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REVIEW: Alexi Delano – Goodbye S4 (Remixes)

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J.R.R Tolkien once said “Not all those who wander are lost”. Chilean born, Swedish raised, New York matured and now London based Alexi Delano is a fine example of this.
 
He’s released five albums and umpteen tracks on labels such as SVEK imprint and Drumcode, has been nominated for a Swedish Music Award ‘P3 Guld‘ and now, Delano has relaunched his own record label ‘AD Limited’.
Alexi’s influences stem from the slowly releasing Scandinavian sound, combined with the vivacious tones of New York. He toes shores where techno and house meet and he does it with precision. 
NOSI Limited, imprint, a sub-label of New York’s NOSI Music, will be releasing an exclusive compilation ‘Goodbye S4 (Remixes)’, the final track he put together in his Brooklyn studios (for other Geographical references to Brooklyn see Jay-Z).
These Remixes come from the likes of Butane, Loud Neighbor, Derek Marin and Mental Vision.
Butane’s seven minute rendition of ‘Goodbye S4′ opens with bass trills and is punctuated with crunchy sawtooth analogue hooks. A great addition and interpretation of the original song, and incredibly addictive.
 
Derek Marin is next in line; a trapeze artist that doesn’t let this remix go over his head. His version of this song takes a step away and feels slightly distanced, almost as if it was being playing in an enormous concert hall. This reverb adds to the spacial elements of the song and creates a new product all together.
 
Loud Neighbor’s remix starts with trippy panning bells, a multicoloured turn on things for Delano’s track, until around 46 seconds where you feel the curtains open and the track kicks into full flow. The steady percussion reassures you that you’re not straying too far from the original.
 
Last on the bill we have Mental Vision’s rework. Noticeably slower in tempo, it starts with what sounds like Siri reading out train times. Punchy kick drums take over and traverse you through this spacious early morning track. The synth isn’t too overpowering, it’s a diluted reminder of the techno roots. The song ends in similar fashion, with a ghoulish howling confirming the mystery.
Written by Mark Campion.