Since releasing “Black Clouds” via Red Light Recordings in 2018, Venice producer Ephyum has continued to excel with recent releases on esteemed drum and bass labels Bad Taste and Close 2 Death, bagging airplay on stations as gargantuan as BBC Radio 1. Two years on, the track has received a new lease of life in the form of Black Clouds: The Remixes. Staying true to the Red Light sound and ethos, the project is an international affair, calling on some of the label’s former signees as well as C4C stalwarts, special guests, and Ephyum himself for five bold reinterpretations of this fan favourite.
“Black Clouds VIP” finds Ephyum substituting the original song’s hip hop-inspired intro for an epic cinematic arrangement overlaid by resonant plucks. This quickly hurtles into a frenzied drop, decorated with rising synths, arpeggiated flourishes and frantic stabs, hitting with double the urgency of the original to turn the track into an even more gripping neurofunk roller. Sustaining this unbounded energy, Berlin-based producer and C4C/Red Light affiliate Myselor steps up next, transforming the track into a blistering number dominated by pummelling basslines and offset by staccato chords.
Meanwhile, Aussie producer Transforma – another C4C and Red Light regular – flips the track into a juddering, stop-start neuro weapon, utilising crunchy, fuzzed basslines and unconventional rapid-fire snares which cut through the mix. Fresh off the back of stellar EPs on Vandal Records and Delta9, fast-rising Rome natives Invadhertz undertake an ambitious reimagining of the track, reenvisaging it as a winding, minimal stepper. Finally, German producer Kaiza – the founder of T3K Recordings and a member of the C4C-approved group Instinkt – reunites with Korea’s Xeomi following their recent two-tracker on Bad Taste for a juggernaut of a remix. They reinvent “Black Clouds” as a snarling neurofunk weapon which uses unconventional drum rhythms, drawing the project to an exhilarating close.
Catalog Number: LTDC4C023
Release Date: September 14th, 2020 / 31st Aug (Beatport exclusive)