Coldcut - Man In A Garage

They say dance music is dead. Admittedly, it may not have the commercial impact it had in the nineties but if Ninja Tune’s latest crop of releases are anything to go by it is still a massively vibrant and creative genre.

Taken from the legendary cut-n-paste samplists forthcoming 'Sound Mirrors' LP, 'Man In A Garage' is a stunning blend of bluesy acoustic guitar riffs, broken beats and nasty synths backing a loose, laidback John Matthias. Slamming styles together in a way only Coldcut know how, it’s a chilled out stoner classic.

Taking it up a notch is the superb Bonobo remix. Pushing the bpm over a dirty nu-skool break they blend shimmering psychedelic guitars and sub bass stabs with spaced out, filtered vocals for four minutes of dance floor mayhem.

Nick Franglen of Lemon Jelly’s reworking moves into darker trip-hop territory. Full of swirling synth pads, backwards vocals and discordant strings, it turns the track completely on its head into a beautifully disturbing epic.

With two other quality makeovers from Snap Ant and Daedelus, ‘Man In A Garage’ is a sublime statement of Coldcut’s creative vision. They have always been ahead of the game in British dance and this is no exception. Borrowing from rock, breakbeat, trip-hop and psychedelia, it points the way forward. As long as artists like Coldcut and labels of the calibre of Ninja Tune continue to push the boundaries, electronic music will never die. The album should be a classic.



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