- Such is Ibiza's overarching influence on global clubland, it's all too easy to pass over music from its neighbour, Mallorca. The tortuously-monikered 1000Smiley Faces & Angel Mora are a Frenchman, Frann Delice, and two Mallorquin producers, Enrique "Xuzav" Sitjar and Angel Mora, who state a pretty solid case for further investigation of what's happening on the Balearics' largest island.
That said, it's a Dutchman, David Labeij, who is given lead-off duties on Novotek Raw Series' debut release. His take on "Bloody Mary" is a jacked-up slab of skippety East Coast house that doesn't quite fire the imagination as much as the original does. Here, 1000Smiley Faces & Angel Mora—we promise that's the last time we'll mention them—adopt a classic approach. From the outset, an insistent piano lick straight from the Dubtribe Sound System school of uplifting, organic house sets its controls straight for the heartstrings, with heavily-treated, "testifying"-style vocals simmering in the background before they are brought fully into bloom.
The Leix remix of "Wave Jerks" strikes out on an original US garage tip, although some intriguing beeps and boings are added along the way. It somewhat pales in comparison with the original, however, whose trippy pads phase in and out of the mix in a display of stereophonic dexterity. On this evidence, we suggest that future releases give second billing to the remixers.
A1 Bloody Mary (David Labeij Remix)
A2 Bloody Mary
B1 Wave Jerks (Leix Remix)
B2 Wave Jerks