Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on March 4, 2009
Review by Craig Roseberry, BPM Magazine
Since bursting onto the music scene in 1998, Ewan Pearson has established himself as a versatile producer/remixer and DJ with a boundless, esoteric musical aesthetic. His uniqueness? Bridging the gap between house, disco, electro, dance rock and mainstream pop (often with radical results). He has programmed for Goldfrapp and Gwen Stefani and his production credits include Tracey Thorn’s acclaimed solo debut, Out Of The Woods, The Rapture’s Pieces of the People We Love and timeless original works as Maas, World of Apples, Partial Arts (with collaborator Al Usher), as well as under his own name. His remixes for Depeche Mode, Chemical Brothers, Pet Shop Boys, Franz Ferdinand, Goldfrapp, Moby, and Freeform 5 have made him one of dance music’s most respected and sought-after producers.
This extensive double CD retrospective compiles some of Pearson’s finest, rare and unreleased remixes from the past six years. The unmixed, 21-track set is a breathtaking collage of dynamic, pop-fuelled reworks highlighting the adventurous sonic manipulator’s wildly diverse, genre-defying sound. Each selection unveils another dimension of his rich sound, which oscillates between uptempo and downbeat hypnotic, electronic rhythms and tough rockers with roaring guitars, stuttered deep house grooves and unclassifiable instrumental meditations. This innovative producer proves to be masterfully adept at reshaping tracks into colourful, pulsating dancefloor gems. Highlights include his inimitable reinventions for Futureshock (“Pride’s Paranoia”), Seelenluft (“Manila”), the Chems with the Flaming Lips (“The Golden Path”), Playgroup (“Make It Happen”), Closer Musik (“One, Two, Three—No Gravity”), Mocky (“Catch A Moment In Time”), the Rapture (“I Need You Love”) and country star Cortney Tidwell (where he ingeniously retools her melancholic ballad “Don’t Let Stars Keep Us Tangled” into a tender, swirling epic).
Piece Work is just a glimpse of Ewan’s vast canon and is an absolute must-have for any contemporary dance music lover, DJ and/or aspiring producer.