juan maclean Can You Ever Really Know Somebody (4-track 12", £9.50)label: D.F.A.
The Juan Maclean return to DFA with a standalone single, bursting with deep house elastic bounce and electronic pop flourishes, married to the deadpan earnestness of Nancy Whang’s vocal delivery. ‘Can You Ever Really Know Somebody’ is the kind of slinky song that is easily absorbed and difficult to forget. It’s a taste of things to come as The Juan Maclean prepare a brand new album for DFA due later in the year. The remix is courtesy of LA-4A, aka Ambivalent and legally known as American born producer Kevin McHugh. Stripping out the house music and replacing it with a grinding electro-acid template, LA-4A creates a lovely buzzing new bed of music for Nancy Whang’s vocals to rest on top of it. This is a remix with wildly successful results and a perfect companion to the original.
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