It’s not often we get to cover the reissue of a classic, so when a re-release of KGB’s Italian house classic “Detroit 909” hit our inbox, we immediately jumped at the chance. Originally written and produced by Ivan Iacobucci in 1991, these NU versions of a somewhat underappreciated track were more than welcome. Dropping via Cosmic Rhythm, a southern Italian label with a penchant for mystic sounds, black grooves, atmospheric dreamy vibes and natural elements, this collection of reinterpretations are sure to get the mind wandering, the blood pumping, and the feet shuffling.
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The A2, “Detroit 909 (Cosmic Garden mix),” is a stand-out for us. Glittery, ascending arpeggiated synths lead immediately into a beautifully washed out tropical atmosphere full of chirping birds and the calming sounds of a babbling brook. What ensues is the obvious sounds of the beloved 909 drum machine, it’s deep kick and robotic snare drum are infinitely recognizable as they carry the track towards a chilled, but heavily groovy bassline that’s more hypnotic than a 90s magic eye poster. The “Cosmic Garden mix” feels like a trip into your grandma’s garden if your grandma was a space pioneer cultivating her plants and harvesting her crops on some distant planet inhabited only by her and gorgeous, other-wordly creatures.
Keep an eye on Cosmic Rhythm, they’re off to a great start and have already released a few excellent projects. If the reimaginings of “Detroit 909” are an indicator of an even brighter future, then we best get our sunglasses out.
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