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For all those of you out there who dislike dance music, this single lives up to all your expectations. Bleep, bloop, dip-dap, or some such racket. It took 4 people to "write"(!), has an executive producer credit (is this Hollywood or what?), and has full producer and arranger credits - even though, of course, all that "arrangement" has disappeared with all the remixes. (Theediscerning is proud to declare, however, he still gets kicks from people making computers make sounds, and probably always will.) Back in 1999 Incentive Records launched their singles range with the ever-dependable Matt Darey, and for their second release gave us this offering, licensed with Nukleuz records from Media Records, who have churned out techno and house from Italy for well over a decade. For the few of you who care, this is written by many of their big names, including Mauro Picotto, plus Mario Piperno, the title artist. It's quite a gimmicky record for that heritage, as the main hook is the repetitive interruptions from mobile phones. You know the blips theediscerning means, what you hear over your Walkman or TV if your mobile phone is getting an incoming message and is too near to said other electrical item. There are also lots of mobile ring tone bursts, apparently to confuse any idiot who takes their moby to a night club (and can actually hear the damn thing in there...) Minimal tune, poor female vox saying "Somebody answer the phone!", and that's about it. The first track is Yomanda's Remix, and though not very old, sounds very 1999 to these ears. Mind you, that was the year this was released, so perhaps that's justified. Gimmicky, quirky hard house from the Paul Masterson stable - he who turned into Hi-Gate with the "help" of Judge Jules. This chunters along at 138 beats per minute. Much slower and even less expected is one of the original Italian mixes which follow, the
More Mix. However here More is less, as this is a 133bpm deep, slightly techy house, which might still serve you budding DJs as a warm-up track. Here the female vox drop into an eaves-dropping session on some bland woman talking over her phone. Not very inspired. The mix that has dated the least is the Mas Mix, again one of the original creators' mixes. 136bpm, so it can be pitched up to current tastes, and with some great snappy rhythm sections with lots of decent pounding beats and pulses. It bears what is still a great breakdown, and a great fun acidic sprawl that you think is leading you out of it, although you're only being teased with. A rattling good mix. And there you have it. What more can be put into a review of three tracks? You can see the sleeve for yourself on dooyoo. If you want to buy it, check your local market or second hand shops first - it might be on amazon or elsewhere, and it's up to you to go look for it. For dance music fans it's still a decent single, and will always be good value with three different style mixes, with no stupid radio edits in sight. Desipte the dated sounds and gimmick, it's a must-look-for choon for DJs. You'll have to excuse theediscerning now, he can hear ringing in his ears...
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Communication (Somebody Answer The Phone)