The Canadian label dig out some previously under-loved gems from the vaults
Adel Ghandour's Ready Mix Records are 20 years old in 2019, so it's understandable if they're in a reflective kinda mood. Which their latest release would seem to suggest they are, being a collection of unreleased remixes of tracks from the label's back catalogue.
As they put it themselves: "Many great remixes never get to see the light of day in the hectic life of a label. Deadlines get missed, artists get inspired to make a new version long after the original package has been issued, and talented fans take it upon themselves to sample and re-imagine tracks without our involvement. When the resulting music is great, it always presents a label manager with a problem: what shall we do with it? The answer of course is: RELEASE IT!"
Accordingly what you get here are six new mixes of five Ready Mix catalogue cuts from as many artists. Kiano & Below Bangkok's deep, chuggy refix of Groove 2 Groove's After Life gets the ball rolling, Alex Twin's broody, tech-y take on Jalil B's Indian-vocalled Id Ameggaz plays us out, and in-between you'll find cuts from Gullivert, Human Society and the clunkily named Haris Kate & 7even (GR) feat Gkaikros Tate, as remixed by Jean Vayat, Alex Twin and Anatolian Sessions respectively (with Vayat supplying not-spectacularly different Vocal and Dub passes of Gullivert's Atlantis). Obviously with so many names involved there's a fair degree of variety on offer, but the mood overall is perhaps slightly more electronic and prog-leaning than we've come to expect from Ready Mix – but not so much so that fans of the label's usual, more organic deep house vibes need be scared off!
All told, this is a worthy addition to the Ready Mix catalogue, and we await further volumes – which we're assured will be forthcoming – with interest.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 16 August (Beatport) / 30 August (general release)
Review Score: 8