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Teufelswerk House Remixes Part 2


Nearly three years after DJ Hell's accomplished double-album Teufelswerk (GIGOLO 250CD/LP), he returns with Teufelswerk House Remixes Part 2. As Hell's original Teufelswerk was already a collaborative affair, inviting the likes of Bryan Ferry, Peter Kruder, Christian Prommer and &ME into the studio, it's only natural that he would extend the invitation to some of his other favorite producers to rework these contemporary classics. Now, following the first part of House Remixes released in late 2011, the fire continues spreading, beyond the ninth circle. Kicking things off is Hannah Holland of London's Batty Bass collective, twisting "I Prefer Women To Men Anyway" into a Sapphic acid workout, followed by French trio dOP who extend "Carte Blanche" into a sexy stomper with heavy rhythms that contrast with smooth spoken-word. Then comes Thomas Schumacher with his synthetic take on "The Disaster," followed by Pernau with his sinister version of "Friday, Saturday, Sunday," a true weekend anthem as the title implies, and then duo Lenoir & Meriton, who lift the popcorn arpeggiation of "Wonderland" and add their own Swiss spin to create an electro-house workout. The original Teufelswerk's "U Can Dance" was one of the album's highlights, featuring legendary Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry on vocals, and Carl Craig's two remixes from the 12" single got massive play from DJs around the world. Now the Detroit mastermind offers an unreleased third version with a notably different structure, starting out a cappella before crystallizing into an instrumental gem. Then we are treated by The Model with his relentlessly abrasive remix of "Hellracer" -- easily this collection's raviest track. Spencer Parker trims "The DJ" down to a more concise 9-minute edit for a fresh listening experience. Finally, Abe Duque brings the album to a close with his own take on "Wonderland," which makes for an experience both captivating and disorienting, much like Alice's storybook adventures. Now, any DJs with idle hands know what to add to their collection.