One of the undoubted joys of Richard Sen and Cazbee's Mixed Blood Cuts re-edits series is the unusual and varied nature of the material on offer. This ninth instalment offers six more leftfield dancefloor gems cut-up and rearranged for maximium pleasure. There's a pair of Mascara-flaunting Italo-meets-New Wave jams (excellent opener "Second Hand Love" and the sweeter, groovier, Gaz Nevada-ish "If You Were"), some suitably heavy disco (the horn-toting, low slung delight that is "Dance Time"), an exotic trip into Middle Eastern disco territory (the swirling strings, Lebanese instrumentation and chugging rhythms of "Storm Chasers") and a triumphant rearrangement of Modern English's moody post-punk classic "Life in the Gladhouse". Oh, and a brilliantly bizarre fusion of twisted electronics and brass band funk ("B-Boys on Acid").
Label regular Cazbee has hooked up with Chopshop boss himself, DJ Butcher, for a new three-track groove-fest. Title track, "You Don't Know", is a slow burner, coming across like The Scissors Sisters doing a 70s ballad...produced by Morcheeba. "Hyped Up" is more party-orientated fare, capturing a killer vintage funk sample, looped over an almost AC/DC-style 4/4 beat and adorned with rationed synth flourishes. Finally, "In Search Of Phenomena" is fast and furious disco-funk, with rolling bongos and a meaty bass synth riff, all punctuated with some effective action from the brass section.
After breathing new life into his Padded Cell project, Richard Sen is ready to bring his sneaky rework label, Mixed Blood Cuts, out of hibernation. This collaborative collection of cut-ups, put together with old pal Cazbee, is typical of the label's eccentric approach to the humble re-edit. Here, you'll see no quantized versions of obvious hits, but rather a delightfully messy sprawl of stoner funk-rock (the delightfully quirky "Powerslide"), Afro-voodoo (the brilliantly percussive "Yu No"), low-slung Moroder revivalism (a particularly crusty version of "The Chase",) and post-punk era proto-acid (the fantastically druggy "Too Much Nuthin"). For those of a leftfield disco persuasion, it should be an essential purchase.
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