Lakker‘s second album Tundra was an unequivocal highlight of the first half of 2015 and the Irish duo are now back with an 8 tracker of reworks, with the drool-worthy tracklist boasting the likes of SND’s Mark Fell, Raster Noton’s Kyoka, Primitive World, Acid Mondays, Lahun and the Lakker boys themselves under their Arad and Eomac solo aliases.
Mark Fell sets the expectation bar high from the start with his remix of Oktavist. Part of the original song’s murky low end is traded in favor of snappy marimba styled high tones and the start-stop syncopation the multi-talented Sheffield artist injects in the track give it a very Africa Hitech feel, albeit with reined in street-cred levels.
Primitive World’s remix is next to stand out. Better known as one half of Walls, Sam Willis impressively minimalizes Pylon, recreating the track’s original dramatics with aerial pads and a cleverly automated acid lead. The most straightforward track of the album but a definite highlight, owing to the impression that Willis doesn’t seem to have wanted to outdo Lakker’s experimentations.
Finally the closing number sees Arad take on cinematic number Ton’neru with hardcore intentions floating at the back of his mind. Hard, repeated punches to the brain ensue, courtesy of a rude distorted kick that commandeers all attention until the chopped ghostly vocals of the original song join the scramble. The intensity of the the track’s last 15 seconds serves as the perfect bang to close the proceedings of the Tundra saga so far.