Breathing fresh life into his seminal 1999 ‘Play’ LP with a series of remixes from contemporary underground artists, Moby has invited Sidney Charles to take remix duties on one of the album’s most recognisable tracks ‘Natural Blues’. Presenting a modern and upfront interpretation of the track, Sidney cleverly manages to bring his own sonic style into the mix while staying true to the original’s often tribal-like connotations. The introduction of a thick, rolling bass line and a masterful rework of the original’s space age synths quickly bring an air of anticipation to Sidney’s remix, before the hymn-like vocal is reintroduced over a crescendo of beat interchanges and wide open synths drawing the listener in even further. The beat is then stripped back to the bare bones at several points throughout the track before dropping back into the momentous beat, rooting this track firmly in the club, whilst not losing any of the original’s folk-like charm. Coming through on Santé’s Berlin based AVOTRE imprint, Sidney Charles’ remix allows a new demographic of music lovers to revisit an album that went on to inspire and influence a generation of artists from across the musical spectrum.
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