Archie B vs Inner City – Good Life 2015
There’s a big trend amongst a particular strain of House music where producers have been running around and grabbing tracks & acapellas to remix. It’s almost a Cold War between producers on Instagram where clips go up, comments are made, deals and requests are done in DMs, whilst indirects and subliminals are thrown over Facebook and Twitter. There’s a bubbling scene of Producers and DJs who often squabble for recognition in a fledgling marketplace, where the opportunity for regular bookings and releases are few and far between as everyone aspires to release on a top label that secures you a string of bookings and spins, from DJs and shape shufflers cutters alike.
Archie B has been ringing bells for quite a while. After a string of releases in 2014 on Eastside Records, he’s now signed to and releasing on iconic Dance music label Cr2, Data Transmission, and independent Shoreditch startup OneFold records.
Was I sceptical when I spotted this track in my feed? Of course. Sometimes I feel like the scene has become oversaturated with ‘remixes’. Why the quotation marks? Well a lot aren’t actually remixes but producers taking a bit of an acapella and dashing it onto an instrumental. From my commentary you can tell I’ve been traumatised by one or a few remixes, that I shall not name because they ruined one or some of my favourite tracks.
Archie’s decision to go for Inner City’s Good Life was a great idea because he approached it with care and diligence. It isn’t a lazy remix, he pays homage to the iconic riff by lifting the essential ingredients that we all love from the original, and adding a lot of jerk sauce, transforms a legendary track of a bygone era sound to something quite contemporary.
The work on the remix was excellent because at the time of listening I was enjoying a sleep-in but was inspired to jump out of bed and write about it. I actually can’t wait to drop this in my next episode because as much as I love dropping the original, I feel like it’s missing a touch of heavy to be played amongst the new sound of Britain’s Underground House resurgence being lead by those creating innovative sounds such as Harry Ley, Realness Mix, and a lot of others.
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Khalid Golding is a Writer, DJ, and Blogger who also creates music, for all enquiries contact ko[at]upintheear.com