Wed. May. 23, 2018

Roy Ayers – Sugar (The Reflex Revision)

First Listen! Roy Ayers – Sugar (The Reflex Revision) (BBE)

I still have in mind the words of Barry White years ago. He told me he didn’t have problems seeing people remixing music (including his) as long as they would do it cleverly. Meaning with a proper architecture… Something Roy Ayers also told me a few years later, although talkin’ about samples.

The Reflex, a French born studio wizard who’s relocated to London about 15 years ago, stands in the first league. That league where are to be found Opolopo, John Morales, Danny Krivit or Joey Negro.

Responsible for this brilliant revision the classic ‘Sugar’, he brings it to the next level, although respecting its original feel. The proper of a… Revision, and therefore a brilliant one that gives Soul/Jazz, Jazz/Funk a definitive third millenium flava…
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Nicolas Laugier, aka The Reflex, takes his cue from the first wave of Disco remixers. For this to happen, he only uses the original sounds from the master tapes (or stems) to breathe new life into Soul, Pop and Disco classics.
Imaginative arrangements, boxfresh sonics and intricate editing make ‘The Reflex Revisions’ rocket fuel for every DJ set.

Very few editors out there put as much time and detail into their work as The Reflex and the results speak for themselves. Heavily championed by BBC6 Music’s Craig Charles, ‘The Reflex Revisions’ have amassed over 50 weeks of radio play in just two years on this number one rated show. They have also found their way onto the playlists of tastemakers like Rob Da Bank. But also Gilles Peterson who, last year, sent the Michael Jackson ‘Rock With You’ Revision spinning around the globe.

It’s not all about the past though for The Reflex. Nicolas has also been applying his stems-only formula to contemporary tracks, showing off the strength of his ‘less is more’ approach on production to a wider audience.
Having clearly established himself as one of the best in the remix field, with two official compilations of revisions in the works and gigs lined up all over the planet, now is the time to sit up and take notice of this French DJ / producer doing it his way.
“There are edits, many of them. Then there are ‘The Reflex Revisions’…” In other words, “the next level”, as he states.

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