Posted by Scott Willats
If you follow this blog then you know I’m a huge fan of Kris Menace. The German producer always seems to follow his own path and work at his own pace. Sometimes it seems like artists are in a desperate rush to get as much of their content out on the streets as fast as possible — and this can mean that quantity ends up trumping quality. This disorder doesn’t seem afflict Kris Menace; he doesn’t put out a track until the song is perfectly finished. Whether working on original solo material, doing a remix, or collaborating with a group like Black Van, he only knows one way to do things: the right way. It’s gotta be the Blood Music connection.
Today I’ve got three brand new Kris Menace joints — and as you would expect, all are download-worthy.
The first is “Falling Star.” An original track, it has an airy, spacey feel without seeming too “soundtracky,” and manages to stay current in a way that only Kris can deliver. It reminds me a bit of his “Spaceship” remix for Kelis – not necessarily because there are strong similarities in the music, but because both give you that sense of listening to music in a galaxy far, far away. Oh yeah, and the video is pretty hot, too.
Next, a remix of Depeche Mode‘s “Fragile Tension,” and this is that fly s**t. Seriously, if this doesn’t make you want to hit the dancefloor, then nothing will. Just like Fake Blood — and maybe even more so — Kris has the rare ability to create a song capable of both rocking you to sleep and turning a lukewarm party white-hot. What I would do to be a fly on the wall at these studio sessions!
Last, a remix of “Crescendo” by Little Boots. For this track, he steps away from that futuristic, intergalactic sound and gives us something a little more down-to-earth. When you get to play around with the vocals of Ms. Victoria Christina Hesketh, the chances of coming up with something magical are pretty high. But it also means you need to step up your game. That’s no problem for Kris, who turns a straightforwardly poppy track into a song that would fit perfectly into a remake of The Neverending Story.