2020 saw Session Victim release their fourth album ‘Needledrop’ which garnered industry support from the likes of CRACK, Dummy, Mixmag, DJ Mag, Resident Advisor, XLR8R and marked a notable shift towards the downtempo dynamic of artists like Nightmares on Wax, DJ Shadow and Portishead.
Following its release they return with ‘Needledrop Remixed’ where each remixer has been personally selected by Session Victim. The EP channels a deeper exploration of the album. Patrice Scott 90’s influenced take on ‘Isle Of Taste’ is a longer and more contemporary offering, whilst Dday One’s remix of ‘Jazzbeat 7’ adds a sinuous saxophone solo to fully embrace the experimental spirit of the original. The neo-jazz feel of ‘No Sky, Blue Sound’ is flipped to a slower tempo by Panoram, yet retains the explorative guitar solo heard on the album.
“For the remix EP of our album ‘Needledrop’, we got 5 artists on board who play and work in quite different areas and genres but all have had a substantial impact on us, musically and/or personally over the years.” – Session Victim
Expanding upon the album’s blend of jazz, electronic and downtempo, each of the remixers instill their own production styles to reimagine one of underground music’s most intriguing and genre-crossing acts into a new listening experience. From Laurence Guy’s melodic yet driving remix of ‘Needledrop’, to Jackmate’s transformation of ‘Still High’ into 5-minute, experimental rework, ‘Needledrop Remixed’ continues to reaffirm the original album as Session Victim’s most eclectic LP to date.
‘Needledrop’ focuses on a large arsenal of influences across long-forgotten vinyl, 90’s computer games and beyond, rediscovering the intuitive and playful sides of their production personalities, while also demonstrating their cherished music knowledge.
Album Review Quotes:
“They continue to bring a sense of style and musicality that's uncommon among similar house music acts.” - Resident Advisor
“The musicianship showcased here is the type you’d associate with life-long session players.” - DJ Mag
“Gilles Peterson and OG Roots fans will love how Session Victim have avoided the 4/4 lure’- Mixmag
“Needledrop shows the Duo Session Victim in a wonderfully rested form, but also playing around like never before.” - Groove
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Not a huge fan are you then, barefood. Collectors not connecting to the music should refrain themselves from buying and shouldn't write reviews about things they reluctantly bought. This is a splendid compilation btw. La Dolce Vita