This release is Digital only, but we’re already looking to start releasing on Vinyl so watch this space….
If you’ve not already heard the Ep, click the link below and have a read of Jah Shabby’s review of the 3 tracks that make up ‘Too Late To Be Scared’
For the first release on eclectics’ new digital label, the three mixes of Coyote’s Too Late to be Scared cover a hell of a lot of ground – and at a variety of paces.
First up, we have the louche, lolloping lilt of Coyote’s original mix. As Christopher Walken’s Poolhall Junkies cautionary tale of a lion forced to display his terrifying power drifts by, a slow, tribal beat marries with a slinking bassline, all hips and shivers. Meanwhile, the peals of percussion gently hint and insinuate, nudging the beat along while gentle acid lines float by, rising and falling with the synths, which hang suspended, camouflaged in the mix. It’s full of potential and ready to pounce.
Is it Balearic? Of course it is, it’s Coyote after all, but that’s only half the story… well, a third in fact.
Taking a more muscular approach is the Dark Drift mix. The drums and shape-shifting bass are firmly fixed to the dancefloor as they build the foundations for a mid-paced, monster that transfixes and enthralls. “It’s too late to be scared, it’s time to kill,” Walken reminds us, as the mix heads straight for the jugular with acid lines and punctuating synths that strip the original’s flesh from the bones and rebuild it as a progressive house anthem. It’s full-on guerilla tactics.
The ambient mix, as one might expect, ditches the drums, holding back just the cymbals to explore the middle ground better. What we find is a dense undergrowth of tones, slowly shifting with slow purpose and intent. While the identity of the song has not changed, the character has shifted, “Every once in a while,” Walken intones, “the lion has to show the jackals who he is.” Well, quite. This is music for repose, perhaps, but not relaxing, it’s simply too good for that.
Simon Peter (real name Simon Smith) is a British musician/producer based in London.
Simon has released music on Claremont 56 and Aficionado and has received DJ support from the likes of Felix Dickinson, Manu Archeo, Adventures in Paradise, Psychemagik and Kenneth Bager.
Arc of Lark on Claremont 56
Simon’s career really took off with his first vinyl release – the Arc of Lark 12” on the wonderful and inimitable Claremont 56 label, featuring 2 remixes by San Francisco groovers 40 Thieves:
The original version of Arc of Lark also features on the ‘Balearic 2’ compilation on
Chris Coco and Jim Breese’s Balearic record label: Balearic 2 on bandcamp
Good Measure EP Part 2 on Aficionado Recordings
Simon’s next production, Ottimismo (Italian for ‘optimism’) is a particularly laidback affair and Simon didn’t hesitate to send it to Aficionado Recordings feeling it might be a perfect match for their ultra-balearic stylings. Aficionado duly snapped it up for the lead track on the Good Measure EP Part 2 various artists 12”:
Good Measure EP Part 2:
A1. Simon Peter – Ottimismo
A2. Simon Cotter – Pianta Road
B1. Murena – Una Prueba De Amor
B2. B&B – Read Me
‘Pour yourself a spritz, slip into something stylish and bask in the brilliance of ‘Good Measure Pt.2’ Bird song blends into synth swell as ‘Ottimismo’ shakes our hand, pulling back a deckchair and inviting us to relax and recline with its simmering percussion, swaying bassline and delicate fretwork. London’s Simon Peter is the man behind the music, following a gorgeous 12″ on Claremont 56 with another sun kissed soother perfect for a coastal drive, morning swim or lazy siesta.’
Good Measure EP Part 2 is due for release 12th May 2017, and can be pre-ordered now via Piccadilly Records or Juno Records.
Simon’s mix for eclectics.
@future-bones are Stephen Mulhall and Leo Pearson Dublin City Ireland.