giovedì 13 marzo 2014
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Rebolledo Mixes: Momento Drive - Kompakt
It surely must be a pretty special DJ mixtape if a label sees the need for a CD edition - in this age of total download overload, it's just something you don't do anymore. But along comes REBOLLEDO and proves everybody wrong with MOMENTO DRIVE, a persuasive plea for a nearly forgotten format and a high point for a vanishing art form.
"I always liked the word 'momento'", says the DJ and producer, "because of its double meaning in Spanish... as in 'moment' when talking about a space in time or 'momentum' when talking about inertia". And sure enough, the tendency of an object to keep in motion is one important part of REBOLLEDO's very own formula, but it's not the only one: "I truly enjoy the feeling of constant motion - music can take you to places without you even leaving the room. The resulting effect on the body that has nothing to do with bpm amounts or high volume, but all with inertia and power. I like to call that effect 'drive'".
The first major solo outing for Rebo after his adored full-length debut SUPER VATO (CÓMEME CD 01) from 2011 is a DJ mix - in the hands of an artist as distinctive as the Mexican half of globetrotting duo infernale PACHANGA BOYS, however, the result is just as engaging and idiosyncratic as any artist album. Rebo's own studio work makes a welcome appearance with the exclusive "Windsurf, Sunburn And Dollar", Pachanga Boys' "Poem For The Youth", their remix of Slove's "Flash" or Red Axes' "Caminho De Dreyfus" (reworked by the master himself) - all of them proven bangers neatly interwoven with eerily fitting contributions from kindred spirits such as Barnt, The Twins, Wolfgang Voigt or Justus Köhncke.
And then, there's that cover. A loving recreation of the artwork for the album "Wally On The Road" from Pinoy rock legend Wally Gonzalez, this harks back to Rebo stumbling upon that record in the psychedelic rock section of a shop in Shibuya, Tokyo: "70 ́s Yamaha motocross bike, Porsche on the side... what else do you need!?!? I bought it right away." The music found an open ear, too:
"It was raw and powerful, a perfect match for my taste. That ́s when I decided to include one of his tracks in the project and to recreate the original artwork. In my perspective, it perfectly mirrors my approach to music - simple and strong at the same time."
It truly is a rare feat to find a DJ mix informed with as much personality as this one - especially when it comes paired with skilled flow and a knack for musical storytelling. A wonderful continuation of Kompakt's celebrated Mix CD series, MOMENTO DRIVE more than ticks all the right boxes - like an excellent wine, it is an extraordinary sensory experience orchestrated by a world-renowned sommelier of sounds. Or in Rebo's own words: "'Momento Drive' is a little tribute to all those who like Wally and love to do it raw and powerful".
01. Wally Gonzalez - Wally's Blues (Rebo Intro Edit)
02. Barnt - Is This What They Were Born For?
03. Slove - Flash (Pachanga Boys Hippie Dance)
04. Wolfgang Voigt - Du Musst Nichts Sagen (Fanfaren mix)
05. Rebolledo - Windsurf, Sunburn And Dollar
06. Christian S. - Jagos / Sebastien Bouchet - Tempestuous
07. Gebr. Teichmann - Dance And More
08. C.A.R. - Angelina (Manfredas Instrumental)
09. Red Axes - Caminho De Dreyfus (Rebolledo Remix)
10. The Lovesupreme - Pork Chop Express
11. VoxLow - See The Light ( Ivan Smagghe Remix )
12. Pachanga Boys - Poem For The Youth
13. Justus Köhncke - Homogen
14. The Twins - You Gotta Twin In The Attic (You Lunatic)
15. Wally Gonzalez - Wally ́s Blues (Rebo Outro Edit)