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1 review »This is a fancy limited package from The Horrors, boasting a rash of remixes and reworks of their singles by a host of genuinely interesting characters; Blanck Mass, Connan Mockasin, Peaking Lights, Andrew Weatherall, Cherrystones, Chris Watson, Seahawks, Daniel Avery, JTC and Andy Blake. All the remixes come on two CDs and four 12”s, and there’s a DVD containing three promo videos too ... »

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This is a fancy limited package from The Horrors, boasting a rash of remixes and reworks of their singles by a host of genuinely interesting characters; Blanck Mass, Connan Mockasin, Peaking Lights, Andrew Weatherall, Cherrystones, Chris Watson, Seahawks, Daniel Avery, JTC and Andy Blake. All the remixes come on two CDs and four 12”s, and there’s a DVD containing three promo videos too. Pretty swish.

This isn’t your standard remix album either. Many of these songs are altered almost beyond recognition or used as the basis to create entirely new pieces of music, resulting in a collection which is much more surprising and consistently impressive than I had imagined it would be. It kicks off with a bang with Blanck Mass’s take on ‘I Can See Through You’ - an epic, cinematic piece full of analogue synths, and pretty much every song is impressive both as a reworking and a stand-alone piece. Connan Mockasin turns ‘Still Life’ into a gorgeous slice of wibbly nostalgic psychedelia, while Cherrystones turns it into a chilly slab of dystopian glitch-hop, Peaking Lights offer a sultry electro-dub take on ‘You Said’ before Andy Weatherall carves a tasty slice of dancefloor ready cosmic techno from ‘Moving Further Away’.

Then things get a bit euphoric astral with Seahawks and Andy Blake’s contributions before another of my personal highlights - Chris Watson’s otherworldly drift through ‘Dive In’, drenched in watery sounds, earth’s-core rumbles and drifting reverbed weirdness which is paired off against crisp drums and bass and majestic echoed vocals, distorting their neo-psych-pop into new and alien forms with an astonishing widescreen-yet-playful approach which blurs the lines between pure pop and sound art. Then JTC’s take on ‘You Said’ is an acid-fried electro freakout with squiggly raygun synths and fast techno beats before Weatherall and Seahawks each take another turn each. I am (quite justifiably I think) wary of remix collections and initially thought this package was a bit OTT, but this one is exceptional, with contributions from some real sonic visionaries; many of the mixes are so different from the source material as to qualify as original pieces in their own right, and there’s not a dud track in the collection. Well worth investigating if you’re interested in The Horrors or generally into spaced out cosmic psychedelia.


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