San Francisco electronic music mainstays Hardkiss have released double remix EPs of “It's Right", the fourth single off their sentimental spring album release 1991. The album was hailed as "one of the most important EDM records of the last ten years" by Magnetic Magazine while Datatransmission.co.uk called it "a modern dance classic." For the occasion, Hardkiss have reached into their own backyard to pull from Bay Area family on one side and, on the other, contributors from around the globe further extending their tribe - dual offerings aimed at delivering a diverse collection of remixes.
The San Francisco Family Remixes features different versions from David Harness, Freakpusher, Robbie Hardkiss, and Gavin Hardkiss while the Global Family Remixes includes a host of international artists from Africa, Europe, and the USA including Stephane Deschezeaux, rAin, N'Dinga Gaba, Constar, and, once again, Gavin Hardkiss.
For early digestion, a six track sampler merges the two EPs, showcasing a few highlights by the Hardkiss brothers, Harness, rAin, N'Dinga Gaba, and Constar. The holistic effort from this cast of characters is hard to pin down on a release that is at times dramatic, playfully pop-sensible, and tapping into something cosmic … but mostly downright funky and unpredictable. Nothing less is to be expected when bringing together the contrasting mix of San Francisco dance music legends, rising producers with their own take on the South African sounds, and a lone New Yorker from the Brooklyn borough. It must be said that this record means a lot to the Hardkiss brothers, with Robbie having re-sung the original vocals for his retouch and Gavin reportedly remixing the song 'at least 100 times' to get to his latest incarnation of it. In their hands, the final outcome is understandably bound with love and care.
Graeme Park - “David Harness's Vox Remix is funked up goodness! The Barefoot Mix is cool too.”
Nick Warren (Hope Recordings / Way Out West) - “Every mix is great … hard to pick a favorite, but the N'Dinga mix is pretty special.”
Tensnake - “I like the deeper remixes.”
Behrouz (Global Underground / Forensic) - "I'm liking the N"dinga Gaba remix and also the Gavin Hardkiss Barefoot Remix. Full support."
Sleazy McQueen (Whiskey Disco / Paper Recordings) - “Lovin’ all of them!”
Marques Wyatt - “Tight beats.”
Elijah Collins (Mullet Records / Retrospective) - “The Robbie Hardkiss Re-Do is pretty sick!”
Severino (Horse Meat Disco) - “The Harness Vox Remix is good stuff … Robbie Hardkiss's Re-Do is great too.”
Craig Stewart (Montana & Stewart / DCSTrax) - “My brother N'Dinga Gaba nails this … stunning deepness.”
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch / Mega Jawns) - “Impossible to choose a favorite here - what an inspired selection of reworkings. Loving this!”
Short Bus Kids (Bounce House Recordings) - “Gavin Hardkiss’s Barefoot Remix is an absolute killer track.”
Distant People (SSRadio / Foliage) - “Great selection of mixes … Gavin Hardkiss's Barefoot Remix is doing it for me … pure funk.”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings / Fabric) - “Particularly feeling the Harness Vox Remix for the sultry house vibes and the Gavin Hardkiss's Barefoot Remix for funk-laden bumpy beats wickedness!”
Manuel Sahagun (Candy Music / Drop Music) - “Yes, great pack! The Constar remix is my pick.”
Minus 8 (Compost / Stereo Deluxe) - “The N’Dinga Gaba remix of ‘It’s Right’ is great.”
Oded Nir (Suntree Records / Screen.FM) - “Lovely deep and disco vibes here … The rAin Re-Edit is true beauty.”
Adam Warped (Whiskey Pickle) - “Feelin' them all for sure, but the Hardkiss brothers’ remixes are hitting the spot right now.”
Clive Craske (RadioReverb, UK) - "Hard beats yet soft vibes are always in order from the US west coast's most renown producers. N'Dinga Gaba gives us the most chilled re-rub, and Constar the heaviest. A solid package."
Michael Fossati (Spirit Of House Web Zine) - “The marvelous, laid-back interpretation by N'Dinga Gaba is guaranteed to put a spell on you.”