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Bok Bok & L-Vis 1990’s UK scene-leading label refreshes catalogue classics in a Janus-faced remix survey and celebration of their 15 years on the ‘floor
Spanning 23 exclusive reworks by a mix of longtime label fam and a phalanx of new names, it’s a strong testament to Night Slugs’ cross-genre club mutability that’s bound to turn heads onto overlooked vintage tackle and haul of new artists alike.
With roots in the era when grime and dubstep gave way to UKF in the late ‘00s, and when the blogosphere opened up myriad hyperlocal styles to a UK scene ever hungry for new ammo, it’s always worth remembering that Night Slugs set the template for today’s genre-splicers and myopic DJs on twitter who are barely out of nappies but claim they they invented this sound.
The UKF influence is felt strongly from the off with Karen Name KG’s lilting slant on ‘Empty’ by Hysterics, thru to DJ Polo & NKC’s hard-drum/ama-styled take on Bok Bok’s ‘Melba’s Call’, and in the likes of UKG/UKF pioneer Scotti Dee’s ama-style re-work of ‘Tripwires’ by Leonce, Scratcha DVA’s crushing flex on Girl Unit’s anthem ‘IRL’, and Ronnie Loko’s darkly toned, hybrid ama/UKF remix of CalvoMusic.
Their talent for picking out remixes from a vast global pool comes into play with a stark gqom remix of Bok Bok by NYC rave princess River Moon, and the killer stop/start mid-tempo grind of Estoc’s L-Vis 1990 edit, and no doubt DJ Lag’s tense gqom take of Neana’s ‘Cyberia’, and french producer Bamao Yendè’s woodblock-turned swing on ‘Pull Up’ by Girl Unit, or MoMA Ready’s hectic hardcore jungle flip of ‘DJ Phil & MoonDoctoR.
Factor in label heavyweights like Girl Unit reworking OSSX’s Lektor Scopes, Nguzunguzu’s Asmara going hard on Bok Bok’s Hyperpass’, and the Beyonce-fancied Helix filleting L-Vis 1990, and you got a lot to get down with.