Crazy P – Heartbreaker (Huxley/Mark E Remixes)

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Following a strong year of European festival tours, The five piece outfit “Crazy P” celebrate their homecoming with a remix package of their smash “Heartbreaker” – for many, the soulful backing track to the summer.

In a sense Crazy P have returned to their roots by choosing 2020 Vision to arrange this release. This exciting Leeds based House imprint are the same label responsible for the ensembles’ 2008 breakthrough LP ‘Stop Space Return.’

Their EP includes two remixes from Mark E and Huxley, but it opens with the original mix of “Heartbreaker,” a skilled progression of live drums, bass, guitar, keys and vocals. It has all the elements of a spontaneous band jam, mastered and polished into an impressive fusion of funk, soul and dancefloor disco.

Running Back and International artist Mark E’s rework is clearly the darker of the pair. With it’s bass heavy introduction, it pays tribute to the slow and atmospheric character of the original. Like much of his production, the remix has a deep progressive nature, and will likely stand out for most as the more interesting remix.

Huxley’s take is typical of much of this years musical output. He creates a chunky funkier edit, by capturing the dynamic vocals and stripping them into crunchy percussion and Garage-y beats. It disappointingly strays a little too close to the original around the midpoint but the subsequent tempo change ensures it’s more than a just a cheap do-over.

Remixing music already so far into a warm reception is no easy task, and credit should be given to both edits. That being said (and maybe it’s the rose tinted glasses of someone who spent much of the summer around the original,) but the remixes, impressive as they are, don’t quite deliver as much as their maker.