After a fifteen year break, seminal imprint Klp records has returned to form following their 2014 re-emergence. Their forthcoming LP ‘DJ Monk & KLP Presents’ features a host of remixes from past, present and future, going as far back as their first appearance in the 90s. With household Klp cuts such as DJ Monk’s ‘Good Body Girl and ‘I Spy (I Nuh See)’ taking pride of place on its track listing, there’s a range of tastes catered to, whether that’s more contemporary releases or the music which solidified its place in the genre’s history books.
During 2014, when Klp came back onto the scene, relative newcomers were brought to the forefront through Klp’s discography. Ikon B, Crisis, Lion-Uk, DJ QT, Inna Culture and Papa G were all stand out names, picked from the fray of upcoming talent and given a home at Klp. On this next LP, even the new artists have received a twist on their developing classics, with a full catalogue of remixes adding to an already impressive array of musicianship.
The revered DJ Hybrid takes on Crisis & Ikon B’s smasher ‘Kills Every Sound’, whilst DJ Choppah’s relick takes on his signature sound for DJ Monk’s ‘Dance Hall Style’. Other big names on the album include Serum and Serial Killaz for their awaited 2016 refix of DJ Monk’s dancefloor destroyer ‘I Spy’. Ray Keith also makes turns up with his 2016 relick of DJ Monk’s ‘Deal Wid It’. DJ QT takes on the pounding ‘Inna Heart’ from Lion-UK, and in the same breadth Papa G’s ‘Unity’ takes on a different movement through Sound Shifter. Inna Culture’s ‘Ganja Man’ is given a revamp by Ikon B and Crisis, a welcome homage to the original whilst giving it another dimension.
On the latter half, DJ Monk’s riddim ‘Nu Jack City’ is given a new breath of life through Dapz 2016 relick. Lion-Uk return with a remix of DJ QT’s ‘Jungle Riddim’. Then comes the DJ Vapour 2016 Tear Up refix of DJ Monk’s ‘Deal Wid It’, as well as the Papa G Riddim refix of ‘Stop Fighting’. DJ Monk’s ‘Jungle Tempo’ is given an swift kick up by Aries 2016 remix. The legendary DJ Monk even delivers his own remix for Lion-Uk’s ‘Freaky Fly Girl’, combining newer and the older styles. And ending the album, DJ Monk’s ‘I Spy’ and ‘Good Body Girl’ are taken on by both Inna Culture and Serum. A huge selection of records, all pedestalling the same impeccable standards. The same standards Klp has pushed from the beginning..