Life And Death – Step Aside Remixes


PURCHASE: 12″ / Digital


This time last year, Life And Death – the dream team comprised of modern house heroes Tale Of Us and Thugfucker – released a dual weapon of stealth killer club tracks ‘Step Aside’. Now given the royal remix treatment by super producers Carl Craig and Jamie Jones plus Rework flexing their minimal funk, the EP gets a whole new lease of life.

First up, Carl Craig, a true forefather of Detroit and Planet E boss, enters the Visionquest repertoire with a heavy duty ‘Morgana’ remix. Staying faithful to the dark and hallucinogenic journey of the original with its stormy twists and turns, Carl delivers the perfect stomping gear, pitching things up and pairing the growling disengaged synth line with driving hi-hats for a more jacked up groove. An explosive storm is just about contained in the tension, letting off shoots of steam in all the right places.

On the flip, the inimitable Jamie Jones takes the reigns for the first remix of ‘Step Aside’, lifting the track from its deep and dubby expanse into to a backdrop of bleep filled space funk, injecting the bassline with his infectious dancefloor appeal and playing with the melody of the bubbling synth line. Another first appearance on the Visionquest imprint but a long time friend of the group, Jamie Jones is without doubt one of the most in-demand talents in the industry and currently making ripples outside the realms of dance music with Hot Natured.

Closing the package, German-French trio and Playhouse favourites Rework, deliver a remix of ‘Step Aside’ in their own alternative stripped back style, underpinning Scott McCloud’s chopped up vocal with deep old school chords and combining them with fresh female vox courtesy of band member Sacha Hedgehog. Also made up of Daniel Varga and Michael Kübler, Rework are specialists in edgy, minimal funk and ooze new-wave sex appeal. Recent EPs have been dropping on Meant Records and Items & Things.