02. Desert – Danton Eeprom Protofunk Rework
03. Desert – Juju & Jordash remix
For the next release on Souvenir, the label dips into the past of almost 30 years ago to retrieve this forgotten souvenir of the times, dusting off and rejuvenating Section 25’s classic, ‘Desert’, taken from the album, ‘From the Hip’ on Manchester’s infamous Factory Records. This reappropriation of the 1984 track is the perfect choice for two very seasoned producers whose own musical history dates back to those days: Mahk (Mahk Rumbae) and DJ Morpheus (Samy Birnbach). As a vocalist, A&R, label manager, DJ, producer, musician and more, DJ Morpheus has been involved in music from the late 80s. He formed part of cult act Minimal Compact during the mid-80s then went onto producing as the Gruesome Twosome (releasing their biggest hit ‘Hallucination Generation’ in 1989), and then later, in 1994, worked as A&R for SSR/ Crammed Discs, taking the helm of their much loved Freezone Compilations, exposing the world to artists as varied and cutting edge as DJ Cam, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Photek, Abacus, T-Power, The Mighty Bop aka Bob Sinclar, Howie B, Coldcut, Carl Craig, Basement Jaxx, 4 Hero, Josh Wink, Plaid, Alex Gopher and more. Working in electronic music since the late 1980s too, Mahk has spent much of his time working in the experimental field, both as part of long running industrial/ experimental band Konstruktivists as well as on a number of solo projects. He also produced dance and techno in the early 90s, then in the late 90s in the UK drum and bass scene, releasing tracks on Mickey Finn and Aphrodite’s label Urban Takeover. Mahk continues to work on new music, recently returning to the techno scene with his new dark techno project Codex Empire. The A-side sees the pair reinterpret the much loved Factory Records track, twisting it into a slow driving, bloody curdling, arpeggiated late night anthem for the freaks. Complimenting this reworking is a remix from prolific French electronic producer, Danton Eeprom who injects a little more funk with a chopped and slapped bass with piqued guitar hooks, all cloaked in dubbed out reverb ambience. For the B-side, industrial and analogue noodlers Juju & Jordash turn in what can only be described as a tripped out journey through the stems of the original which perfectly rounds out this fascinating update of a once loved classic.