Dutch producer Unders stirs in a little electronic magic
Morphine may not be familiar to many iDJ readers. From 1989 to 1999, over the course of five albums and countless festival appearances, the sax-centric (and, unusually, guitar-free) trio blended elements of blues, jazz and grunge-y rock as they blazed a trail down which the likes of John Grant and Jon Hopkins have since followed, before disbanding following the untimely death of singer Mark Sandman.
Here, Dutch producer Unders takes on a track culled from their 1991 debut album Good. His remix - much hyped on white label last year - is a masterclass in how to rework a cut that wasn't originally aimed at the dancefloor, maintaining the original's blues-y appeal (and allowing Sandman's Nick Cave-ish vocal to shine through in its entirety) while subtly adding 4/4 percussion that will, hopefully, bring the band to a whole new audience - you can imagine this slotting neatly into a Solomun or Ripperton set, for instance. There are two versions on the release, though as one is essentially a four-minute edit of the other there's not much more to tell you there!
The surviving members of the original band continue to tour as Vapours Of Morphine, but have given their thumbs-up to this remix - which is surely testimony to how good a job Unders has made of it.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: Out now
Review Score: 8