Fresh in at Juno and Piccadilly in the last 24 hours, and a few days before it was pegged for release comes the latest instalment in Eric Duncan’s consistently ace C.O.M.B.I. edit series. This time he serves up a proper tale of two halves, with two contrasting but hot re edits for your party. First up is ‘Don’t stop dance’ which is the Dunks treatment of TJM’s (Tom Moulton) ‘I don’t need no music’. The original is a track that hardly needs any work at all, and previous reworkings have been subtle to say the least. Dunks goes for a different approach here though, and drops the tempo by enough notches to make the track seem druggy and strung out, then sets to work looping it on up. I had the pleasure of hearing him drop this in Manchester, and it did the trick then, although I’d have to take a few more listens before I decided it was better than the original.
On side P, we get Swamp Googie Crisco, an edit of the track reworked for Stupid Human vol.1’s ‘Swamp’. I’ve failed to track down the original for this and so feel at the height of ignorance, so answers on a postcard and put me out of my misery ( thank you to Mr. Craig West for enlightening me with ‘Bobby Rush – I Wanna Do The Do’). In terms of the edit, there’s little to choose between this version and the Stupid Human version, Dunks perhaps brings a little more bounce, and more vocals, but doesn’t apply the far out effects that Stupid Human treats us to. I’d have to say it’s too close to call.
All in all, in terms of freshness, Dunks has given us nothing we haven’t heard before, but the edits are of the highest production quality and are different enough to provide another option in a different set. Put another way, if you don’t own the originals, or any of the other edits of these songs, you’d bite his hand off, so I’d advise you to invest.