2016 Nov 24     
2 Bit Thugs

Big-hitters like Howie B, Russ Gabriel and Terry Francis line-up alongside a host of newer names

The press release for this album says it was "written from the viewpoint of a girl dealing with lost love". I'm not too sure what they mean by that, but what I can tell you is that this remix album brings together remixers both new and old and they have done sterling work on pretty much all of the tracks, which is a rarity.

The cast of remixers is varied and wide, with veterans like Howie B, Terry Francis, Alison Marks, Alexi Delano and Russ Gabriel as well as some of today’s best producers and DJs - Mononoid, Joseph S Joyce, Jem Stone, Mike Bryant, Tunnel and Ashwin Khosa. The mixes range from downbeat and introspective interpretations to full-on floorfillers, and there are many highs and no real lows - pretty impressive when you consider there are 12 tracks in total.

Some of my favorites are Pete Bones’ rework of GM, a bass-heavy techno cut with crisp drums, echoed vocals and panned sound FX, the Terry Francis Remix of Follow My Tunnel which has dry vocals, a tight rhythm section and a thudding kickdrum and is a heads-down, no-nonsense dancefloor cut, and the downtempo Alison Marks Remix of Last March, which really throws a spotlight on Amy’s vocals and backs them with an ethereal, tripped-out backbeat, with slow breakbeat drums and the atmospherics dialled up to 11.

I wasn't bowled over by the original album, to be honest, but this remixed version takes it to another level, with both eminently danceable cuts and tracks to play in more sombre moments. What's also good is that, although it's a remix album, you can listen to it from start to finish and it flows properly from track to track, unlike a collection of hastily cobbled-together singles. It's well worth checking out, whether you're a DJ looking for tracks to throw into a set or just looking for something to listen to at home.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 28 November



Review Score: 8




Tags: Linus & Amy, Default Position, Howie B, Terry Francis, Alison Marks, Alexi Delano, Russ Gabriel, Mononoid, Joseph S Joyce, Jem Stone, Mike Bryant, Tunnel, Ashwin Khosa