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Mathew Jonson

Blurry remixes


Earlier this year, techno whiz Mathew Jonson released his second solo album Her Blurry Pictures on Crosstown Rebels. Timeless and rhythmically complex, the LP features over eight rich and fluid productions from the talent. Following up this massive release, the imprint packages the Blurry Remixes EP featuring three first class reworks and remixes from the likes of Dixon, Tale Of Us and Akufen. All three artists are well known and deliver their signature quality and style with their remakes. This allows for one unstoppable release continuing the legacy that the album began some months ago.

Starting things off, Innervisions label boss Dixon turns in an enormous and storming remake of the atmospheric Level 7. Straight up techno influences push this one along as layers build, get taken away and then pushed into a more melodic path. All elements are complimented with just the right amount of rumbling bass. Next up, the promising duo Tale Of Us transports Blurry into a brooding dubby sound bed of live percussion and rippling echoing synths. A little different mood than the first remix, Tale Of Us brings a sense of deep music to the EP allowing for some nice variation in the package’s style.

Closing out the release is the hypnotic and trance-like remix of Body in Motion by Akufen. The Canadian producer does a fine job of keeping the listener’s interest as his progressive and minimalistic textures add to a full on jazzy ambience. Leading a nice career path of releases on major labels like Cocoon and M-nus, Mathew delivers once again on his home label of Crosstown Rebels. Counting down until the third album drops, Mathew is sure to release some doses of techno perfection until then. With a steady tour schedule around Japan and Europe for the rest of the fall season, you can catch him at a club near you.