::Shir Khan Presents Welt Am Draht 2020::
The world of the future – its destiny was controlled by a virus: Covid-19. 2020 closes with a selection of 13 Exploited lockdown tracks that would have went down like a storm in the club. Crazy times. From club DJ to bedroom producer and streaming DJ. World on a wire. Dutch duo Tunnelvisions strip things back with a hypnotic bassline on Budakid’s WALKMAN Remix. Gerd Janson dips ZEUS by the wonderfully wordly Swiss collective Sirens Of Lesbos into his cauldron of ‘80s Italo disco synth wizardry (licensed via Sirens Of Lesbos). Panthera Krause transforms THE AMERICAN by french artists O.N.O & Jabberwocky into a high-energy, italy-disco dancefloor weapon. Biesmans pushes the button marked ‘Full Italo’ and sets the feel-good dial to ‘11’ on his spunky remix of CIAO by Enduro Disco, pitching wiggling bass arpeggios against triumphant chords, deft ‘80s drums and spine-tingling melody. Osunlade’s Yoruba Soul mix of HIGH TOWER by James Curd is typically classy, stripping things back down to a soulful lilt with shimmering synth arps and tumbling bongos decking out a succinct, warm, beautiful arrangement. Enduro Disco’s LUV ME MORE balances tumbling percussive elements with a sexy bass throb and a bouncing, delicate synth line to beautiful effect. Original Panoramabar resident, Robert Johnson and Permanent Vacation recording artist Masssimilano Pagliara provides a masterful rework of STREET VIOLENCE by swedish artist NEAT, cooking up a flurry of melodic beauty. French dance music royalty Yuksek amps up the bass funk on his remix of MODERN DANCE by O.N.O, slides in some gentle acid tones and generally pumps the whole thing up. GOOD TIMES ROLL by dutch duo T.U.R.F. builds a foundation of chunky beats around some sweet jazz-funk vibes, with dashes of sax and clavinet interpersing the piledriver bassline. IT IS U by NEAT echoes the deepest of classic progressive house with its plaintive feel, building through bobbing arpeggios and crystalline chimes while a chugging Italo disco-esque groove pushes it forward. TRY A LITTLE HARDER by Enduro Disco rocks a spacey disco groove where descending, detuned bass notes tumble over delayed string hits and hypnotic motifs. GET READY by Phonk D teases with warped piano before unleashing a loose funk b-line and dubby vocal snippets. DANCING IN HONG KONG by Romain FX provides a madcap end to the EP, a cute little ‘80s electro-funk jam where jaunty keys, organ bass and a little city pop vibe rub up against each other. All in all this is a great eclectic dance compilation. Too bad you could not enjoy the music in the club. But we hope you can at least enjoy it at home.