Chance meeting in Chicago leads to stunning inter-generational collab
This release has a great back story. It was produced while Nina was in Chicago a few years back, hunting down rare copies of Dance Mania releases. In the course of her crate-digging she encountered the Dance Mania crew themselves and ended up recording with label manager Parris Mitchell, and now the track that resulted gets a release on Riva Starr’s Snatch! Raw label, in association with Dance Mania.
Feel My Butterfly comes in two mixes. The Ghetto Acid Mix starts off with a booming kick, a cowbell and a snare, which are joined by a dirty great kickdrum, Nina’s spoken vocal and a sampled police siren. It has a DIY, lo-fi feel that gives it an almost punky attitude, especially when the 303s kick in. It's raw and unforgiving, with the drum machine snare rolls adding to the homespun feel, and at just under 7.5 minutes is just the right length to keep a dancefloor engaged without sounding too repetitive. The other mix, DJ Krime’s Reconstruction Remix, has a proper old school electro breakbeat drum pattern, added to with synth stabs, Nina’s vocal and more 303 action. This rub isn't as instant as the first version, but good nonetheless.
Essentially what we have here is an old school acid workout with the first lady of techno as the co-producer, and for me the second mix works best, though I'll probably play the first one out as it's the more floor-friendly of the two. It will no doubt be huge this summer, so jump on it now before every other house and techno DJ rinses it big time!
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 28 June
Review Score: 8