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An acoustic favourite in the North West for a number of years ‘Sleepdancing’ channels a new electronic direction for the singer, which owes much to the production of Mario Leal. He harnesses the electronics alongside a classical influence to bring out the ethereal and enchanting qualities of Ragz’ voice. And now that talent has been reworked by two interesting producers, Ron Basejam (Crazy P) and NuNorthern Soul’s own BJ Smith.
Basejam turns out two mixes which take the original in differing directions, both adding a dreamy zest to ‘You Started It All’. Whereas the original focused on the haunting juxtaposition of strings and gargling electronics, Basejam’s drops the icy vibe for a fuzzier and mellower soundscape that betrays his connections to the warm Balearica of Crazy P on his rework.
He also turns out a dub with the dancefloors in mind, making a more concerted focus on the background electronics of the original and adding percussion and an acid line before building broodily towards a string drenched finale. Mid tempo journeys through the pared down sonics of dance music rarely deliver this much, with both efforts showcasing the talent at Basejam’s disposal.
BJ Smith completes the package with a typically upbeat folk focused interpretation of the title track. The final song on the EP, ‘Sleepdancing’ in its original form was the rousing finale that ended the four part story, but here it is transformed into a perfect slab of summer.
An acoustic guitar beginning dovetails perfectly with soft percussion, with Nordset’s vocals transformed from a foreboding presence to a much gentler accompaniment, sure to kick-start the horizontal season as the warmer climes beckon.
Review DMC World / 5 out of 5 - www.dmcworld.net/reviews/entry/house/ragz-nordset-sleepdancing-remixes-nunorthern-soul.html
Kev Beadle / Southport & SunCeBeat Resident / Mind Fluid Radio, UK - All tracks sounding good, but the Ron Basejam dub has the edge for me.
Michael Rutten / Soul Searching Radio, Germany – Nice nice !!! Can you pleases send me the original EP as well?
Ally Gillani / First Word records, UK – Basejam rework is the one for me – lovely summertime vibes. Thanks!
Rainer Truby / Germany - Sounding awesome… Love that Ron Basejam stuff a lot, the This Side Up Dub is top notch!
Mixmaster Morris / Nubient, Big Chill, UK - I can defiantly play this!
Andy Wilson / Ibiza Sonica radio, Ibiza, Spain - It’s Ron Basejam’s This Side Up mix for me, love the cheeky acid lines bubbling away. Just right for some daytime sunshine head-noddin’ foot-tappin’ business
Stu Patterson, Faith / East Village Radio, London, UK – Will support on the show!
Dean ‘Sunshine’ Smith, Garden Festival Resident, Croatia – Maybe its the little Balearic acid houser in me but my fave is Basejams This Side Up Dub. Just that hint of head nodding loveliness that keeps me tapping along at my kind of pace! All 3 will def sit well on an afternoon set though.
Chris Barker / Deep Space Orchestra, UK - These are awesome. Three very different tracks, love them all. Favourite is probably the dub but I'll be listening to all of them. Makes a nice change to get gear like this sent through amidst all the soulless tech house & 90s house clones that seem to make up 99% of what I'm sent these days
Nutritious / SpinSpinNYC / Fetish Authentic, Brooklyn NY, USA - First off, Sleepdancing is a brilliant term. Secondly, the music far outshines the title. Awesome works! Thank you and really appreciated - keep up the awesome!