In The Kiss and Need BPC boss Ellen Allien has produced two precisely stripped-down driving house tracks that have been crying out for suitable remixes for some time – and here they are: the Miami-based DJ/Producer Jesse Perez has reworked The Kiss, bestowing the straight-up beat with a healthy dose of Caribbean flair. Jesse's talents are no secret, especially in his home country. His tech-house sets and contributions for MTV are legendary in the States. His releases on labels such as Stereo Productions have regularly landed in the upper echelons of the house charts.
The Germany-based Snuff Crew takes a noticeably less extrovert approach, but their credits speak for themselves: two albums on Gigolo, plus releases on Killekill and their own label Snuff Trax, founded in 2010. They have appeared as remixers for artists including Alex Vazquez and BPC's own Dance Disorder. Their trademark crunchy, old-school acid sound leaves a clear impression on their version of The Kiss and creates an intense, atmospheric after-party hit.
The man with the red mask, Redshape, cuts an altogether more mysterious figure. Redshape's musical affinity with the best of Detroit techno is exhibited on his two superb albums on the Frankfurt label Running Back as well as his numerous tracks on Music Man, Delsin and Styrax Leaves. Yet his identity remained the subject of speculation for a long time. These days we can say with at least some certainty that Redshape is officially known as Sebastian Kramer and resides in Berlin. He sets the playful Need original on its way very gradually and carefully before bringing frenzied tribal drums into play and transforming the track into a kind of 'evil twin' of the original.