Josh Wink’s 1996 Acid-Techno Classic “Are You There” Gets the Remix Treatment


Philadelphia’s Ovum Recordings will release three remixes of label boss Josh Wink’s 1996 acid-techno classic “Are You There.” For the project the label tapped house titan Harry Romero, German techno don Ben Klock (his version has already appeared on his Fabric 66 mix) and Dutch dance floor demon Benny Rodrigues to reimagine the jam. The three remixes of Wink’s seminal effort feature new takes on the track, all keeping the unforgettable sample while playing with the original’s swirling acid lines. The release is out April 14 and sets the stage for the label’s upcoming 20th anniversary.

“I can’t believe it has been 20 years since it was written!” said Wink. “I had a friend, in Cleveland Ohio, who knew I never answered my home phone. So, when he called my house, he believed I was there screening and listening to the calls on my answering machine. Hence, “Are you there.” Which was actually taken from my answering machine mini cassette, with his blessing.

He added, “It’s nice to be able to release music close to 20 years old that people are still influenced by. We will be re-releasing both the original and remix versions as part of the 20 years of Ovum celebration.”

If that wasn’t enough, Ovum will also issue a DJ-friendly acapella of “Are You There.”

Yehouda Silverman

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