- Kiwi Lucky Paul is Feist's drummer, but he also makes some intriguing leftfield records in his own right. "Elephant Island," apparently, is about British Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton—who probably didn't foresee his life being told to a soundtrack of wobbling dubstep basslines, pulses of intergalactic melody and Boards of Canada-style analogue synths. The Piano Dub adopts the minimal approach, sliding towards experimental jazz territory with its textured moodscapes.
East London wunderkind, Ossie, shows an admirable lightness of touch with his reworking of "Elephant Island." The hyperactive digital steel drums and angular, robotic beats veer more towards a twisted, urban house sound than the UK funky banner. A singularly emotional, pared back approach to house music has become Midland's MO and "Elephant Island" doesn't disappoint in that respect. Underpinned by the percussive slap of a sultry tango tempo, it trots rather than gallops, shot through with distorted echo and mournful pads.
A1 Elephant Island
A2 Elephant Island (Piano Dub)
B1 Elephant Island (Ossie Remix)
B2 Elephant Island (Midland Remix)