Watcha Clan We Are One EP (Piranha Musik)_
Release Date: 22 October 2012
Marseille based Watcha Clan have been quiet since the release of their âRadio Babelâ album last year. Theyâre now back with a series of three digital only EP’s, the first of which is âWe Are Oneâ and which Paul Scott-Bates has reviewed for us.
Lead vocalist, Sista K is from Marseille and is backed by fellow band members from France, Corsica and Algeria. Their sound brings together European and Middle Eastern sounds very successfully.
The EP contains five mixes of the title song. This often scares me and seems like a bit of a cop out, but in this case, the mixes are so different that itâs almost like listening to five different tracks.
We Are One is a catchy little thing, reminding me in parts of Where Is The Love by Black Eyed Peas. One of those songs that you just canât get out of your head. The message of the song is along similar lines too â tolerance, no hate, no borders â & it does have a huge appeal.
The first mix, by 4Hero, combines Trip-hop, Jungle and pop with hints of folk music too. Marc Mac has taken the original version and filled it out to make it a great opener.
Thereâs a guitar riff on the Danochilango Remix that gives it a real Bhangra and overall Asian feel â quite a departure from the first mix.
A return to Trip-hop and Jungle for the Hugo Kant Remix, before weâre treated to a Drum and Bass version courtesy of MC Sufferah. The pounding drum is brilliant and not to be missed. There are impressive differences and additions to the mixes which stops them from being repetitive and boring.
The final version, and for me the best, comes in the shape of the Superpendejos Remix. The track is turned into a great reggae piece embracing the songs message of connection and oneness.
All in all it’s an excellent EP then. In fact, the remixes differed so much that I played it three times in a row! I for one will be relishing the prospect of their next two EPs.
All words by Paul Scott-Bates. You can read more from Paul on LTW here.