Tobi Neumann Drops Preview for ‘FAILURE’ REMIX EP via Items & Things


Marc Houle kicked off 2017 with the launch of his three-part album series on his own label Items & Things. The first of the trilogy “Sinister Mind” was released back in March consisting of 9 tracks that showed the different sides of Marc, travelling through a selection of styles and soundscapes.

Items & Things announced three remix packages, the final installment to open 2018 comes from legendary producer, and German power house for the techno and electro scene – Tobi Neumann. His list of accolades has grown over the years, from his days of producing for Electrocrash, Chicks on Speed and Miss Kittin, to being a world renowned DJ and Producer, and chart topping remixer.

Tobi demonstrates his dedication, experience and production capabilities with this remix, and combined with his love affair for modular, he picks up the pace of the original.

A jabbing, funkadelic bass sequence rumbles below an ever building, layering synth pattern. Intricate percussive elements flicker though the track, and as the bass proceeds to take control its heightens the intensity when combined with the vocal effects.

Marc’s original is a slow burning, synth churning roller of a track, slick and pulsating in typical Houle style, yet Tobi manages to bring something fresh to the track and label with his heady modular rework which longtime fans will love.

I have adored Marcs work for a long time. Especially his love for old synthesisers and his natural desire to always compose when surrounded by his instruments. When he approached me for a remix, I saw this as an honour to be able to put my own twist on the  original version of “Failure”. I am an analog-gear addict, so I switched on my modular as well as some of Roland synths and machines, and sped up the original from 90 to 123 bpm. It was really inspiring to hear all the different aspects of the track, so the new baseline and the other little melodies came quite easily to me. I am really happy with the remix, so I hope you guys like it!

Marc Houle – Failure (Original Mix)
Marc Houle – Failure (Tobi Neumann Remix)