One year ago Hector Plimmer’s debut album ‘Sunshine’ was released to overwhelming support and acclaim.
What had initially been uncovered as a collection of almost-finished ideas had been developed into the perfect introduction to Hector as a musician, an artist and an integral part of London’s creative community.
A live band grew out of those 10 beautiful and introverted pieces with Plimmer, on drums, sample triggers and dubs, they took to the stage alongside heroes and peers including Amp Fiddler, Yussef Dayes and Natureboy Flako.
Thirteen Beautiful Remixes
All the while his label, South London’s Albert’s Favourites, continued to release a string of reinterpretations, including the work of Glenn Astro, Deft, Ninja Tune’s Sarathy Korwar and their own Deoke.
So, to mark the anniversary and bring a fitting end to this landmark project for the producer, they have gathered together those pieces and more for ‘Sunshine Remixed’. The release includes thirteen remixes, the original Drahla version of massive debut single Eastern System, and a very special live version of Bossa B, performed with long-time collaborator and friend Wu-Lu and Brixton afro-dub legends Soothsayers.
The album features outstanding new remixes from percussive-soul master Reginald Omas Mamode IV, renowned drummer, Mulatu Astatke/Sons Of Kemet/Owiny Sigoma collaborator Tom Skinner’s Hello Skinny project and deep-house producer, Scissor and Thread label boss Francis Harris.
The London jazz scene’s relative newcomer Emma-Jean Thackray delivers a deeply soulful reworking of title track Sunshine while analogue and sub-bass aficionado Mr Beatnick delivers a mind bendingly beautiful dub rework of Kalimba 2 – without so much as touching the multi-tracks. Add to that prolific electronic producer and rising star Elsa Hewitt, label mates Jonny Drop and Modified Man turning in a broken beat excursion, and you can see, there is a very special remix album here, more than worthy of the original.
“Francis Harris delivers a deep and pensive rework of ‘Let’s Stay’which hypnotically drifts with a steady pulse. Perfect for (but not limited to) headphone listening, this cut fits well with an early morning commute or a late night drive. Every track on the album is completely different, making it a totally dynamic listen. Some serious stuff included!” Music Is My Sanctuary
“Deeply soulful reworking” Música Macondo
“Mamode’s beautiful keyboard driven mix of the title track that is faintly reminiscent of YNQ/Madlib’s Stevie flips.. But wait ’til you hear Mr Beatnick’s contribution. It’s a killer!” Oli Brunetti, Colectivo Futuro/Music Is My Sanctuary
“Affiliated with contemporary luminaries from Floating Points to Brownswood, the upward trajectory of Hector Plimmer has been speedy yet tastefully understated. Filed alongside the likes of Bambooman for their experimental approach to sonic design, keen Bonafide readers will no doubt understand the esteem we hold for him from our gushy past coverage.” Bonafide Mag
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“Big casting for this AMAZING sampler. I like !!!” Azaxx
“Four fantastic reworks on this release – my favourites are the remixes by MR BEATNICK, GLENN ASTRO and DEOKE. I’m looking forward to present this release on Radio Z 95.8 Nuernberg/Germany, in one of my next radioshows.” Dr. Best, Radio Z, Germany
“Always a pleasure to receive new music from your label! Hector’s album still gets regular play here and these remixes are absolutely excellent!” Jaheire, IRE
“Massive!” Mark Millz, Further In Fusion
“A proper WOW for these remixes, just not sure which to play first!!” Simon Harrison, Basic Soul, UK
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