Providing a choice pair of remixes for the Pampa imprint, Koze enlists himself and Die Vogel to perform surgery on tracks from Herbert and Dntel respectively. Die Vogel's version of "My Orphaned Son" is an endearing excursion into pastoral house music, where music box chimes meet with strummed bass, stoic brass and simmering strings in a purposeful and finely balanced track founded on club dynamics but expressed through a richer tapestry of sounds. Koze's version of "It's Only" finds him in brooding mood, as largely depicted by the prowling organ line. There's all the goodness (or should that say weirdness?) that you want from a Koze jam, playing on emotions with unconventionality like only he can.
Incredibly, brothers Robin & Simon Lee have been providing us with their slick updates of the classic disco and house sound since 1995! This bumper 25-track collection tells the story from the birth of FA Records in 2006. There's a lot to tell too; it's packed with enough vintage-sounding grooves to shame the Paradise Garage. Highlights include Jay Shepheard's breezy remix of FA's debut "Original Disco Motion", FA's own Rocker's Revenge-esque, "Hypnotic (disco mix)", the linear, chugging arpeggiation of "Touch It" by The Shack, the loopy robot-funk of "Lifestyle 101" by Rudy's Midnight Machine, the moody "revenge mix" of FA's "I Wanna Dancer" and the killer retro house-isms of Miss Cheesecake's "You Must Create", exclusively provided for us lucky folks!
Remix compilations can be a little hit-and-miss, but this one - gathering together five years of eccentric and often inspired reinterpretations from German veteran DJ Koze - is anything but. Koze often saves his best work for the remix domain, delivering imaginative reworks that take the original material into surprising new places. So, Herbert's "If Only" is turned into a sparse chunk of atmosphere-rich late night deep house, Caribou's "Found Out" is blessed with a new sense of wonky, left-of-centre purpose, and Zwanie Johnson's "Golden Song" is given a decidedly Balearic, beatless makeover. Highlights are plentiful, with Koze's dubby, low-slung afro-jazz reinterpretation of Soap & Skin's "Marche Funebre" standing out.
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