Though not exactly a sophisticate’s choice, Nite Versions is worth acknowledging: it saw the Dewaele Brothers apply everything they’d learned from their big-room electro mash-up project 2ManyDJs to the more conventional music of Soulwax, their pre-existing band, resulting in a new kind of muscular dance-rock that continues to decimate festivals and stadia the world over.
DUSK + BLACKDOWN VS GRIEVOUS ANGEL
MARGINS MUSIC: REDUX
Sheffield producer Grievous Angel has long been one of the UK’s most underrated artists, but even better than his productions are his meticulous Ableton DJ sets, which have mashed-up 2step, UK Funky and more to great effect. Here, he takes on Dusk & Blackdown’s debut album Margin’s Music, with full access to stems and acapellas, transforming its DNA into a continuous DJ set that climaxes with a breathtaking blend of Dusk’s ‘Focus’ and Trim’s vocal from ‘The Bits’.
RICARDO VILLALOBOS / MAX LODERBAUER
Granted access to the catalogue of Manfred Eicher’s revered ECM label, Villalobos and Loderbauer turned out a double-album of three-dimensional dub versions remarkable in its surgical focus and attention to detail. It’s a little too precious to keep the casual listener entertained, but the rewards awaiting those up for deep immersion are endless. Whichever camp you fall into, you can’t deny that Re:ECM is a landmark in the evolution of the remix album.
KING MIDAS SOUND
Multi-producer remix albums are almost always bad, but when you have the taste and contacts of Kevin Martin and Kode9 – meaning you can call upon the likes of Hype Williams, Mala, Green Gartside (!) and Flying Lotus – chances are you’re going to buck the trend.