By: Heather Hodder
Dissecting the Groove Remixed from New Zealand glitch and electro-funk providers Delicious Music is an 8-track glitch-hop romp dedicated to reworkings of Australian duo STAUNCH’s popular release, remixed by major figures in the Down Under scene such as Kalya Scintilla, Beat Fatigue, Cheshire, Chamberlain, Austero, Whitebear, Evil Oil Man, Dirty Hippy, and by STAUNCH, themselves.
These remixes reimagine STAUNCH’s 2015 album Dissecting The Groove, incorporating heavier bass lines, dubstep, dance-y and harder glitch- hop beats along with electro-swing.
STAUNCH, made up of Australian DJ/producers James Hayes and Algernon Renton, have been releasing music together since 2011. They have had tracks and EPs in the top 100 on Beatport regularly. This month, “Alpha Mode (Staunch Re-Grooved)“ rose as high as the #4 spot in the top 100 glitch hop tracks on Beatport and “Fight Milk (Chamberlain Remix)” reached #10.
The track “Alpha Mode (Staunch Re-Groove)” is a bit more bouncy and funky than the original track. “Fight Milk (Chamberlain remix)” has slightly harder dubstep influences with a tad faster tempo and more glitch hop. Melbourne, Australia based John Chamberlain (aka Chamberlain) is known for his big beats, Australian vibes (using unique instruments), and tasteful quantization.
STAUNCH is lined up to play at several festivals around its home country this fall including Elements Festival in Queensland, and the Nunyara Culture Festival In Northern NSW. Recently, the guys performed at the Rainbow Serpent Festival 2018 with Desert Dwellers, OPIUO, and Phutureprimitive.
Many of the artists covering STAUNCH are also from Australia and New Zealand. For example Kalya Scintilla, aka Yaegon Lamagaia, remixed the staunch track “Night Bus” incorporating his trademark mysterious psy-vibes, world beats, and techno shamanic rhythms. Scintilla is an UNTZ veteran, performing at The Untz Festival in 2016.
Another Aussie, Whitebear, also remixed “Night Bus.” Whitebear, also known as Arthur Song, has performed around the world including Costa Rica’s Envision Festival, upstate New York’s psychedelic artist Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, Colorado’s Sonic Bloom Festival and Northern California’s Enchanted Forest. Whitebear’s take on “Night Bus” pairs growling baselines, more uptempo east meets west melodies, more modern synthesized glitch-hop breaks giving a darker, building in momentum—sound full of movement.
Dissecting the Groove Remixed is a must-hear for modern day glitch-hop aficionados. The remixes showcase different flavors of the genre that continues to grow and adapt in a fast-paced electronic music industry. STAUNCH's collection of remixers is top notch, and introduces Stateside glitch fans to the new crop of producers from the antipodes who are changing the game.
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