A1.Hakimonu - Insular Realms (Mind Against Remix)
A2.Hakimonu Nsular Realms (Luigi Tozzi Remix)
B1.Hakimonu Insular Realms (Echologist Dub)
B2. Hakimonu Insular Realms (Echologist Reshape)
For the label’s ninth release, Deep’a & Biri’s Black Crow Records revisits one that helped establish the label’s direction back in the imprint’s first year. BCR003, ‘Insular Realms’ by fellow Israeli producer Hakimonu, was praised by many including Resident Advisor, who said the EP proved “his off-kilter take on techno and house is as vibrant and inviting as ever". Now in 2017, Deep’a & Biri have invited Mind Against, Luigi Tozzi and Echologist (aka dub techno veteran Brendon Moeller) to all rework the original version of Insular Realms for 2017. First up are Life & Death’s Mind Against, with one of the Fognini brothers most direct techno productions yet, with a mid-track moment of calm before the intensity resumes. Luigi Tozzi, the Rome-based producer who has had previous outings on Dynamic Reflection and Dino Sabatini’s Outis Music, contributes the second remix. Taking the lead from the original’s more ethereal moments, his version is dreamy & almost wistful as it propels along its shaking rhythm. The B-side offers two takes from Brendon Moeller in his Echologist guise, with a Dub mix that twists the original into an acid-inflected track that slowly ratchets up the tension over its seven minutes, while the Reshape breaks things down into a churning rhythm peppered with flashes f off kilter sonic details. Completing the package is a digital-only new rework by Hakimonu himself - a slowed down, marching rhythm that foregrounds Insular Realms’s jazz influences with the addition of live brass instrumentation that compliment things wonderfully.