The Chocolate Elvis Dubs

BY Denise BensonPublished Dec 1, 1999

Even in the world of Tosca, a collaboration of Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber, it takes a lot of nerve to release a full-length containing nine variations on a theme. Listening in one go is not recommended no matter how popular and fantastic the original "Chocolate Elvis" is, but it's totally fascinating to hear how different remix artists think and create. Like-minded Pork-sters Baby Mammoth and Bullitnuts account for over half of the mixes with the former shuffling, shaking and building easy like a Sunday morning on "Version 1 + 2" and adding some kick with "Version 2." "Bullitnuts Version 1" keep it close to the original while their totally spliffed out "Version 2" organically grows from the original bass line and dreamily wanders its own terrain. Boozoo Bajou's "Soul Sufferer version" adds some jazzy guitar and extra percussion, but Rockers Hi-Fi steal the show with their "Vocal Version," where the vocals of their MC doing his best Elvis drawl meets Peanuts piano lines, swinging Latin percussion and far out spacy synths. Woo-hoo!

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