One of my latest DJ weapons and favorite tracks is the Bontan remix of “Downpipe” originally by Mark Knight & D.Ramirez vs. Underworld. Bontan is a British DJ and Producer who’s sitting in up-and-comer status but has a fantastic sound. Bontan really made splashes with his remix of Josh Butler’s “Got a Feeling” (Pleasurekraft Edit) which was a huge track over the Summer in the world of Deep House. Pleasurekraft clearly had some influence in growing Bontan’s name, but with his superb Deep sound and that infectious bass line he uses, I’m absolutely keeping him top of mind.
Bontan’s remix of “Downpipe” was part of an anniversary remix package released by Toolroom Records this past August, in celebration of ten years of Toolroom. This anniversary remix package is the second in Toolroom’s campaign, with other releases including “The Man with the Red Face” and “At Night”. While I was originally drawn to this package by Bontan’s take on it, all versions of “Downpipe” are quite good, including the original Tech-House groove. “Downpipe”, the collaboration between Mark Knight, D.Ramirez, and legends of dance music, Underworld, is a landmark track in the history of Toolroom Records. The original mix of “Downpipe” was crowned Essential New Tune on Radio 1 by Pete Tong and forming an integral part of the soundtrack to the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. The other remixes were produced by Armin Van Buuren and Adrian Hour. Armin’s version is a huge Big Room and Progressive bomb that is worthy of driving a massive crowd into a frenzy. Adrian Hour went the Techno route and gave us something that feels like the dancing is never going to stop. Adrian Hour absolutely gave us the late night rave remix and it does a nice job of rounding out the package.
Mark Knight & D. Ramirez Vs Underworld – Downpipe (Original Club Mix)
Mark Knight & D. Ramirez vs. Underworld – Downpipe (Bontan Remix)
Mark Knight & D. Ramirez vs. Underworld – Downpipe (Armin Van Buuren Remix)
Mark Knight & D. Ramirez vs. Underworld – Downpipe (Adrian Hour Remix)