Logo Side A:
A1. Metropolis How? (James Ruskin remix)
A2. Metropolis How? (DJ Hi-Shock remix)
Info Side B:
B1. Metropolis How? (Justin Berkovi remix)
B2. Metropolis How? (Original Mix)
Andrez Bergen (a.k.a. Little Nobody) has said that he first stumbled across James Ruskin and Justin Berkovi around the same time. He picked up Ruskin's 'Prelude' EP on the man's label Blueprint and Berkovi's 'Crouton' from Mosquito, and both records became pivotal parts of Bergen's DJ sets and radio show back in Melbourne just over a decade ago. Apparently they've also never left his record crate.
He's been a huge fan of both producers since, keeping an eye on their stylistic tangents as much as he's followed up on their releases through other labels like Tresor, Pro-Jex, Sativae, Neue Heimat, Meta, and Berkovi's own Predicaments.
So when Elektrax got together with Bergen's label IF? to create a new vinyl release of remixes of the sublime Little Nobody track 'Metropolis How?' - as the debut showing for our brand new side-label Gynoid:Audio - we couldn't think of two better practitioners to suit the moment... along with, of course, another canny remixer in the guise of Elektrax's main-man, DJ Hi-Shock.
The resulting 12-inch is nothing short of revelatory. All three artists have here picked up on the slow, grubby, vaguely distorted acid slant of the original track and made the journeys conjured up their completely own entities.
The original Little Nobody track has a slight distort that's intentional and feels somehow deeper and it... rumbles. Berkovi's mesmerizing remix is defined by little incidental noises and hisses, the occasional snare, and that subtle, slightly dark orchestral flourish; DJ Hi-Shock's is all nice sweeps, gorgeous production, and deeper than Loch Ness.
Ben Mill said it best when he heard Ruskin's superb approach: "That's kickarse minimal right there; the use of delay is perfection. The devil is in the details, ain't it? Well, it's gonna be a cracking release!"
We agree 100%. Unleash the beast.