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Stuffa - Proof - Remixes by Wolf + Lamb, FCL, Scott, Dj Nibc, La Fleur & Shakarchi & Straneus
Fresh from the summer success of his solo EP Hold On, DJ Nibc returns to close the year with his famed collaborative project alongside Jonas Rathsman, Stuffa. Following in the footsteps of their 2008 anthem "Pretty Girls", Stuffa are primed with Proof; an infectious slice of uplifting late-night house with dubby twists, thundering piano chords and soulful vocals, enhanced with a selection of remixes from some of electronic music's elite, and with the striking, windswept vinyl artwork of Annika Berger(skyward.se).
The original mix of "Proof" is propelled by a skippy tech-house rhythm, while layers of dub reverb weave over, around and about its distinctive vocal snatch, interplaying with it blurred piano chords. David A Tobin's soul-drenched vocals bloom into full view, brimming with thankfulness and building to a crescendo over crystal-clear piano stabs, while the radio edit gets straight down to business, honing in on the dynamic pairing of voice and keys.
Dj Nibc's Boca Grande Tool edit pares "Proof" back to its rhythmic basis, adding shafts of violet-coloured synths and gently rolling percussion, moving it through woolen melodies and progressive peaks and valleys. With a defining year that featured the dancefloor hit "Let's Go", the Belgian pairing of San Soda and Red D join forces again as FCL, providing a mix that confirms them as masters of classic house. They work their magic, pushing Tobin to the forefront over slowly morphing electronic throbs and a serrated electro-tech melody. Glenn Brady's remix is interlaced and interlocked with intricate synths and acid tweaks, and his dub mix rides the ebb and flow of acidic pulses and isolated dub effects, while Swedish siren La Fleur revels in the contrast between fuzzed, distorted vocals, and razor-edged tech house, beneath hypnotic waves of icy reverb.
Daniel Brandt and Jan Brauer provide a lesson in deconstruction with their Scott remix; weighty organ-like synth chords and Tobin's acapella combine for gospel effect, before shifting into a minimalistic formula of descending string tones, hand claps, and liquefied bass. Atmospheric and dramatic, the free-form drums and vocal reprise shift it further still into leftfield soulfulness. Shakarchi & Straneus draw "Proof" deep down into underwater dub territory, sluicing their remix with cooling layers of aquamarine reverb, while New York duo du jour Wolf + Lamb show how they rewrote the rules of house music, with a pitched-down tempo, double-time claps, and snatches of dub shimmer that create a dreamy sun-kissed haze, that's grounded by grinding bass tones for a sublime piece of off-kilter house.
Whether its sleek and jacking, deep and dubby, or steeped in house history, Proof is proof indeed that Stuffa have their fingers on the pulse of modern house music.
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