Mancunian producer Trus’me is best known for making electronic soul music, but apparently he’s finding new inspiration via stripped-down techno. First enlisting Norman Nodge and Marcel Dettmann to remix classics from his Prime Numbers back catalog, Trus’me has continued the trend with DVS1 and Terrence Dixon, both of whom seem invigorated by the source material. DVS1 in particular shines on his remix, making the vocal work for his style rather than the other way around.
Trus’me’s original "In the Red" is all dub bass and diffused, bending synth lines—it sounds aimless in a mostly cool way. But DVS1’s take on the song moves in a completely opposite direction, starting with a low growl that slowly circles inward, like a camera lens endlessly closing in on a target. After flickers of noise cut through the mix, the arrangement begins to move with the bass, pushing and pulling, sifting through slices of Trus’me’s vocal in a jacking rhythm while bells toll through the seams. There’s really not much there, but what DVS1 does with it is key: forward movement and constant, organic change.
On the flip, Terrence Dixon’s remix of "Shakea Body" sits halfway between the original and the bleepy confusion of Dixon’s own "Room 310." Dominated by a syncopated, overdriven bassline, Dixon’s remix recalls the kind of trippy dischord once offered by groups like Meat Beat Manifesto, with weird portamento giving the melody a sticky surface. Deep almost to a fault, any DJ that has the ability to play this record successfully is a master of what they do.