If there was one genre which had previously escaped the footwork refix treatment it was trance. Luckily or unluckily depending upon your tilt, that has now changed. Long Clothing has joined forces with We Buy Gold to co-ordinate a free 20 track compilation that revisits all your favourite Ibiza trance anthems and gives them a contemporary slant.
I am a fan. That really goes without saying. The scene has begun to divide in the last few months. On the one hand labels such as Exit records have been prolific in exploring the autonomic footwork connection. Producers such as Fracture, Deft, Coleco, Stray and Rockwell are all bringing an exceptionally high production value to an exciting cross over. For lack of a better name, Joy Juke is the push to the other direction.
Ironic gunfingers are replaced with ironic apparel. Appealing to members of the selfie generation, the music goes hand in hand with the carefree ideals of the post-internet age. True to the original Chicago style, samples are flipped ruthlessly and without pretence - Kpop and chiptune are as fair game as classic RnB. The persona is as important as the music and artists are rewarded for self-awareness and subtle irony. One of the most popular artists DJ Paypal, chooses to adopt a tongue-in-cheek veil of anonymity and whilst not having an extensive back catalogue has developed a large fan base through the interaction with his fans.
Trancework clearly fits into the latter category. Some have questioned if the curators are serious about the compilation. Couple the concept with the release date (1st April) and you can see why people may be sceptical about the merit of the project. After all, cheese is not especially know for it’s longevity. Most music these days is as best ephemeral - this should be not be taken as pretence but an observation that the internet has made it difficult to make an impact longer than a week.
Trancework has resonated for a reason other than timelessness. The mainstream is currently experiencing a peak in the popularity of house music of all varieties - many have claimed that their brand of interesting electronic club music is the antithesis to this movement but ultimately, media coverage does not equate to grass roots participation. The whole aesthetic of Joy Juke acts as an antithesis to the mainstream and as a result, the music when pitched against the usual sits in much sharper contrast.
That context shines a different light on the compilation. Not one which highlights the intricacies of the 20 tracks or the intrinsic artist value but a light which illuminates the surrounding scenery and allows us to appreciate it for what it is. Ultimately, what’s inside the package is irrelevant for people will probably only remember “that trance remix compilation” rather than the goodies which lie inside for each of us to discover.