(Philip James de Vries Remix)

Wade Bennett


Strange Town Recordings


January 23, 2017

Melodic Techno

To kick off 2017 I remixed UK-based producer Wade Bennett’s track “Varial” which was released via Montreal’s Strange Town Recordings.

I reworked Wade’s original track – a heavy work of chugging, analog techno – into a slower and lengthier mix that builds onto itself until reaching its peak about three quarters of the way through the track.

I used many of Wade’s original pads and synths in my remix but I also added a variety of my own sounds and melodies, including a few takes of my own vocal samples which are audible in the latter half of the remix.

“..the release concludes with Philip James de Vries returning to the label for his second appearance. The Montreal based artist last appeared on the Canadian imprint with his ‘This Month Only’ single from November of 2015. I’ve followed Philip’s music for years, since his releases on Wide Angle Recordings dating back to 2012 and I’d say he’s easily one of Canada’s most underappreciated electronic music artists. Now the Temparc Music boss gets 2017 off to a great start with a very inspired interpretation to close the release out. Working in varying realms of electronica Philip’s music is both highly creative and deeply emotional which gets showcased here once again. Radically revamped, the piece moves through melancholic swells, quirky rhythms and wistful motifs with an effortless ease. Definitely my favourite version on the release and perhaps one of Philip’s best ever remixes. A fitting end to a superb release on Strange Town Recordings to begin the year. Highly Recommended.”

Read the full review of this release over at Change-Underground.