Motor City Drum Ensemble has the uncanny ability to make his tracks sound like an authority. From the first hiss and thud of the kick, his atmosphere is instantly recognizable as the one that makes you stop in the middle of a set and scream at someone, anyone, to tell you what's playing, even if you're not sure if you like it. “A Day's Work For A Day's Pay” isn't his track, it's Darkstar's, but the remix leaves no trace of the original's wounded piano ballad. It feels like a dig at the title's hollow platitude: mechanical repetition and processed humanity, dragged across a parched landscape at speeds of up to 120 bpm. Anxious acid house trills and echoing synth transmissions buzz like radioactive office lights, playing a danse macabre with the choking, industrial atmosphere. If you've ever felt like you were drowning at an awful job, it's what you heard rattling around in your head on your worst mornings. MCDE's remix will appear on 01484, with two more remixes of the same track form Darkstar themselves.
- CHART TV