Boomkat Product Review:
Innovative, idiosyncratic jungle from ’94, remastered and reissued by Skanna for the ’16 crew.
The Greatest Thing (Summertime Mix) oozes warm atmospheric pressure and tight, pointillist drums on the A-side, breaking down to trademark flourish of layered synths and twisting between dark/light vibes.
The same cut appears in a leaner, brooding version on the B-side laced with Rufige Kru-style timestretched breaks and dark synthetic romance, and clocks out on the hard-but-sweet 4/4 onslaught of Heaven (Remix).
Until 2015 all Skanna masters were believed to be lost to cutting houses, defunct labels and the ravages of time leaving only compilations from the time to fill in the blanks. Until now! After two years of hunting a DAT containing pristine original masters from three seminal Skanna EP's was found, while a dig through the archives of DJ Spatts from The Criminal Minds turned up their remix of "The Greatest Thing". The result is three Seminal reissues that sound better than the original pressings, now changing hands for silly money on Discogs...