2017 Oct 29     
2 Bit Thugs

Remixes come from US veteran Joeski and Lauren Lane

Ibiza resident Davina Moss has released tracks on labels like Hot Creations, ViVA Music and Do Not Sleep, and now she makes her debut on Emerald City, who host her latest track Back & Forth.

There are three mixes and all of them feature MC ShatZ, who raps a line or two about the quality of clubbers you get these days - in a positive light but with irony in the lyrics. The Original mix is quite techy and minimal, so ShatZ's vocal is too prominent for my tastes but for the remixes it's a different story altogether.

Both of the remixes are by US producers, and first up is Joeski’s version, which is again techy but has a funky feel to it with ethereal noises, crisp percussion and the vocal cut-up so it's less prominent. There are also added crowd samples, sci-fi sound effects and what sound like waves crashing on the shore, which are stereo panned for better effect.

The second remix is by Lauren Lane, who gives Back & Forth the breakbeat treatment and adds a prominent electro bass riff so the track instantly comes alive, with part of the vocal line used as part of the bed of the track - and then for some reason the rap doesn’t seem to drag so much.

If you're a fan of rap you're going to love this release anyway because it's topical and not sneery, but for me it's the remixes that save the day, especially the latter which, although it features the rap, beds it in better with bleeps and Doppler effect panned sounds so it's less intense, making this a release that's well worth checking out on your next download mission.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 27 October



Review Score: 8




Tags: Davina Moss, Joeski, Lauren Lane, Emerald City