- In the past, Gary Beck's output has tended towards very Drumcode-ish sounds. Indeed, he's even released with them. As fans of the imprint would know, its artists are generally fond of loops, insistent percussion and bold low-end. On his own label, Beck has clung to this aesthetic even more so. Take away the vocals on April's "Hands in Mine," for example; the result is a barrelling freight train. Beck's "Deranged Version" of "Vaag" is a bit of a departure from this, one which shows the hand of Speedy J.
For one, it doesn't really have a bassline. Instead, a benign but persistent synth swells up in the off beats—where a hi-hat would "usually" go. Thus, the hi-hats form a kind of rustling backdrop for the rest of the track, rather than being a rigid force in their own right. Using these basic elements, Beck teases them together and apart, occasionally bringing in some swooshes and siren-like noises for effect. Edit Select's "Slo Hand Dub" smooths down the off-beat synth even more, turning it into a timid, organic pulse. Though Beck's piece doesn't quite have the impetus of most Drumcode tracks, it still has plenty. Conversely, Edit Select's piece focusses more on atmospherics, slowing the siren-like noises to a gassy trickle and floating ever upward.
01. Vaag (Gary Beck's Deranged Version)
02. Vaag (Edit Select Slo Hand Dub)
03. Vaag (Speedy J's Fuzzy Bizziness Mix)
04. Vaag (Tool Original Mix)