The guy who owns Hi! Energy must be a pretty good salesman, because he brings together some of the most talented guys in the business for each of his records. “Shuffle Board” was originally released digitally featuring Demarkus Lewis – no slouch here – and packed with full-on underground energy. This is late night fare, if your late nights involve stomping on a dancefloor like it said something fucked up to your mother.
The original release featured mixes from Sebb Junior and CEV; for the vinyl issue, Hi! Energy adds two more. Alex Soltirov turns in a solid dubby mix of his own, and the flip features Sebb Junior and our man Demuir. Sebb’s remix carries the original into something like the blazing anthemic house of New York’s underground in the ’90s – there’s just a sound here I strongly associate with the happy e-soaked mixtapes and blurry gin-and-tonic memories of Junior Vasquez and Sound Factory Bar. Hi! Energy is still slept on – it’s a label that veers from Deep House to Garage and hits every point in between like a pinball, nearly everything is worth checking out if this is the right speed for you.
Demarkus Lewis: Shuffle Board (Hi! Energy)
A1. Demarkus Lewis: “Shuffle Board” (6:49)
A2. Demarkus Lewis: “Shuffle Board” (Alek Soltirov mix) (6:55)
B1. Demarkus Lewis: “Shuffle Board” (Demuir mix) (7:44)
B2. Demarkus Lewis: “Shuffle Board” (Sebb Junior mix) (5:53)