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Da Lata
Binti (Remixes)

By Dave Stelfox

Chris Franck, Patrick Forge, Liliana Chachian and Oli Savill's Da Lata have undoubtedly delivered an album of the summer with Songs From The Tin and hot on the heels of the LP's sublime Latin-dance fusion comes a set of remixes to kill for. Super-rare at present, this corker of a double-pack will be released to the masses at the end of the month. West London housemaster Phil Asher, under his Restless Soul alias, takes Binti, the long-player's rumbling, percussive, samba opener, and delivers two sensitively rendered, pulsatingly rhythmic interpretations. First up comes the original with its plaintive vocals and stripped-down harmony, followed by the Inspiration Information mix which cranks up the beats with clattering tribal drums, scattered keys and subtle organ grooves. However, it is the infectious Off Centre treatment that takes the prize. Smooth, yet densely layered beats mesh with almost subliminal, jazz-soaked synths and Liliana's sultry vocals to create a deeply contagious nouveau-Brazilian anthem. If that's not enough, then the Percapella dub of 1998's seminal Pra Manha also features. Music for all our tomorrows.
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