After over 20 years delivering timeless music, Scottish producer Vince Watson is now based in Amsterdam. Two hundred releases and eleven albums later, his versatile output spans fresh new projects as well as media composition and lecturing. Renowned for playing parties like Richie Hawtin’s ‘ENTER’, he was resident at Berlin’s Tresor, as well as 909 Festival, Amsterdam. Recent releases on Cocoon, Poker Flat, Yoruba, Mobilee and his own Everysoul label. Watson has had a host of classy artists remixing him, Carl Craig, Joe Claussell, Josh Wink and Osunlade. In 2018 Vince began probably his most important project in his career with Derrick May as ‘Rhythim is Rhythim’ on Transmat, reconstructing two of Derrick’s tracks ‘Icon’ and ‘Kao-tic Harmony’. Vince’s own Planet E classic ‘Another Rendevous’ was revived and released on Yoruba in 2018, and in the same year he released his 9th studio album ‘Via’.
Now ‘Via’ gets some remix action from Deep House heroes Joe Claussell, Osunlade, Steve Bug & Langenberg and Manoo. First is a rare remix by Joe Claussell, not so much of a remix, but a live jam with his most trusted musicians, overdubbing loops from the original. It’s eleven minutes of pure live musicianship from the soul. Sumptuous piano solos, percussive grooves, insatiable synths and lush chanting vocals help re-define what a ‘remix’ really is.
On the flip is the master of deep groove Osunlade with a Yoruba Soul workout, delivering a stripped back version in contrast to Clausell, adding his trademark sound but keeping the integrity of the original. The third remix is by Poker Flat boss Steve Bug and his long-time collaborator Langenberg with a seriously funky version of the title track ‘Via’. Using deep chords and stabs from the OG, building with extra strings and typically funky drums bringing the head nod factor up a few notches.
Completing the line-up is French House heavyweight Manoo, with a super smooth version of ‘Progress’. His deep trademark groove and hypnotic style are evident throughout. The subtle strings build and long bass lines bring the EP to the most perfectly fitting conclusion.
A1 – Progress (Joe Claussell Remix) (11:05)
A2 – Progress (Osunlade Remix) (9:08)
B1 – Progress (Manoo Remix) (8:40)
B2 – Via (Steve Bug & Langenberg Remix) (8:43)