Remixes come from Ben Teufel and Mario de Ragnio
French producer Stephen Macias serves up some deep, dubby techno bizniss here for Germany's ever-reliable providers of such, Antura Records.
In its Original form, What I Am takes a fairly simple deep tech backbeat - think pounding but muted kicks, dark rumbling bass and echoing industrial FX - and tops it with a spoken/poetic female vocal. There was a time, of course - around 15 years or so ago - when these kind of vocals were cropping up on every second or third deep house record that came out, but it's far more unusual to hear one in this musical context, so Macias definitely deserves credit for trying something out of the ordinary.
Remix-wise, Mario de Ragnio doesn't flip the script too much, but opts for slightly pacier, more tech-house-ish drums as well as getting the filters out as the track nears its climax. The real treat here, though, is the remix from Ben Teufel, which again rolls along at a slightly faster pace, but also a. has a sharper bassline and b. introduces two new synth lines, one with distinct Plastic Dreams-y overtones, the other a postively jaunty little four-note riff/stab that'll stick in your head all day.
Good stuff all round, but it's Teufel's rub that stands out.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 12 December
Review Score: 8