Nathan Fake's Providence Reworks: Part II offers more new material related to his very good LP from earlier this year, Providence. Part I featured one new song and two new versions of "DEGREELESSNESS (ft. Prurient)," but Part II ups the ante with seven reworks covering about half the album.
Four of these seven reworks are by Polish composer and pianist Olga Wojciechowska, and her delicate piano versions of "HoursDaysMonthsSeasons" and "CONNECTIVITY" open the record on a plaintive and melancholy note. These and her more orchestrated and brooding reworks of "REMAIN" and "Radio Spiritworld" highlight the melodic warmth of tracks otherwise built around chilly synths and aggressive beats.
Konx-Om-Pax's remix of "DEGREELESSNESS (ft. Prurient)" drops the rhythmic thrust of the original (or the previous remixes) and focuses on the echoing synth arpeggio, layering in droning bass parts that imbue the track with a heavy, doomy quality.
The record then skews back towards dance music with "feelings 1 (August Rub)," adding more house percussion to the modular synthesis trip of the original, and more aggressive energy in the live version of "REMAIN."
These reworks demonstrate open-mindedness, flexibility and good collaboration, which are valuable traits for any artist. Our review of Part I ended with the hope of more to come involving Raphaelle Standell-Preston, whose feature spot helped make "RVK" another Providence highlight, and that hope still stands. In the meantime, there's a lot to enjoy and get lost in here. (Ninja Tune)