Following the release of the Polar Pair album late last year, here’s a quality pack of remixes for six tracks, divided to three parts.
Part 1 is the more straightforward club package, containing remixes by two of Tel-Aviv’s most promising duos. The first remix is delivered by Red Axes, the new hot shots now signed to the French stable I’m a Cliche. The duo gravitated towards the punky-funky Indifferent, and added their signature sounding rugged disco assault. Deep’a and Biri, with a new album to be released on Gigolo Records and a cut on Derrick May’s recent We Love Detroit Compilation, took the sublime disco anthem Star, and transformed it into a Berghain techno stormer.
Part 2 takes the tempo down a notch and a couple of miles high into the stratosphere. Generation Bass’ maestro, SaBBo, treats Not Real with a heavy stomping beat, which sounds new as much as it brings to mind classic Leftfield tracks.
The second remix here is by Botanika’s Bunny on Acid, now adopting a new moniker, Grá, that matches his deep and intricate sound, with a new album coming soon on Studio Rockers. He’s take on album opener, Let’s Go, is a dubby trip through reverberating spaces and a disjointed 808 beat that holds it all together.
Part 3, as its name – Self-Mutilation – suggests, has a couple of remixes done by Polar Pair themselves. Picked from the remix series they released every other week via their soundcloud page, it contains a deep and slow house workout for the soulful Hope You Know, and a new wave pastiche meets techno on the Fantasy Love remix.
All 3 covers designed by Afik Naim
It Is The Time EP is the first solo release by Sabbo, a sought after DJ and producer, one of the busiest beat-makers in Israel, and one fourth of DJ/producer team, Soulico.
Sabbo describes his style as Bounce-hall: a lethal combination of reggae and dancehall riddims, infused with heavy bass and a party bounce feel, informed by Club, Dubstep and Electro.
The vocalists on this EP were recorded in Jamaica by Sabbo and his long time partner (on many other projects), Kutiman. Also featured are vocals by Zulu, Chicago’s leading dancehall artist.
Sabbo’s tracks have received heavy support on many blogs and websites such as Discobelle, Mad Decent (where he is now a regular contributor), as well as a great review on the mighty Pitchfork Media.
Sabbo has worked with some Jamaica’s finest – Steven Marley, Damien Marley & Turbulence, to name but a few. Locally, he collaborated with some of Israel most notable musicians, while producing many chart topping hits for a new breed of artists, refreshing the stale Israeli airwaves with a much needed dose of B O O TA Y.