of its predecessor whilst opening it up to an even wider array of talent.
Artists like Klangkarussell, who Camo & Krooked have previously taken on remix duties for, provide an impossibly fresh breath of air by switching the tempo on Slow Down ft. Robb. IAMU also nods to a more cross-genre approach, whilst GLXY, SATL & Malaky team up for a liquid rendition of Tagtraum and Federic Robinson offers softer shades through Dissolve Me ft. Klei. In Camo & Krooked’s pursuit of remixes, there’s not one type of musicality which hasn’t been reached for. Alongside Bop, Paul SG Shield and Young Ax, they help to diversify an already bold set of records.
Camo & Krooked have shown not only their own stellar creative output, but also their ability to tap into the skills of their counterparts. It’s this scope which has enabled them to stay at the centre of the genre’s pioneering changes. For yet another release, they’ve continued in the same direction.